Tuesday, 26 December 2017

All the K´s Kefir Kraut Kale Kombucha and Kimchi


PREFACE: Just so the Guardian newspaper do not think I am stealing their thunder.I wrote this post a few weeks ago with the intention of posting it in the new year.The Guardian posted an article on the very same subject this last weekend which I am sharing with you alongside my post.

What is it with the K´s? All the foods that are good for our well being it seems, contain vitamin K. Green leafy vegetables, such as kale, spinach, turnip greens, Swiss chard, mustard greens, parsley, romaine, and green leaf lettuce.Also included are the brassica family,vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage.The coincidence doesn´t stop at green vegetables.Anything fermented like Kimchi and Kefir also contain vitamin K.What many people with health issues like myself do not realise that 80 percent of your entire immune system is located in your digestive tract! YES 80 percent!! That is an astounding percentage, making our digestive tract critical to our health.
In addition to the impact it has on our immune system, our digestive system is the second largest part of our neurological system. It is called our enteric nervous system and is located god forbid in our gut. This is why it is called our second brain! Many people with conditions such as thyroid imbalances, chronic fatigue, joint pain, psoriasis, autism, and many other conditions do not realize that these illnesses originate in the gut.I now realise the importance of looking after your gut."Love your gut."so how do we go about this? - PROBIOTICS. Probiotic Benefits Begin in the GUT.Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts promoted as having various health benefits.Probiotics hold the key not just for better health and a stronger immune system, but also for healing digestive issues, mental health illness, and neurological disorders.We need probiotic supplements to support what is already in the gut and fight the bad bac
terias like Heliobactor pyori.It’s how we’ve preserved food throughout human history. Microorganisms produced during fermentation are the probiotic, friendly kind, helping to regulate digestion, fight disease and optimise cell health.
In the meantime, there is certainly no harm in including fermented foods like Kimchi and Kefir in your diet. Not only does it seem likely that the more varied your intake the better, but also they are easy to digest, as some of the work has already been done for you, and they tend to have a distinctive, complex and (sometimes) challenging flavour.
Get this and some other lovely recipes from the Pastoret website
Live yoghurt is good, but kefir, a fermented milk drink that originated in the Caucasus, is even better.The sour tang of Kefir is not to everyones taste but can be made more appealing by the addition of fruit in smoothies.My personal preference is a kefir made with cows milk ( top) but goats milk kefir is also available.

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