Gut Health: Kimchi

What exactly is Kimchi? It is sauerkraut’s Korean cousin. Kimchi is a fermented, spicy cabbage. It is found in the refrigerated section of your grocery store near other Asian ingredients or pickles and sauerkraut. Because kimchi is fermented, like yogurt, it contains “healthy bacteria” called Lactobacilli that aids in the digestion process of your body. …

Gut Health: Miso

What is miso? It is a fermented paste made from barley, rice or soybeans, miso adds a nice umami flavor to dishes. It’s bold, so a little goes a long way (which is good because it’s also high in sodium). How to eat it: Add a dollop of miso—a fermented soybean-based paste used in Japanese …

Gut Health: Tempeh

Tempeh is a fermented soybean that originated in Indonesia. It is made by a natural culturing and a controlled fermentation process that includes adding a tempeh starter, which is a mix of live mold. When it sits for a day or two, it becomes a cake-like, fermented food product. Tempeh and other fermented foods lead to an increase …

Gut Health: Kefir

Kefir is a fermented drink, traditionally made using cow's milk or goat's milk. Kefir originated from parts of Eastern Europe and Southwest Asia. The name is derived from the Turkish word keyif, which means "feeling good" after eating. The lactic acid bacteria turn the lactose in the milk into lactic acid, so kefir tastes sour …

Gut Health: Kombucha

Did you know that there is a connection between the health of your gut and the rest of your body? At present, there are a number of research studies and documentaries stating the importance of healthy bacteria in our gut. Enter fermented foods ... Fermented foods can support and introduce healthy bacterial species into our …