A history of fermented foods and their place in the modern world

From making tough foods more bio-available to preserving to supercharging foods and drinks with billions of probiotics, fermented foods have not left human diets in 8000 years. Sauerkrauts, kimchis, yoghurts, kefirs, cheeses, tempeh, garri, banchan, togwa and not to mention kombucha are just some of the countless traditional foods and drinks that have accompanied human development for millennia. It is no accident that a successful and intelligent species has kept these superfoods by its side with every twist and turn fate had to offer.

Europe in the middle ages used vinegar-based ‘master tonics’, the cousins of kombucha, to ward off the plague. Traditional cultures used fermented foods to boost their health and fight off illnesses, not even understanding the micro-biome they were tapping into. While we may not need to fight off plagues in the modern age, there is an epidemic of reasons why probiotics are important. Antiobitics in our food decimating our gut bacteria, antibiotic-resistant pathogens being a big concern and the stresses of an unnatural modern living and pollution are all significant reasons as to why it is crucial we equip our bodies to be as naturally resilient as possible.

Kombucha has been consumed for millennia but has been ‘rediscovered’ in its recent popularity explosion. Kombucha is filled with so many of the benefits of other fermented foods and drinks while coming in an effervescent and tasty package that is very convenient for the modern bio-hacker who wants a simple, palatable and portable path to a healthier life. A superfood drink that stands in the starkest of contrasts to highly processed, chemical-filled soft drinks, kombucha is the modern, health-concerned person’s option for an exciting and beneficial beverage.

Bolstering our systems to be resilient on their own is key to equipping our body with every tool to thrive in the modern world. When you consume probiotics you are giving your micro-biome the reinforcements it needs to sustain your health. This millennia-old bio-hack is just as relevant today as ever. This holistic approach to ailment prevention is an intelligent way to thrive in everyday life.