Saturday, April 17, 2021

The Ocean was Amazing!!! I traveled highway 101

 I lucked out and the sun was out.  It got to 70 degrees during the day.  I was in a camper and it got down to 36 degrees at night.  I had to put on the heat at 4 AM.  

Friday, April 16, 2021

Road Trip - I was going to San Diego: The plan changed.

 I was set to go to visit my new friend and then go on to San Diego because whe worked long hours.  We met Sunday and then she said we could meet Thursday at 3 PM.  I changed routes and decided to hit the Northern CA coast and see the Redwoods.  I went on Hwy 1 AND IT WAS AMAZING!!!  I was right on the ocean and there were giant cliffs and rocks.  I was the only person on most beaches.  I saw a lighthouse which is still in use and talked to some of the locals.  The Redwoods were awesome.  I saw elk too.  I camped out in my trailer parked along rivers.  IT WAS AWESOME!!  

The Road Trip is ending!! I didn't have internet to get onto this program - here goes.

 It was an amazing trip.  I had coffee with an amazing lady and we had a second meeting set up but it got canceled because of a horrible emergency.  She told me some places to check out and I did and it was pretty amazing.  This is a giant Redwood Tree that you can drive a car through.  It is in the Redwood Forests of Northern, CA!!

Saturday, April 10, 2021

We will meet up tomorrow!!! She is working Monday and all of next week so it works out for tomorrow afternoon.

 We had a meeting of the minds and it will work out to meet tomorrow afternoon.  I will go to her town and we will meet up and hang out for an hour or two.

I do want to meet her, she sounds interesting.  She is close to retirement and I am looking for someone to take trips with.

Have a good day.

Trip starts tomorrow or Monday!!! Haven't heard from my lady friend in CA.

 I take off soon for a road trip with no end destination.  I was supposed to meet up with a gal tomorrow but she suddenly stopped communicating with me.

If I hear nothing today, I will stay here and take off Monday.  If she and I meet up, I take off tomorrow morning and we will hike and eat in the afternoon.  I am kind of hoping we meet but I wrote her and told her not to overdo it.  I told her it is fine if she needs to cancel because she has too much going on.  She is working a lot.

I have a Monday trip planned if that turns out to be the case.  I will head to Crescent City, CA if I don't see my new friend. 

Have a good day.


Friday, April 9, 2021

FRIDAY: I meet up with a gal Sunday in CA!! Camp out Sunday Night.

 I have met a gal online and we meet up Sunday!!  The tentative plan is to hike and eat/coffee afterwards.  She is a workaholic - as I was, but is getting ready to retire.  She was married for many years but her husband died.  She speaks very highly of her past husband and I find that appealing.

I try to speak highly of my ex-wife as well.  She gave me my 3 children!!!!!  I can never thank my ex enough for that and being such a great cook, housekeeper and kept me settled down.  

I am finding out that widowhood has its own kind of guilt and shame associated with it.  I've never been a widower so I had no idea.  My last girlfriend was a widow.  I think her grieving her ex was part of why we broke up.  I just could not understand the grieving.  So, I am learning about the loss of a partner.  

I will stay in a campground after our meeting.

She has to work Monday, so I have no clue where I am going on Monday.  My CA tour will start Monday it seems.

Enjoy Your Day!!

Thursday, April 8, 2021

2020 SUCKED!!!!!! I am getting myself back to positive again!! Thank God - Biden is President and I have both shots!!

 I am so glad the election is over and we now have President Biden.  I am so thankful that President Biden increased the making and distribution of the Covid Immunizations!!!!  I have both Phizer shots!!!!

Last year sucked!!!!  I got into the negative mind set dealing with Covid restrictions and WORKING AT getting President Biden elected.  It basically ruined my relationship with a few people, including my girlfriend.  

I am finally getting back to positive and I feel so much better.  I have my car and trailer loaded up and ready to go.  I will be going to California to get some warm weather and just see wonderful sights of nature.  I will bike, hike and camp along the way.  I will also take pictures of things I see along my travels.  I am also meeting a gal along the way.  She just sounds like a wonderful woman so we are going to meet for a late lunch/coffee and see if we like each other.  She still works so I will see her and then leave.  I will go and continue my California trip.  This is a vacation afterall.

So, my goal is to get mentally, physically and emotionally back in shape for summer.  

My trip starts in 3 days.  

Wishing you well!!!!  Get up and moving folks.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Getting ready for my road trip.

