Lacto-Fermented Vegetables: Veggies For The Gut Biome
Updated: Apr 3
It's no secret that there has been extensive research showing and proving how important gut health is in all animals through the past decade. To keep a strong immune system to a happy, healthy mind. But how can we get these benefits to our pets? Well, there are dozens of ways these days. From raw goat's milk, colostrum, and probiotic supplements, getting these beneficial nutrients has never been easier. But here is an easy and simple way to do it with vegetables!
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What Is Lacto-Fermenting?
Lacto-fermenting is submerging veggies in a salty brine (or lactic acid) that breaks down the cell walls, kills bacteria, and leaves you with the superpower probiotic, lactobacillus. Lacto-fermentation happens when the vegetables' starches and sugars are converted to lactic acid by the friendly bacteria lactobacilli. So the term “Lacto” in Lacto-fermentation actually refers to this production of lactic acid, not lacto, as in the lactose in milk.
Dogs don't secrete the enzyme amylase, which breaks down carbs and starched to get the vitamins & minerals as we do. When we feed veggies and fruits to our dogs, it's super hard for them to break down the cell wall and get those amazing nutrients into their gut. Adding the salty brine, which breaks down the cell wall, is like predigesting the veggies, so the nutrients are absorbed in the gut easier, allowing them to reap all the wonderful benefits.
When there is better nutrient absorption, that means a stronger and healthier immune system since the gut is over 80% of the immune system! Along with better immune health, lacto-fermenting, veggies are anti-inflammatory, cancer-fighting, rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and all the amazing gut probiotics.
This recipe is super easy and can be made with any low-glycemic veggies you have on hand.
Mason jars (or just any jar with a lid)
Small bowls/fermenting weight