Why You Should Make Saurkraut
Thinking about making your own sauerkraut? If so, then then read on. In this guide we take a deep dive into all the of reasons why you need to make your own sauerkraut. Today!
If you have been thinking of making your own sauerkraut, let’s preface by saying that is a fantastic idea! In this post we are going to get into all the reasons why making sauerkraut can have a far reaching impact on health, for a minimal amount of money and effort. Fermented foods have been named by Mind Body Green as the cheapest way to transform your body from the inside out. So we decided to select one of the easiest ferments to make, sauerkraut, and let you know about all of the awesome reasons there are to start making this ferment.
What’s so great about sauerkraut, is that once you get pumped to get on the fermented foods train, you can be making sauerkraut in a very short space of time. It does not need a lot of fancy equipment, time, or money. It doesn’t even need a culture to get started. So no hunting around to source your culture before you can make your ferment.
In short, if you want some inspiration to get started on your first batch of kraut, you have come to the right place.
Let’s jump in!
It Is One Of The Cheapest Ways To Powerfully
Transform Your Health
One of the most exciting aspects of sauerkraut, besides than it’s tangy taste of course, is the far reaching body boosting effect it can have. The reason for this is thanks to its impact on one’s gut health. Sauerkraut along with other fermented foods are a concentrated source of probiotic bacteria, and consuming sauerkraut or fermented foods on a daily basis is as impactful as taking a probiotic supplement. But a whole lot more cost effective.
Probiotic bacteria are naturally occurring in our digestive tracts, where they are the heavy lifters when it comes to fighting off pathogens, such as cold and flue viruses, digesting our food, and eliminating waste. They also play a part in secreting neurochemicals, such as serotonin.
Seeing as all of these functions are at the central point to the body’s health, if the levels of these bacteria in one’s gut are not as high as they should be, if they are laying a little thin on the ground so as to speak, then this can comprise the entire body in various ways.
Which leads to the question, but what about me? Why should I have low levels of gut bacteria, and if so wouldn’t I know about it? Well, it turns out that many of us are at risk of having lowered levels of healthy gut bacteria.
Why Many People Are Deficient In Probiotic Bacteria
Most of us associated damaged or diminished levels of gut bacteria with antibiotics. Antibiotics are commonly known to kill off beneficial gut bacteria, which is why probiotics in supplement form are generally prescribed along with antibiotic medication.
However, there are a number of other things besides antibiotics which can kill off gut bacteria.
Chlorinated water contains differing levels of chlorine to render it bacteria free and safe for drinking and washing with. However when one drinks chlorinated water, the chlorine can kill off beneficial gut bacteria as well.
In terms of gut health, contraceptive pills have been likened to having the same effect as a low strength antibiotic. Studies have shown that they disrupt the gut biome in the same way that antibiotics do. Given the lengthy time periods that the contraceptive pill is generally taken, this can have serious effects.
There is growing evidence that food additives can also kill or and inhibit probiotic bacteria in our digestive tracts. One study done in Maui, found that sulphites in particular are a cause of this.
Stress is another factor which can cause a die off of beneficial gut bacteria. High levels of stress are famous for not being good for digestion. Now research is indicating that high levels of stress can cause instant die off’s of certain bacteria in the gut.
Science is now discovering that environmental toxins also have a harmful effect on the gut flora. These toxins include pesticides, herbicides, pollution, and a number of airborne chemicals that may be floating around. BPA’s are also thought to have a harmful effect.
Bad diets, with little variety of foods, and containing a lot of refined starches and little to no vegetables are another cause of lowered levels of gut bacteria. Gut bacteria feed on what is ingested into the body. If mostly refined starch and sugar is present, this can cause an imbalance, with bacteria such as Candida taking over.
Some types of alcohol imbibed at high levels have been linked to a reduction in gut bacteria.
Lack Of Sleep
Yet another thing that lack of sleep is bad for! It turns out that even sleeping too little can cause harm to the gut biome. A Swedish study revealed that if healthy young adults had two nights of reduced sleep, it already impacted their gut biome. With certain strains of probiotic bacteria within their guts having fallen by up to 50%.
Exercise has now been identified as a key component in assisting the body to develop healthy levels of gut bacteria. Without it, one is open to having lowered levels present.
How A Gut Health Boost Can Level Up Your Body
Taken all together, most of us are probably exposed to at least two or three items on the list of things which kill off gut bacteria. Environmental toxins we can’t escape, food additives are everywhere, and let’s be honest here, how many of us are really getting our 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep?
So the chances are that basically all of us can massively benefit from ingesting some beneficial gut bacteria. And like we said at the top, sauerkraut is a perfect way to do this! Let’s quickly take a look at some of the key benefits that sauerkraut can give to you, and then we will get into why making sauerkraut is the perfect way to access these benefits.
