Do you feel bloated and gassy more often than not? Do your favorite foods cause pain, indigestion or acid reflux? Before running to the doctor for a prescription, consider this:
The move toward chemical agriculture methods over the last 30 years has resulted in a drastic upswing in the number of people who experience digestive health challenges—further compounded by off-the-charts stress levels.
There is one thing that Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), leaky gut, Chron’s and Colitis all have in common: inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract and a deficit of “good bugs,” or more technically, gut microbiota.
Ideally, the gastrointestinal tract should contain about 100 trillion microorganisms to perform functions, such as:
- Helping to digest food that is otherwise difficult for the stomach and small intestine to digest and absorb efficiently.
- Serving as an integral component of healthy immune function.
- Helping with the production of vitamins B and K
- Helping to maintain the integrity of the intestinal mucosa, which serves as protection from “bad” microorganisms.
Unfortunately, the natural balance of gut microflora has been compromised in recent years, and our digestive health has suffered as result. Why has this drastic changed occurred? Experts point to shifts in agriculture, including more chemical use and the degradation of soil quality; overuse of antibiotics (in humans and animals) and antibacterial products; a significant increase in the consumption of processed foods; and less active, more sedentary lifestyles.
So, what should we do? Eat more fermented foods! Fermentation is actually a form of pre-digestion that breaks down complex foods into smaller molecules such as amino acids, enabling them to become more bioavailable and nutritious. In addition, fermentation reduces the total carbohydrate content of foods, because the bacteria culture uses both simple and complex carbohydrates as food during the process of fermentation. Not only are they easier to digest, but the process of fermentation generates healthy bacteria that (when eaten) helps to replenish healthy gut microbiota, which helps ease upset tummies and more!
SoTru, a functional foods nutrition brand, has taken fermented foods to the next level by creating convenient powders and drink mixes that can be consumed at any time of the day, on-the-go or at home. Using the ancient art of fermentation, SoTru unlock a plant’s full nutrient spectrum and potency, creating the most easily digestible and bioavailable products possible—for optimal health and vitality. Love your body!