Magic of Food

Date: 01.04.2020

Author: Viola's Food

The immunity boosting food

We all need to admit that our lives in recent weeks (even months) turned upside down. What we are going through now is unprecedented. I have suggestions for you, besides washing hands, self-isolation and stress reduction attempts, think about this FREE time you may have now and what can you do to help yourself? First of all, start caring for your health by strengthening the immune system. I am going to share with you today some news about the benefits of fermented or pickled food. (I wrote about beetroot leaven (also known as kvass) or my other homemade fermented veg on my blog on Oct /Nov 2019).

Fermentation is an ancient technique of preserving food. The process is still used today to produce foods like wine, cheese, sauerkraut, yogurt, and kombucha. Fermented foods are rich in beneficial probiotics and have been associated with a range of health benefits from better digestion to stronger immunity.

Fermented food is great importance for maintaining health, but the world only learned about it in the nineteenth century, when * Ludwik Pasteur proved that “health bacteria” are responsible for the fermentation process, and specifically lactic acid bacteria (LAB). They are found in sour milk, yogurt and kefir, plants are their natural environment.

*(“Pasteur revolutionized chemistry and biology with his discovery of mirror-image organic molecules, then founded microbiology with his work on fermentation, his discovery of anaerobic bacteria, and his establishment of the germ theory of disease. The process he invented to stop foodstuffs going bad, pasteurization, is still in use worldwide today”). (Quotation from www.famousscientists.org)

The immunity-boosting food I do in my kitchen are
• Foods rich in PROBIOTICS (kraut, yogurt, kombucha, etc.)
• Foods that are high in ANTIOXIDANTS (colourful fruits & veggies, garlic, turmeric, pecans, green tea, dark chocolate, beans)
• Foods high in VITAMIN C ( citrus fruit, broccoli, red bell pepper, papaya, strawberries)
• Foods high in ZINC (oysters, dark chicken meat, pork, beef, tofu, lentils, oatmeal, mushrooms, tomatoes! parsley, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds.

You can order my homemade immunity boosting products from the MENU (Preserves)