Fermented Foods and Immune Health

A recent AP story pointed to growing research that the use of antibiotics can interfere with the delicate balance of beneficial bacteria in the human “microbiome” of the skin, nose, and digestive tract.  Hosting colonies of beneficial organisms is essential for proper functioning of the immune system, and a too-sterile environment (inside and out) can lead to autoimmune diseases like asthma and arthritis.

I’ve posted before about the importance of eating live, fermented foods such as sauerkraut, yogurt, kefir or kombucha.  I’ve recently joined the Weston A. Price Foundation, which lobbies on behalf of small farmers and educates people on the importance of traditional foodways.  Check out their very informative webiste at westonaprice.org

You might be very surprised at some of the seemingly unconventional views their organization espouses, but it all boils down to restoring traditional, artisanal foodways and moving away from industrially grown and processed foods.

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~ by nolashaolin on September 16, 2010.

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