Chapter 1

The Benefits and Basics of Fermenting Your Own Foods

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Imagine living to be 100 years old. Now imagine living to be 100 while retaining your vitality. You’d be in good company in Okinawa, an archipelago 360 miles off the coast of Japan. There, according to the Okinawa Centenarian Study, you’ll find the world’s highest prevalence of centenarians: 740 out of a population of 1.3 million. Okinawan seniors have not only the highest life expectancy in the world, but also the highest health expectancy. They have optimal health as they age, and don’t experience as much age-related disease. Perhaps not coincidentally, these seniors consume traditionally ...

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