The benefits of fermented foods consumed on a regular basis are many.
Consequently, over the past 18 months, 20 of the well over 50 Traditional Cooking how-to videos filmed for this blog specifically address the topic of fermented foods and beverages.
I’ve never filmed an overview of this topic for beginners, however.
At least until now.
Today’s video covers all the reasons why you should be fermenting foods and beverages in your home on a regular basis and why this traditional practice was so key to the extraordinary health of indigenous cultures.
It’s also key to your health as well.
If you are like most Westerners, the concept of home fermentation may at first seem crazy as it basically involves cultivation of bacteria in your own kitchen!
You need to get over that feeling immediately as avoidance of everything bacterial in nature will get you nothing but sick and riddled with autoimmune problems over time.
Your Body is Crawling with Bacteria All the Time!
Being a GermaPhobe is a surefire way to put a pathogenic bacterial bulls-eye on your forehead.
I’m not in any way saying don’t wash your hands or maintain a clean atmosphere in your home!
I’m simply trying to to drive home the point that bacteria, like everything else, come in a good and a bad variety.
Home fermentation involves cultivation of the many strains of good bacteria, or probiotics, so that these foods when consumed will line your gut from start to finish with these amazing little critters that are the gatekeepers of vibrant health.
Without them, you are at the mercy of any pathogen that comes your way and trying to avoid the pathogens by being addicted to hand sanitizer won’t work.
There are actually 10 times more bacterial cells in your body than human cells! Our skin and every tissue of the body is crawling with bacteria all the time.
Learning to cultivate the bacteria that are beneficial to your health by eating the foods that encourage their growth is absolutely essential to keeping disease and infections at bay or recovering quickly when you do fall ill.
Every tissue of your body both inside and out is going to be dominated by bacteria one way or the other.
The question is, do you want your body to be dominated by good bacteria or bad bacteria?
If you want it to be good bacteria, then Welcome to the Wild and Crazy World of Lacto-Fermentation! It’s a Fun Ride, so hop on board!
For a complete transcript of this video, filmed for the Weston A. Price Foundation, click here.
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
Source: Humans Carry More Bacterial Cells Than Human Ones, Scientific American
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