 I will have a camper and be on my way next Monday.  I watch dogs Thursday to Sunday and then take off Monday.  I plan on being at the coast of California to start.  I will then probably go through San Francisco near Sacramento and then decide where to go from there.

There is a bit of sadness in that the last road trip was done with my old girlfriend.  But, life goes on and I need to move forward too.  

The weather is great and I just need to get out and go.

Wishing you well.

Monday, April 5, 2021

ROAD TRIP - coming next week!!!! Probably California but no set destination.

 I have decided to take a road trip.  I have a friend who invited me to lunch and coffee in CA and that was the start of my road trip idea.  

I will have a small camper and my new car and hit the road.  ultimately, I will try for the CA coast and see the Hearst Mansion and travel along hwy 101.  I will take a bike with me and try to get in 20 miles of bike riding each day.  

I am just feeling so pleased that the weather is sunny and I am in good health.  I will just go and enjoy and see the beauty which our world has to offer.

I hope your day is going well!!!!

Friday, April 2, 2021

No Hanky Panky with my EX!! We got along great. We have so many wonderful memories and we were able to talk, laugh and catch up.

 My Ex was here and we got along great.  

I did some apologizing and we talked about all of the great things we were able to pull off.  It was just a fun time.  We had wine and talked about the relatives on each side of the family.  I feel so much better that we are back on track as friends.  We discussed our kids and came up with an approach to help our kids and grandkids.  

She went back home today and is talking to our kids about our plans.  My doubting children were pleased to hear it went well.  They probably won't believe it until they have her face to face.  She is planning on coming again and I am encouraging it.

I cooked her an omellette since she brought me stuff to make them.  I must admit it was very good.  I usually don't do that if I am cooking for myself.

We have sun today but rain is supposed to come on Sunday - Easter.

I am chatting with about 5 women online.  I am curious to see if anything comes of it.  I am kind of doubtful.  There are some wonderful women but they are very cautious, as am I.  So going from chatting to seeing someone is kind of weird.

Wishing you well!!!

Thursday, April 1, 2021

My Ex comes today!!! I am happy to have her here. She helped remodel the place. I want her to see the changes to the property I have made.

 My Ex and I are going to spend today and tomorrow together.  I have some upset daughters (2 of 3) because I broke her heart in the past by getting a girlfriend.  My EX had hoped that we would get back together is what my 2 daughters told me.  

I have been told NO SEX!!  By my two daughters.  I am after all on the rebound and I am looking so my Ex could end up with a broken heart again.  I am horny - no doubt about that.  I will really try to keep myself under control and not get too cozy.

Monday, March 29, 2021

I have asked my Ex- wife to hang out with me on the farm.

 As I get to know women, I thought about good people in my life.  My ex wife gave me my children and she did an amazing job.  Things went south when the kids were in high school.  We just had a different approach to raising kids during that crazy time.  We just kind of fell apart and got divorced.

Over the years, I have tried hard not to talk poorly of her because she always put her family first, even me.  She allowed me to live with her in her Condo just so I didn't have to pay rent when I was working in Alaska and wanted a place to stay in the lower 48.  She also allowed me to use her address as mine so I didn't have to change address all the time.

So, I have met with 3 women for lunch and they are great women but my ex is as worthy of being a friend after some thought.  I am revamping 2+ acres and I need ideas.  I thought she would be good to help direct the changes.  I am hoping this property will be family retreat property and I want she and I to work on the changes together.  

I texted her yesterday and she said she will be here Thursday and Friday. 

I told my daughters and 2 are saying it is a bad decision.  They know my ex was hurt by the divorce and the pain of me leaving all the time.  They saw her cry and upset whenever I left.  We Facetimed and talked it through.  I am assuming they will try to talk her in to not coming.

I am hoping she will come.  We had so many great years together, I am hoping we can get back to just being regular friends who work with each other on a more regular basis.  Will it become intimate?  I will never say never.  I do miss companionship.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

I had a great dinner and hike with a new friend. I have the tractor loaded on a trailer and hooked up to the pickup truck

 I went to see another daughter last night and had dinner with one of her co-workers.  We did a hike and had dinner.  It was quite pleasant.  It is 100 miles away and I have tractor work to do so I might not be seeing her for a while.

I have the tractor loaded onto a tractor and on a trailer so I am set to leave for the property in a while.  I will travel in the evening.  I am looking forward to unloading the tractor and putting it to work tomorrow.


Wednesday, March 24, 2021

My new old tractor is ready to work. It is loaded onto the trailer!! Dating update!!!!!

