Homemade sauerkraut is a great recipe to add to your gut healing protocol because it can help regulate the nervous system through blood sugar regulation, supporting a healthy gut microbiome, and helps regulate hormones.
Plus, it’s easy to make and tastes delicious.
What is sauerkraut and why is it good for your gut?
Sauerkraut is a type of fermented cabbage that has been around for centuries. During the fermentation process, bacteria break down the cabbage into a tangy and slightly sour food that is packed with probiotics.
Probiotics are live microorganisms that can help improve the balance of good and bad bacteria in your gut. When you eat sauerkraut, the probiotics help to improve your digestion and boost your immune system.
How does sauerkraut help regulate the nervous system?
Believe it or not, your gut and your nervous system are closely connected. Your gut has its own nervous system, called the enteric nervous system. This system communicates with your brain, sending signals that can affect your mood and stress levels.
When you eat fermented foods like sauerkraut, the probiotics can help to regulate the enteric nervous system, reducing feelings of anxiety and stress.
How does sauerkraut help regulate blood sugar levels?
Sauerkraut is also a good source of fiber. During the fermentation process, the fiber in the cabbage is broken down into short-chain fatty acids.
These acids can help to slow down the absorption of sugar in your bloodstream, reducing spikes in blood sugar levels. This can be helpful for anyone, but especially for those with conditions like diabetes or metabolic syndrome.
How to make homemade sauerkraut:
Making homemade sauerkraut is surprisingly easy, and you don’t need any special equipment. All you’ll need is:
- 1-2 heads of cabbage, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon of sea salt
- A clean, wide-mouthed jar
- A weight, like a small glass jar or a fermenting weight
- In a large bowl, mix the sliced cabbage and sea salt.
- Massage the cabbage with your hands for about 5 minutes until it starts to release water.
- Place the cabbage into your clean jar, pressing down firmly to remove any air pockets.
- Place your weight on top of the cabbage to keep it submerged in its own liquid.
- Cover the jar with a clean cloth or lid and let it sit at room temperature for about 5-7 days.
- After a week, taste the sauerkraut. If it’s tangy and slightly sour, it’s ready. If not, let it ferment for a few more days.
- Once it’s ready, transfer the sauerkraut to a sealed jar and store it in the fridge. It will keep for several months.
You can also try adding different spices or herbs to create different flavors. Some popular additions include caraway seeds, garlic, or ginger.
Cooking is all about experimenting to see what it is that you like best, so feel free to get creative and try new combinations! You may just come up with the next big flavor profile!
How to enjoy your homemade sauerkraut:
Homemade sauerkraut can be enjoyed in sandwiches, salads, or as a side dish to your favorite protein. Our favorite way to eat sauerkraut is heated up and put onto of pastrami with a tangy dressing!
Gut health is essential for nervous system regulation and your overall well-being, and homemade sauerkraut is an easy and delicious way to promote good health. With its probiotics, fiber content, and nerve and blood sugar regulating properties, sauerkraut is a great addition to any gut healing protocol.
Take a half hour for yourself and make a batch of homemade sauerkraut today!