So much of our daily health and emotional state hinges on how our body is reacting to the foods we put in it. A day of bad digestion and bloating can ruin your day. Over the past few years, fermented foods and the probiotics they contain have become a large part of the conversation about how to improve digestion. In fact, a Byrdie article from 2015 stated that fermented foods were “so hot right now.”
As a refresher, fermented foods are products “that have been left to sit and steep until the sugars and carbs become bacteria-boosting agents,” says natural foods expert Annalea Krebs, CEO of Social Nature, a product sampling community that connects people to natural wellness products. "Consuming fermented whole foods, such as sauerkraut and kefir, goes way back to the diet of our ancestors, but they’ve seen a reemergence due to a plethora of research showing fermented foods provide a potent source of probiotics, which are key for immunity, digestion, disease protection and even emotional health."
But knowing that fermented foods help improve digestion is only half the story. The other half is understanding exactly how they function in the body and then learning how to incorporate these seemingly bizarre items (kefir?) into our everyday diets. Keep scrolling to learn how to use fermented foods to beat belly bloat.