Homemade Sauerkraut For a Healthy Gut
Can you imagine a world where sauerkraut actually gets RID of your bloating!? This is the state in which our gut is supposed to be. Where we can consume fermented foods which we usually think of as the cause of gas but instead have a flat stomach because of those foods!! How does that happen? By creating a healthy environment in your gut.
Fermenting your own veggies at home is a great tool for better digestion and overall gut health. This blog post will break everything down step by step (including a video at the end if you’re more visual in that way). Bloating from food is an indicator or symptom of an unhealthy gut, not from the actual food you ate.
what you need:
Himalayan sea salt
Glass jar with lid
What causes an unhealthy gut?
Causes of an unhealthy gut can differentiate from person to person but there are a few factors that are common. One being, The SAD diet (Standard American Diet), which is packed with process foods, meat, dairy, antibiotics, toxins, and sugar that deplete our gut bacteria.
Leaky Gut has been a more common issue among Americans as of the last few years. Leaky gut is usually caused by a food allergy or sensitivity and a lot of the time being gluten. When gluten is consumed it tears the lining of the gut allowing the particles to seep out of the intestines into the bloodstream which needs to be processed by the liver causing a vicious cycle. If you are sensitive to gluten and keep consuming it, your body doesn’t get to heal itself like it wants to.
How much fermented fooD should i eat?
Start small. Everyone is different so if you know that you are already sensitive to certain foods or get bloated often, start small. Even as little as a fork full a few times a week or so and slowly build up from there. I can eat a full jar of fermented cabbage and it doesn’t bother my stomach at all. It definitely used to, it takes time to build your gut health up!
What are the benefits of fermented foods?
Fermented food help restore the gut flora because of the natural probiotics that they contain. The gut is often times referred to as our second brain. We have trillions of cells functioning with our gut so it needs nurtured and taken care of. This helps with nutrient absorption (which helps brighten your skin, hair, and nails), gives you more energy, builds a healthy immune system, and helps give you meaningful sleep.
A great resource to learn about gut health is this episode of Generation V Podcast with Dr. Angie Sadeghi: How Gut Health Affects Your Performance
If you have any specific questions about gut health or this recipe, leave me a comment or DM me over at @plantifulalex <3