About Kimchi

kimchi-jarsKimchi is a traditional Korean dish served at every meal. It is Korea’s most representative food – rich with flavor, nutritional value and it is naturally fermented to preserve the fresh vegetables.

Unlike commercial kimchi, Sunja’s kimchi adds no sugar, no MSG or fish extracts and is vegan and vegetarian. Sunja’s kimchi is low in calories, is fat free and is a great source of digestible fiber, iron and potassium.

The fermentation process which gives Sunja’s Kimchi its unique tang creates the lactic acid which preserves and enhances the vegetables. Sunja’s Kimchi is made with cabbage, radishes, garlic, scallions and leeks, all of which have health benefits that are well documented in the natural food industry. The carrots, sweet and hot peppers as well as the cabbage are rich sources of important carotenes.

All together, this special product stimulates the appetite and encourages good overall digestive health. It’s no wonder that Health Magazine named Kimchi as one of the “top five healthiest foods in the world.” Health benefits of this super food include lowered cholesterol, improved digestion, essential vitamins and minerals and live probiotics. Sunja’s kimchi is delicious while being good for you.

Video Review of Sunja’s Kimchi

Why Fermented Foods Are Good For Weight Loss, Mood & Glowing Skin

Groundbreaking new research has revealed the importance of the microbiome, the vast community of bacteria that lives within us. It turns out these bacteria outnumber our cells by a factor of 10 to one! Believe it or not, we are more bacteria than we are human. The microbiome in our gut governs many of our body’s key functions and is crucial to our overall health.

A balanced microbiome regulates the immune system, metabolism, sustains the gastrointestinal tract, supports mood and brain function, produces crucial vitamins and nutrients, and helps us maintain a healthy weight. So if you want to lose weight and feel better it’s essential that you balance the microbiome in your gut. One of the most effective ways to do that is by eating fermented foods.

Fermented foods are rich in live bacteria that replenish the microbiome, helping it maintain the right proportion of friendly bacteria for optimal health and weight loss. I call fermented foods part of the new generation of Superfoods.

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Chronic Sinus Problems: Another Role for Probiotics?

Chronic sinusitis (also known as chronic rhinosinusitis, or CRS) is one of the most common human diseases, affecting 1 in 7 American adults. And like many other modern, chronic conditions, its prevalence appears to be increasing.

The conventional viewpoint is that CRS is caused by the presence of certain harmful species of bacteria, such as Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, and Moraxella catarrhalis. In other cases, CRS may result from an immunologic reaction to fungi that colonize the sinuses. Fungal species associated with this syndrome include Bipolaris specifera and , and Fusarium.

However, in a recent paper out of the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Susan Lynch demonstrated that the primary difference between patients with CRS and control subjects was not the presence of any particular pathogenic species (which both groups had in similar amounts), but the overall diversity of the sinus microbiome.

This discovery has important implications for how we can successfully treat CRS, and I will come back to it later in the article. But first, let’s take a step back and discuss the sinus microbiome — since this may be the first time you’ve heard about it.

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Lacto Bacto

The One Probiotic That Treats Sinusitis

Probiotics and sinusitis treatment go hand in hand. In the last few years research found that the one probiotic (beneficial bacteria) that chronic sinusitis sufferers lack and that treats and cures sinusitis is Lactobacillus sakei. The researchers Abreu et al found in their 2012 study that not only do sinusitis sufferers lack L. sakei, they have too much of Corynebacterium tuberculostearicum (normally a harmless skin bacteria), and they also don’t have the bacteria diversity in their sinuses that healthy people without sinusitis have. Of course those researchers are working on beneficial bacteria nasal sprays, but that will take a while.

Since then several people have reported that various types of Sinto Gourmet brand kimchi and Sunja’s Kimchi  has worked for them. We are still using Sunja’s Kimchi (last year we used the medium spicy cabbage, but when that stopped working we switched to the medium spicy cucumber kimchi). I’m sure some other brands also contain L. sakei, but I haven’t tried other brands. (Please note that not all kimchi brands or types of kimchi within brands contain L. sakei – finding one that had it was due to self-experimentation. When the kimchi contained L. sakei we felt the same or better within one day. If we felt more mucusy or phlegmy the next day, or the acute sinusitis kept getting worse, than it did not contain L. sakei.)

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