Sauerkraut could perhaps be one of the most vital things you could add to your diet because to nourish your gut, is to nourish your body and mind.
Sauerkraut works wonders for your digestion, producing amazing amounts of probiotics and other disease-preventing compounds.
This recipe is taken from my book Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics.
Makes: 2 to 3 x 1 litre jars
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Fermenting Time: 10 – 21 days
I am so in love with fermented foods and their health benefits that I produce my own range under the Mila’s Munchies label – you can see more about my products on the Mila’s Munchies Facebook page. (There are some great articles there on fermented foods, probiotics and their health benefits too.)
“Fermented foods don’t just lounge around your belly doing nothing, they’re active! After you eat them, those bacterial armies get to work, helping to balance your gut bacteria and stomach acids; releasing enzymes to help ease and improve digestion – and make it easier for your body to extract and absorb more nutrients from the foods you eat. They are powerful detoxifiers, helping to break down and eliminate heavy metals and other toxins from your body. Another pleasant side effect of all that activity? Less constipation and easier elimination, drug and stimulant-free.” – Dr. Frank Lipman, South African founder and director of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City
Sauerkraut boosts the immune system, is rich in probiotics and aids digestion. It is rich in Vitamin A, C and K, Folate and Fibre.
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