Due to many of us needing to use antibiotics at various times during our life our digestive system can end up quite compromised. We (ideally) should have 2 kilos of healthy bacteria living within our digestive system. These good bacteria are responsible for some of the following roles:
1. They produce some essential vitamins such as the B group – really important for energy production and Vitamin K – found to be essential for good bone health
2. It may reduce the symptoms and inflammation of many gut disorders e.g. IBS, chron’s disease, chronic constipation, etc.
3. Symptoms of heartburn and acid indigestion may be reduced by the use of fermented foods within the diet.
4. The immune system may get a boost and fermented foods are potentially helpful in alleviating some of the symptoms of auto immune conditions.
5. They have good keeping qualities and also add taste and variety to the diet alongside providing great health benefits.
6. They help alleviate diarrhea and bloating. Many people with digestive issues such as diarrhea have an overgrowth of bad bacteria in their gut and may see improvements when they add fermented foods.
7. The good bacteria are also helpful within the mouth and for gum health.
8. It adds more raw food to the diet and raw foods help with the promotion of digestive enzymes.
9. Some raw foods e.g. sauerkraut are based from cabbage. Cabbage has long been recognised for it’s health promoting effects.
• Cancer Prevention
Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable containing sinigrin, a glucosinate that has been found in studies to help in the prevention of some cancers. Savoy cabbage is particularly high in sinigrin. Best to eat it fermented, raw or cook it lightly.
Cabbage contains anthocyanins, which have anti-inflammatory properties therefore eating it regularly can reduce inflammation within the body, which theoretically should help to reduce chronic inflammatory conditions such as arthritis.