Let’s talk about fermentation. It is a metabolic process that converts sugar to acids, gases, and/or alcohol. It occurs in yeast and bacteria, but also in oxygen-starved muscle cells, as in the case of lactic acid fermentation. (RLEI tip: soak in a warm bath with apple cider vinegar to reduce muscle soreness from lactic acid.) French microbiologist Louis Pasteur is often remembered for his insights into fermentation and its microbial causes. The science of fermentation is known as zymology. Humans have used fermentation to produce food and beverages since the Neolithic age. For example, in such sour foods as pickled cucumberskimchi and yogurt, as well as for producing alcoholic beverages such as wine and beer. Fermentation can even occur within the stomachs of animals, such as humans. Auto-brewery syndrome is a rare medical condition where the stomach contains brewers yeast that break down starches into ethanol; which enters the blood stream. Fermented foods are foods that have been through a process of lactofermentation in which natural bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in the food creating lactic acid. This process preserves the food, and creates beneficial enzymes, B-vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids, and various strains of probiotics. Natural fermentation of foods has also been shown to preserve nutrients in food and break the food down to a more digestible form. This, along with the bevy of probiotics created during the fermentation process, could explain the link between consumption of fermented foods and improved digestion. Other examples of fermented foods to add into your diet include tempeh, miso, sauerkraut, kefir, and kombucha. We can’t talk enough about the value of probiotics. These good bacteria may not only improve digestion, but boost immunity and they may even help us get leaner. You may have heard the 2,000 year old saying before that “all disease begins in the gut”, so getting in balance is critical. Then it will be easier to pinpoint and tackle other digestive issues from there. Now you know, so let us help you in all natural, digestion matters!

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Be kind to your gut

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Start with detoxification then encourage regularity…

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Stomach Soothing Complex,

& Glucose Regulation Complex


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