Super Sauerkraut: How to Use 2 Ingredients to Reverse Inflammation, Stop Acid Reflux, and More
Written by: Lindsay Sibson
A healthy gut is a happy gut.
Unfortunately, the standard American diet does little to encourage a happy body. From overly processed fast food, to sugar lurking everywhere, these unnatural ingredients destroy your body’s balance and can lead to a slew of health issues such as indigestion, acid reflux, weight gain, fatigue and weakness, diabetes, and depression.
To create a thriving and balanced internal environment in your body, it is necessary that you eat foods that cause your gut flora to flourish and can also help mend your damaged digestive tract.
eSauerkraut is a simple food that is a powerhouse when it comes to your health.
What Is Sauerkraut?
It is a raw, fermented food that is made from cabbage and is packed with health-promoting probiotics. It is an incredible source of live probiotics and enzymes. The fermentation process of sauerkraut creates a pre-digested state that allows these nutrients to be more bioavailable to your body.
The bottom line? Sauerkraut is the probiotic ROCKSTAR.
Check out these shocking stats discovered by Dr. Joseph Mercola when he sent a sample of his homemade sauerkraut to a lab for testing:
- A 4-6 ounce serving has at least 10 trillion bacteria
- 2 ounces of homemade sauerkraut has more probiotics than a 100 count probiotic bottle
- 1 16-ounce jar of sauerkraut is equivalent to 8 bottles
Fermented foods have been a staple in the human diet for centuries and the numerous benefits from eating them are undeniable. Sauerkraut is so much more than just a traditional topping for hot dogs. It has a long history of health benefits.
Over 200 years ago, Chinese laborers working on the Great Wall of China ate shredded cabbage fermented in rice wine to maintain great health. Sailors in the 18th century ate sauerkraut on long voyages to prevent scurvy, a disease brought on by being deficient in vitamin C.
Why Should You Eat Sauerkraut?
You can help your digestion and promote nutrient assimilation in your body when you regularly eat sauerkraut. It is rich in enzymes that boost your body’s ability to properly digest foods.
Nutrition benefits of sauerkraut include:
- Vitamin B1, B6 and B9
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin K
- Iron, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, potassium, manganese
- Excellent source of dietary fiber
- Loaded with antioxidants and phytonutrients
Now, before you rush to the nearest store to stock up on sauerkraut, it is important to know that not ALL sauerkraut is the same.
Most of the stuff you find at the store does NOT have the same health benefits as homemade sauerkraut. The main reason being that store bought sauerkraut is pasteurized and heavily treated. This process destroys the fragile bacteria that give sauerkraut its allure.
To reap the most health benefits from sauerkraut and ensure that you are getting enough probiotics, it is best that you make your own at home. Follow this simple recipe to make your own sauerkraut today!
How To Make Homemade Sauerkraut
For more detailed instructions, visit How To Make Your Own Sauerkraut.
- 5 pounds cabbage
- 3 tablespoons sea salt
- Remove and set aside large outer leaves from cabbage.
- Chop and shred cabbage.
- In a bowl, mix cabbage with sea salt and massage with your hands for 10 minutes to release juices.
- Place the cabbage in a suitable fermentation container and push down until juices come up and covers the cabbage. Leave 2 inches of space at the top of container.
- You need to weigh the cabbage down to help force water out of it. You can use root vegetables or a small jar that fits inside the jar or container your chose.
- Keep it at room temperature covered with a towel.
Fermentation will begin within a day.
It will ferment best in a cool, dark place with a temperature of 65-70 degrees.
Fermentation can take up to a month.
- After fermenting, transfer the sauerkraut to the refrigerator for storage.
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Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.
Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. Connect with her on her website and follow her travels on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/_traveloholic_).
Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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