Traditional Non-Western Diets
Why Traditional Diets Are Better
Are non western diets better than what we in the United States eat? Is the key to better health found in more traditional diets from around the world.
If we are to answer that question, we should begin to look at whether non-westernized diets have better gut health than American diets. It seems most non-westernized diets (using that term as a way of eating rather than weight-loss) regularly consume a large amount of non-processed foods. Now, these unprocessed foods are naturally fermented and act as natural probiotics, which is done through fermentation and uses microorganisms and yeast to convert the sugars in the foods into natural occurring carbon dioxide and beneficial lactic acid, which, of course, protects the foods from spoiling and can add some health and taste benefits to it as well.
Do You Take Antidepressants?
Antidepressants And Immune System
Do you take antidepressants or do you know someone that does? Are you concerned about how those pills may interfere with your gut health? With much focus beginning to be written about the relationship between your gut health and mental health and antidepressants, it might be good to address how one affects the other.
I had two people ask me recently whether they should stop taking antidepressants and focus on a significant amount of pharmaceutical grade probiotics or whether probiotics could ultimately become a substitute for antidepressants. My answer is/was/always will be, 100% no. Probiotics are not medicine or pharmaceutical drugs. They don't need to be prescribed by a physician, and in most instances are not used to get your body to do or not do something it is supposed to do. Probiotics are simply living organisms (bacteria) and part of living foods that go to enhance and nourish your overall well-being and gut health.
Best Fermented Foods For Gut Health
What are the differences or similarities between probiotic foods and fermented foods, or is there a difference? When you add bacteria and microorganisms to food, there's a process that makes it tasty and nutritious, it's called fermentation, but there's a misconception that fermented foods are probiotic. For example, not all fermented foods are probiotic.
Beer and wine, those are fermented foods, but they don't contain live cultures and then if you had that fermented food, but bake it or can it or pasteurize it eliminates that probiotic benefit. So can you have fermented foods that contain live organisms that are not "probiotic"? To read more of this topic or to listen to or download this podcast, follow the link.
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