If you’ve been following me a while or are part of my Undo Overdoing It Detox and Weight Loss Challenge you’ve heard me banter on about the benefits of fermented foods. In my detox program, and outside of it, I highly encourage the inclusion of fermented food and beverages for optional health and nutrient absorbtion. But perhaps you’re still a little confused as to what exactly fermentation is and why it’s so beneficial.
Before we get a little science-y about the process of fermentation let’s take a step back at look at some foods in their natural state. Some foods are notoriously difficult for the body to breakdown. Take beans, seeds, grains and legumes for example. These things are well-known to cause some digestion discomfort in the way of bloating and flatulence. This is because mother nature has gifted these things with a kind of passive self-defence mechanism to help them survive both the conditions and protect them against plant-eating predators — like us!
It helps to think of a seed. It’s one life goal is to be planted in ideal conditions and bloom into the flourishing living thing it was destined to be (like you and me!) In the time before it is planted in soil — and this could be years — it only needs to do two things: not sprout before it’s time and not get eaten. Enter protective, poisonous layer.
And it’s exactly this layer, while not deadly poisonous to us, that causes that digestive discomfort. And it’s also this layer that makes it difficult for our bodies to access the nutrients within these foods. This layer is called oligosaccharides, but is also sometimes called anti-nutrients exactly because it blocks nutrient absorbtion.
To varying degrees many different kinds of food have this built-in protection. But there are many other reason why fermentation increases foods benefits.
Here’s a little video I made, with Taylor Oakes Productions, breaking it down:
Fermented foods have been through a natural process where the oligosaccharides have been striped away, and the sugars within have been lactofremented. In this age-old process, natural bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in food creating lactic acid, beneficial enzymes and strains of probiotics. This process has been shown to better preserve the nutrients within and break the food down into a more digestible form. Perhaps this combination of added enzymes, probiotics and increased nutrient absorbtion could explain the link between consumption for fermented foods and improved gut health.
And numerous studies have shown the link between improved gut health and mood.
Many of our everyday foods and supplements can clearly benefit from fermentation. Genuine Health recognises this and have become the “fermentation experts” with their line of fermented supplements.
fermented Greek yogurt proteins+ is their dairy-based protein powder. Made from grass-fed Californian dairy, many who reportedly have difficult time digesting other diary proteins have no trouble with this one. For ease and convenience take this on the run with their fermented Greek yogurt bars+ bars.
fermented vegan proteins+ is their plant-based protein powder. The bloating that is associated with most vegan protein powders does not exist with this one due to the the fermentation. And there’s bar for this one, too. The fermented vegan proteins+ bars are delicious.
fermented whole body nutrition with greens+ is a super-charged formula that combines the power of vegan protein with Genuine Health’s ever-popular greens+ formula.
With these products you can be sure the dollars you are spending on these nutrients are actually getting absorbed and you are fueling your body to its potential.
And I’m also super proud to announce that I’ve teamed up with Genuine Health and one lucky participant of my Undo Overdoing It detox will receive all the products listed above?