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How Sauerkraut Can Help Heal Your Depression

Sauerkraut is an ancient food made from fermented cabbage. (Image: flickr)
Sauerkraut is an ancient food made from fermented cabbage. (Image: flickr)

Scientists are now looking at the gut as being a strong player in a person’s overall health, including mental health.

Lacto-fermented foods, such as sauerkraut, have prebiotic action that feeds and promotes the growth of good bacteria in the gut, likewise keeping the bad bacteria in the gut suppressed.

A large jar of vegetables undergoing lacto-fermentation (Image:flickr)

A large jar of vegetables undergoing lacto-fermentation. (Image: flickr)

A diverse colony of gut flora will give you a stronger immune system, better digestion, and better mental health.

The stomach is connected to the brain

Both physicians and dieticians are gaining a clearer sense of how important the health of the stomach’s microbiome is to your health. Healthy gut flora has been shown to prevent social anxiety and depression, says a recent study.

Currently, a main treatment of depression is anti-depressants. But perhaps in the future we may be looking more at the stomach than the brain, and seeking treatment through our diets instead of medication when treating mental health disorders.

Lacto-fermented food is an ancient food and medicine

In this short video, Sally Fallon, author of Nourishing Traditions, talks about how ancient people benefited from eating fermented food, and used it to promote gut health, which in turn promotes overall health and protection from disease.

Feed the good bacteria with sauerkraut

Sauerkraut has been around for ages. It was eaten during the construction of the Great Wall in China 2000 years ago, as well as by European sailors to prevent scurvy—it is rich in vitamin c.

The Chinese, Mongols and Koreans have their own version of fermented cabbage- Kimche) (Image:Wikimedia)

The Chinese, Mongols, and Koreans have their own version of fermented cabbage called Kimche. (Image: Wikimedia)

When we take a look at what sauerkraut contains, it’s safe to say it’s a nutrient powerhouse. It is a rich source of enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and probiotic ingredients.

Sauerkraut, alongside other treatments, can be used as a weapon to fight depression from within the stomach. It’s a powerful tool due to it’s anti-inflammatory actions and its ability to optimize your gut’s microbiome.

Try making your own kraut at home.

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