 I bought an old piece of crap tractor which had to have many parts replaced.  We had to replace most hydraulic hoses and battery and lots of other stuff.  $1000.00 later, I have a fully functioning tractor with a front bucket and a backhoe.  I will take it to the property this weekend and start using it.

I have 25 stumps to pull and I am digging pooling spots for winter water.  I cut down 25 trees and I need to take the stumps out.  I have a huge stump to take out as well.  I need to get into the garden and dig up the soil with the backhoe.

I will be moving gravel around.

My ex is at the property for a couple of days so I will go visit another child and her family and let my ex enjoy the property without me bugging her. It will delay me putting the tractor to work.   While visiting my child, I will meet another lady.  We both know a person who said we need to meet each other.  I have no idea what she looks like or much about her.  The person we know gave her my number and a week later she called and we talked for 45 minutes.  She sounds pretty amazing.  She is looking at retirement which is what I do for a living these days.  Her child is a brilliant scientific sort who is getting a Doctorate.  I am really looking forward to meeting her.  She hikes regularly.

What do I know about her?  I was told I would be pleased is all I know.  

Lunch yesterday:  It was an online date - she used old pictures.  We had a great conversation but I will leave it there.  She is part owner in a winery and I could help out with the winery if I like.  I will continue my search for a lover and a friend today!

After this lunch, I was missing my old girlfriend in Iowa.  I was about to call her and beg her to let me back into her life.  Then I texted the other gal and got my tractor running well, so I will continue the search.  I do miss my Iowa friend very much.  Every woman I meet, I compare to her.  So far, I haven't found a comparison.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Trump Cult Members and ON Line Dating: Interesting

 As I connect with women on-line to become possible friends/lovers.  (I am only looking for 1 woman that I want to be with for years by the way .) I have been attacked by 3 or 4 women for backing Biden/Harris.  They use the old child raper, kill bablies and cut off their faces and wear it.  I think it is crazy stuff myself but I communicate with them as a 'normal' human being.

One gal told me she is smart and has a 148 IQ and I am offended by a genius.  I told her the Jan 6 Trump supported Insurrection was planned by 148 IQ geniuses.  I'll stick to my folks instead of insisting that babies are being raped and killed by Biden and Hillary.  

I also asked them to support JAILING AND IMPRISONING anyone who entered the Capitol Jan 6.  They insist that it was Antifa but refuse to back jailing everyone who entered.   

I ask them if BLM protestors would be arrested for doing a similar action.  They generally say it was Antifa or BLM and insist they should be arrested and jailed, even hanged.  I just find it ironic how quickly they same the rules should be different for "PATRIOTS' compared to quiet protestors, like the group attacked and jailed when Trump wanted his picture taken in front of a church. (A church he never attended.)

I am glad we have President Biden and AG Garland.  We need to work on putting limits on crazy people attacking our Capitol and even getting background checks and limits on AR-15 weapons of war.  (I am a military veteran.)

BTW:  the two most vile Trump Cult Members seem to have dropped out of sight.  One still looks at my profile almost daily and another, nice woman who speaks much more like a real person, checks me out every other day.  I told the crazy ones to tell Q hi for me.  I threatened to turn in one lady because she was so caustic and wouldn't give up.  I think she quit the site.

Have a good day!!

OnLine Dating and having a blind date.

 I started the Online dating and it is interesting.  One gal did not look exactly like her picture but she is a wonderful woman.  She has an amazing property and house.  It is ahome and garden type house.  She has no kids so nothing is out of order.  I am used to kids and messy.  She does have a few acres so I am hoping to get to her house and check it out.  

Today, I meet up with a woman who looks amazing.  In online dating, I wonder if the pictures are old.  We meet at a historic hotel which was a poor folks home for years.  It was finally closed and was to be knocked down but it was bought for nothing as long as they restored it.  It is now a great hotel, bar, and they make their own alcohol.  They grow some of their own crops and they have a golf course.  They also have outdoor concerts in the summer.  It is a pretty amazing plce.

My next lady coming up has been recommended by a friend.  The friend knows both she and I and I.  She was given my number and she called.  She is a regular hiker.  I have no pictures or real information other than what she told me when we talked for 45 minutes.  I was just told I will be pleased.  She asked why this person would try to set us up and I explained what I know about the other person.  I know the other person pretty well.  She just started working with the one who set us up.  

