In the past one decade fermented foods seem to have exploded into the public consciousness, but it’s rare for those obsessed with it to explain what a fermented food actually is, how it’s produced, and what the possible health benefits of eating them are.
Fermentation is actually an ancient process of preserving foods, but it’s come to prominence now because fermented foods are said to be game-changers for the gut because they’re rich in probiotics.
Fermented foods like Yoghurt, and Cheese, Sauerkraut into your diet, you’ve come to the right place. Nutritionists are thinking about implementing them into your diet, you’ve come to the right place.
What is food fermentation? Where yeast and bacteria convert carbs into alcohol or acids. These act as a natural preservative. Fermented foods and drinks are those which have been through the natural process of fermentation, where yeast and bacteria convert carbs into alcohol or acids. These act as a natural preservative.
The truth is fermentation process produces bacteria that are believed to be good for our health and may also have a higher content of certain vitamins. Depending on the type of food or drink being fermented, microbes will use the starches or sugars in those foods as their own fuel source. Some fermented foods include yoghurt, cheese, (water and milk), sauerkraut. There you have it, fact fans.
Why are fermented foods good for your health? Fermented foods have been used for thousands of years for their health promoting properties. More recently the attention has been focused on their potential to support gut health and associated symptoms or conditions. The research is still very sparse in this area but anecdotally there seems to be many people who have found benefits to introducing some fermented foods into their diet.
Unfortunately, exercise caution while eating fermented foods if you have Irritating Bowel Syndrome( IBS)?
This depends on the person. Some IBS sufferers may find that fermented foods make their symptoms worse rather than better. I would advise going slowly if you are new to them, or work with nutritionist who can guide you through what might be your personal drivers and triggers for your IBS symptoms and offer advice.
If you are suffering with IBS, stress management is key, so try yoga, meditation or simple breathing exercises. Gentle movement like walking can also help some people. Eve also advises taking time over meals and chewing your food properly.
What’s the best way for someone who is new to fermented foods to implement them into their diet? The short answer is slowly and in small amounts. With fermented dairy, aim to buy yoghurts that contain ‘live’ cultures and opt for full fat – the current thinking is that the fat helps the bacteria better survive the transit to the lower part of the gut where most of our microbes reside. Plus, in my personal opinion, they taste better!
With the fermented vegetables like sauerkraut, it is important to get the ones that say ‘unpasteurised’ or ‘raw’ so that the food has not been heat treated, advises Eve. This would destroy the bacteria. Eve also recommends making a note of how your gut feels after trying a new food for the first few times, so you can find out what works for you.
Are there any other conditions for which fermented foods can help. The health of the gut, anything that the gut influences could be positively effected by eating them. This could include supporting the immune system and helping managing inflammation.
Although we can’t say for sure yet whether or not fermented foods can directly support these issues. Though research say whether or not fermented foods can help with other health conditions. That said, since fermented foods may have some benefits to the health of the gut, anything that the gut influences could be positively effected by eating them. This could include supporting the immune system and helping managing inflammation. Although we can’t say for sure yet whether or not fermented foods can directly support these issues.
Adapted from the cosmopolitan
Group Wants RSG To Establish Cancer Treatment Centres
In the face of growing cancer cases in Rivers State, the state chapter of Civil Society Organisation on health has called on the state government to establish cancer treatment centres in the state.
Speaking in an exclusive interview yesterday, chairman of the organisation, Mr Dennis Otobo said the state needs the centres, going by its status in the community of states in the country.
“Going by the position of Rivers State among states in Nigeria, we are overdue to have cancer treatment centres, especially considering the State Government’s focus of the health of her people”, he said.
He continued that “taking all our cancer patients to Ibadan or other neighbouring states does not tell well of our health services, no matter how we look at it.
“Government should establish cancer treatment centres in the state, at least a one hub treatment centre in each local government area”, he said.
According to him, for now about 90% of treatments of cancer services are provided by donor agencies and taking patients outside the state for treatment requires a lot of funds, which is mostly not available.
“If the government can provide cancer treatment centres in the state, it will not only lessen the impact of the ailment in the state, but will also alleviate the suffering of patients who are unable to afford going for treatment outside the state”, Otobo said.
Meanwhile, the Coordinator of Reproductive Health, Rivers State Ministry of Health (RSMOH), Dr. Iroro Smith said the State currently has mammographic machine at RSUTH. The machine is used to diagnose breast cancer, while the University of Port Harcourt has a cancer treatment centre, but it’s not enough for the State.
She, however, noted that the establishment of cancer treatment centres will go a long way to check the incidence of cancer cases in the state.
Lassa Fever: Academy Urges More Actions, Funding
The Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS), has called for more actions and funding to tackle the outbreak of Lassa fever in the country.
Prof. Mosto Onuoha, President of the Academy, made the call on Tuesday in Lagos.
Onuoha also urged the Federal Government to declare Lassa fever a public health event of national concern.
He said in a statement that an interdisciplinary One-Health Committee, comprising medical and veterinary specialists, epidemiologists, social scientists, media practitioners, community representatives, should be set up to tackle the scourge.
According to him, the committee will advise and assist the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in investigating and managing Lassa fever outbreaks.
“Government should provide adequate funds for a sensitive disease surveillance system back by a reliable network of diagnostic laboratories.
“Given that only about 20 per cent of suspected Lassa fever cases are usually confirmed, there is need to improve the capability and enhance the capacity of national laboratory network.
“This is for reliable and efficient definitive diagnosis of suspected cases.
“The Federal and State Governments need to mount an extensive and sustained public Lassa fever prevention and control awareness programme.
“Each state should establish a functional isolation ward for the treatment of Lassa fever patients.
Expert Tasks FG On Permanent Cure For Epilepsy
A renowned Neurologist, Dr Ibrahim Wakama, yesterday, called on the Federal Government to make funds available for researchers to find permanent cure on epilepsy.
Wakama made the call in an interview with newsmen in Abuja on the occasion of the International Epilepsy Day, celebrated annually on the second Monday of February.
The day is an opportunity to raise awareness on epilepsy, what it is, how it can be treated, and what is needed to bring treatment to people who need it.
Wakama, who said that finding permanent cure for epilepsy would help to save lives of those suffering from the ailment, urged government to recognise the strength, resilience, and accomplishments of Nigerians living with the health challenge.
He, however, added that “government cannot do it alone.
“This is where religious leaders, well-meaning Nigerians and philanthropists need to come together.
“It is not an everlasting illness. “It is curable,” he said.
Commending Nigerians suffering from the illness for striving to overcome the challenges they faced daily, Wakama said that epilepsy challenges were beyond seizures.
He said that depression, anxiety and difficulty with memory were some of the struggles people living with epilepsy faced.
The neurologist said that government should put in place self-management programmes that would teach those living with epilepsy to improve their ability to manage their health.
Wakama added that it was important for anyone who interact with the public to be properly trained on seizure safety, so that those who needed help would get appropriate care.
World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that 50 million people around the world have epilepsy, and that one in 26 persons would develop epilepsy at some point in their lives.
The first-ever global report on epilepsy, recently published by WHO, calls this condition a public health imperative.
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