People are showing a great deal of interest in exotic dishes!

Kimchi is a dish famous in Korea, and it consists of fermented garlic, cabbage, chili peppers, spices, and scallions. This has spicy, salty and sour flavors. Kimchi, however, is not of a single type but there are more than 300 different kinds of kimchi which can be made and based on the primary vegetable as well as the season in which it is made and the region, it differs to quite an extent. In Korea, it is almost considered as the national dish and it is eaten with all meals.

Kimchi and fermented foods similar to it is very beneficial for your health and well-being. This is especially useful for a healthy gut. Not only do fermented foods help in physical health but it also affects one’s emotional health and mental health as well.

Fermented foods are foods which have gone through Lacto-fermentation. During this process of fermentation, the natural bacteria which feed on the starch and the sugar in the food and create lactic acid are employed. This also preserves the food, and it creates vitamins B, probiotic strains and omega three fatty acids as well as various enzymes which are beneficial.

Fermented foods such as Kimchi which is enjoyed in Korea is not the only such food. There is the Curtido which is famous in El Salvador which is famous as also the German Sauerkraut as well as Indian Lassi. All these fermented food recipes have come down from ancient times.

When these foods are consumed, the overall health of the person is better. This was realized, and so astronauts even took this into space as part of research which was done to achieve kimchi which could be bacteria-free even after cosmic radiation exposure was subject to it and yet it could be fit for consumption.

Cotton swabs usually carry a warning which states that when these penetrate the ear canal, there is a possibility of injury which can be sustained. This only goes to prove that not only audiologists, doctors and hearing professionals, but also the manufacturers consider this to be unsafe. Cotton swabs should never be used to clean ears for the following reasons:

Earwax is needed as it consists of secretions and dead skin cells, alcohols, cholesterol, fatty acids, squalene as well as an antibacterial enzyme lysozyme. This protects the ear rather than being an unhygienic nuisance. The earwax is constantly being produced, and this should be in the ear unless of course there is a blockage. If there is not enough of this ear wax, the ears feel dry and itchy. The wax provides lubrication and protection against germs, bacteria as well as dust from entering the ear and damaging it. It also protects the skin from water irritation and also repels insects.

Ear wax removal by swabs or probing devices can damage the ear due to the impact and trauma and could result in temporary deafness. This also pushes the wax further into the ear canal. Sometimes people traumatize the canal so much that they cause scratches or bleeding and this causes bacterial infections.

Earwax gets removed naturally when a person eats, yawns as well as talks. Due to these movements, the wax is moved to the external ear, and all that is needed is a washcloth to clean the external ear.

You should not remove the ear wax unless you find one or more of these symptoms such as an earache, partial loss of hearing, ringing in the ears, and a sensation of fullness in the ears, odor, itching or discharge from the ears. For anything else, it should never be cleaned.