WHY AM I LOOKING FOR A LOVER/FRIEND?  I have been in love with a lady in the midwest for 3 years.  She wanted me to be full time in her hometown.  Her family has lived there for 100 years and she can't leave her extensive family and friends.  They are great people.  If I were closer, we would still be together but the reality is that we both decided to find someone local.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Eye Update and I am single and looking!

 Eye update:  It took about a year for reasonable healing.  I had light sesitivity for quite a while.   After 4 surgeries, I had to lay face down for a week because I had either gas or oil in my eye to keep pressure on the retina.  That was torture.  The gas dissipated on its own but the oil had to be taken out with a surgery.  The surgeries where they put the gas or oil in took 2 hours or so.  The light sensitivity was difficult after the surgeries.  I can now see out of both eyes.  My right eye is best.  My left eye is hazy and tires before the right eye but I see ok.  I have a floater in my eye fluid which causes the fuzziness.  


After I had my eye surgeries, I had a cataract in my left eye.  After the eye surgeries, it was a easy.  It only took a short while and my color vision improved dramatically as soon as I walked outside.  

I never did go back to teaching after my eye surgery.  I have been working hard at being retired in the Northwest.  

I had a girlfriend in Iowa for the last 3 years but we recently decided that the distance was too much.  We are both presently looking for our next mate.  

Did I mention, I hate dating!!  However, I have been chatting with some pretty amazing women.  I had a friend recommend a gal and we talked just the other day.  We will be setting up a hike or dinner or something in the future.  I have gotten back into bicycle riding to get back into shape.  I have been working on a farm and that has helped with general conditioning.  

I will add more as time goes on.  

Have a good day!!!

Sunday, March 14, 2021

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

I was legally blind in my left eye for 2 months: 3 operations later and I can see again. (4th operation coming)

I had a detached retina last summer in my left eye.  My retina just rolled up and I was legally blind. 

It took about 6 weeks to get me to a surgeon who did the surgery and he lasered my retina and put gas in my eye.  The gas put pressure on the retina to hold it in place as it healed.  After 2 weeks, it detached again.  I then had another operation and they put oil in my eye to hold the retina in place.  After both operations, I had to lay face down for a week to keep the pressure on the back of the eye:  That was torture:  I am so thankful for NPR and Oregon Public Broadcasting so I could listen to long stories about science and nature.  I also went through the entire Vietnam series.

After operation 2, The Doc operated on me again to take out the oil and then decided to put a gas bubble back in. I only had to lay my head of my side after this operation.  The gas disapates with time.  I was given gas because there was one lasered section which looked a bit week.  I have been 6 weeks since the last operation and healing well. 

Operation 4:  I need cataract surgery because of the 3 operations.  It caused a cataract so I have cataract surgery in a couple weeks. 

My eye overall is much better.  It is different from the pre loss of sight eye in that now my left eye gets tired before my right eye.  My left eye seems to work in slow motion and the right eye goes at regular pace.  I need sunglasses for the sun because my left eye is sensitive to light. 

I am so very thankful for my Doctor and Nurses and MY HEALTH INSURANCE, which made this all possible at an out of pocket cost of about $500.00.  I wish everyone had the health care that I have.

I FEEL WE NEED SINGLE PAYER HEALTH INSURANCE so everyone can have health care options similar to mine.  It took 5 or 6 weeks to get my operation but I had great care when I got it.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Eye Surgery #2 today. My retina tore again.

I have another surgery today to repair my left eye.  The retina ripped again and I have been legally blind again since last weekend.  It is basically the same surgery as before but they will be putting oil in my eye to hold pressure on the Retina to heal.  (They used gas before.)  They have to go back in to take the oil out in the future. 

I HAVE TO DO THE FACE DOWN TREATMENT FOR ANOTHER WEEK after this surgery.  I am NOT looking forward to the face down time.  I did get PASSPORT from OPB so I can listen to documentaries as I wait and wait with my face down.

Surgery was originally planned for Monday but the Doctor called yesterday evening and said he could do it today. 

I just want to get it done.  I have been able to have a regular life with one eye but it is just weird.  It is kind of like having a big rock in your shoe as you walk. 

