Fermented foods provide a much broader range of beneficial bacteria for our gut ‘microbiome’ than most probiotic supplements. A top-quality supplement might have eight different strains of probiotics, albeit in high amounts specific for certain health conditions, but research also shows fermented foods such as kefir, yoghurt, kimchi, sauerkraut and kombucha can contain up to 50 different strains.
In terms of preventative medicine, the benefits of fermented foods are experienced when regularly consumed because they fuel the gut microbiome which in turn supports our immune system. Up to 60% of our immune health stems from the state of our gut bacteria. Fermented foods also improve digestion and nutrient absorption, with each probiotic strain having a role working on different parts of the gut.
In our modern lives, we can be over-nourished, in that we consume too many calories, but also nutrient-poor, so anything that helps us absorb more nutrition from what we eat will help with our gut health, immune health, weight management and overall health.
Lastly, patients who book a consultation for the months of October and November for gut issues will receive a copy of ‘Wild Fermentation’ by Sandor Ellix Katz.
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