Great article! I have to pull a couple of quotes from it, as it really is an eye opener as to how much probiotics can actually do for an ailing system, much like mine was
"Once you heal and seal your gut lining, and once you make your digestive system healthy and working properly again, you'll be surprised how many various symptoms in your body originated from your digestive system. Most [symptoms] start disappearing, because the health and the disease are usually born inside your digestive system. That's where they originate from."
So true. YEARS I've struggled with stomach cramps, food allergies, intolerances.. The only thing that ever seemed to help was ACV or my grandma's pickles
So I can things, and I THOUGHT what I was doing with my beets this spring was great, canning with vinegar...then pasteurizing
in a boiling water canner...oh duh!
Let me quote more so everyone else can understand what I did wrong lol
"However, it is important that you're aware of the BIG difference between healthy fermented foods and commercially processed ones.
Fermentation is an inconsistent process, and is more of an art than a science. Commercial food processors developed techniques to help standardize more consistent yields. These include pasteurization, which effectively destroys the naturally occurring probiotics.
Some olives, too, are not generally fermented; they are simply treated with lye to remove the bitterness, packed in salt, and canned. Olive producers can now hold olives in salt-free brines using an acidic solution of lactic acid, acetic acid, sodium benzoate, and potassium sorbate – a far cry from the old, time-tested, natural lactic acid-fermenting method of salt alone.
Simply put, some pickles are simply packed in salt, vinegar, and are pasteurized.
Beware of some "probiotic" yogurts, too. Most of them that you find in the grocery are NOT recommended for many reasons: they are pasteurized (and are linked to the problems of pasteurized milk products), and typically contain added sugars, high-fructose corn syrup, dyes, and/or artificial sweeteners, which can be detrimental to your health."
Ok, so, pasteurized means dead, literally.
I have 4 cases of pasteurized pickled beets needing UNpacked and brined so I can make proper Kvass