Fermented foods are becoming increasingly popular around the world. From kombucha and sauerkraut to kimchi, people have obtained numerous benefits of preparing foods this way.

But what is fermented food? Fermented food goes through a lacto fermentation process in which the natural bacteria feed on starch and sugar in the food producing lactic acid.

It will probably take time to make it right so be patient when preparing fermented snacks however, it’s worth the wait. This process preserves the foods and produces great levels of B vitamins, beneficial enzymes, and numerous probiotics.
Ginger

This is a very popular ingredient in for fermentation because of its numerous positive benefits. It is well-known for eliminating inflammation and fighting against cancer, ginger has numerous powerful properties that make the addition of this food in anything an excellent idea.

Firstly, it contains gingerol, which is the main bioactive compound responsible for the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Secondly, ginger is perfect for treating all types of nausea. Also, it is known that ginger combats high levels of blood sugar and improves the risk factors for heart diseases. Ginger is known to lower the bad LDL cholesterol, and much more.

First, let’s see what the world of ginger and fermented foods in common.

Ginger Bug

You’ll need:

• Two tbsp of grated ginger root
• Two tbsp of sugar
• Half a cup of filtered water
• Half a gallon-sized jar

Preparation:

Be sure the water is at a room temperature, so that the sugar will quickly dissolve and mix all ingredients. Cover the jar using a napkin or a paper towel and secure it using a rubber band. About every 24 hours add all abovementioned ingredients. Don’t throw away anything and keep adding.

Be sure it is aerated by occasionally stirring. You’ll notice the mixture becoming bubbly after some time. Double check whether something is growing in the container from time to time. At the end of that week, you’ll get a ginger bug that can be added in a glass with water for a drink for settling the stomach.

Fermented ginger

You will need:

• Peeled and sliced ginger root
• One tbsp of Turmeric
• One tbsp of sea salt
• Lemon Juice (enough to cover the ingredients)

Preparation:

Soak the ginger in cold water for about fifteen minutes and gently scrape the skin off with a wooden spoon. The quantity of ginger you use will depend on the jar size. For a smaller jar use a medium-sized ginger root. But if you are using a larger jar you should adjust the quantity of sea salt and turmeric.

Squeeze 5 lemons or enough to fill over the ginger and mix everything in a bowl until it’s dissolved. The last step is to pour everything over the ginger in the jar and tightly close it. Let it ferment at a room temperature for around 2 weeks. Serve it on the side of the dish but do not cook them if you want to obtain all advantages of the fermentation.

Consuming fermented foods for your stomach

Since fermented foods contain so many probiotics, consuming them will help you introduce very beneficial bacteria in the digestive system and will help you balance the bowel health. If you have a proper balance of gut bacteria, the digestive enzymes will do a much better job absorbing the food, so you don’t have to focus so much on taking supplements to obtain the essential vitamins.

These probiotics have a great effect on the immune system, helping the antibody production, thus improving the defense against diseases and illnesses.