Fermenting for healthy intestinal flora
Probiotic drinks and vegetables for your intestinal flora
Fermented foods are absolutely in vogue right now. The process of “living preservation” is by no means an invention of our time. Rather, fermentation is an ancient technique for preserving food. Fermentation not only increases the shelf life of fruits and vegetables, it also improves the quantity, digestibility and bioavailability of vitamins. But what happens in the process of fermentation anyway? And why are fermented foods so good for our intestinal flora?
»fermentation, c’est la vie sans l’air«
„Fermentation is life without air“
Originally, fermentation was used to describe fermentation in the absence of air. Louis Pasteur coined the expression “fermentation, c’est la vie sans l’air” (in English: “fermentation is life without air”). He is regarded as the discoverer of fermentation, although it is proven that he copied his knowledge from his less well-known colleague Antoine Béchamp.
List of fermented foods
There are countless fermented foods that you can buy or make yourself, these include:
- Yogurt with live cultures such as our MyREGULATE or ActiveBRAVO probiotic.
- Kefir with live cultures
- Fermented fruit juices with live cultures similar to BRAVO
- Sauerkraut (is purchased usually pasteurized and contains sugar)
- Pickled cucumbers
- Tempeh (fermented soybeans. Soy is not edible without fermentation.)
- Soy sauce
- Kombucha tea (is purchased usually pasteurized and contains sugar)
- Traditional buttermilk
- Mixed pickles, which are mixed pickles with cucumbers, carrots and other vegetables (when purchased usually contains sugar or sweetener)
- Fermented eggs
- Pickled meat or fish
When buying a fermented product, make sure it is organic and not pasteurized, that is, not heated. This is because pasteurization kills most of the nutrients again. In addition, the product should not contain sugar or other additives.
Of course, the best thing to do here is to make it yourself! Fermenting is not difficult – it just requires a little time and patience. You can find lots of good instructions on the Internet or in bookstores. And we promise you: it’s worth it and your intestines will thank you for it!