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How to combine sauerkraut and turmeric to supercharge their benefits.

Almost 1.7 million Americans are suffering from some sort of inflammatory intestinal disease right now. Many of us are familiar with Crohn’s disease and colitis, however most people are not familiar with the term “Inflammatory Bowel Disease”.

Consequently, many people don’t know that the best way to combat these diseases by consuming a diet rich in gut-protective anti-inflammatories. One of the best ways to get both of these properties into your diet is by eating Turmeric sauerkraut, a combination of two of the most beneficial foods when it comes to gut, and general, health.

What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

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Inflammatory bowel disease is the chronic inflammation of either a certain part or all of your digestive tract. Both ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are different forms of inflammatory bowel disease.

Ulcerative colitis is a form of inflammatory bowel disease that effects the large intestine, otherwise known as the colon, and the rectum. It causes long-lasting inflammation and sores on the lining of these parts of the digestive tract. Other forms of colitis can include collagenous colitis and lymphocytic colitis, however these are usually considered to be in a separate category of disease.

Crohn’s disease is a form of inflammatory bowel disease that can effect the large intestine, small intestine or both. It causes inflammation that spreads deep into the tissue of the digestive tract and is more common than ulcerative colitis.

Although the characteristics of these diseases differ slightly, their symptoms are fairly similar. These include:

  • Diarrhea

  • Fever

  • Fatigue

  • Abdominal pain and cramps

  • Bloody stool

  • Reduced appetite

  • Unintended weight loss

When it comes to the causes of inflammatory bowel disease, most experts can’t come up with a definitive answer. One of the hypothesized causes is a possible immune system malfunction. This is a possible cause because when the immune system tries to fight off viruses or bacteria, sometimes an abnormality occurs that causes it to attack the cells in the digestive tract as well, which results in inflammation and damage to the gut lining.

What is Turmeric Sauerkraut?

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Turmeric sauerkraut is a tasty dish that combines the health benefits of turmeric and sauerkraut into one superfood that is commonly used to treat ailments stemming from inflammation.

Turmeric is a spice that has been used in Ayurvedic recipes, both medicinal and culinary, for hundreds of years. Although claims of turmeric’s healing benefits have ranged from curing cancer to depression, there is numerous scientific studies that back up its anti-inflammatory properties. Its anti-inflammatory effects come from the active ingredient found inside turmeric called curcumin.

Studies on curcumin’s anti-inflammatory effects have been conducted in labs, on animals and on humans and have all had the same result: curcumin exhibited anti-inflammatory properties without causing adverse side effects. This makes turmeric an incredible alternative to typical medication for inflammatory bowel disease as they cause a variety of unpleasant and potentially harmful side effects.

Sauerkraut is finely cut, fermented cabbage and is a dish that is well-known across the world. It is also incredibly beneficial for the digestive tract. Sauerkraut contains high amounts of fiber, which is necessary for gut health and assists waste in travelling through the intestines. This can help treat inflammatory bowel diseases as the inflammation of the intestines can often block food and waste from travelling through them.

Sauerkraut is also an excellent way to deliver probiotics to the body, which are excellent at preventing attacks and reducing symptoms caused by inflammatory bowel diseases. Researchers have found that probiotics can prevent diarrhea, reduce inflammation and prevent flare ups caused by ulcerative colitis.

Homemade Turmeric Sauerkraut Recipe

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This is an amazing recipe I got for turmeric sauerkraut from Keep the Beet. Check them out if you want any other cool cooking ideas!

Ingredients:

  • One head of cabbage

  • One tablespoon of unrefined sea salt

  • Half a cup of water

  • Three grams of unrefined sea salt

  • Three tablespoons of freshly grated turmeric

  • Half a teaspoon of freshly grated black pepper

Instructions:

  1. Mix the of water with two grams of the unrefined sea salt until it is fully dissolved

  2. Slice cabbage finely and place in a bowl, sprinkle the remaining unrefined sea salt and pepper onto the cabbage

  3. Begin massaging the cabbage until liquid starts to release from it and add the freshly grated turmeric

  4. Gradually add brine to the cabbage and blend until it is well mixed

  5. Place in a fermenting vessel

  6. Let sit for two to six weeks in a dark and cool environment

This turmeric sauerkraut is delicious, can help treat inflammatory gut diseases and is also very inexpensive to make. Try it out for yourself and let us know how it went in the comment section!

 

References:

http://www.ccfa.org/assets/pdfs/updatedibdfactbook.pdf

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/inflammatory-bowel-disease/basics/definition/con-20034908

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12676044

https://www.organicfacts.net

http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/features/probiotics-benefits

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4268643/

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