You don’t have to eat yogurt to get good bacteria started in the digestive tract. In our culture, we have lost the art of eating fermented foods. In Korea, for example, they eat a fermented product called kimchi. Kimchi is fermented cabbage. If I don’t have time to make my own, I just pick it up in the refrigerated section of my grocery store where they keep the tofu wraps. It’s usually made with chili peppers to give it a nice spicy taste.
Our digestive tract needs good bacteria to control any overgrowth of yeast, digest our food, and help with bloating. Most of our diets contains too much sugar, alcohol and processed foods (white flour and/or pasta) which destroy the healthy bacteria called lactobacilli. One way to add more good bacteria is by eating a big spoonful of homemade sauerkraut at mealtimes. Would you like to make it yourself? It’s easy!
- 1 head of cabbage
- 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 2 tsp. sea salt
- Chop or process cabbage in food processor. Place in large bowl.
- Add lemon and sea salt and massage cabbage with hands until watery.
- Let sit 10 minutes and massage again.
- Spoon into large mouth mason jar and pack down tightly allowing some liquid to sit on top of cabbage. Fill jar to the top (it will mold if too much air is left in the jar).
- Screw on lid and let sit on counter for at least 3 days.
- Refrigerate and enjoy!
Let me know about your experience making sauerkraut or other fermented products that you may have tried for good digestive health.