Fermented foods (think Kimchi, sauerkraut, Kombucha) are foods that have gone through a process called lactofermentation, a process where the natural bacteria feeds on the sugars and starch in the foods, thus creating lactic acid. This process preserves the food, creates beneficial enzymes, b-vitamins, omega 3 fatty-acids and various strains of probiotics.
4 Reasons you should eat more fermented food:
1) They are natural probiotics. They keep a healthy balance of bacteria in your gut, thus keeping your whole body healthier.
2) They help you absorb the good stuff from your food. By having a healthier gut you are able to absorb the good stuff from the food you are eating, plus you won't need as many supplements.
3) They Last longer. These foods are naturally fermented, so they last longer in your fridge.
4) They are pretty budget friendly and can easily be made at home.
Next time you are at the grocery store, check the fermented foods available and give them a try!