I strongly believe that the best nutrition available comes from food we have prepared in our own kitchen. There isn’t a supplement that is as easy for the body to absorb and assimilate as homemade foods like sauerkraut and bone broth. Of course supplements have their place, as do drugs, but if we rely on them for our nourishment we will fall short of good health.
Fermented and cultured foods provide loads of beneficial bacteria (and sometimes beneficial yeasts, viruses and fungus’s) that assist us with digesting our food and supporting our immune and detox systems. Homemade is key here. Sauerkraut on grocery store shelves has been processed with heat – all the beneficial, live organisms have been destroyed. If you want to purchase from a health food store, check the cooler – they may have some that hasn’t been processed (thus the reason for needing refrigeration). But honestly, making it yourself is a snap. Of course I use my Thermomix so the chopping takes literally seconds; the whole process takes at most 30 minutes. I also chose to inoculate with a starter culture to ensure that it is heavily populated with the ‘good guys’.
Getting a variety of sources of probiotic foods in the form of kefir, yogurt, sour dough etc, will help to establish a healthy gut flora. It’s may be much easier than you thought and I will be giving classes on an ongoing basis. There are far reaching benefits to having these goods guys living you and I believe this is foundational to healing.
until next time, PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD; LOVE WHAT YOU EAT; BE KITCHEN SMART!