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It’s Oktoberfest! Bring on the Sauerkraut!

Sauerkraut is pickled cabbage, that has been shredded, salted and fermented. Vinegar is then added along with some other spices.  Sauerkraut fermentation is the process of microorganisms on the cabbage digesting its natural sugars and converting them into carbon dioxide and organic acids. The process starts when the naturally occurring yeast and bacteria that are present in cabbage, come into contact with the air and the sugars in the cabbage.

As the process continues, this fermentation promotes the growth of beneficial probiotics.  Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that act as a line of defense against toxins and harmful bacteria. Probiotics can also improve digestion and overall health. Probiotics in sauerkraut can improve balance in your gut. This will prevent Leaky Gut syndrome, which can compromise your immune system.

Sauerkraut contains Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Iron, Manganese, Vitamin B6, Folate, Copper, and Potassium.  To make sure you get the highest quality Sauerkraut on the market, avoid pasteurized varieties, preservatives, and added sugars. Adding Sauerkraut to your regular diet can greatly improve your immune system and overall Health. To learn more about the foods and drinks that can help you live a longer, healthier and happier life, please consider expanding your Personal Training Scope of Practice and learn more about nutrition through the many IFPA Courses we offer in Nutrition!