The costs of modern living are many, but the most pressing ones are weight issues, stress and compromised immune systems. Recent studies reveal that there’s a simple remedy to these, lying in your kitchen—fermented food.
Fermented and cultured food has been part of every cuisine the world over, but only recently has scientific research uncovered its health benefits. The study, conducted over a period of 12 weeks, revealed that women who consumed a strain of lactic acid bacteria called lactobacillus rhamnosus lost double the amount of weight compared to those who did not consume the bacteria. Lead researcher, professor Tremblay explains that probiotics keep certain pro-inflammatory molecules from entering the bloodstream, preventing glucose intolerance, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. They also prevent diarrheal illnesses as well as allergic disorders, can prevent and treat bacterial vaginosis and urinary tract infections, and may be useful for preventing respiratory infections, dental caries, necrotizing enterocolitis, and certain aspects of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
This useful bacteria can be found in yogurt with active cultures, unpasteurized sauerkraut and kimchi, kefir, beet kvass, traditional sourdough bread, Ethiopian injera, tempeh, miso, traditional buttermilk and kombucha.
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