The word ‘fermented’ doesn’t always conjure up the most pleasant of images… but the world of fermented food is not one you want to bypass just on a name basis.
Without fermented foods, we would be sans sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, kefir and even just plain old yoghurt – not a world I want to be living in. The tangy burst of cultured foods is a taste sensation that would be sorely missed. Why am I on a fermented food rampage? Not only does it taste amazing, but I am banging on because the health benefits that come from including at least one cultured or fermented food in your meal plan each day are phenomenal. Using yoghurt or kefir, for example, in at least one meal daily promotes dental health, helps to fight off pathogenic bacteria, supports the immune system, heals the intestinal track and offers it respite, and it aids with digestion. Not to mention, the fermentation process boosts the nutritional value of whatever it is you choose to ferment (be it cabbage, milk or carrot) and it contains 100x more probiotics than supplements. With all these benefits, how could you possibly be anti fermented foods?!
The high level of probiotics found in cultured foods helps to repair the flora of your gut at an accelerated rate. Something as simple as an infection, and even just a single course of antibiotics, is enough to send your gut into turmoil, sometimes for months on end. When there is an imbalance in the flora of your gut (also known as dysbiosis), your body starts to show signs of fatigue, presents itself with gastrointestinal issues and it even contributes to a dull and blemished complexion. Who would have thought that something as simple as taking a course of antibiotics could cause havoc with your skin for months after?! If you find that your skin is starting to look tired, take an active approach and as well as looking after it with the right skincare, start feeding it from the inside out. Start including more yoghurt in your diet, or for those who are keen to really delve into the cultured food world, why not look into making your own milk kefir or labneh? The results of a combined internal health regime and a good skincare regime (why not give In Fiore’s 424 Cleansing method a shot?), you will literally be ‘glowing from within’ by nourishing yourself from the inside out!