Bacteria promote life and health (Raphael Kellman, MD)
It doesn’t make sense anymore to differentiate between the gut and the brain (David Perlmutter, MD)
The majority of inflammatory diseases start in the gut (Dr Mercola)
Embryonically, the gut and the brain start at the same point. (Raphael Kellmann, MD)
The average human has over 100 trillion microbes in and on their body.
99% of the DNA contained within the human body is actually DNA that is associated with the bacteria that live within us. (David Perlmutter, MD)
I have always had a passion for great food and a keen interest in health. I had pursued a number of careers, including music, auditing, financial management, banking and technology. After the birth of my son I became a stay-at-home mom. I began to deepen my knowledge about health and explore the potential of food as medicine. This sparked an interest in gut health and the importance of the microbiome. I started up Kraut & Krunch in 2014 with the vision of bringing raw, artisanal ferments to Johannesburg.
The process of fermentation fills me with curiosity and awe. The collaboration with the unseen world can yield something so stunning in its elegance, that its beauty and flavours leave you speechless.
Nicola Kafula, founder
OUR MICROBIAL COLONY
I like to say that we are 10% human, 90% microbial. Our health is determined, not by us, but by a colony of 100 trillion. These microbes have a profound effect on our health. They determine our mood, metabolism, immunity, and even our perception of the world and clarity of thoughts. Everything about our health – physical, mental and emotional – hinges on the state of our microbiome. Embryonically, the gut and the brain start out at the same point. It probably doesn’t even make sense to differentiate between them. Perhaps the key question to ask is: “How do I live for 100 trillion?”
Probiotics play a key role in helping you build a balanced gut microbiome. Beyond probiotic supplements, fermented foods are a natural way to work probiotics into your diet, and the options are both plentiful and enjoyable. From sauerkraut to kimchi, from kombucha to kvass, fermented foods are a nutritional powerhouse that should work their way onto your plate every day.
Fermented foods are also said to maintain the integrity of the gut lining, balance the body’s pH, serve as natural antibiotics, antivirals and antifungals, regulate immunity, control inflammation, facilitate the excretion of toxins, and increase the bio-availability of vitamins and minerals.
There is a wealth of information available on the microbiome and the benefits of fermented foods. Here are links to some of our favourite sites: