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1438113254346If I told you that the secret to health and wellbeing, to vitality and longevity, is all in your gut, would you believe me? Well, it's true! Science is discovering everyday what scientists, doctors, healers, medicine men and women, gurus and good eaters of old have known for perhaps thousands of years: that the seat and fate of our health sits in our gut.

We are literally swimming in, surrounded by and made up of trillions of micro-organisms. An estimated 100 trillion, in fact. So many that at least 4.5kg of an average adult's weight is made up of micro-organisms - and the vast majority of them are good for us, living symbiotically on and in us - covering our entire skin surface and functioning in every organ, tissue and our blood. We cannot live without these amazing colonies of organisms, which we have both evolved from and evolved to co-exist for mutual benefit.

Science is literally discovering new bacteria and micro-organisms inside and on us daily, and understanding more intimately the role these friends and foes play within us. We know that eating a healthy, balanced diet, made up of natural foods that these microbes eat and thrive on works wonders for maintaining healthy populations of good microbes. Equally so, a poor diet, made up of foods that assault and starve our internal friends, results in poor health and wellbeing.

Many cultures have understood for perhaps millennia how important a nourishing diet is for our gut health, and how our gut health influences all other systems of our minds and bodies. It is no coincidence that as humans have adopted a processed, denatured, unhealthy diet that we are, for the first time in human history, experiencing epidemic proportions of diet and lifestyle related disease - most of these directly related to poor gut health.

So what can we do? The answer is surprisingly simple and easy. EAT MORE NATURAL FOODS. Avoid denatured, chemical-laden, processed foods. Keep it real, keep it organic, local, fresh and as close to its natural state as possible. Every time we eat is an opportunity to nourish our body, to nourish every living cell and 100 trillion microbes that rely on us for sustenance. Choose prebiotic foods - foods that your existing microbes can feed and thrive on. And choose probiotic foods - foods that already contain high concentrations of beneficial microbes that we can add to our gut: fermented and transformational foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, miso, kombucha, kefir, sourdough, fermented beverages, yoghurt and cheese, to name just a few.

With 100 trillion micro-organisms living on and inside us, how can we ever dine alone?

If you would like to know more about your gut health and the fascinating world inside us, follow me at Fermental As Anything! and Australian Kimchi Appreciation Society.

We also run regular workshops and classes on Korean kimchi, Korean and other cooking, and gut health.

14192004_1737688643150661_437641731588600463_n 14232968_1737688706483988_2220531203231074894_nOn Saturday 3 September we headed to Whiteside, on the north side of Brisbane, to present a Korean Cooking class for a private group of 12 people. Whiteside is a lovely country area outside Brisbane, with some beautiful countryside and old world charms.

In the class, we covered all the ingredients and flavours of Korean cuisine, and showed how to make kimchi, bibimbap (a popular and famous Korean mixed rice favourite) and a number of side dishes.

The food was met with a mix of curiosity, wonder, welcome and enjoyment - especially as we explored the spicy side of life in Korean cuisine. Korean food is growing in popularity and familiarity worldwide, and Australia is no exception. For Korean food Brisbane is no stranger. We've had Korean restaurants and a small population of Koreans in Brisbane for over 30 years.

Korean supermarkets and restaurants abound across Brisbane, and the Brisbane Korean population is growing rapidly, with an estimated 20 thousand Koreans now living in Brisbane.

We are available for Korean cooking and kimchi demos and run classes regularly in Brisbane. Please check our calendar of events for upcoming classes or contact us anytime.