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Fermented Foods Doctors Claim Are The Key To Better Health

We have always heard about how pregnant women crave pickles.  But, they are not the only ones that have that craving, and for good reason.  As it would turn out, pickles are one of several fermented foods that doctors claim are the keys to your better health.

Pickles

Believe it or not, but studies have shown that dill pickles are great for boosting your overall mood.  They achieve this by way of raising your bodies serotonin levels while at the same time increasing the amounts of probiotics that live in your gut.

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Natto

A type of soybean fermented paste that research has shown to be rich in the vitamin K2.  Researchers believe this vitamin plays a very significant part in reducing the amount of menopausal bone loss in women.  This type of fermented paste has also shown to be great at soothing your skin and giving it a healthy, younger glow.

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Kimchee

Commonly consumed in Korea, this contains a fermentation of cabbage, chili peppers, garlic, and scallions.  It is known to be very rich in vitamin A and C.  When the cabbage is fermented, the amount of lactobacilli bacteria increases significantly, which is a great gut-boosting bacteria.

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Sauerkraut

Like pickles, this is one of the more well known fermented foods.  Other than being high in dietary fiber, it also contains a good dose of Vitamins A, C, K and a few of the essential B vitamins.  Sauerkraut is really an all-around good source of calcium, manganese, iron, sodium, copper and even a bit of protein.

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Fermented Veggies

In generally fermented vegetables are a very good source of probiotics.  Many studies have shown that high doses of probiotics can slow and in some rare cases reverse certain common diseases.  And it is not just the vegetables that are healing.  Drinking the juice can aid in the overall health of your bowels, digestion, and give your immune system a boost.

So the next time you have that craving for something in the fermented line—go with it.  You will be doing your body a service as well as possibly improving your overall health.