If you want to improve your intestinal flora, which is the good bacteria in your gut that is responsible for helping you digest foods properly, then you should consume more fermented food. When you do, you also increase your energy levels and improve your overall mood. Your intestinal bacteria, such as; Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli which helps your body to break down the sugar, starch and lactose present in the foods you consume will be sustained at the right amounts, while those bad bacteria known to be a cause for serious health concerns, such as; C. difficile and E. coli will be regulated, controlled and ultimately destroyed as much as possible by these fermented foods consumed.
Some fermented foods that you can include in your dietary plan today include; raw pickles, yogurt, kimchi, tempeh, lassi, kombucha, kefir and sauerkraut. These foods promote the growth of good bacteria also called probotic, these bacteria are responsible for aiding the movement of food along the intestinal tract and colon, they help us to combat indigestion, constipation, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), diarrhoea and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). These bacteria also known as probotic are influential in helping with our overall health and well-being, they help in boosting our oral health, fighting allergies, regulating our overall weight, combating skin problems like acne, combating vaginal problems, as well as stimulating our immunity.
The probotic or good bacteria in our gut can be depleted when we consume antibiotics, as these drugs destroy both good and bad bacteria. We therefore will need to boost our probotic and we can do this with a simple homemade recipe consisting of two major ingredients, one of which is sauerkraut.
Here’s what you need to prepare this sauerkraut, probotic boosting recipe
- Caraway seeds – 1tbsp
- Sea salt – 2 tbsp
- Cabbage (shredded) – 5 pounds
Preparation And Use
- Get a large bowl and incorporate all the ingredients in it.
- Mix the ingredients and leave them in the bowl for a period of 10 minutes after mixing.
- After 10 minutes, put the mixed ingredients in a glass container that is large enough to contain them.
- Place a quartered onion on top of the mixture in the container, this will help to weigh the mixture down in the container.
- Use a paper towel to cover the container and then with a rubber band, hold the paper towel in place.
- Keep the container in a large bowl of water and in a dark cool place for a period of four weeks.
- Inspect the mixture each day and remove any scum that may appear at the top of the mixture.
- After four weeks, transfer the mixture into another container and refrigerate. You can leave it in a fridge for as long as 6 months.
- Consume once daily, especially in the morning on an empty stomach.
Source: Healthy Food House