Learn how to make your own fermented soda for a gut-healthy treat.
Fermented foods have been used for centuries across diverse cultures as a source of health and vitality. Their popularity is growing today, as a variety of fermented juices like kombucha are on the rise, and flavors range from sweet and syrupy to citrus-filled and savory. They aren’t difficult to find - anyone can make them with home fermentation or find them at their local kombucha breweries.
Fermented food and drink calm the gut and provide crucial bacteria for a healthy digestive tract, enhanced immune system, and easier digestion overall. Like kombucha, all fermented bubbly drinks are great allies for those seeking to maintain and enhance their health.
This chemical transformation in which microbes, healthy bacteria, and yeast, interact with food. When complete, fermentation not only preserves the foods but also enhances their nutritional value and changes their flavor. Well-known fermented food and drink include sauerkraut, wine, beer, yogurt, kombucha, and miso. Find more information about how to ferment vegetables and how food is fermented.
Fermented foods are teeming with hundreds of thousands of probiotics—living microorganisms that positively impact gut health. A well-balanced gut microbiome is crucial for digestion, nutrient absorption, and a robust immune system.
While breaking down complex compounds in foods, fermentation makes nutrients more readily available for absorption. This helps address common issues like nutrient deficiencies, weakened digestive functions, or even just a simple upset stomach.
Foods that have undergone fermentation aid digestion by promoting the growth of beneficial gut bacteria and reducing harmful bacteria from simple sugars or fried foods. This alleviates digestive discomforts, like bloating and gas.
A strong immune system is your body's first line of defense against any kind of illness. Fermented foods make the vitamins and minerals we consume in other foods more easily accessible to the body, keeping us resilient.
More and more, research is showing evidence of a strong link between gut health and mental well-being. Fermented foods contribute to a healthy, balanced stomach and positive mood. The better mood we’re in, the more likely we are to take care of ourselves, exercise, and manage our schedules and spaces. This is one of the most exciting benefits of fermented foods!
Ginger and cucumber are well-known ingredients that contribute to a happy and healthy microbiome. When they’re fermented they’re even more beneficial! This is the perfect home fermentation recipe to begin fermenting and experiment with.
Don’t be afraid to add other ingredients, like mint or raspberries, throughout the process to add a sweet flavor, or as a garnish on top.
We recommend serving this fermented soda over ice and lemon or orange wedges. If you have it, don’t forget to garnish with a sprig of mint or rosemary from your garden.
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