Fermented Foods Positively Influence Your Gut

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Written by: Steve Fillmore

Do you enjoy having a glass of red wine in the evening? How about indulging in yummy chocolate? And you can’t forget about all of those delicious cheeses.

5812181865_87bdc6850d_z-e1374889849554But how about kimchi and sourdough? Are you including these things in your diet?

In order to produce many modern day foods and beverages, it takes something pretty important – I am talking about probiotics.

I want to tell you about one strain in particular, which is also in your saliva.

Now, don’t get grossed out. This probiotic is doing a multitude of things that are beneficial – everything from boosting your immune system to destroying pathogens.

What am I talking about? I am talking about Lactobacillus plantarum.

This probiotic is one of over 50 lactobacillus species. It is one of the most versatile probiotics that is found in plants, animals and humans. It is used in the fermentation of foods from sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles and sourdough and is also used in the production of wine and chocolate. Some of your favorite things, I’m sure. 🙂

Benefits of Lactobacillus Plantarum

 

pregnant-woman-and-childL. plantarum is one of the best probiotics to help with digestive distress. Some people may even need L. plantarum more so than others in order to improve their health for several reasons, including:

  • Pregnant women – Healthy bacteria in the birth canal ensures newborn babies are inoculated as they are born.
  • Newborn babies – Tiny spoonfuls of cultured vegetable juice after birth helps prevent colic and ensures their inner ecosystems are well established.
  • Autistic children – Helps with digestive issues. How does this affect autism? Well, many studies now show that autism may stem from an imbalanced gut (“leaky gut”) and by providing the tools necessary to rebalance the gut, this may help behavioral, immune and neurological disorders.

 

Where can you find L. plantarum?

  • Kimchi
  • Cheeses
  • Sourdough
  • Pickles
  • Milk

 

Be careful with store-bought processed alternatives that use cheap vinegars and pickled vegetables. You want to use naturally fermented or salted foods and put them in a brine solution, all methods which allow the L. plantarum to survive and thereby be ingested and assimilated.

Many of these fermented foods can be made at home or found at your natural foods store or co-op.

I want to hear from you! What are your favorite fermented foods? How do you use them?

References :

http://www.probiotic.org/lactobacillus-plantarum.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lactobacillus_plantarum

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Steve Fillmore

Steve Fillmore

Zumba Teacher and 2-time cancer THRIVER at Steve Fillmore
Steve Fillmore is a 2-time cancer THRIVER! His motto in life is: Love, Laugh, Live - Love yourself first; Laugh through all the crazy times; Live for life right now! Through proper diet, exercise and mindfulness, Steve has been able to recreate his body to work with and for him.

For fun, you can find Steve either teaching a Zumba class, or creating websites for clients.
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