An Article By Scott Collins Naturopath
It’s no surprise to discover that our nutrition is only as good as what we put into our body and how it’s absorbed. Guess what? Our modern busy lives are F**king things up. You many not want to hear this but if there is any kind of stress, fatigue or even overactive mind our digestive system is most likely under functioning reducing essential nutrient absorption.
Our body are basically in “Flight or Flight” as if there are dinosaurs chasing us, with the truth more likely being bills and life shit. Living in the western world means we’ll need a lot more help getting the best from our food.
The question is what can we do until you can get the theoretical dinosaur off your ass? Well it’s time to get excited, especially if you are looking to get so much more from your nutrition.
What if we could transform foods to make the more valuable to the body and more efficient for our guts to absorb. You may have never heard of the term “Biotransformation” but it’s how we can get more bang for our nutritional buck. It’s process of making a food increasingly more valuable to the body and as the ancients called it “fermentation.
Fermentation has been going on for thousands of years and now through recent research we now understand the process of “Biotransformation”. Researchers argue that fermented foods can positively influence mental health, reduce gut inflammation and reduce oxidative stress and affect our overall well being.
Biotransformation also means that the nutrients become more available akin to being pre-digested (or less effort) required by the body to break it down. The bacteria within the fermentation process are the secret weapon. By feeding on the plants carbohydrate sugars, they are beneficially breaking down the foods for easier nutrient absorption and digestion.
There was time prior to modern refrigeration where approximately 30% of the human diet was complemented by daily consumption of fermented foods. Now it’s sparse and needing a significant boost. Westernization, stress, high sugar, high fat diets are impacting our health and it’s time to go back to basics and give our guts much needed support and beneficial bacteria.