We all know that fermented foods are becoming very popular all around the world – from sauerkraut to kimchi to kombucha. But, do you know what are fermented foods? We can answer that question for you – fermented foods are foods that have been through a process of lacto fermentation in which natural bacteria feed on sugar and starch in the food creating lactic acid. And, one more thing – it takes some time to get it right so you have to be patient when making fermented snacks but, the wait is definitely worth it. According to the experts, this process preserves these foods and creates high levels of beneficial enzymes, B vitamins, and various probiotics. Take a look at the article below and find out more about this.
Ginger is awesome and we can say that it’s one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Ginger is known for reducing inflammation, and fighting cancer. Well yes, and you should also know that ginger has many properties that make its addition to anything a great idea. According to the experts, ginger contains gingerol, the main bioactive compound responsible for it’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Second, ginger is ideal for treating any form of nausea. And third, ginger is known to combat high blood sugar and improve heart disease risk factors. Ginger is even known to lower levels of LDL (low-density lipoprotein, bad cholesterol).
You will need the following ingredients
- 2 tablespoons ginger root, grated
- 2 tablespoons sugar (any whole-foods sugar)
- 1/2 cup filtered water
- a quart or 1/2 gallon-size jar (or other)
Here’s what you need to do – first, you need to make sure your water is at room temperature, so the sugar will dissolve quickly and mix all the ingredients well. After that, you need to cover it with a napkin or paper towel and secure with a rubber band. Roughly every twenty-four hours, you should add all the ingredients listed above again. Don’t discard anything but keep adding. Make sure it’s aerated by stirring it occasionally. After some time you should notice it getting bubbly. Note: make sure you double check that nothing is growing inside the container every now and then. By the end of the week, you’ve got yourself a ginger bug that you can add to a glass of water for a stomach settling drink.
You will need the following ingredients
- Ginger root, peeled and sliced
- 1 tablespoon Turmeric
- 1 tablespoon Sea salt
- Lemon Juice (enough to cover everything)
Here’s what you need to do – first, you need to soak your ginger in cold water for roughly 15 minutes then using a spoon gently scrape the skin off. The amount of ginger you use depends on the size of jar you’ve chosen. For a small jar use a ginger root roughly the size of your hand. And remember – if you use a larger jar to adjust the amount of turmeric and sea salt used. Squeeze about five lemons to get enough to cover the ginger, then combine it all in a bowl until all is dissolved. And finally – pour it all over your ginger in the jar and close it up air tight. Allow it to ferment at room temperature for about two weeks. Serve on the side of a dish but don’t cook them if you want the advantages of the lacto fermentation.
Fermented foods and your stomach
As we mentioned before, fermented foods offer a wide array of probiotics, which means that eating them can help introduce beneficial bacteria into your digestive system and help balance it out bowel health. And, according to the experts, as a result of having a proper gut bacteria balance, your digestive enzymes will do a better job at absorbing your food, and you can focus less on using supplements to get the vitamins you need. The same probiotics have a profound effect on your immune system, aiding in the production of antibodies, boosting your defense against illness and disease. We really hope you find this article helpful and don’t forget to share it with your friends and family. Thank you and have a good day.