Cultured Vegetables are super foods that contribute immensely to the healing and building of your inner eco-system. These nutrient dense fermented foods have been around for thousands of years and can be found in every long living society. They taste tangy/pickled, it may be a new taste for you but you will soon feel that no meal is complete without them. All CV's have a natural tart flavor as the sugars and carbohydrates have been broken down and used up in the process. Cultured or Fermented foods are considered a "living" food and this culturing process continues during storage to enhance the foods nutrient content.
Fermented foods have a very long history in virtually all-native diets, and have always been highly prized for their health benefits. The advent of processed foods dramatically alters the human diet and we are now re aping the results in the form of rapidly rising chronic health problems. I believe the shunning of fermented foods has lots to do with this. They are quintessential to our health and lacking in most modern diets. The simple act of fermentation increases the vitamins and food enzymes found in dairy, grains, legumes, vegetables and fruits to increase both nourishment and flavor. Fermented foods are also rich in probiotics that build immunity, improve digestion and keep you healthy. Fermentation also decreases the sugar content in foods, which is great for those watching their carbohydrate intake.
When choosing fermented foods you want to steer clear of pasteurized versions because pasteurization destroys many of the naturally occurring probiotics. Cultured vegetables are some of the best chelators and detox agents available; they can help rid your body of a wide variety of toxins including heavy metals. Since they are efficient detoxifiers, you may experience a " Herxheimer Reaction" which is the medical term for healing crisis. This is common occurrence among some individuals who start consuming cultured foods. When we consume cultured/fermented foods your body is flooded with good bacteria; then there's the die off of certain pathogenic organisms in the body. These organisms can be candida, yeast infections, viruses and bad bacteria. Our cells release toxins into circulation and the body is not able to eliminate them quickly enough. Embrace this healing crisis because it truly a road to recovery. Some experience mild symptoms, while others experience severe symptoms; some are temporary and will subside as the body gets healthier and is able to eliminate toxins more effectively. Colonic/home enemas will help the elimination process and open your pathways. Others do not have symptoms and do just fine. Don't be discouraged or think this is permanent, its merely a small journey where you should begin to listen to your body as it talks to you through symptoms. Your body will teach you what it needs, wants to be fed and how to shine from the inside out.
Let the healing begin!