This is a great article that came to me today from Dr Mercola and I think it is a topic that we have overlooked to much.
We all know that so much of our good health results from a healthy gut. But once the gut has been damaged how to repair it becomes a huge question. This artilce addresses in a very concise way what we have in peice meal all over our forum, but with the addition of the topic of fermented foods.
When I spent time at Hippocrates Institued in San Deigo I learned about fermented seeds, al la Ann Wigmore. Hippocrates folks eat a lot of fermented things but I didnt' like them much so it was easy for me to overlook. Now that I am gardening I've been thinking about fermented cabbage. Last year I had 10 heads of fresh cabbage stored in my refrigerator. Cabbage does keep for a long time but not forever. We couldn't eat it all. My husband and I keep talking about making sourkraut but it never happened, largely due to inexperience in the process, hence it always got pushed to the end of the list of things to do and of course, never got done.
Sourkraut and fermented foods does have its pitfalls for many, it can be rough to take for it can really make a storm in the gut with the resultant winds. Bad enough to create avoidance in anyone who has gut irritability in the first place.
Dr Mercola's article presents a youtube film by a fermenting expert, Caroline Berrenger. I think it is a video well worth watching for she teaches how to integrate fermented foods into your diet in a successful way no matter what your digestive capabilites may be. This will also introduce you to the concept of fermented fish and meats. She also discusses how to integrate raw foods and cooked foods in such a manner that it brings the cooked foods back to life though re-establisment of the cooked foods enzymatic processes, hence making cooked food premium due its increased ability to digest.
Berringer explains the differences between cultured bacterias, cultured yeasts, and a wide variety of cultured foods, including grains, nuts, seeds, meats, fish a variety of vegetables that you had not ever considered to ferment that will bring in a new profile of organisms that will keep your gut healthy.
Listen to Caroline Berrenger on Fermented Foods
Dr. Mercola's total artilce is found here
Kraut Pounders Found Here