NMO Gut Health Journal

Choosing the Right Supplies and Fermentation Equipment

August 23, 2019 Kriben Govender

Choosing The Right Fermentation Supplies & Equipment

What Is Lactic Acid?

November 29, 2015 Amy Bradney George

Lactic acid is one of those terms you hear a lot when learning about healthy lifestyles. From fermented foods to fitness, this particular acid plays a very important role in our lives, but is hardly ever explained in detail. So what exactly is lactic acid and what does it do to (and for) us? Lactic acid is, as the name suggests, a type of acid that often has a colourless, syrupy quality when separated from other elements. On a more scientific level, it’s described as an organic chemical that’s formed “when sugars are broken down for energy in the absence...

Fermented Vegetables: Where They Came From and Why They're So Good

November 19, 2015 Kriben Govender

Fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut, kimchi and cucumbers (a.k.a. “pickles”) are considered one of the next big things in foodie culture. They’re popping up on more and more restaurant menus, in recipe books and blogs, on supermarket shelves and in news on the latest health food trends. But pickles have actually been a staple for cultures around the world for thousands of years. Archaeologists and anthropologists believe the first pickles were made from cucumbers about 4400 years ago in ancient Mesopotamia (an area in what we now call the Middle East). Pickling was originally developed as a way to preserve foods,...

How Fermented Foods Can Help Reduce Sugar Cravings

November 12, 2015 Kriben Govender

These days there is a lot of talk about the amount of sugar people consume, both through foods and drinks. While the sugars that make up simple and complex carbohydrates can be an important part of healthy and balanced nutrition, too much is often a bad thing. Refined sugar, in particular, has been linked to a number of health issues, including yeast imbalances, bloating, water retention, lethargy, nutrient deficiencies, weakened immune systems, and the list goes on. This kind of sugar is also highly addictive, with some health experts even comparing it to illegal drugs.  As more research reveals the...

Probiotics and Prebiotics: What’s the Difference?

November 08, 2015 Amy Bradney George

There’s an abundance of information on gut health, and almost all of it features the terms “probiotics” and “prebiotics”. With both of these terms frequently scattered through content on our gut’s micro flora, it’s clear that both probiotics and prebiotics are an important part of keeping us healthy. What’s not so clear is the difference between them. So let’s take a closer look at both probiotics and prebiotics to see how exactly they fit into the bigger picture of our gut’s health. Probiotics are “healthy bacteria” The term probiotics literally means “for life” and is used to describe microorganisms –...