What Does Your Gut Bacteria Tell You?

It’s a popular expression to “listen to your gut,” to let us know that we should listen to our inner knowing, our intuition storehouse – I couldn’t agree more. But did you know that you should also pay attention to the microbiome existing in your tummy?
Our internal bacterial army should receive love and attention as much as we should be drinking plenty of water. Our beneficial bacteria fights to keep foreign not-so-friendly invaders at bay. Probiotics are “good bacteria” that help our internal flora and digestive tract stay balanced. These can come in the form of fermented foods such as kombucha, kimchi, miso soup, sauerkraut and others.
Raw, unpasteurized sauerkraut provides healthful probiotics to the digestive tract which helps with increasing nutrition absorption and increasing body alkalinity.
It’s super easy to make. The best temperature for this is 55-65 degrees. I know, it’s hot! So you can put it in a cupboard, pantry or kitchen counter. Just shred the cabbage and put into a 1/2 gallon jar then add spices to your liking. Add coarse sea salt and mix thoroughly as you massage the mixture to create a liquid (brine).
With a fist, remove the air bubbles as you pack the cabbage mixture tightly in the jar. This creates an anaerobic environment. The brine should rise to the top of the cabbage as you push down. Then cover the jar with outer cabbage leaves to make a seal and place a jar filled with water to create a weight to put on top. Cover with cloth, then secure with a rubber band.
For the first week, keep veggies under the brine by pushing down. Taste after a week. Fermentation length of time is a personal preference so stop fermenting when you like the taste. Once it’s done you can add your favorite pure, therapeutic grade oils if you’d like. You can also buy amazing fermented combinations at farmers’ market in Plaza Lazaro Cardenas with Small World Probiotics.

Basic Sauerkraut
1 to 1/2 heads of cabbage
1 tablespoon sea salt per pound of cabbage
1 onion
2-3 tablespoons dill
2-3 tablespoons caraway seeds
2 drops of lemon, lime or wild orange essential oil to a pint size container of sauerkraut (after fermentation)
Recipe from The Essential Life- A Simple Guide to Living the Wellness Lifestyle.

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