Heal Your Body With Fermented Foods

As a health coach, I am often asked, “What are some simple ways to improve my overall health?” One of my favorite answers is fermented foods! Fermented foods are nutrient dense, healing to the gut, fairly easy to make and can really make a difference in giving your health a boost.

You may be wondering “what the heck are fermented foods?” Fermented foods are foods that have been through the lactofermentation process in which natural bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in the food, which creates lactic acid. This process preserves the food, and creates beneficial enzymes, b-vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids, and various strains of probiotics. Not only does it preserve the nutrients and contain naturally occurring probiotics but it also makes the food more easily digestible, which is great for your gut health.

While fermented foods used to be very commonplace in many societies, our modern convenience diet is often very lacking in fermented foods. In fact, many people would consider them “gross” because they taste and smell very differently than the packaged, processed fast foods that many Americans are accustomed to eating.

So what are some of the benefits of eating fermented foods, you may ask. Let me break it down.

  1. Easily digestible: Due to overall unhealthy diets, many people have compromised digestive systems. When your body is being forced to break down foreign chemicals, preservatives and difficult to digest foods on a regular basis, your gut pays the price. Fermented foods are already in the process of being broken down by beneficial bacteria, making them much easier to digest, and therefore much friendlier for your gut.
  2. Budget friendly: Fermented foods can be stored for long periods of time in jars, meaning less waste for those veggies that are usually left to rot in your refrigerator drawer. You can buy your veggies in bulk, ferment them and use as needed. This will help cut down on wasted food, and allows you the advantage of bulk pricing. It also helps cut down on the need to buy supplements like probiotics and digestive enzymes.
  3. Naturally occurring probiotics and digestive enzymes: The fermentation process introduces beneficial bacteria into your system naturally. Incorporating probiotics and digestive enzymes can do wonders for your gut health by healing the gut and allowing for more complete absorption of nutrients.

Some of my favorite fermented foods include kombucha, kefir, authentic sourdough bread, sauerkraut, Bubbies brand pickles and pickled carrots. You can find many of these items at your local health food store, or you can make them yourself.

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Staying Grounded…

Sometimes life gets CRAZY!!! We are in the middle of buying and selling homes right now, with an impending move Thanksgiving weekend. Lately, I haven’t been making time to take proper care of myself and boy am I feeling the effects! I looked at myself in the mirror the other day and realized I need to make myself more of a priority.

The fact is, as Americans, we are always GOING, GOING, GOING. We rarely take time to stop and smell the roses. All this running around really takes a toll on our bodies. Many of us have adrenal fatigue, exhaustion and poor sleep.

When we treat our bodies poorly and don’t make ourselves a priority, our body shows us it is unhappy by giving us clues. We start to get bags or dark circles under our eyes. We get sick frequently. We get aches and pains and start to feel sluggish.

The holiday season is an especially hectic time for most of us. Take some time to treat yourself right NOW before we get into the full swing of the holidays. Get a massage, a pedicure or a new haircut. Treat yourself to a new yoga class, meditation group or even a boot camp to get the blood flowing.

Making yourself a priority is not selfish, it is a necessity. You can’t help others unless you are taking proper care of yourself!

Women’s Health…Sometimes We Need A Reminder

Although both men and women may share some of the same health concerns, there are some that only affect women, or are more likely to affect women. In addition, certain medical conditions may affect woman differently than men, and so they require unique and individual attention. Sometimes, we need a reminder of how to treat ourselves. Be good to yourselves, ladies!

Common Health Concerns for Women

  • exhaustion and/or fatigue
  • stress and/or anxiety
  • heart disease
  • breast cancer
  • osteoporosis
  • depression
  • autoimmune disease
  • candida and yeast infections
  • digestive distress
  • eating disorders
  • PMS and other menstrual problems
  • mood swings
  • obesity

Potential Contributors

  • demanding jobs
  • household responsibilities
  • child rearing
  • Poor diet and inactivity
  • living up to society’s ideals

What’s Important

  • eating well
  • relaxing
  • sleeping
  • exercising
  • making time for relationships, play, and self-expression
  • setting boundaries to leave room for self-care
  • freedom to follow inner calling/purpose

Take time to focus on what matters in your life. Connect with yourself and listen to your body. Sometimes we are so busy, we forget to check in with ourselves to see what our body needs. If you treat your body right, it will treat you right!

How to Eat for Better Skin – Skin Superfoods

Healthier-Thanksgiving

Of course, genetics and lifestyle play an important role in the health of your skin. However, eating properly can also help support your skin from the inside out. Below are some “skin superfoods” you should try adding into your diet.

Water

Water is so important when it comes to skin health!!! It maintains proper organ function, delivers vital nutrients to your body’s cells and help the body eliminate toxins. Keeping your body hydrated from the inside also makes your skin look firmer and clearer.

Broccoli

This tasty veggie is high in important antioxidants – vitamins C and E. The vitamin C aids in collagen production to keep your skin supple, while vitamin E protects your skin against UV damage.

Strawberries

High in Vitamin C, these sweet and delicious berries help to fight wrinkles and dry skin from the inside out by fighting free radicals.

Almonds

The vitamin E in almonds helps protect skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays. However, be sure not to overdo it on the nuts – as they are high in calories and fat – which will surely show up on your waistline.

Carrots

Carrots are high in beta carotene, an antioxidant that is converted to vitamin A inside the body – which helps repair the skin as well as protect against UV rays.

Pumpkin Seeds

A perfect fall snack! The zinc in pumpkin seeds protects your cell membranes, helps maintain collagen, and promotes skin renewal.

Fish

High in healthy omega–3 fats – fish can help strengthen skin cell membranes, protect against sun damage, and may also reduce the risk of certain forms of skin cancer. Omega 3 fats help fight inflammation in the skin while allowing water and nutrients into the skin and protecting it from toxins.

Of course, protecting your skin from the outside with toxin-free sunscreen daily is also very important. Keeping hydrated, eating right and taking good care of your skin will go a long way in avoiding the dreaded crow’s feet – preventing skin problems is much easier than treating them!

 

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