Studies suggest that diets rich in fermented foods have many benefits, including weight loss. Fermented foods reduce inflammation, which triggers the body fat cells to release and leave our bodies. Fermented foods also help to keep the digestive system in good shape. Studies have also shown that unfriendly gut bacteria are associated with obesity and that by eating fermented food, you stand a great chance of losing weight.

But weight loss isn’t the only reason we should include fermented foods in your diet. Most of you may already know fermented foods are good for our guts, but they can also help your mood, appetite and stress levels. There is a connection between your gut and the mind and when your gut feels good, the neurons present in it indicate your brain to feel good as well.

Other benefits are a lower risk of diabetes and metabolic syndrome, better digestive health and immune system, just to name a few.

Fermented foods, which include yogurt, sauerkraut, miso, tempeh, kimchi, kefir, pickles, raw cheese and apple cider vinegar. Sourdough bread is also a fermented food, however, if you want to include bread (in moderation of course) you should consider making your own or buying from a trusted source.

Fermented foods are made by the controlled growth of beneficial microorganisms. The fermentation process also increases the nutrients in the foods such as enzymes, vitamins, antioxidants, acid lactic and lactobacillus. With this, our body gets the benefit of extra vitamins and minerals. Fermented foods also provide specific minerals that build bone density, helping fight allergies, and kill harmful yeast in our bodies.

Which food can you incorporate into your diet? Tell us in the comments below!