Fermenting Wild Edible Greens

Fermentation is the oldest, simplest, healthiest, and perhaps the tastiest means of preserving food.

fermentedgreensThroughout history, all cultures had a fermented preparation and many of them being popular worldwide such as kimichi, soy sauce, sauerkraut, beer, yogurt, and sourdough. There are some tasty wild edible greens out there and it would be great to capture and enhance the health benefits of these edible plants so that they can be enjoyed anytime.

Many people are spending an inordinate amount of money on expensive probiotic drinks because research shows probiotics are important. I don’t deny that probiotics are critical to good gut health, in fact they are essential; however the natural health care industry has grown exponentially and make no mistake, they too are out to make huge profits. The Internet has become a battleground for your health supplement dollars and countless natural health marketers are duking it out for your patronage. It only makes sense to get what your body needs from the free food that grows all around us.

Ferment Your Way to Good Health

Part of having a great immune system is having a digestive system that is not compromised and consuming fermented foods is one thing you can do to help better your health. Our bodies naturally ferment some of the foods we eat because fermentation is a natural process that takes place in our digestive system; it is the enzymatic decomposition of foodstuffs, particularly carbohydrates, by microbes. This process takes place throughout our gastrointestinal tract with the intensity of fermentation depending on microbe numbers, which are generally highest in the large bowel.

Fermented foods will help:

  • balance the production of stomach acid;
  • produce numerous forms of beneficial compounds that help to destroy and inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria. (In fact, in the early 1950’s, during a European epidemic of typhoid fever in Europe fresh sauerkraut was an effective agent for killing the bacteria.);
  • produce acetylcholine which is a neurotransmitter that facilitates the transmission of nerve impulses. (Acetylocholine is needed in the process to release digestive juices and enzymes from the stomach, pancreas, and gallbladder.);
  • improve pancreatic function which is of great benefit for those with diabetes;
  • provide your body with important nutrients such as vitamin K2 (needed to prevent arterial plaque buildup and heart disease);
  • draw out a wide range of heavy metals and toxins from your system;
  • optimize the immune system;
  • provide you with a natural variety of microflora giving you more than any supplement; and
  • save you money! Adding small amounts of fermented foods to each meal will give your body 100 times more probiotics than any supplement.

Click here to read the whole article by Karen Stephenson – Fermenting Wild Edible Greens.

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