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The fermentation process has long been practiced to prevent food spoilage for months or longer. Now, fermented foods also prove to be important to our health by promoting beneficial bacteria in the stomach and encouraging the drawing out of toxins and heavy metals. The following foods, presented by Home Care Assistance Santa Clarita, can promote healthy aging.
Fermented or cultured buttermilk contains vitamin B12, phosphorous, potassium, protein, and is a good source of calcium. Buttermilk helps to strengthen bones and is beneficial in promoting a healthy digestive tract.
Lactobacillus, found in sourdough bread, is able to inhibit the inflammatory response, reducing gut distress. Rich in vitamins and minerals, including folate, selenium and manganese, a diet that includes sourdough bread may help lessen the risk of chronic diseases. True fermented sourdough bread can be found at health foods stores.
Tempeh (fermented soybeans)
Tempeh, made from whole soybeans, contains high levels of protein, making this superfood easily digestible. Tempeh is also rich in isoflavones, which can help strengthen bones and reduce the risk of coronary diseases. Tempeh is available at most Asian markets and health food stores.
Yogurt is not only an excellent source of vitamin D and calcium, it contains gut-friendly bacteria, which adjusts the natural balance of organisms in the intestines. Researchers believe that the probiotics found in yogurt may also ease mood-related disorders, like anxiety and depression. Be sure to choose “live and active cultures” yogurt labels.
To learn more about senior health and wellness, reach out to the dedicated staff at Home Care Assistance. Through our Balanced Care Method, we promote a healthy diet, daily exercise, social activity, a sense of purpose, and offer emotional support. Call a friendly Care Manager at 661.259.9914 and request a free in-home consultation today.