The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Fermenting Foods at Home
This article is intended to provide you with new knowledge, there is no medical advice, the opinion of your doctor is always to be preferred for everything that is diagnosis, treatment, prevention of disease, a new diet, a sports activity fitness as well as any prescription of drugs.
Fermented food : strategie for the natural treatement of cancer
by Dr. Mariangel Leota
Well ending 2018 and I think one of the most common wishes for next year is to enjoy good health and good physical condition, that’s great but, I believe that experience has shown us that achievements do not come alone, that changes deserve a previous action that generates them, then you will continue wishing to have good health or will you change your habits to achieve it?.
It is common knowledge that being healthy implies a balance between the biological, social and emotional, because yes, having friends and good social relationships help you to be happy, and being happy drives you to want to live longer to take advantage of that happiness, with this I want to tell you that the stability and quality of these three factors (biology, social and emotional) depend on at least 70% of you.
Now, since you know that your health is in your hands we can talk about your options. Currently innovation and our growth are achievements that have not come alone because they have been accompanied by things not as good as diseases, including cancer, you wonder why innovation is related to cancer, because to make the story too short but have an idea: The processes of global industrialization generate thousands of gases harmful to the air, air that is breathed by us, however they manufacture and commercialize harmful and toxic substances such as tobacco and alcohol, main risk factors for a variety of types of cancer, such as lung cancer for example; then you can see that everything is certainly not related?.
Nowadays, cancer represents one of the greatest burdens for the health system and governments worldwide with great social repercussions in its path. General estimates hold that in the United States by 2018 1,735,350 people would be diagnosed with the disease and at least 609,640 would die, are alarming numbers and belong to one country and in just ONE YEAR, which is even worse because we It indicates that the figures are even higher
All the above I do with the intention of putting into context a reality that hits us all directly if you are suffering it currently or indirectly if it is your relative or your friend the affected, for all this in the following lines, I want to tell you about an option to deal with with this disease or to avoid / delay its appearance, because our weapon today is: The Fermented Food, oh yeah, wait do not close this article! thinking that I have lost my mind and that my brilliant idea is that you consume rotten food, NO, nothing is further from reality, to understand that all this is going to take only a few minutes. Let us begin!
What is fermentation?
Before entering the fermented food, we must know the process by which the food is obtained:
Fermentation is an anaerobic process, what does that mean? since it occurs in the absence of oxygen and is carried out by micronutrients. These microorganisms transform sugars into alcohols producing energy in turn. When we talk about microorganisms, we refer to the most common in these processes such as bacteria and yeast.
Bacteria carry out fermentation from lactic acid. For its part, the yeast carries out this process from ethanol (an alcohol). The different species of bacteria and yeasts used in the production will provide different textures and flavors unique to fermented food, hence the same fermented food has different flavors.
The fermentation process is not of discovery and recent use on the contrary dates from many years, was discovered by Louis Pasteur and was of great importance for the preparation and preservation of food in his time, as well as being part of the food of different cultures To all this we must add studies carried out in recent years that have shown the benefits of the consumption of foods treated under the fermentation processes.
Fermentation can happen spontaneously if there are conditions for it or it can happen from an initial culture. When the fermentation process is finished, the microorganisms remain viable unless subjected to thermal or pasteurization processes.
Fermented foods that you can get:
One of the best known and perhaps most consumed fermented foods by all is Yogurt, In general terms, yogurt is a dairy product that is obtained from the fermentation of specific microorganisms of milk that can commonly be: Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus and streptococcus thermophilus. Yogurt is obtained through lactic acid fermentation, where the sugars in milk (lactose) are finally transformed into lactic acid. The nutritional value is proportional to the quality of the milk used for its elaboration, the strains of bacteria, temperature, duration of the fermentation process and storage.
The current availability of yogurt is very wide ranging from low in fat, organic, with fruits, to creamy or liquid.
Benefits of yogurt:
It is an excellent source of high-quality proteins, well digestible and rich in essential amino acids.
It contains a wide variety of fatty acids.
It is a source of magnesium (12mg per 100gr).
