img_6298Fermentation is a process driven by microorganisms. Microorganisms need fermentation to generate energy, build their “bodies” and to reproduce. Humans, at top of the food chain, utilizes fermentation primarily to preserve food, to avoid spoilage and enhance nutrition. Humans selectively use beneficial microorganisms to convert raw food stuffs to fermented products, which other microorganisms cannot further spoil. Fermentation can also increase palatability, nutrition and physiological functions, and decrease undesirable substances and functions. Cheese, soy sauce, Kefir, yogurt and other dairy products, pickles, some sausages, wine, and beer are among fermented foods which have sustained and enhanced our lives for many centuries.

Consuming traditionally fermented foods provide you a number of benefits, including:

Importantly nutrients. Some fermented foods are outstanding sources of essential nutrients such as vitamin K2, which help prevent arterial plaque buildup and heart disease. For instance, cheese curd is an excellent source of both probiotics and vitamin K2.on the other end is a Japanese stuff called Natto. Just half an ounce (15 grams) of Natto daily can also provide all the K2 you’ll need .

Many fermented foods are  also a potent producer of B vitamins.

Optimizing your immune system. An estimated 80 percent of your immune system is actually located in your gut. Probiotics play a crucial role in the development and operation of the mucosal immune system in your digestive tract, and aid in the production of antibodies to pathogens. This makes a healthy gut a major factor in maintaining optimal health, as a robust immune system is your top defense system against all disease. Fermented foods have a natural variety of microflora. As long as you vary the fermented and cultured foods you eat, you’ll get a much wider variety of beneficial bacteria than you could ever get from a supplement.

Detoxification. Fermented foods are some of the best chelators available. The beneficial bacteria in these foods are highly potent detoxifiers, capable of drawing out a wide range of toxins and heavy metals.

Cost-effectiveness. Adding a small amount of fermented food to each meal will give you the biggest bang for your buck. Why? Because they can contain 100 times more probiotics than a supplement!