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Everyone interested in good digestive health is invited to a special hands-on fermentation workshop at Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library, from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. Friday, October 20.

Nationally-recognized nutritionist Medea Galligan will show participants how to prepare fermented foods. Participants will be able to take home some of their own creations at the end of the workshop.

Fermented foods are a special group of foods that have gone through a fermentation process, creating a deliciously pickled or strongly flavored condiment, food or drink. 

Some of the most commonly known food ferments include wine, cheese and pickles.  However, there are many others that involve the use of vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains, beans or liquids such as vegan milks, teas or even water.

These “cultured foods,” like sauerkraut and coconut kefir, contain communities of friendly microscopic bacteria that are extremely beneficial to the health of the colon and the entire digestive tract. 

Achieving a healthy ratio of bacteria and yeasts within the body helps to improve metabolism, enhance hormonal production and increases the synthesis certain B complex vitamins and other nutrients, increasing their uptake. 

Because gut flora is fed through dietary intake, when you consume an assortment of different live ferments, you encourage greater microbial biodiversity in your body that can be helpful  for re-establishing a stable “inner ecosystem,” improving overall health and enhancing immune function. 

Medea Galligan earned her MS in Nutrition from Oklahoma State University and is a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Her workshop in Gut Health that was staged last month at the Cashiers Library proved extremely popular.

Cost of the workshop is $40 for ingredients and materials. Pre-registration is required. To reserve a space, call the library at (828) 743-0215 or Galligan at (828) 989-9144. 

Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library is located at 249 Frank Allen Road.