Most people think the most important thing about their food is what kind of food it is. This matters when it comes to only eating what can help your body and refraining from foods that harm it.
But the body still can’t repair itself if the right foods aren’t absorbed. So the state your food is in when you eat it is actually the most important thing when eating for healing.
The key? You want to eat foods that are pre-digested and maximally bioavailable.
In other words, you want to eat fermented foods, because they are easy on your digestive tract and because they’re pre-digested, you don’t have to worry about your body not properly breaking down the nutrients. They are absorbed easily and can go to work helping your body heal and repair itself. What this means for you is that you are getting way more nutrients and even protein this way than you do normally with foods that can’t be absorbed properly.
By adding even just one serving of fermented foods to your diet every day can revolutionize your health, particularly when you are simultaneously detoxing and repairing your digestive tract for improved absorption of all foods and supplements you might ingest. We specifically recommend 2 ounces of a probiotic liquid every day, or a heaping tablespoon of cultured veggies with each meal.
Some people underestimate the importance of fermented foods and health benefits that you can experience include lower cholesterol, efficient digestive functioning and a stronger immune system.
Fermentation is one of the oldest ways to preserve food.
When you ferment a food, you allow beneficial bacteria and yeast to colonize and feed on the food. As communities of specific health-promoting bacteria grow, they consume sugars and produce valuable enzymes. Fermented foods are pre-digested. This means that bacteria have already done some of the digestive work for you.
Fermented foods do more than ease your digestive burden. Research tells us that this missing food group may be able to safeguard against a long list of health disorders. For example, the beneficial bacteria in fermented foods have been found to support the body to address and overcome:
When raw, cruciferous vegetables or dairy are fermented, the nutrients in these foods are enhanced and more available to the body for use.
Fermented foods also give friendly bacteria and yeast a matrix to live in and consume while they move through your digestive system. This means that you are more likely to reap benefits from fermented foods, rather than from a probiotic pill.
One study published last year in the Journal of Dairy Science confirms this. (3) Researchers found that the bacteria in fermented milk had a greater chance of surviving the digestive system than pure bacterial culture—or the equivalent of a probiotic pill.
The biggest issue with the processing methods of probiotics is that the structure that bacteria and yeast live in—or the biofilm—is completely destroyed. Bacteria and yeast naturally produce a slimy, sticky biofilm as they grow. Your fermented food contains biofilm. Biofilm protects microbes and nourishes them as they make their way into the colon.
Beneficial bacteria and yeast are stripped of their biofilm during processing to make probiotic pills. This means that there is less chance that they will survive the harsh acidity of the stomach when swallowed.
In contrast, when you eat fermented foods the beneficial microbes are well equipped to immediately set up residence in your digestive tract.
In order to carry out everyday tasks—like making enzymes, hormones, and neurotransmitters—your body needs protein. But not just any protein will do. You need a specific set of amino acids that is abundant in animal foods—and usually missing in plant foods. We need these amino acids and you can meet these nutritional needs with both animal and plant-based proteins. For example, some legumes and grain-like seeds, such as amaranth and quinoa, are a complete source of protein.
Yet even if you source the best protein for your body, most people with compromised digestive systems find that their bodies can’t break down and absorb the amino acids and other nutrients. Additionally, poorly sourced protein sources can further exacerbate leaky gut and other digestive issues.
So how can you begin to rebuild and repair your body when health or digestion may already be compromised? The secret is to ferment your protein.
When you do, you transform your protein into maximally bioavailable nutrition your body can easily absorb while boosting a host of other benefits including:
Tomorrow we’ll give you a bonus protocol for how to enhance your daily diet with the foods and nutrients you need to detoxify your body while addressing leaky gut and delivering maximum nutrition for repair and healing.
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