Bowel Flora and Sauerkraut
the last time you thought about your bowel flora?
you haven't pondered the topic in ages, and perhaps you've never thought
on it at all.
today I'd like to spend some time chipping around the fascinating
subject of the tiny critters that live within our bowels and how we
can use sauerkraut -- the king of fermented foods -- to feed our little
yes, I know.
of microscopic organisms living and reproducing within you probably
seems creepy at first. But when you see the good these beneficial
bacteria do for your health and well being, you'll want to welcome
them aboard instead of wanting to throw them over the side.
enough, when I'm asked to speak on the human elimination system while
at cocktail parties or dining with the Vanderbilts, people often lower
their eyes and ease away from the group or the table.
reason, many individuals consider human elimination a taboo or impolite
consider the eliminatory functions of the human body most fascinating.
aside, lest you think me odd, John Milton, one of the great English
poets, shared my interest in the topic, and he discussed angels and
their processing of food in Paradise Lost.
English poets aside, I also know for a fact that proper elimination
contributes mightily to ideal health.
your copy of The Complete Milton for a moment and ponder the drain
in your bathroom sink.
you wash your hair in the sink on occasion... and drop fingernails
and shards of dental floss and tiny rubber bands your teens use on
their braces and other things down the drain, what eventually happens?
one night as you brush your ole choppers, you suddenly notice the
water from the tap drains more and more slowly.
don't do something about the problem, eventually the sink ceases to
point, if you approach fixing house pipes the way I do, you dig out
your trusty plumber's friend and start pumping away.
have the same luck I have with plumber's friends, after five minutes
of brisk action, you instruct your spouse to call a professional in
as you reflect on your inability to accomplish any task around the
house more complicated than cleaning the stainless steel handle on
your refrigerator door, you stare with dismay at the crummy mess of
gray water mixed with all kinds of nasty-looking gunk that now fills
your bathroom sink.
although I stretch the metaphor a tad, the body kind of works this
if you don't eat natural, high fiber foods, and if you don't have
healthy intestinal flora, sooner or later, just like the bathroom
sink, you'll drain more and more slowly.
people, slow drainage means having a single bowel movement every other
day or two or three or four.
if the last sentence describes the person living in your body, you
can include yourself in the ranks of the millions of other Americans
who suffer chronic constipation.
1993, I suffered in those ranks myself.
days I make a liberal deposit in the bank of my bathroom two or three
times a day, just like clockwork.
know that primitive peoples, some of the healthiest men, women, and
children on the planet, also make deposits, and copious ones at that,
several times a day, usually within a few minutes of finishing a meal?
elimination systems work as designed because they don't eat all the
processed junk food most so-called "civilized people" stuff
down their throats every chance they get.
computer world, we use the term "garbage in, garbage out"
to refer to data errors.
real world, the garbage goes into the body but all too often not much
of it comes out. Instead it accumulates, breaks down and forms toxins,
and consequently clogs millions of cells and thus helps to develop
both acute and chronic illness.
science, unfortunately, often contributes to the clogging of the elimination
system because modern antibiotics, which most people clamor for every
time they visit their doctor, kill the beneficial bacteria that serve
as scavengers and caretakers in our systems.
don't have a bowel populated with the proper microorganisms, much
waste doesn't get processed correctly, and you end up constipated
the bowel flora in our systems can be rebuilt at home without having
to bring in a team of expensive specialists.
foods play an important role in rebuilding and maintaining healthy
bowel flora because they are rich in the microorganisms that contribute
to properly functioning intestines.
consider homemade sauerkraut the king of fermented foods, and when
I take time to make it, we always have a big jug of it in the fridge.
the fridge with the clean, stainless steel handle.
can make sauerkraut in the privacy of your own home.
it, purchase several heads of cabbage (organic if you can get it).
Those like me who consider sea salt a good thing will also want to
use a tablespoon of sun-dried sea salt.
the cabbage very fine, using one of those slicer/dicers that Ronco
sells on TV, if you have one. If you don't use a knife, your juicer
with the "blank," or whatever else will help you get the
job done. Be prepared to make a huge mess.
you've grated the cabbage, place it all in a large stainless steel
pot, a big one, the size you'd use to boil crawfish in if you lived
in Louisiana and were hosting a family reunion of carnivores.
you've tossed the cabbage in the pot, take your kid's baseball bat
or a hunk of two by four borrowed from a local construction site and
pound the cabbage until your arms start to swell.
the salt on the cabbage, stir everything up with your hands, and then
pound some more.
your hands a second time to make you've evenly distributed the salt.
wash your hands prior to making this recipe. Especially true if you
just finished using the plumber's friend in the bathroom sink.
you've pounded the cabbage -- it'll now have some liquid in it --
transfer the whole deal to a ceramic crock or glass jar and cover
with three or four outside cabbage leaves.
need to add some salty water.
the outside leaves down with a plastic bag of water or with a plate
with a brick on top if it. Cover the jar and the weights with a clean
towel and leave at room temperature in a place where people won't
be offended by possible strong odors.
for three to seven days.
crock, discard outside leaves, taste kraut to make sure it's ready.
Let it "cook" some another day or two if it's not. The longer
you let it ferment, the more tart the kraut. When done, spoon into
big jars, and refrigerate.
a big serving at least once a day. I like to have kraut and apples
for lunch, several days a week.
shoot yourself and George Lucas and the entire Star War cast before
you'd ever eat sauerkraut, you may want to consider adding a probiotic
to your daily supplementation. I don't consider probiotics nearly
as good as homemade sauerkraut or kefir or even yogurt made from cow
or goat's milk that's not full of growth hormones, but a quality
brand of probiotics will help to build healthy bowel flora.
pay attention to your bowel flora. Eat high fiber foods, drink lots
of distilled or filtered water every day, and exercise for at least
twenty minutes. Most people overlook this important aspect of health,
and they pay mightily for their neglect with chronic constipation,
various yeast problems, and a host of other modern ailments.
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