Sauerkraut is one of many cheap and all-natural ways to add to your gut health. If you haven’t heard how very important your gut health is, here is a link to a radio program that I am in with Donna Smith with some great gut health info: Blog Talk Radio
So, how is sauerkraut going to help your gut? As you may know, it is just fermented cabbage. The fermentation process not only preserves but creates a probiotic world. All fermented foods are full of live cultures that are very beneficial to our gut health which affects our overall health. And our gut health is directly connected with emotional health. How is this? We have more neurons in our gut than in our spine. So if our gut is not in mint condition it makes total sense that our emotions will be compromised.
Unless you make fermented food yourself or you buy it unprocessed at a health food store, it has been canned. Canning heats it to temperatures high enough to kill the probiotics. To get all the benefits possible, these probiotics must be live. We need huge quantities in our gut to maintain healthy bodies. According to The Smithsonian Institute, we have about 37.2 trillion human cells. We have 10 times more than that of microbes, beneficial bacteria, that live in us. WOW! That’s really hard to imagine, isn’t it?
A friend recently gave me a huge amount of cabbage from his garden to make sauerkraut. I have attempted this process a few times before with little success. In the past, I have used canning jars to ferment in because it is what I had available. Fermenting sources said that it would work. Well, it probably does, but so far for me it didn’t. So this last time I borrowed a crock to ferment in and voila, it worked like a charm! I don’t know if it was the crock or just finally a successful attempt. Either way, I have a ton of yummy kraut full of beneficial bacteria in my fridge just waiting to populate my belly with the good stuff that I need to stay healthy.
My 82-year-old friend let me borrow a recipe book that was probably close to her age. I found a link that is very close to that recipe. It does recommend mason jars which would probably be easier to make and take in a truck. By the way, I think the jar failure was just me. Now you can try it yourself and have a very cost effective and beneficial yummy food to make on the road and on your own.
Another way to get beneficial bacteria is kombucha. Kombucha is a delicious drink made out of tea that is chock full of health benefits. I am in the process of making some now and I will update you on my success (or failure). So stay tuned.
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