How Much and How Often Should You Eat Fermented Foods?

There are many beliefs and recommendations about how many fermented foods you should eat. Some people say to eat them many times a day, and others a few times a week. Your goal might be to get some fermented foods in your diet now and then — to acquire a taste and to improve your health.

Of course, if you're a novice, you may not even be making fermented foods yourself but rather buying a local kombucha or sauerkraut or enjoying the odd bowl of miso soup — and for you, perhaps this is enough. But making your own fermented foods allows you to have control over your food from beginning to end. Also, the closer the fermented food is to home, the more powerful and beneficial it is to your body.

As you start to expand and try more fermented foods, you actually begin to crave them (in a good way) and want to include them in most meals throughout the day. So here are some general guidelines to enjoy them:

  • You get the most benefit if you include fermented foods in most of your meals throughout the week, if not every day and sometimes even every meal.

  • When it comes to beverages like kefir, kvass, and kombucha, a few sips to a half cup is enough.

  • A few tablespoons of fermented fruits or vegetables, like sauerkraut, are easy to get in daily.

  • Condiments, dips, spreads, breads, grains, and beans may make up most of your meals during the day. You'll have to gauge for yourself how much to consume, but just know that although a little bit goes a long way, the more the better. So do whatever it takes to make fermented foods part of your meal planning.

If fermented foods are completely new to your system, you may experience mild to moderate symptoms, which are completely natural and healthy for your body. These symptoms can include gas, breakouts, headaches, and more.

Just note that you have to give your body time to adjust and adapt. Nothing wrong is happening; in fact, only good things are happening. Your body is getting rid of toxins that need to be released. This is good, because the fermented foods are replacing those toxins with beneficial, life-enhancing organisms that will ultimately make you feel and look great!

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