At the intestinal level, it prevents diseases such as: irritable bowel, inflammatory bowel, diarrhea, colon cancer.
Improves the immune system.
Kefir: Its exact geographical origin is unknown, it is a milk drink similar to liquid yogurt, the granules it contains give it an appearance similar to cauliflower, it is obtained through milk fermentation. There is another variety of kefir, called Kefir water, this is an option for summer consumers because it has no lactose, it is necessary to add sugar to start fermentation, the end result are granules similar to glass in the middle of water in appearance carbonated.
Benefits of kefir
Being a complex symbiosis with more than 30 microorganisms in its composition provides many amino acids, vitamins and enzymes.
It is rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, B vitamins: B2 and B12, vitamin K, vitamin A and vitamin D
It has antioxidant properties
It is a source of vegetable protein
It is rich in probiotics
Improves brain and intestinal functions
It has anticancer properties (for its high content of antioxidants)
It has been shown to be effective for diabetic patients
Kefir has been indicated in the treatment of severe gastrointestinal pathologies, hypertension, heart disease and some allergies.
Discover the kefir
It is a drink of Chinese origin and with a somewhat peculiar flavor, some describe it as acidic and others as bittersweet. They have also described it as a tea with a wine flavor or as a wine that tastes like tea, so yes, without a doubt we can affirm is that it has a pleasant flavor and numerous benefits.
Well then, it is a tea that dates back many years and is made from a fermented sweet tea (black tea, green tea or red tea being the latter the Chinese favorite since it has substances that favor fermentation) exposed to a colony of gelatinous fungi of the genus Ascomycetes, Pichia fermentans, Zygosaccharomyces bailli among others and bacteria such as Bacterium xylinum, Gluconobacter oxydans, etc.
Benefits of kombucha
Reduces cholesterol levels.
It is rich in antioxidants.
It helps the intestinal activity, balancing its functions.
Reduces the formation of atherosclerotic plaques therefore helps the prevention of cardiovascular diseases.
It is effective in the treatment of insomnia caused by stress.
It improves the immune system.
Discover the kombucha
Well it could be said that a different way of eating vegetables, since it turns out that kimchi is a traditional Korean dish whose origins go back thousands of years old, well, what does kimchi consist of? It is based on a mixture of vegetables such as Chinese cabbage accompanied by radishes and cucumbers and seasoned with sea salt, peppers, garlic, red chili and onions.
Its ingredients vary according to the Korean geographical area and of course according to the seasons. Kimchi can accompany a wide range of foods, as well as being used as a base for stews and soups.
Benefits of kimchi
It is a food rich in probiotics, lactobacillus are the main microorganisms involved.
Reduce the cholesterol.
It has many antioxidants therefore it helps to prevent aging, it will make your skin look healthier.
It favors colorectal health therefore helps prevent colon cancer and colorectal cancer.
Finally, we have the Sauerkraut or Sour cabbage
It is a very old way of preserving cabbage, and contains many nutrients such as: lactic acid, tyramine, vitamins and minerals, is an excellent source of microorganisms good for your body and that act against pathogenic bacteria of the gastrointestinal tract, eliminating them.
Well, the list of fermented foods is very broad, here I only showed you a part, the most recognized ones, you need to know that they do not substitute the medical treatment but if they complement it, in the case that you are under oncological treatment some of these Foods can help reduce side effects and in some cases slow down the growth of the tumor, now if you still do not suffer from this disease, starting the consumption of these foods would be ideal to begin the path of prevention.
I know that many of the foods presented above may think that they are difficult to obtain but it is not, yogurt for example is easy to get, the kombacha or the kimchi are foods that are exported from their countries of origin so you can look for them in stores organic or artisanal, once you discover and become expert in their s You could try to make your own fermented.
I must clarify that you will not see results overnight but if you are consistent in 4 weeks you will notice great changes in you. Consume moderately between 2-4 servings a day is more than enough, even if they are healthy you should remember that the excesses are bad.
Finally, consult your doctor if you find yourself in specific treatments or if you find yourself in a specific nutritional regime so that you need to know if this practice is right for you at this time and in the same way choose the foods that best suit you.