Have a good day. 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

8 Fermented Foods that help digestion and health

8 Fermented Foods to Boost Digestion and Health

Miso soup and other fermented foods can boost the number of beneficial bacteria found in your gut.
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Fermentation is a process that involves the breakdown of sugars by bacteria and yeast.
Not only does this help enhance the preservation of foods, but eating fermented foods can also boost the number of beneficial bacteria, or probiotics, found in your gut.
Probiotics have been associated with a variety of health benefits, including improved digestion, better immunity and even increased weight loss (123).
This article looks at 8 fermented foods that have been shown to improve health and digestion.
1. Kefir
Kefir is a type of cultured dairy product.
It is made by adding kefir grains, which are made up of a combination of yeast and bacteria, to milk. This results in a thick and tangy beverage with a taste that is often compared to yogurt.
Studies have shown that kefir may come with many benefits, affecting everything from digestion to inflammation to bone health.
In one small study, kefir was shown to improve the digestion of lactose in 15 people with lactose intolerance. Those who are lactose intolerant are unable to digest the sugars in dairy products, resulting in symptoms like cramps, bloating and diarrhea (4).
Another study found that consuming 6.7 ounces (200 ml) of kefir daily for six weeks decreased markers of inflammation, a known contributor to the development of chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer (56)
Kefir may also help enhance bone health. One study looked at the effects of kefir on 40 people with osteoporosis, a condition characterized by weak, porous bones.
After six months, the group consuming kefir was found to have improved bone mineral density, compared to a control group (7).
Enjoy kefir on its own or use it to give your smoothies and blended drinks a boost.
SUMMARY: Kefir is a fermented dairy product that may improve lactose digestion, decrease inflammation and boost bone health.
2. Tempeh
Tempeh is made from fermented soybeans that have been pressed into a compact cake.
This high-protein meat substitute is firm but chewy and can be baked, steamed or sautéed before being added to dishes.
In addition to its impressive probiotic content, tempeh is rich in many nutrients that may better your health. For example, soy protein has been shown to reduce certain risk factors for heart disease.
One study in 42 people with high cholesterol looked at the effects of eating either soy protein or animal protein. Those eating soy protein had a 5.7% decrease in “bad” LDL cholesterol, a 4.4% reduction in total cholesterol and a 13.3% reduction in blood triglycerides (8).
Additionally, a test-tube study found that certain plant compounds in tempeh could act as antioxidants, helping reduce the buildup of free radicals, which are harmful compounds that can contribute to chronic disease (9).
Tempeh is perfect for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Use it for anything from sandwiches to stir-fries to take advantage of its many health benefits.
SUMMARY: Tempeh is made from fermented soybeans. It is high in probiotics and contains compounds that may act as antioxidants and improve heart health.
3. Natto Natto is a staple probiotic food in traditional Japanese cuisine and, like tempeh, made from fermented soybeans.
It contains a good amount of fiber, providing 5 grams per 3.5-ounce (100-gram) serving (10).
Fiber may help support digestive health. It moves through the body undigested, adding bulk to stool to help promote regularity and alleviate constipation (11).
Natto is also high in vitamin K, an important nutrient that’s involved in the metabolism of calcium and plays a major role in bone health. In one study of 944 women, natto intake was associated with reduced bone loss in those who were postmenopausal (12).
The fermentation of natto also produces an enzyme called nattokinase. One study in 12 people showed that supplementing with nattokinase helped prevent and dissolve blood clots (13).
Another study also found that supplementing with this enzyme helped reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressure by 5.5 and 2.84 mmHg, respectively (14).
Natto has a very strong flavor and slippery texture. It is often paired with rice and served as part of a digestion-boosting breakfast.
SUMMARY: Natto is a fermented soybean product. Its high fiber content may promote regularity and help prevent bone loss. It also produces an enzyme that can reduce blood pressure and help dissolve blood clots.
4. Kombucha
Kombucha is a fermented tea that is fizzy, tart and flavorful. It is made from either black or green tea and contains their potent health-promoting properties.
Animal studies show that drinking kombucha could help prevent liver toxicity and damage caused by exposure to harmful chemicals (151617).
Test-tube studies have also found that kombucha could help induce cancer cell death and block the spread of cancer cells (1819).
One animal study even found that kombucha helped reduce blood sugar, triglycerides and LDL cholesterol (20).
Although most of the current research is limited to test-tube and animal studies, the benefits of kombucha and its components are promising. Nevertheless, further studies are needed to determine how kombucha may affect humans.
Thanks to its rising popularity, kombucha can be found at most major grocery stores. It can also be made at home, though it should be prepared carefully to prevent contamination or over-fermentation.
