Three years I started researching on the Weston A. Price‘s website. That is where I learned about fermented food and flora. Flora is the bacteria in your stomach. A lot goes on in your gut and the state of its health is important to YOU as a whole. The gut is where it starts. A large portion of immunity is there. Having an advantage of good bacteria to ‘bad’ bacteria can be the determining factor in whether you get sick or not. Upon learning this I love to boast on the radical state of my flora, who kick butt and keep sickness at bay. I can’t remember the last time I fell ill. Thanks flora.
Of course there are all kinds of variables that lead to healthy immunity, but there are measures we can take. Part of this is food, like probiotics. I know more have heard this term now with all the commercials, but fermented foods can be probiotic and help build healthy bacteria. Fermented foods used to be the norm, that’s how we preserved food. But fermenting also has its health benefits. Fermenting can often increase the nutritional and vitamin content of food. Fermented foods would be sauerkraut, kimchi, and more. In the case of foods which are common allergens (like gluten and the dairy we’ll explore today), it makes them easier to digest. Many with dairy allergies for instance can stomach yogurt or kefir (or if you want to look further, they actually do better with other variety of animal milk, like goat).
Before visiting my local grass-fed dairy farmer I had never heard of kefir. They told me they sold kefir rather than yogurt. Continue reading “Special: Kefir with Kathi”