What Are Fermented Foods And Why Are They So Good For Us?

What Are Fermented Foods And Why Are They So Good For Us?

We’re sure you’ve noticed the rise in popularity of fermented foods in recent years. You can now find aisles upon aisles of these friendly probiotic goodies.
Fermented food improves digestion, boosts immunity, and helps you maintain a healthy weight. Including foods that are packed with probiotics is a great way to improve your gut health - the good bacteria that grows during the fermentation process bathes your GI tract in healthy organisms that promote a healthy, thriving system.
When creating our Transform Program we made sure to put an emphasis on including fermented foods into an everyday diet because of its proven benefits for gut health. 
The probiotics produced during the fermentation process can help restore a healthy balance of bacteria in your gut which may alleviate digestive problems. Studies have shown that fermented foods may lessen the severity of diarrhoea, bloating, gas, constipation, and help reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. 
Alongside improving your digestive health fermented foods can also boost your immune system and make food easier to digest! 
Due to their high probiotic content - fermented foods are able to boost your immune system and may help you recover faster when you get sick.
Now we know this all may seem a bit daunting adding such nutrient rich food into your diet but the good news is there is a good chance you already have included some fermented foods in your everyday diet.
An easy way to add fermented foods into your diet is to try making some simple substitutions:
  • Swap your favourite sugary soft drink with a probiotic-rich kombucha.
  • Swap your regular white bread for some top quality sourdough.
  • Swap out your usual meat of choice for some beans or legumes.
By trying these substitutions in your everyday diet your body is able to slowly but surely start to reap the benefits fermented food has.
Use this checklist below to see what fermented foods you already eat and which you should add onto your next grocery list:
  • Kefir
  • Sauerkraut
  • Tempeh
  • Natto
  • Cheese
  • Kombucha
  • Miso
  • Kimchi
  • Salami
  • Yoghurt
  • Sourdough Bread
  • Beer
  • Wine
  • Olives
By Courtney Moane.
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