Your Immune System Will Ramp Up
It is now becoming common knowledge that 80% of your immune system lives in your gut. And what is it made up of? Probiotic bacteria! These little guys are actually our immune system. So boosting their levels is key to ramping up your immune function.
You Will Absorb More Nutrients From The Food You Eat
Because probiotic bacteria are responsible for facilitating nutrient absorption, if you regularly consume a fermented food like sauerkraut, you will end up absorbing more of the nutrients present in the other food that you eat!
Your Skin Will Thank You
Fermented foods like sauerkraut have been linked to glowing skin. Why? Firstly, the above two factors play a role. A strengthened immune system means brighter skin, as does higher levels of nutrient intake. Sauerkraut is also a rich source of antioxidants, which are renowned for their skin benefits.
A Healthy Gut Supports Weight Loss
Fermented foods are not a cure all remedy for weight loss, but that they can play a powerful role in making weight loss easy. The bacteria in our gut determine how foods are broken down and how fat is store. They can also play a role in the hunger signals we receive, and cravings!
For example Candida is known is prompt sugar cravings, because this is the food that the candida bacteria thrives on. So it sends signals to the body to consume sugar, as opposed to foods which do not contain sugar.
Your Mood Can Benefit Too
Another area of health which can benefit from eating sauerkraut and other fermented foods is one’s emotional health. The bacteria in the gut form part of what is known as the gut brain axis. This is because the gut bacteria are responsible for manufacturing and releasing the neurochemicals (or brain chemicals) into the blood stream, so that they can travel to the brain.
Therefor supplementing one’s gut bacteria with sauerkraut can go a long way to supporting emotional well-being on a physical level.
It Is Easy To Make
Now that you know all of the ways in which sauerkraut can positively boost and benefit you body, you are probably excited to start eating some of it! Which brings us to the next reason why you should make sauekraut.
While sauerkraut can seriously deliver on health front – it is also super, super easy to make. If you have never made sauerkraut before, all you need to do, in short, is to chop up cabbage, mix it with salt, and seal it up in a jar for week or so. It is seriously simpler than making a salad. Anybody can do it, and it does not take up that much time.
We all have busy schedules, and do not necessarily have space for a new time consuming wellness routine. But sauerkraut is so quick and simple to make, that most of us can fit it in to our kitchen time.
If you want to check out our full guide on how to make sauerkraut, then you can do so here.
It Is Super Cost Effective
As opposed to probiotic supplements, which tend to be pretty pricey, sauerkraut is one of the cheapest things you can make in the kitchen. All you need is salt and cabbage, neither of which is an expensive item by any means.
It Is Alive And Unpasteurized
You may be thinking, well I’ll take the health benefits, but maybe I should just buy some sauerkraut. Well, unfortunately most brands of sauerkraut available in shops are pasteurized. This kills all of the beneficial gut bacteria, and renders it useless if you are wanting to get in a daily dose of probiotics.
You do find unpasteurized sauerkraut in some stores, however these brands will be a bit more expensive.
It Is Delicious
And the last reason why you need to start making sauerkraut is of course because it is a tasty condiment to have on hand!
Sauerkraut can be eaten on its own (straight from the jar is not unheard of). But it can also make a tasty addition to sandwiches, salads, burgers, wraps, buddha bowls, soups, stews and stir-fries. Just take note that if you expose it to high heat, the bacteria will die. You will still enjoy the nutritional benefits of the kraut if it has been cooked, but for maximum gut health benefit, eat it raw.
Fermented foods have long been used to add flavor and complexity to dishes. Fermented foods are a big source of umami, that illusive and useful flavor that cooks are always after. So use this to your advantage when you have made your sauerkraut and want to boost the flavor of a dish you are whipping up.
Of course sauerkraut is not guaranteed to be everybody’s taste. If you want to reap the probiotic benefits of fermented foods, but do not wish to eat sauerkraut, there are many other easy ferments to try. Kefir, kombucha, yogurt and other fermented vegetables are all good options.
Now you about know all of the awesome reasons why you need to start making and eating your own sauerkraut. Ranging from glowing skin, to better nutrient absorption, to stable moods, sauerkraut, along with many other fermented foods are, are really one of the cheapest favors you can do your body. Which simultaneously will not eat a hole in your bank balance.
All of these benefits and perks are pretty exciting and we don’t blame you if you have caught the sauerkraut buzz and are inspired to start a batch right away. If so, go and check out our full guide on how to make sauerkraut. There you will find all the info you need on what items and ingredients are required for sauerkraut, how long to let it ferment for, etc.
And don’t be intimidated, making sauerkraut is so much simpler that it sounds.
If you have any questions, feel free to hit us up in the comments. We love hearing from you. In the mean time, happy fermenting guys!