Be stronger with Probiotics (1/2)

Delicious pickled vegetables at one of the best restaurants in Surry Hills, Sydney: Nomad.

Bonjour,

“Perhaps this is why so many traditional societies valued fermented foods for their health promoting properties and insisted on giving them to the sick, the aged and nursing mothers”, says Sally Fallon, the founder of the Weston A. Price Foundation, the US influential nutrition education organisation.

All nutrition programs I design for my clients are built on my motto: Real Food + Pleasure = Health. ‘Real Food’ refers to what food is still supposed to be and was before the processed food era started a century ago. One of the most important real foods are fermented foods. Do you know that theywere central to traditional diets all over the world whether it was miso in Japan, pickled vegetables in Eastern Europe, lassi in India, fermented milk in Kenya or cheese and yoghurt in France?

Our bacteria-phobic society made us forget that good bacteria are critical to our health. Fortunately recent research clearly shows that our health starts in our gut and fermented foods are finally back and strong on the nutrition map and most of gourmets, gourmands and foodies tables.

There are about 6,000 strains of bacteria in a healthy gut; balance and diversity of these bacteria are required to maintain health. Our heavily pasteurised diet and modern lifestyle jeopardise our gut flora: sugar, alcohol, processed foods, medication, exposure to chemicals (from food, air, water, cosmetics) and stress dramatically reduce the number of good bacteria. It promotes inflammation, depletes our immune systems and leads to diseases, lack of energy and weight gain! This is mainly because the digestion is impacted when the gut flora is unbalanced and poor in good probiotics: you aren’t able to make the most of the food you eat, which consequently makes you fell less full and hungrier, increases insulin resistance directly making you fat.

The gut flora of an overweight person (i.e. more than 65% of the Australian population!) will not only have less diversity than in a slim person’s flora but will also be more populated with bad bacteria, encouraging inflammation and weight gain: lack of balance and diversity in the gut flora leads to dysbiosis and triggers immune dysregulation, leading to inflammation. If instead the microbial composition is well balanced and diverse, you’ll have symbiosis in your gut, promoting immune regulation.

How could you incorporate more fermented foods in your diet? We will look at several options next week. You will be surprised how easy it is and how powerful it will be on your health. In particular during the colder months.

If you are already a probiotic fan, let us know and leave a comment below.

Have a fantastic good-bacteria-friendly week!

Yves

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