We all know that vegetables are one of the best types of foods we can feed our bodies with, right? Did you know that if you ferment your veggies they become a superfood? Yup! Culturing vegetables improves the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and immune effect that vegetables have on our system! You’ll soon find out how. Raw vegetables can be tough on the system to digest in some people and can often lead to gas and bloating. If you ferment your veggies though they are very easy to digest and they actually help your digestive tract work better! When vegetables are pickled they cause lactic acid fermentation. The byproducts of vegetable fermentation are prebiotics, which are necessary for our probiotics to thrive. Kimchi is a good example of fermented vegetables that is used in Korea with every meal! It is considered to make the meal and your digestive tract fresh!
If you feel fatigued or bloated or have a high level of inflammation, fermenting vegetables can help cut it all. The vegetables that are pickled have a higher amount of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and enzymes in them. One of the most common causes to fatigue and bloating is inflammation. At least 60% of our energy is diverted to our digestive tract to digest a meal. If our digestion is weak or if we are eating either bland foods with very low nutritional content or raw foods that are difficult to digest, taking in pickled foods with these meals helps both! It makes the bland food less bland and makes raw foods easier to break down.
The pickling of vegetables cut’s inflammation as enzymes break it down. People take enzymes with their meals to help digest their food as well as taking pancreatic enzymes on an empty stomach to cut inflammation in the body system wide. Fermented vegetables do to!
Most fermented food bases are cabbage. When you ferment cabbage you make a whole lot more of prebiotics, which are non-absorbable fiber. The prebiotics of fermented veggies is good for our flora<><><><><><><><>Continue Reading >
May is the month that we celebrate Physical Fitness! I have always enjoyed exercising and I know that’s not the truth for everyone. We all know it’s good for us but why? People who exercise feel stronger than people who do not as they are making their cells stronger. Just like muscles in your arms, legs, abs, and back, which become stronger and more toned, so does your heart. We cannot see the heart but we can feel it as it is working out at the same time your structure is.Continue Reading
May is physical fitness month. Please let me share my physical fitness story. It’s a hoot! When I was young and living in Philadelphia I took the subway to my aerobics class. During my traveling nurse days I cycled in marathons, my first one in Hawaii on a rented bike to the top of a live volcano. The first night there I woke in the night to use the restroom. As I stood up in the gymnasium filled with sleeping bags and snoring people, I collapsed as my legs had so much lactic acid in them I could hardly walk!Continue Reading
Are you struggling to muster the motivation to start exercising regularly like you know you should? You are in very good company! This is the case for so many of us. This is my personal story of the final piece of the puzzle that has worked for me. As a naturopathic doctor whose practice is mainly working with very busy women, it’s my daily duty to remind my patients how important it is to exercise, both for their physical and mental health. This isn’t news to any of us, everybody knows you need to move your body and do something active every day. Most of us also know how great we feel mentally after we do an invigorating workout.Continue Reading
We eat more meat per day than is recommended and our country farms 50% more meat than Europe does. Approximately 34 million cows in the US are slaughtered each year and cattle farms are the single largest sector of agriculture in our country. The more commercial meat we eat the more pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, insecticides and hormones will accumulate in our body.Continue Reading