Before we go any further, let me make it clear; forget the supermarket stuff as it is processed junk and won’t get the job done. Hence the need for the homemade stuff.
A few tablespoons a day will re-populate your gut with friendly bacteria, which is the cornerstone of health and disease prevention. A healthy gut also helps with insulin function, lessening the propensity to gain weight..
Hippocrates was right all those years ago.
“All disease begins in the gut” – Hippocrates, 460 – 370 BC
As it turns out, this gut healing gem deserves a better accolade than accompanying disease inducing hot dogs, wrapped in a stodgy, nutrient deficient bread bun.
Make no mistake, this is perhaps the single most thing you can do to improve your general health, better than any medicine Big Pharma has to offer.provided you don’t consume loads of processed rubbish, which will negate the health improving benefits.
There are a few ways to make this, but I like to stick to what works easy for me.
2 cabbages, any type, cored and sliced
Fine, unrefined sea salt
Before coring and slicing, remove the outer leaves and put aside; these will be used to cover the sauerkraut to prevent contamination.
Put the cored and sliced cabbage in a large bowl and add about two to three tablespoons of salt. Mix well and then press down well with a masher.
Cover with the outer leaves and weigh the cabbage down with some weights; you can use anything you like. I use a large soup pot, filled with large water filled bottles and some big stones. The soup pot just fits nicely inside the bowl.
Leave the bowl of cabbage at room temperature for about seven days, skim off any scum you see and transfer to an airtight glass jar. Refrigerate and consume anytime up to three months. I have two to three tablespoons per day.
Remember you will need to make another batch when you jar the first batch to maintain a steady supply.
If after 24 hours, the juice or water from the cabbage does not rise enough to cover the surface, add a cup of hot water mixed with a teaspoon of salt.
· NB To ingest enough healthy bacteria, you will need to consume a food like homemade sauerkraut, which has been found to be very effective at populating your gut with beneficial bacteria and is very cheap to make and much cheaper than probiotic supplements, which do not always guarantee potency; they certainly do not have the wide range of bacteria that sauerkraut offers.