If you’re a kombucha drinker or a kimchi lover, you’ve probably heard this word a time or two. But what does it actually mean?? We’re glad you asked.
Fermented foods are foods that have gone through lactofermentation, a process where naturally-occurring bacteria feed on the sugars and starches in foods and subsequently create lactic acid. The result: the creation of super healthy and gut-friendly byproducts like enzymes, b-vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids and all kinds of probiotics, not to mention the food is preserved naturally.
But to truly understand fermentation and why it’s so beneficial, you have to understand the microbiome, the extensive community of bacteria living in your gut. The microbiome’s job? Governing everything from your immune system to your metabolism, supporting brain function and producing important vitamins and minerals. In other words, definitely a VIP of your body’s systems.
And one of the most effective ways to regulate it just so happens to be ingesting plenty of bacteria-rich fermented foods – foods like sauerkraut and kefir and yogurt.
Loaded with immune-boosting, gut-balancing probiotics, fermented foods can help with better food absorption, weight loss and general improvement of a huge number of gut imbalance issues, such as fatigue, depression, anxiety, skin problems, hormonal imbalances, immune weaknesses and digestion problems.
Fun fact: we carry fermented pea protein in all our Nekter locations, give it a try pre or post-workout and know that you’re getting a healthy dose of microbiome support!