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Why We Need More Fermented Foods in Our Diets [Slideshow]

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For decades, the process of fermentation was only used to preserve foods. Rather than a health supplement or a must-have for gut health, fermented foods became an essential part of different cultures. Over time, science became interested in the potential health benefits of such foods.

Why Fermented Foods?

According to different studies, through the fermentation process, lactic acid bacteria and other enzymes form in these foods. All these new bacteria can have many health benefits such as antioxidant, anti-microbial, anti-allergic, and anti-inflammatory activity.

Let’s explore some of the reasons why we need more fermented foods in our diets.

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They Improve Our Digestive Health

All the probiotics produced during the fermentation process can help restore the balance of good bacteria in our guts, which can alleviate some digestive problems. Some evidence suggests that the probiotics found in fermented foods can help reduce uncomfortable symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

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They Boost Our Immune System

The connection between our gut health and the immune system is undeniable. Fermented foods have a high probiotic content, which can boost our immune system and reduce the risk of infections. It’s also been said that consuming probiotic-rich foods can help us recover faster when we’re sick.

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They Improve Our Digestion

Beyond improving our digestive health at the gut level, fermented foods also help break down the nutrients in other foods, making them easier to be digested. Eating fermented foods increases the absorption of nutrients, making them more nutritious than their unfermented alternatives.

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They May Help with Mental Health

The connection between our gut and our mental health has been widely studied. Some studies link the probiotics formed during the fermentation process with a reduction in symptoms of anxiety and depression.

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They Show Promising Effects for Weight Loss

While more research is needed, some studies link certain probiotics strands with weight loss and decreased belly fat. Fermented foods' effects on weight loss may also have to do with the way they improve our digestive system and our digestion.

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They Promote Heart Health

Preliminary research suggests fermented foods can contribute to a lower risk of heart disease. The link may have to do with the fact that probiotics can help reduce blood pressure and lower total and “bad’ LDL cholesterol.

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Geraldine is a GR8NESS Contributing Editor who writes about self care, clean makeup and beauty, mental health, and relationships – as well as natural remedies and fitness. She’s a coffee enthusiast with Venezuelan roots, a former ballerina, and the sunscreen patrol. Most of the time, you can find her working on her skincare routine or trying a new dance workout.
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