The use of fermented foods: what to drink kefir and eat sauerkraut

Fermented products, which include fermented sweet tea obtainable from the tea fungus, dairy products, including yogurt and yogurt, as well as sauerkraut, should be part of a healthy diet, the scientists said.

According to the health info with reference to, several studies have shown that the beneficial bacteria identified in fermented foods, may help to maintain intestinal health, improving its microflora. When a person uses the fermented products, it essentially fills your gastrointestinal tract beneficial bacteria. About 100 trillion microorganisms live in the human body and have a significant impact on the state of his health.

The microflora of the gastrointestinal tract affects the metabolism and immune system, and may also be involved in the development of colon cancer, obesity and diabetes.

During fermentation bacteria break down the components of live food, such as sugar, which makes the food easily digestible. Fermentation can also improve the nutritional value of certain foods. In some cases, as a result of fermentation formed vitamins and other active components that are not contained in the products before fermentation. Thus, fermented foods contain a lot of active substances which may be useful for the human body.

In a recent review of research on the fermented products, scientists have compiled a list of potential reasons for adding them to a healthy diet. For example, yogurt consumption can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Kimchi (Korean spicy fermented cabbage salad) reduces the risk of diabetes and obesity.

The researchers also analyzed the influence of fermented products to bowel problems. One study showed that the consumption of fermented dairy products alleviates the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, perhaps because of the positive changes in its microflora. Other fermented foods are likely to help eliminate diarrhea that appears on the background of the use of antibiotics. Antibiotics disrupt the balance of microflora in the intestines, resulting in diarrhea occurs.

Probiotics, or beneficial bacteria, in fermented products to help restore the balance of intestinal microflora and thereby eliminate the diarrhea.

However, it should take into account the fact that the consumption of fermented foods can trigger flatulence, bloating, and possibly some changes chair. This occurs until the gastrointestinal tract does not adapt to the new diet, and can last for several weeks from the start of the use of such products.

On the question of how much you need to eat fermented foods, nutritionists have no clear answer. Perhaps it is only possible to determine by trial and error. Experts from the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) is recommended to use an average of 2-3 servings of dairy products per day. However, scientists still believe that one should listen to your body to determine the rate in respect of such products. Stomach discomfort when using the fermented products indicates that the level of need to reduce their consumption.

Moreover, one should not forget that fermented foods add calories to the diet, some more than others. Kombucha, for example, contains many sugars.