Do you know that the majority of your immune system resides in your gut? Millions and millions of good bacteria reside in your gut helping to keep you healthy. It is your job to make sure that you have ample supply of good bacteria so that you can optimally function. Some things will deplete the good bacteria in your body – food, environmental agents and antibiotics are just a few. They will constantly try to take over your body, until one day, BOOM! The gut can’t take it anymore, the lining of the gut breaks down, irritants start invading your body, activating an immune response and you literally start fighting yourself. This can present in many ways, eczema, allergies, asthma, a host of digestive issues, etc.
One source of good bacteria is fermented foods – pickles, sauerkraut and kimchi are a few examples. I LOVE pickles. Store bought vinegar pickles have little benefit for the body and most of them contain artificial colors and preservatives (read the labels, I’m not lying, yes, pickles have artificial color in them).
Here is a super easy recipe for homemade pickles:
- Soak small cukes in ice water to maintain freshness.
- Dissolve 1-2 tablespoons of pink salt or celtic salt in 1 quart of water.
- In a quart size mason jar place 5-6 small cukes, 1 tablespoon of dried dill, 2-3 smashed garlic cloves. You can also add any kind of spices you desire.
- Pour salt water into mason jar making sure cukes are covered. Seal jar and leave on counter 3-7 days depending on taste.
- When they taste they way you like, place jar in refrigerator. These will last for months, but are so good they will be gone in a few days!