SPOTLIGHT ON FOODS FOR HEALTH:
Fermented foods form an essential component of a healthy diet, providing a wide variety of nutrients that are helpful for health of gut, brain & liver .
Rich in K2 which protects against osteoporosis, and helps to maintain healthy arteries.
Consuming fermented foods mean consuming billions of friendly microbes. In our modern world, in which friendly gut bacteria is under constant attack (antibiotics, stress, poor quality food), eating fermented food is an easy way to help the gut - thus benefitting our overall health.
Science tells us that 80% of immune system is in the gut - with the microbes priming the immune system and playing a large role in immune response and inflammation.
Add fermented foods to your daily diet for optimal health.
Fermented foods to try: sauerkraut, kefir (water & milk), beet kvass (recipe below), kimchi, fermented vegetables.
Image from www.draxe.com
RECIPE: BEET KVASS is a traditional Ukrainian recipe. This sparkling, light drink is great for the liver, brain and gut. It is rich in folate, iron & vitamin C. Beetroot supports bile flow and this in turn helps the body to break down and. use nutrients. I love this blog from Nourished Kitchen on Beet Kvass.
Ingredients: 1 organic beetroot with skin on, chopped into small pieces, 5 garlic cloves, 1ltre filtered water, 2 tbsp sea salt, whey starter or sachet of probiotics
Chop beetroot and add to a sterilised 2L jar
Add the rest of the ingredients and cover with water
Put lid on and leave at room temperature for 2-5 days. Drink 1 tbsp a day. Keep topping water up. Once beetroot goes pink and loses its colour, throw into food waste and start process again.