Fermented Foods Enhance our Digestion – Zuzana Friedmann, RHN/FBT

It’s easy to incorporate fermented (or cultured) foods into your regular dietary regimen with just a few easy substitutions. Consider replacing cabbage with sauerkraut, replacing milk with cottage cheese or kefir, and subbing out soybeans and choosing tofu, miso, or natto instead. Pickled veggies are a great alternative and addition to salads, or on their own. Eating fermented foods improves the rate of nutrient absorption from food. They help build stronger digestive enzymes profiles, boost vitamins A, B, and K – all of which are vital for our intestinal flora. The strength of our intestinal flora is a sign of health, and it can become unstable with age, stress, and disease processes. Daily probiotics, either supplementary or from food, can also contribute to intestinal flora health and work to protect our body from illness. Definitely consider checking in with your health care practitioner to make sure you are getting enough fermented foods to support your gastrointestinal tract health, or to discuss the right probiotic supplement for your specific needs.