SUMMARY: Kombucha is a fermented tea. Although more research is needed, animal and test-tube studies have found that it could help protect the liver, decrease blood sugar and reduce levels of cholesterol and triglycerides.
5. Miso
Miso is a common seasoning in Japanese cuisine. It’s made by fermenting soybeans with salt and koji, a type of fungus.
It is most often found in miso soup, a flavorful dish made up of miso paste and stock that is traditionally served for breakfast.
In addition to its probiotic content, several studies have found health benefits tied to miso.
In one study including 21,852 women, consuming miso soup was linked to a lower risk of breast cancer (21).
Miso may also help lower blood pressure and protect heart health. In fact, a study in rats found that the long-term consumption of miso soup helped normalize blood pressure (22).
Another study in over 40,000 people showed that a higher intake of miso soup was associated with a lower risk of stroke (23).
Remember that many of these studies show an association, but they don’t take other factors into consideration. More studies are needed to evaluate miso’s health effects.
Besides stirring miso into soup, you can try using it to glaze cooked vegetables, spice up salad dressings or marinate meat.
SUMMARY: Miso is a seasoning made from fermented soybeans. It has been associated with a reduced risk of cancer and improved heart health, though more human studies are needed.
6. Kimchi
Kimchi is a popular Korean side dish that is usually made from fermented cabbage, although it can also be made from other fermented vegetables like radishes.
It boasts an extensive array of health benefits and may be especially effective when it comes to lowering cholesterol and reducing insulin resistance.
Insulin is responsible for transporting glucose from the blood to the tissues. When you sustain high levels of insulin for long periods, your body stops responding to it normally, resulting in high blood sugar and insulin resistance.
In one study, 21 people with prediabetes consumed either fresh or fermented kimchi for eight weeks. By the end of the study, those consuming fermented kimchi had decreased insulin resistance, blood pressure and body weight (24).
In another study, people were given a diet with either a high or low amount of kimchi for seven days. Interestingly, a higher intake of kimchi led to greater decreases in blood sugar, blood cholesterol and “bad” LDL cholesterol (25).
Kimchi is easy to make and can be added to everything from noodle bowls to sandwiches.
SUMMARY: Kimchi is made from fermented vegetables such as cabbage or radishes. Studies have found that it may help reduce insulin resistance and blood cholesterol.
7. Sauerkraut
Sauerkraut is a popular condiment consisting of shredded cabbage that has been fermented by lactic acid bacteria. It is low in calories but contains plenty of fiber, vitamin C and vitamin K (26).
It also contains a good amount of lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants that help promote eye health and reduce the risk of eye disease (27).
The antioxidant content of sauerkraut may also have promising effects on cancer prevention.
One test-tube study showed that treating breast cancer cells with cabbage juice decreased the activity of certain enzymes related to cancer formation (28).
However, the current evidence is limited and more research is needed to look at how these findings may translate to humans.
You can use sauerkraut in just about anything. Throw it in your next casserole, add it to a hearty bowl of soup or use it to top off a satisfying sandwich.
To get the most health benefits, be sure to choose unpasteurized sauerkraut, as the process of pasteurization kills off beneficial bacteria.
SUMMARY: Sauerkraut is made from shredded cabbage that has been fermented. It is high in antioxidants that are important for eye health, and it’s easy to add to many dishes.
8. Probiotic Yogurt
Yogurt is produced from milk that has been fermented, most commonly with lactic acid bacteria.
It is high in many important nutrients, including calcium, potassium, phosphorus, riboflavin and vitamin B12 (29).
Yogurt has also been associated with a wide variety of health benefits.
One review of 14 studies showed that fermented milk products like probiotic yogurt could help reduce blood pressure, especially in those with high blood pressure (30).
Another study found that a higher intake of yogurt was linked to improvements in bone mineral density and physical function in older adults (31).
It may also help keep your waistline in check. A recent review showed that eating yogurt was associated with a lower body weight, less body fat and a smaller waist circumference (32).
Remember that not all yogurt varieties contain probiotics, as these beneficial bacteria are often killed during processing.
Look for yogurts that contain live cultures to make sure you’re getting your dose of probiotics. Additionally, make sure to opt for yogurts with minimal added sugar.
SUMMARY: Probiotic yogurt is made from fermented milk. It is high in nutrients and could help reduce body weight, lower blood pressure and improve bone health.
The Bottom Line
Fermentation can help increase both the shelf life and health benefits of many different foods.
The probiotics found in fermented foods have been associated with improvements in digestion, immunity, weight loss and more (123).
In addition to containing these beneficial probiotics, fermented foods can positively impact many other aspects of health and are an excellent addition to your diet.
This article was originally published by Healthline.