I have had a super busy week. Normally I would have published this on Friday. I feel like I have been running around like a chicken with my head cut off all week. My dad had knee replacement surgery on Wednesday. While I was at the hospital yesterday, he was telling the physical therapist that he wanted to lose weight and keep it off this time. The therapist was telling him that instead of cokes, he should start drinking kombucha. I love me some kombucha. It got me to thinking about fermented foods.
You may have heard about fermented foods and you may have also heard people claim how great they are. You may hear people say they could not live without their fermented foods. These are all statements that may lead you to wonder what the real benefits of the foods are exactly, and how they may benefit your daily life. Here are just a few of the benefits of eating fermented foods that may help you with your daily life.
One of the biggest benefits of eating fermented foods deals directly with your gut health. The fermentation process requires live cultures. These live cultures, and probiotics, help break down food and put good bacteria back into your system. This good, or healthy bacteria helps to clear your digestive tract and help food move through your system. As this breakdown and clearing occurs, you will notice a reduced amount of irregularity and reduced toxins remaining in your system causing other issues.
If you are trying to drop a large amount of weight, and you are having problems, the issue could be related to a buildup of toxins in your system. This buildup can lead to a digestive issue that makes it difficult to move food through the system causing it to be retained and adding to your weight. Fermented foods help with this by assisting your body in breaking down foods and moving them through the system. They also help with fatigue and issues of a sluggish feeling during or after a workout. They can boost your metabolism, which also helps with weight loss.
Reduced Tension and Anxiety
If you experience symptoms of anxiety and stress, you may find relief from adding fermented foods to your diet. There is a direct relation to your gut health and your anxiety and tension. If you have poor gut health then you likely will experience an irritable stomach that can cause discomfort throughout the day. This discomfort may also lead to inflammation that causes more discomfort. Fermented foods can reduce this chain of events by assisting in digestion and cutting down on inflammation that leads to the tension your body may be feeling.
All of these benefits can be combined and do not have to be stand alone benefits. These are not benefits that are specific to one type of lifestyle, person, or situation. They are the basic core benefits of eating fermented foods and just the tip of the benefits iceberg.
Start by adding one fermented food into your diet and see how you feel. If you are already eating fermented foods, what are your favorites?
I hope you have a great weekend! Talk to you soon,