Eat fermented foods to promote gut health
As Hippocrates stated, “All disease begins in the gut.” Did you know that 70% of our immune system is housed in our gut? Gut health is a big topic that we won’t cover at length at this time…since the theme here is small changes and all. That said, there is one small change you can begin to implement that could lead to big changes in your health — eat some fermented foods! Think saurkraut, kimchi, kefir, kombucha.
There’s evidence to show that the state of our gut influences our mental, physical and emotional health. Studies show that an overabundance of ‘bad’ bacteria can be linked to digestive issues, skin disorders, mood swings and anxiety, weight problems, food allergies among others. Adding friendly bacteria back into our gut can help us be more resilient to the bad bacteria thereby helping to reduce unwanted symptoms and support a stronger more resilient immune system.
Remember when we talked about your agni (or “digestive fire”)? From an ayurvedic perspective, agni is kindled fermented foods. If you’re not digesting well, you may develop ama, or gut inflammation. Fermented foods contain living bacteria that digest ama and replenish enzymes–which create functional agni.
Here is something interesting, are you someone who maybe has some digestive troubles with bread? (Not talking about my gluten intolerant or celiac friends…that’s next level.) Try sourdough bread! Sourdough starter culture is full of good bacteria, which break down starches in the grains, making sourdough easier to digest than commercially made breads – double benefit!
I keep a jar of kimchi in my fridge and will add a scoop on the side of my lunch plate–not unlike a side of pickle. Easy peasy belly not queasy. #momjoke