I learned to make vegan Kimchi a few weeks ago. I was excited to learn how to make it, and even more excited to have my own stash of this spicy, gut healthy, side dish in my fridge!
My daughter-in-law, Jamie, is Korean and has basically grown up eating Kimchi and making Kimchi. So, it was fun to learn from an expert! Because I’m vegan she made a few adjustments to the recipe (minor adjustments) and the results turned out delicious. Kimchi is a traditional Korean side dish that is served with most meals.. It’s made with cabbage and other various vegetables and a delicious Korean pepper spice mix. (My spice mix came directly from Jamie’s father’s garden that he milled into a fine powder).
I’ve been eating store bought Kimchi for a while now, as well as another fermented food that most people are more accustomed to - sauerkraut. I’ve been eating these foods because of the good probiotics contained in both. These foods are so good for gut health and we are learning so much more about the importance of our gut in our overall well-being. It’s imperative that we all take our gut health more seriously! If you want to learn about this subject you’ve got to read The Whole-Body Microbiome - How to Harness Microbes - Inside and Out - for Lifelong Health by B. Brett Finlay and Jessica M. Finlay. I’ve devoured the book and continue to go back to it over and over again, rereading all my highlighted notes. Here’s an exerpt:
Maintain your gut’s rich microbial diversity as much as possible throughout your life. This includes taking antibiotics only when medically necessary, eating probiotic-rich foods (e.g. Kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir, tempeh, yogurt, kombucha), and consuming prebiotic foods (asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes, bananas, oatmeal, red wine, honey, maple syrup, legumes).
I know a thing or two about antibiotics and the chaos they cause in a person’s digestive tract from my years as a nurse doling them out. (I’m not saying I wouldn’t either… they save lives). C. difficile is rampant in hospitals right now and much of it stems from our overuse of antibiotics, incorrect use, and not helping our guts regenerate the good bacteria needed to balance out the natural flora.
So as I said earlier it’s imperative that we start doing something about our gut health now, to ward off deteriorating health later in life. Check out the book I mentioned… it will open your eyes to a whole new world living within us!
Research is showing us that our gut directs what happens in our bodies right from our hormones, to our cardiovascular system, and beyond to our brains. Isn’t that incredible?! Who would have thought that decades ago. Anyway… that’s all for now. Let me know what you think of this topic. If you check out my Kimchi video leave me a comment if you’re thinking of making it yourself.