If you are following a raw foods diet to any degree, then you are already interested and invested in providing your body with a healthy, nutrient-dense diet. Yet, if you are not including one particular type of food in your diet, you are missing out on a major component to good health:
Fermented Raw Foods
It’s true: despite the multiple benefits offered by a raw foods diet, if fermented foods are not regularly a part of your raw foods diet (Want to add to your raw foods repertoire? Check out these easy raw food recipes), your diet is not as healthy as it could be. By regularly including fermented raw foods in your diet, you will take your raw foods diet to a whole new level of healthy!
What are the Benefits of the Probiotics Found in Raw Fermented Foods?
As scientists research the role of probiotics in our diets, one thing is certain: we are only beginning to crack the surface of the role these vital strains of bacteria play in almost all aspects of our health and well-being. Yet despite the growing attention probiotics are currently receiving, they are actually nothing new. Probiotics, also known as gut friendly bacteria, have naturally existed in foods forever, but their wide range of benefits are only just now beginning to be fully researched and recognized.
However, even as their benefits are lauded the natural, food-based sources are scarcer than ever before. Modern sterilisation, cooking, and preservation methods have rendered our foods largely devoid of these beneficial probiotic strains. Taking probiotic supplements can help this problem, but some researchers believe your body is better able to utilize probiotics naturally found in foods. By buying or making fermented raw foods, you will able to realise a host of health and nutrition benefits.
While high quality probiotic supplements can be very expensive, you can make fermented foods for just pennies. Foods you likely already include in your raw foods diet can be fermented in a brine made only with salt and water, making fermented foods the most cost effective way to fill your diet with probiotics.
Fits Well with Raw Foods Diet
Many of the top foods for fermenting may already be part of your raw foods diet. Vegetables such as cucumbers, cabbage, bell peppers, onions, asparagus, carrots and more are all well-suited to the fermenting process. This means you don’t have to alter your diet; just add some variety to how you are preparing the foods you are already eating.
Aids in Digestion
One of the most recognised perks that probiotics offer is the role they play in digestion. These friendly bacteria strains help your body more efficiently break down the foods you eat. The probiotics found in fermented foods are so powerful that they make not only the fermented foods themselves easier to digest, but they also aid in the digestion of any other foods with which they are consumed.
Eating a diet full of probiotic rich fermented foods helps boost the health of the entire gastrointestinal (GI) tract. When the GI tract has a high level of beneficial bacteria internal inflammation decreases, thus making nutrient absorption improve. Studies are showing that the proper balance of probiotics in the GI tract may even have the power to reduce the symptoms of GI conditions such as Crohn’s disease.
Linked to Improved Mood
Many scientists and researchers refer to the gut as the “second brain.” Studies are revealing that mood, depression, and serotonin levels are all impacted by the gut. Research on this link is still in its early stages, but the link is enough to make researchers point to healthy gut bacteria as playing a role in mood and depression.
Support Immune Health
It is estimated that as much as 80 percent of your immune system is based in your gut. Because probiotics play such an important role in gut health, it is believed that they also play an important role in supporting the health of your immune system. By filling your diet with probiotic rich fermented foods, you can arm your immune system with what it needs to work its best.
Total Control over Ingredients
Recent evaluations have shown that even probiotic supplements labeled “gluten free” contain traceable amounts of gluten. While this is not an issue for everyone who follows a gluten free diet, the growing research over the damaging effects gluten can have on people is making it a relevant concern for many. Getting your probiotics through fermenting raw foods gives you total control over not only the gluten free status of your probiotics, but also over any other ingredients you may not want in your probiotics.
Don’t miss out on this critically important component for you raw foods diet any longer!