Sauerkraut! Have you tried it? Okay so it may be a an acquired taste, but did you know how beneficial it is to us?
Fermented Foods are amazing, they are great for healing our digestion system, balancing our good and bad bacteria, healing leaky guts which can lead to food intolerance, allergies, depression, malnutrition and many more symptoms.
A healthy digestion I believe after lots of research and 10 yrs of experience of healthy living in my own life is one of the most important aspects of a healthy happy body, physically and emotionally.
The digestion is our power house, it’s where we get our energy from, it’s the place which nourishes us and feeds us. You know how you feel if you eat too much, it reflects it self not only in low energy levels whilst our bodies desperately try to digest all the food we over ate.. but also in our mood, we feel sluggish, don’t feel as cheery or as energetic.
60-70% of our immune system is in our gut, so if your digestion isn’t working properly, if you’re experiencing bloating, heaviness, gas, constipation, diarrhea or any other digestive discomfort, this will also show up in more frequent colds, virus and an overall feeling of just not feeling at your best.
So. Fermented Foods, a few more reason to sell you on these foods:
- Cheaper than probiotic
- You can make them yourself, super easy to make!
- Your body will actually start craving the goodness
You can experience:
- clearer skin
- more energy
- a flat stomach
- strong digestion
- clarity and better concentration
- stronger immune system
- better sleep
Have I convinced you yet??
Well here is a recipe I have for Sauerkraut, it’s so easy, you’ll want to give it a go 😉
- 1 – 2 cabbages, shredded
- 1 tbsp carraway seeds
- 1-2 tbsp of sea salt (make sure its good quality sea salt)
- Filtered water
Add the cabbage and caraway seeds to a bowl, add in the sea salt and massage with your hands for 10 mins. Which is actually very therapeutic, like meditation, a stress ball etc..
The cabbage will start to release juices. Then add to a clean Mason Jar that has been cleaned well and with hot water to kill any nasties.. we only want the good bacteria to grow!
Push the cabbage into the mason jar, packing it in tight so no air pockets can form as we want to keep the oxygen out. This is the process of healthy fermentation. Once the jar is full and packed tight, the juices should cover the top layer of cabbage by at least 1cm. If not add a little filtered water and a pinch of salt until it does.You can put a cabbage leaf right at the top as a seal and then screw the lid on.
The leave somewhere at room temperature, in your kitchen, and the fermentation process can take about 3-4 days.
The sauerkraut will be ready to eat, there shouldn’t be any mould.. but you may have a top slayer of slightly slimy cabbage which you can discard and the cabbage underneath should be fine.. it will smell kind of vinegary when ready!
I recommend you start slow when adding fermented foods into your diet, a tbsp a day and work up..
Because it is a fermented food it is loaded with good bacteria which will start to work on your levels of good and bad bacteria by killing the bad guys! which can initially cause bloating and some symptoms.. but go slowly and you will start to reap the benefits!
It’s a great, ancient food, and I believe can improve your health in unbelievable ways 🙂
Love Sarah xx
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