Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Balance Stomach Acid, Burn Fats And Stop Brain Fog With These Homemade Fermented Onions!


For centuries, different cultures all over the world practice the fermentation. This process was used for creating some secret foods and national dishes. Lacto-fermentation is actually the process through which are made the most familiar fermented foods.

What is Lacto-Fermentation?

“Lacto” means Lactobacillus. Strains of these bacteria exist on the surface of the plants. They are also common in the human’s mouths, vaginas, and gastrointestinal systems. The name of the bacteria is Lactobacillus because initially it was discovered in milk ferments. In fact, these bacteria mostly use lactose as well as other sugars, converting them into lactic acid, known for its ability to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria.

So, check out the other health benefits of Lacto-Fermentation:

Improve Digestion And Enhance Nutrients Absorption

Fermented foods are very helpful for our health. One of the main benefits is that our body more easily absorbs the nutrients for healing. In this way, we can improve our digestion and help the digestive tract. Our gut needs healthy bacteria and when we supply it with these bacteria, the digestion process can effectively destroy the harmful bacteria. Moreover, these bacteria help our body to absorb the nutrients from the food that we consume.

Boost Your Immune System

Our gut can help to protect ourselves from different health problems. So, this means that adding the healthy bacteria (found in lacto-fermented foods) to our diet can substantially improve our immune system. It can control immune cells and prevent some autoimmune reactions, including inflammation.

Improve Brain Functions

Our brain is connected with our immune and digestive system. Just think about the last time you had cold or flu and how fuzzy your head felt and you will understand this connection. In fact, the vagus nerve is responsible for all this. This nerve is one of 12 cranial nerves responsible for the transfer of information from our intestinal system to the central nervous system in the brain. So, limiting unhealthy bacteria and maintaining the healthy bacteria can keep the proper working between these two systems.

Contain Powerful Antioxidants

Lacto-fermented foods are a fantastic source of powerful antioxidants which have the ability to destroy free radicals that can contribute to cancer. These anti-oxidants can prevent inflammation and improve the immune system. In other words, this will help you treat arthritis, eczema, and other inflammation or autoimmune response-related conditions.

Lose Weight By Eating More Sauerkraut

Lacto-fermented foods are exceptionally useful for the regulation of some hormone functions. In this way, you will be able to control your food cravings along with suppress your cravings. According to many studies, people with a high intake of healthy probiotics have a lower risk of obesity.

DIY Homemade Lacto-Fermented Onions

When preparing Lacto-Fermented onions, we highly advise to use natural salt such as Himalayan pink salt, Celtic sea salt, or kosher salt) considering that there have an abundant material of minerals unlike the table salt used in commercially-prepared fermented foods.

Fermented onions can be added to your sandwiches, salads, in your tacos or nachos, eaten on their own or as dressings with your meals.

Needed Ingredients:
  • 1 kg (2.2 pounds) of small onions or shallots, peeled
  • A handful of garlic cloves, peeled
  • 50g of natural salt of choice
  • 1 liter (about one quart) of distilled water (distilled water is best).
  • A few wide mouth glass jars with airtight lids.
  • Spices (Optional): Coriander, Black pepper, Dried chilli.
Instructions:

You can use the onions whole or slice them. In order to prepare the brine, you should dissolve 50g of salt in 1 liter of water. Put the onions in the jars and make sure that the containers are more than half full. Pour the brine over them and let 1-2 inches headspace. You should cover the jars with their airtight lids. Keep them at space temperature, until you get the desired flavour and texture. It is recommended to open the lid every day for the first 2 weeks, in order to release the accumulated fermentation gas. After the first 2 weeks, you should open it every other day.

The process of fermentation can last up to 1-2 months. If you notice that your container smells putrid when opening it, make sure to throw it out and begin the whole process over again.

Lacto-fermentation is a simple, healthy, and safe process. Additionally, it is really cost-effective. This will keep your foods safe for months because the brine used in Lacto-fermented foods actually produces an acidic, anaerobic environment in which the “bad guys” are unable to grow in this environment!


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