What is Lacto-Fermentation?

“Your digestive tract is home to around 100 trillion bacteria—more than all the stars in the Milky Way galaxy.” 

The bacteria in your gut can affect the health of your digestive system, immune system and mental wellbeing. Since making fermentation an integral part of my diet, I’ve been able to increase my energy levels, reduce anxiety and decrease belly bloat. My skin cleared and brightened, I’m sleeping better and I finally feel content.

As an entrepreneur, wife and mother of three, maintaining optimal balance isn’t always easy. But after learning simple fermentation strategies, I’ve been able to stay healthy and happy without having to spend lots of money on supplements and medications or time in the kitchen. 

It’s not magic; it’s ancient wisdom. And there’s nothing more tried and true than that. You may have heard about fermentation but you still might be wondering, “what is lacto-fermentation, why does it work and how can I start?” I’m so glad you asked…

Lacto-Fermentation

“Lacto” refers to a particular species of bacteria, known as Lactobacillus. These bacteria can convert sugars to lactic acid. Lactic acid is present in the soil and all things that grown on Earth, including human beings.

Lacto-fermented foods are the ones we know of as probiotics. They’re vital to our health, as they populate our bodies with good bacteria while inhibiting the growth of bad bacteria. We need to strengthen our gut flora, as harmful bacteria can grow when we eat a diet that consists of sugar, refined grains and alcohol or live a stressful, non-stop life. That’s probably all of us! Antibiotics are also meant to destroy the good and bad bacteria in our gut. 

So it’s important that we nurture ourselves with probiotic foods to help our bodies recover and thrive every day.

How Does It Work? 

Fermentation:

  • Contributes to good bacteria and yeast in the intestinal tract
  • Increases the bioavailability of nutrients and phytonutrients 
  • Improves the digestibility of the (fermented) foods, as well as the foods eaten with them

Top Health Benefits 

  • Fermented vegetables may:
  • Prevent cancer
  • Rebuild biological intestinal terrain
  • Strengthen immunity
  • Increase nutrient absorption
  • Help eliminate candida overgrowth by crowding out the candida
  • Improve digestibility 
  • Prevent disease
  • Boost energy levels and our mood

Getting Started

Are you as excited as I am? Making your first ferment is easy—trust me! You can start by trying my Basic Sauerkraut, and checking the blog for up-coming tips, tools and recipes. 
Have a question? Email me. I’m here to support you every step of the way.