A healthy digestive process is vital to maintaining a robust immune system which is key to your good health. In fact, 80% of your immune system can be found in your gut. In this brief video, Ty discusses the science and benefits of fermentation to healthy digestion. Discover the simple ways you can add more fermented foods to your diet.
Video Transcript: Is Fermentation the Key to Your Good Health?
Ty Bollinger: A couple hundred years ago, scientists realized that microorganisms in the gastrointestinal tract of healthy individuals were different than those who were sick. These beneficial bacteria, also known as friendly flora, are known as probiotics, literally meaning “for life.”
Collectively, this biological system in your GI tract is known as the microbiome. You can remember it this way. You have trillions of microbes in your microbiome, which resides in your GI tract, or your gut. Now, some of these microorganisms are healthy and many assist in everything from food assimilation to the creation of T Cells for your immune system.
Other bacteria, however, are not so helpful. In fact, they can be downright dangerous and often lead to all kinds of digestive and other health issues.
When it comes to our gut health, the name of the game is to have sufficient quantities of the good bacteria in your gut at all times that outnumber the bad bacteria.
So, how can we get sufficient quantities of the healthy critters – probiotics – in our gut? That’s the question. One way is to eat plenty of fermented foods, which has been happening since the beginning of time. You see, fruits, veggies, fish, milk, and meat are highly perishable, and our ancestors utilized every possible technique to preserve foods.
What exactly is fermentation? It’s the process of using microorganisms, such as bacteria or yeast, to convert carbohydrates to alcohol or organic acids under anaerobic, which means without oxygen, conditions. It breaks down nutrients into more easily digestible forms.
The perfect example is with soybeans – organic, of course. Soybeans are basically indigestible without fermentation. But, fermentation breaks down the soybean’s complex and difficult to digest proteins into readily digestible amino acids, giving us traditional Asian ingredients like miso, tamari (which is soy sauce), natto, and tempeh.
My beautiful wife, Charlene, grew up near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which, by the way, is one of our favorite cities. Now folks up in Pittsburgh love sauerkraut on their hot dogs. Do you know that sauerkraut is a great source of probiotics due to the fact that it’s fermented?
As a matter of fact, the 18th Century English explorer, Captain James Cook, was recognized by the Royal Society of Medicine for using sauerkraut to concur scurvy, which had killed hundreds of crew members on a previous voyage. His 60 barrels of sauerkraut lasted for over two years, and not a single crew member had scurvy.
Other excellent fermented foods include kefir, kombucha, and kimchi. No, they don’t all have to start with a K. It’s just a coincidence.
So, let’s review what we’ve learned about fermentation. It occurs where there’s a lack of what? Anyone? That’s right, oxygen.
And one more question for you, to see if you’ve been paying attention. Fermentation makes foods more what? Anyone? That’s right, digestible. Great job, class.
I just elaborated about the numerous health benefits of fermented foods, but these same benefits apply to fermented supplements. Research shows that fermenting vitamins, and minerals, and herbs, before encapsulating them, can enhance them in a number of ways, including increased bioavailability, which means that your body’s able to utilize and absorb them.
If you’re not consuming fermented foods on a regular basis, then a good-quality supplement that’s fermented that contains probiotics, of course, can make a world of difference to your gut health.
Remember, if your body is not able to utilize the supplement, then it’s virtually worthless. That’s why, if you’re using supplements that you purchased in one of the big box stores, then the result might not be creating health in your body. You might just be producing expensive urine, since your body might not be absorbing the supplements that you ingest.
To summarize, we’ve been fermenting food for millennia, and fermented food has many health benefits, such as providing natural probiotics for your microbiome, enhancing bioavailability, and promoting healthy inflammation levels.
If you’re not a big fan of eating fermented foods, then no worries, but be sure to get your hands on supplements that are fermented, and you can attain similar, if not superior, health benefits.
I hope you’ve learned a lot from this brief video. Here’s to your health. God bless.
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