Fermented foods are those foods which have undergone the process of lactofermentation. This is a process which lets natural bacteria feed on sugar and starch present in the food, thereby creating lactic acid. This also helps to preserve the food, creates beneficial enzymes, b-vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids and probiotics.
Fermented foods contain probiotics, which play a crucial role in the development the mucosal immune system, which is present in the digestive tract and is responsible for the production of antibodies and pathogens. This keeps the gut healthy and prevents disease. Our bodies also need these enzymes to digest, absorb and utilise certain nutrients present in our foods. Also as we age, our bodies supply of vital nutrients goes down.
Some fermented foods produce the compound acetylcholine, which is a neurotransmitter. And acetycholine helps in bowel movements and releases digestive juices and enzymes from the stomach, pancreas and the gallbladder.
Fermented foods like misco, sauerkraut, yogurt, kimchi etc are potent detoxifiers, which are capable of getting rid of toxins and heavy metals from the body.
One of the reasons fermented foods are so healthy is because the fermentation process increases certain vital nutrients present in these foods.
REVOFIT TAKE: Add fermented foods to your diet because eating these foods will boost healthy bacteria in your digestive tract and this may help to slowdown or reverse certain diseases, improve bowel health, aid digestion and improve immunity.