I found this great product through http://www.culturesforhealth.com/, which is one of my favorite resources for information on fermenting foods. The video below is my favorite way to help beginners learn how to make probiotic-rich foods. Fermenting food is one of the most natural ways to populate your digestive with probiotics, the good type of bacteria that we are learning is so critical to our health. As someone with IBS, you should be especially interested in learning to make probiotic foods in order to have a healthy balance of flora in your gut. This takes deliberate action, such as eating more fermented foods, or taking a probiotic supplement.
There are 2 reasons for this:
1. The Western diet is extremely low in probiotics.
2. We have much in our environment that threatens our natural maintenance of a healthy microbiome.
People used to ferment foods as a way to preserve them. This is not the case any longer, thanks to refrigeration and the use of preservatives in food processing. When asked about foods containing probiotics, many people can’t think of anything past yogurt, or maybe naturally made sauerkraut. What you may not know is that you can ferment a wide variety of foods, which is so nice because we all have our individual food preferences. If I told you you had to eat sauerkraut for good health, you might run for the hills but with a wide variety of options to choose from, it’s much easier to find fermented food choices you will enjoy.
Our environment works against our goal to maintain a healthy microbiome. From C-sections resulting in a missed opportunity to get our first dose of lactobacillus from the birth canal, to antibiotics fed to animals ending up in our meat and dairy foods. Then there are antibiotics taken for various health needs, toxins we are exposed to and ingest.
I am all about keeping things simple because time is such a limited resource. That is why I love Donna Schwenk’s Cultured Food Life Video Trilogy where Donna walks us through how to make kefir, kombucha, and cultured vegetables. Anyone can learn to make probiotic foods! When you buy through this link you also get free access to hundreds of Culture For Health how-to articles, recipes, and ebooks. To purchase the DVD, click here: