Kimchi

What’s kimchi, and why should I eat it?

Kimchi is a traditional Korean fermented cabbage dish. Some of its benefits:

  • anti-inflammatory
  • antibacterial
  • antioxidant
  • probiotic
  • anti-aging properties

Additionally, Lactobacillus—the bacteria that’s in good yogurt—is in kimchi’s fermentation process.

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“All disease begins in the gut.”
– Hippocrates

History has proven Hippocrates to be a pretty smart guy! Science is now linking poor gut health with a myriad of gut problems.

Fermented vegetables, like kimchi, have been prepared and consumed throughout history by people all over the world. In fact, fermented cabbage was eaten in China 6,000 years ago. It was a staple food for builders of the Great Wall of China!

Originally, fermenting was just a preservation method, used for thousands and thousands of years. However, the inventions of pasteurization/freezing made fermenting/culturing unpopular in most “developed” countries.

 

Until recently, all of these foods were fermented/cultured:

  • ketchup
  • sauerkraut
  • pickles
  • soy sauce
  • cod liver oil
  • Tabasco sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • yogurt
  • cheese
  • sour cream

At supermarkets today, these are just pickled or processed versions of traditionally fermented/cultured foods. So, the average American is eating very little, if any, fermented food!

 

Reasons to Eat Fermented/Cultured Foods

 

They restore the proper balance of bacteria in the gut.

Establishing normal gut flora in the first 1,000 days—the period from conception to two years of age—is critical to a baby’s immune system. Consequently, gut health has a major impact on the development of the digestive tract and immune system. Unfortunately, babies with abnormal gut flora have compromised immune systems, and they’re particularly at risk for developing ADHD, learning disabilities, and autism. If they’re vaccinated before their gut flora is established, the risk increases.

However, breastfed babies aren’t guaranteed to have healthy intestinal flora. Mothers who breastfeed must make sure their own gut flora is thriving long before they begin nursing.

 

They help us to absorb the nutrients we’re consuming.

It’s like putting lotions and serums onto un-exfoliated skin. Of course, you can ingest huge amounts of nutrients. But, unless you actually absorb those nutrients, they’re useless to you. When you improve digestion, you improve absorption!

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