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Highlights: Fermented Foods and Weight Loss

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This is a great post from Simply Nourished that explains how fermented foods are prepared and then dives right into “just” five health benefits to eating fermented foods every day:

5 Reasons to Eat Fermented Foods Everyday

In doing so, you will not only start to improve your overall health, you may be surprised at the difference fermented foods will make on your weight!

Some highlights from the article to get you thinking about losing weight with probiotic food:

“In addition to preserving the food, the foods and beverages become probiotic-rich (i.e. good for the gut), produce their own enzymes which help you digest your food better and supply a healthy dose of B-vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids.”

What this means for weight loss:

-good bacteria in the gut break down food sugars, which decreases blood sugar levels as well as the digestion of other food nutrients.  B vitamins and fatty acids are known as “fat burners


 

“New research pertaining to this centuries old process is emerging almost daily which supports the benefits of using fermented foods daily to help balance and augment your gut microflora. A healthy and robust colony of beneficial bacteria in the gut can support a healthy immune system and improve brain function, among other things.”

What this means for weight loss:

-a balanced gut can process and use any food’s nutrients without triggering weight gain and fat storage.  There are numerous studies that are also linking the brain to the body’s ability to effectively lose weight.


 

“Since nearly 80% of your immune system is located in your gut, it makes sense that you’d want to supply it with plenty of probiotic-rich fermented foods to keep it strong. When you have more good bacteria than bad you increase your chances of being able to fight infections and lower inflammation.”

What this means for weight loss:

inflammation triggers weight gain all over the body and impedes healthy functioning of digestive organs.


 

“Fermented foods improve gut health by balancing the composition of your gut flora to help you better digest and absorb the food you eat. Foods fermented are also full of digestive enzymes that can help you more easily break down and absorb what you put into your body. This is good news for healthy eaters because it means you get more bang for your buck when consuming a nutrient-rich diet.”

What this means for weight loss:

-you eat less food while at the same time your body is getting maximum nutrition from the foods consumed.  This reduction in caloric intake will always lead to weight loss (regardless of quality of the food).