What is Fermentation?
Natural fermentation is a process that converts carbs and sugars into nutrients with the help of microorganisms that are naturally present in the environment. They break down foods - pre-digest, if you will - so that our bodies don't have to work so hard doing the same thing. In other words, fermented foods are alive.
The distinct tanginess of kimchi is develop by these little helpers, called lactobacilli, known for their incredible superfood health qualities. We inherit these do-gooders from our mothers as babies. They train our immune system and much more.
A Healthy Happy Tummy
The newest scientific discoveries suggests the key to our health is to maintain a diverse culture of good bacteria in our bodies, specifically in our gut.
We are made up of 90% bacterial cells and 10% human cells. In our gut alone, we host 100 trillion species or microorganisms. Their health is our health.
The story of the Heart, the Brain, the Gut
Have you noticed? There's a lot of talk around town about the gut - our second brain, the forgotten organ they're calling it.
Where has this sudden interest come from? What's so special about it? What has it got to do with our health?
Importantly for us, where does fermented foods and micro organisms fit into it?
We're on a journey to discover the answers to all these questions with you (we're the Kimchi experts but you can't be everything so here's to those who can help us understand 🍻🥂🍷🥃)... Starting with, how extraordinary our digestive system is. It really is EXTRA ORDINARY.
For a long time, modern medicine focused on thecardiovascular system. That's our heart and all the blood circulating around the body with every breath we take. Fair enough. It's undoubtedly an impressive system
What we've seen in the last 20 to 30 years is more interest inthe brain and the nervous system. We can all agree that our cognitive abilities and the human psyche is simply fascinating. YUMCHI is a big fan of all the research surrounding the effects of meditation that can be documented physically in the grey matter of the brain.
A Gut Feeling, Knots and Butterflies in our Tummy
Now the time has come for the digestive system to shine. In ways scientists didn't anticipate, this third branch in the triumvirate of our anatomy is remarkably similar to the neurological systems of the brain. It's connected with the same number of neuro receptors as our spinal cord! This means our gut is inextricably tied up with our emotions and wellbeing. No wonder our language has built up around this idea, of having a gut feeling, knots and butterflies in our tummy. Furthermore, the major 2007 discovery of 100 trillion micro organisms that live in our digestive tract and their interaction with the brain has made this mystery even greater.
We knew our digestive system was important to our health, we just didn't realise exactly just how important. Consider the fact that it is by far the largest organ we have in our bodies - ironed out, 100 times the surface of our skin, 7 kilometres in length, equivalent to a basketball court - the fact that it is solely responsible for converting food into energy, the fact that it receives and sends signals, just like the brain. For all these reasons, we are excited and intrigued by what is only being recently uncovered with advancements in technology, just when we thought human anatomy and biology was pretty much a closed case.
The YUMCHI Team