How to Add Cultured and Fermented Foods to Your Diet to Boost Your Health & Immune System

Modern diets are devoid of healthy fermented foods, which are crucial for a healthy gut and a strong immune system and digestion. Learn how to add more cultured foods to your diet by having them for breakfast, alongside meals, and by enjoying bubbly probiotic beverages with friends instead of carbonated acidic soft drinks. By increasing nutrient absorption, fermented foods are KEY elements of a strong, mineralized body!

My very favorite way to get raw sauerkraut into my diet is in my well-known recipe called THE GODDESS MASH. There are endless variations, and just 3 ingredients that you use as the base recipe.

What is one of the major differences between a traditional diet and a modern diet? The former is usually full of healthy, immune system boosting organisms while the latter is pasteurized, sanitized and processed. Why does this matter to you? It matters because cultured foods, which are now almost non-existent on most people’s plates, are critical to having a healthy gut, good digestion, optimal nutrient absorption, a strong immune system, clear, glowing skin, and so much more!! They are also often incredibly inexpensive.

Cultured foods, also called fermented foods, are basic ingredients prepared in traditional ways which turn them into superstars. Cabbage is very healthy and good for you, but when cultured and turned into sauerkraut, it helps digest the food you ingest alongside it, colonizes your gut with healthy bacteria to keep any yeast overgrowth in check, and has actually more nutrients than plain old cabbage thanks to the fermentation process which breaks down the sugars and turns them into potent nutrition.

There are many types of cultured foods out there, and here’s an easy way to consume them several times a day!

How to Add Cultured and Fermented Foods to Your Diet – Have Them for Breakfast!

Drink fermented foods for breakfast? Yes! If you’re not vegan, cultured dairy (more specifically kefir) is a health boosting food that is at the center of the Body Ecology diet. Simply blend a cup of kefir with fresh organic local strawberries, or drink it plain. It’s like a more liquid version of probiotic-rich yogurt that tastes tangy and delicious!

Vegans can enjoy cultured coconut water, where coconut water undergoes the same process as milk, and becomes coconut kefir. Drink it plain, add juices (pure, unsweetened), and more. Both are quick and easy ways to get nutrition first thing in the morning, and you don’t even need to limit them to breakfasts. They make fantastic snacks, too!

How to Add Cultured and Fermented Foods to Your Diet – Eat Them as Side Dishes!

No meal is complete without a lovely serving of cultured vegetables. They help boost the nutritional content of your food, enhance your digestion so you can absorb this high level nutrition, and are so very flavorful and delicious. I adore having kimchi alongside all kinds of traditional breakfasts, sauerkraut with vegetables, and more. Donna Gates of the Body Ecology diet suggests using homemade sauerkraut with non-GMO organic blue corn chips (if you’re going to eat chips, this is how to do it). She’s also a featured presenter in my Remineralize Your Body Now online course! Cultured vegetables are also fantastic as salad toppings, or with homemade crackers and nourishing + hearty vegetable-based soups.

How to Add Cultured and Fermented Foods to Your Diet – Drink Them and Take Them to Parties!

A party with cultured vegetables? Yes! Carbonated sodas are sooo outdated. They spike your insulin, make you sluggish and bloated (NOT sexy!), get you to crave sugar, and are filled with unhealthy additives. Not drinking soft drinks is one the biggest, most important steps towards health that you can take.

But aren’t bubbly drinks enjoyable and fun? They are, and they’re a fun addition to parties. So what can we do? Drinks fermented foods, of course! You can make your own sparkly raspberry kombucha, or a tasty pineapple water kefir. Both are low in sugar, because most of it was eaten up by bacteria and yeast (good ones!) to produce probiotics, B vitamins (that provide stress-management), and more. Think of cultured drinks as a probiotic supplement, except bubbly, fizzy, tasty, and inexpensive – and so much better for you than tin-canned factory produced additive-laden soft drinks.

Cultured and fermented foods are an incredibly healthy addition to any diet. They enhance digestion, boost energy levels, contribute to having a clear, glowing complexion, enhance nutrient absorption, and are a good source of many vitamins. Have them three times a day (or more!), and experience greater health and well being. Even 1 time per day is FANTASTIC!!

Join me and my colleague Joanna Steven on our Remineralize Your Body program to remineralize yourself and restore your energy, hormonal balance, and natural beauty! Learn all about juicing, blending, seaweeds, cultured drinks and fermented vegetables, phytic acid breakdown and nutrient activation, and much more, along with daily coaching with our remineralization team!

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About Bethanne Wanamaker

Bethanne Wanamaker is a certified holistic nutritionist, conscious living expert, and the founder of Edible Goddess, an international health & lifestyle brand that cares deeply about your empowerment. She teaches progressive strategies that awaken you to your highest potential by following the body's inherent wisdom and aligning with an intentional mindset, holistic approach, self nourishing practices, and high self value. Bethanne advocates gradual yet significant shifts of upgraded dietary choices that ultimately lead you to the freedom and confidence of eating intuitively. By living in harmony with nature, you can have what you want. She is known for getting results quickly with committed clients who want to live a wildly rewarding, super fun, truly healthy and happy life!