The Benefit of Fermented Foods
We are constantly learning more and more about our bodies and the different functions and interconnections of our organs. One of the most recent and important findings is the connection between our gut and brain.
Have you ever had a ‘gut feeling’ about something? Scientific studies have confirmed that the gastrointestinal tract is sensitive to emotion. Strong emotions such as anxiety, anger, and sadness can all trigger symptoms in the gut. As it turns out, our gut is not solely an independent system responsible for digestion.
Our body is composed of more bacteria than cells. These trillions of bacteria are referred to as our microbiome, in which most reside in our gut. Our gut bacteria is referred to as the gut microbiota. The gut lining also contains some 100 million neurons called the enteric nervous system (ENS). This is more than in either the spinal cord or the peripheral nervous system.
The ENS arises from the same tissues as our central nervous system (CNS) during fetal development and has many structural and chemical parallels to the brain. It’s no wonder scientists are now referring to our gut as the “second brain”. Why does the ENS need so many neurons? This is because eating is full of danger for the body. Like the skin, the gut must prevent potentially dangerous pathogens from entering the body, which the ENS neurons will detect. The brain gut then send alerts to the brain to then rid the body of these.
How do we keep the gut microbiota happy and healthy? The answer lies in maintaining healthy bacteria or probiotics. The problem with our diets today is that we sterilize and pasteurize a good portion of the food we eat which destroys all of the ‘good’ bacteria we could be getting. Ancient cultures have long known about the benefits of eating probiotics. From kimchi, to saurkraut, to miso, cultures around the world have been reaping the benefits of probiotics found in fermented foods.
Adding fermented foods to your diet can restore the balance in the intestinal flora, provide B Vitamins, clear your skin, and improve digestion. Fermenting foods also makes them more bioavailable which by definition is the degree and rate at which a substance can be absorbed.
With 10 fermented vegetables, grasses, and probiotics, our fermented ‘Living Greens‘ powder makes it easy to add these vital nutrients to your diet. Just mix with water, drink and let your cells experience the direct absorption.