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Some of the best superfoods on the planet are actually traditional foods.
These traditional foods are foods that our ancestors used for generations to heal and protect the body. Many of these foods were also used to promote fertility and prepare a woman for pregnancy.
Traditional superfoods are nutrient-dense. They are packed full of health-promoting fats, proteins, minerals, and vitamins. Many times, fermentation unlocks these nutrients or enhances an already rich nutrient profile.
Dairy is one of nature’s original superfoods. Consider yourself lucky if you live in a state where raw, grass-fed dairy is available.
Those who cannot handle the sugar in dairy may also find that they do best with fermented dairy, such as yogurt, kefir, cultured butter, or true sour cream. The friendly bacteria in fermented dairy consume milk sugars, such as lactose, and also help to break down milk proteins, like casein. (1)
Sometimes, we have difficulty digesting the proteins in dairy. If you find that you still struggle to digest fermented dairy:
Many of us are afraid of fat because we have been taught that all fat generates heart disease. We now know that this hypothesis is wrong, and that just the opposite is true. (2) However, many people are still afraid of healthy fats. Did you know that saturated fats are essential to produce hormones in the body?
One large study conducted through the Harvard School of Public Health found that:
Finding grass-fed dairy is essential. When an animal is fed corn or soy-based feed, more pro-inflammatory omega 6 fatty acids are created.
Grass-fed butter, which is made from the cream found in dairy, is rich in CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid). CLA is another type of beneficial fatty acid.
This vitamin is not the same as vitamin K1, which does not convert into vitamin K2.
Making your own sour cream at home is incredibly simple. With homemade sour cream, you can stir in dried herbs, finely chopped dulse, or Celtic sea salt to create a wonderful dip for veggies.
Steps to make homemade sour cream:
If you would like to make your own cultured butter at home, use a jar of cream that you have already fermented.
Nutrient-dense superfoods are full of beneficial fats, proteins, vitamins, and minerals. Fermentation also helps to unlock and enhance the nutrient profile of food.
Raw, grass-fed dairy is one of nature’s best superfoods. Many times, those who are lactose intolerant can still enjoy raw dairy since it is full of enzymes that break down lactose in milk. Eating full-fat dairy is important since saturated fat will regulate hormones in the body. Studies have shown that women who eat full-fat dairy more than once a day have a 25% reduced risk of infertility.
Grass-fed dairy and grass-fed butter are the best choices. Grass-fed dairy is rich in omega 3 fatty acids to cool inflammation in the body. Grass-fed butter is rich in CLA, a beneficial fatty acid that can actually help to reduce belly fat caused by stress.
You can make your own delicious, fermented, full-fat dairy products at home with the Body Ecology Kefir Starter Culture!
Kefir has many benefits, including better digestion of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. It has been known for thousands of years for its anti-aging and immune-enhancing properties.
Kefir is an ancient cultured food, rich in amino acids, enzymes, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and B vitamins. Kefir means "feel good" in Turkish, and that's just how you'll feel after drinking a glass in the morning! Easy and fun to make at home, it is superior to commercial yogurt. An absolute must after antibiotic use!
Unlike yogurt, kefir can actually colonize the intestinal tract and is simple and fun to make at home. To make kefir: Mix one packet with 1 quart of warm milk, cover and set at room temperature for 18-24 hours. Refrigerate and enjoy!
Each packet yields 1 quart of kefir, and can be reused up to 7 times. This means you can create 10 ½ gallons of kefir from one box!
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