Until I have physical proof that something works, I don’t believe it.
When I was advised to get to know about fermented food and drink to build my immune system 3 years ago, I researched it quietly.
I supported my research by making a handful of regular recipes and decided that I wouldn’t talk about it until I had walked myself through at least an entire winter without a cold, virus, flu or an infection (all of which I’d been prone to for over 20 years, with my lung condition Bronchiectasis).
My experiment ran from August 2013 to August 2014. It worked. Having enjoyed 12 months infection free, reins were off!
I wanted to shout from the rooftops about the benefits of fermented food and drink, but before I felt I could share that news on a blog, I wanted to know about the health and scientific studies around fermentation; to learn more about this intriguing subject.
Was my experience a fluke, or was there more to this than most of us in the Western world are aware? In essence, can everyone benefit? (Please see my home page for an outline of what you should do before embarking on adding fermented food and drink to your diet.)
There are endless stories worldwide of people who feel they have been healed or helped health-wise by introducing fermentation into their daily diets.
There is also scientific research, albeit experiments that have focused on animals, the results of which show promising results.
Fermented Dairy is another biggie, with Kefir – a powerful probiotic – seeming to currently pip the post as reigning King, although there are other rising stars that look set to peek above the parapet after more research in coming years.
It offers powerful probiotic and therefore, the recommendation from leading culture starter suppliers is around 1/2 cup of vegetables or probiotic food and around 2 oz of your favourite drink daily. As you feel comfortable with it, you can add an extra serving of each, so you’re doing the above, but at 2 meals a day. And eventually at each meal.
Once you are accustomed, you can enjoy a full serving at every meal or perhaps as a snack.
Treat your body kindly and build up gently. If you have any pre-existing conditions, always consult a professional medic/healer before going ahead with diet change.
Take a browse around this blog and find some simple starter recipes that will suit your own diet.
Antimicrobial and healing activity of kefir and kefiran extract. Kamila Leite Rodrigues, Lucelia Rita Gaudiona Caputo, Jose Carolos Tavares Carvalho, Joao Evangelista, Jose Mauricio Schneedorf.
Lab. Biologia e Fisiologia de Microoganismos, Ufineos, Alfenas, MG, Brazil; Lab. Patologia Experimental, Unifenas; Lab. Fitofarmacos, Unifenas, Alfenas, MG, Brazil Rec’d 27 May 2004; Accepted 17 Sept 2004
Kefir and Health: A Contemporary Perspective. http:/ / dx.doi.org/ 10.1080/ 10408398.2010.540360