There has been a huge increase towards living healthier lifestyles in the last decade or so. People are improving their diets by opting for more nutritional choices. We are becoming aware of what foods can do to and for your body, be it good or bad. One popular trend is including cultured or fermented foods in your diet. If you have any kind of digestive issues, then fermented or probiotic foods are key for maintaining a healthy gut. But, they don’t stop there.
When we think of fermented foods, most of us might envision sauerkraut. I grew up with sauerkraut and I actually like it, but most of my family scrunched their noses at it. Eating fermented or cultured foods has enormous benefits for our body. They have essential nutrients, detoxify, help balance the production of stomach acid, help produce Acetylcholine, they annihilate and inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria, they’re great to diabetes and obesity, and you only have to eat a small amount to have a huge impact on your health.
So which fermented foods are good for us and where do we get them? Some of the top foods are kefir, kimchi, kombucha, sauerkraut, pickles, and yogurt. You can find them in your local food market, but another solution is to make them yourself. I found a couple of books that will get you started on making these foods easily in your home.
Cultured Food in a Jar
Cultured Food in a Jar is going to open us a whole new world of fermented foods to you. It’s no longer just cabbage and yogurt, you’ll be privy to over 100 recipes that will change your life and your health. They’re easy to make and portable because they’re made in a jar.
The first chapter is important to read. It sets the tone for learning about microbes, appreciating the importance of our connection with food, creating healthy dishes and how these foods influence your health. You’ll be introduced to The Trilogy – kefir, kombucha and cultured vegetables and their wonderful vast benefits. Did you know that kombucha helps the liver in detoxification, protects the stomach lining and helps the kidneys to eliminate environmental pollutants?
Chapter two gets you making the basic recipes for kefir, kefir water, nut milks, kombucha and cultured vegetables. Each recipe has detailed step by step instructions on how to make each product successfully. You can’t go wrong if you follow them exactly. Plus, the photos are inspiring and you can see what the end result should look like. The rest of the chapters go into specific recipes like Morning Foods, Dips, Soups – Salads – Wraps, Sides & Snacks, Desserts, Beverages and Condiments.
I’ve always wanted to know how to make my own kombucha, but the recipes and steps sounded so complicated. But, Cultured Food in a Jar offers an accessible, mouthwatering approach to probiotic eating and gut health that can be done in our homes.
The Kefir Solution
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is the most common gastrointestinal disorder in the world. IBS affects the large intestines and symptoms are quite painful. They include bloating, gas, cramps, abdominal pain, constipation or diarrhea. People with IBS are prescribed more medications, miss more work days, have lower work productivity and higher suicide rates than people without it. Yet the causes are still unknown, and there is no cure. Or rather – there was no cure, until now.
Cutting-edge scientific research has found that IBS is nearly always connected to anxiety and depression through something called the gut-brain axis. Heal the gut and you can heal the brain – and vice versa.
Enter The Kefir Solution. Developed by Shann Nix Jones, it uses kefir, a powerful natural probiotic to support your microbiome and help heal IBS without the use of chemicals. It has no nasty side effects but loads of health benefits – including alleviating the anxiety and depression that often go hand in hand with IBS. Combining common sense with uncommon science, Shann shares stories, tips and recipes to help you on your way to better gut health and a happier life.
If you suffer from IBS, or know someone who does, and it’s taken hold of your life, this book could lead you back to health and freedom.