Your gut health and immune system are inextricably linked. Did you know that approximately 70-80% of your immune tissue is located within your digestive system?
A healthy gut has an important balance of good bacteria, essential for fighting off the bad bacteria and keeping us healthy. The most effective way to encourage its growth is by eating foods packed with probiotics; good bacteria that live in your gut and show up in fermented foods.
Fermented foods are foods that have been through a process of lacto-fermentation in which natural bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in the food creating lactic acid. This process preserves the food, and creates beneficial enzymes, b-vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids, and various strains of probiotics.
How often should you eat fermented foods? The short answer is as much as you can. Eating fermented foods daily will strengthen your immune system, reduce bloating, control weight, and will help many digestive issues. They also help your body to absorb more vitamins and minerals.