Fermented food is vital for health as it contains probiotics and other bacteria which are considered “good” bacteria promoting better gut health. While most of the diseases are linked to gut problems, it is very important that we incorporate fermented foods in our diet. There are different kinds of fermentation processes which take place in vegetables, drinks like kombucha, sourdough, fruit drinks, beer, etc. In this article, we will consider the homemade products which everyone can do on their own as a way to provide more probiotics to their diet.
Just Add Water
In almost every recipe for fermented food out there, you will need at one point to add water, the only exception is when you make dairy products but milk contains its own water. The bacteria need water as a medium to grow. Actually, if you need to save a starter for later on, in other words to put it to “sleep”, you just dry it out or freeze it. Without water or in frozen water, the bacteria cannot grow any further. For example, the easiest way to ferment vegetables or to make sauerkraut is to chop them, then add salt and water, and wait. In just a few days, you will have your own probiotics source at home. Now, the question is what type of water to use for your homemade fermented food?
The running water, or municipal water, or as most of us know it as the simple tap water is what we all use for our daily needs. However, it usually contains quite a lot of chemicals put in it additionally in order to make it safer for everyday use. These chemicals like fluoride, chlorine, etc., are not friends with the bacteria in your fermented food products. Combined with all the chemicals used in conventional agriculture, it will be no surprise if you experience a strange smell or look of your fermented vegetables, for example. It is not considered the most suitable water to use for that purpose.
When tap water is filtered, most of the chemicals are taken away, and it is even better if your filter has charcoal in it in order to cleanse the water supply from more organic waste. This one is considered better to use for your fermented foods, however it lacks its vital energy and still some contamination could be left there. However, if you are planning to use this type of water, you can easily return it back to its natural state, making it “alive” again so to speak. Using small portable coMra Wave devices from is very simple, just place it under the water container and in ten minutes or so, you will have the water energized to its natural state. They do not change the ingredients in your water, this is not a machine-made water, just a molecular vortex is created inside the water and this helps its molecules to return to their natural order. We have noticed that it also helps the fermentation process even if you decide to ferment rice, for example, the results are quicker and the taste is better.
Natural Spring Water
The best water to use is the spring water but you need to be sure that its source is not contaminated with chemical or organic waste. Due to its qualities and energy, the natural spring water will support the fermentation process because it is “alive” and may even contain some “good bacteria” itself. However, if you do not have access to spring water, you can use coMra Wave devices under your water container as it was explained above.
Water received from reverse osmosis and distilled water are both not recommended to be used for the fermentation process as the water is so purified from all its natural ingredients that it does not support the growth of any bacteria. You can still drink these types of water, especially if you energize them with coMra Wave ( this is what we do) as then you have very clean water but still with some energy in it.
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