SUBJECT: This article explains the extensive benefits of gut bacteria and simple recipes of fermented foods that can be included daily in your diet.
I vividly remember those days back in Kerala where Bombay met with summer vacations and we spent our bright scorching holidays in the mud, grime and happiness of village life.
All rules were broken, discipline was mere theory and all that my brother I did was to eat clean nature’s food and burn all of it right after, in extensive play.
My granny used to store large jars of spicy, teary, desirable pickles well apart from our reach served to us with love at every meal. The tongues went slurp and the tummies went burp into satisfied volleys of laughter as we went steal from even our cousin’s plates. We weren’t allowed too much, it was a treasure that i know was a treasure only today!
The art of fermentation is forgotten. The skill requires time, patience, technique, hygiene and some creation. But what do you get at the end of this long labor?
Delicious bites of vegetable or/and fruit forcing you to crinkle your nose and your eyebrows and leaving you wanting for more. And of course a gut full of beneficial bacteria that keep your digestive tract at a desirable ph not allowing unwanted pathogens to grow.
Our body has about 10 trillion bacteria! Just like that! God’s gift that we don’t really unpack to assimilate the value of because it doesn’t come wrapped in gay colored packages like processed foods do. So we take several essential periodic steps to ensure we kill a lot of these bacteria over a period of time.
- Refined flours
- Processed foods coming out of gay colored tempting packages
- Antibacterial soap
- Chlorinated water
- Agricultural chemicals and pesticides
This is what gut bacteria can do
- Contribute to optimal digestion of food and absorption of nutrients
- Ensure good bowel Movement
- Contribute to great Immunity
- Reverse fat accumulation, insulin resistance and inflammation.
- Boost energy levels
- Keep cholesterol levels within range
- Regulate hormones
- Support a healthy weight
- Improve mental function
BY TRYING OUT SIMPLE RECIPES TO FERMENT WHAT IS AVAILABLE AT HOME, especially vegetables and some fruits. Yoghurt made at home is a great daily source of fermented food. Bites of seasonal vegetables like beet, carrots, raw mango, amla, cauliflower, etc can be seasoned with rock salt and filtered water and stored in mason jars for fermentation. Kombucha tea, sauerkraut, kimchi, tempeh are worth researching through and !
Let your kitchen be ruled by the bacteria for the bacteria!!
Let not a day go by without digging into your bowl of ferment and don’t be surprised by how health knocks at your door every single day.
Anupama Menon (required)
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