Gut Health Recipes: Homemade Kimchi

jars of homemade kimchi

While exercise, diet and self-care should all be key parts of your wellness regime, optimum wellness actually begins in your gut.


Around 70-80% of your immune system is thought to be housed in your gut, and what’s going on there can potentially influence everything from your mood to the quality of your sleep.


To support your gut health – and therefore other aspects of your health – you should strive to create a healthy microbiome with a balance of good vs. bad bacteria.


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Gut health supplements are designed to balance your gut bacteria. The microbiome supplements and digestive enzyme supplements available at Garden of Life are designed to mirror your body’s own ‘good’ bacteria, helping you to tend to your microbial garden by producing vitamins and enzymes that support healthy digestion.



What is Kimchi?


Kimchi is a Korean dish of fermented vegetables, including cabbage, radishes and carrot, which makes a great accompaniment to a meal and is a delicious way to liven up traditional veg. If you’re looking for a natural way to improve your gut health, fermented foods, like kefir, miso and kimchi, are a great option as they contain a high level of ‘good’ bacteria and help to balance out the ‘bad’ bacteria in your digestive system.


Our gut-friendly recipe for kimchi contains three main veggie ingredients, plus a selection of delicious flavourings. Although this recipe won’t take long to prepare, you’ll need to have some patience to allow the vegetables to ferment – we recommend at least two weeks.


Try this kimchi recipe for your gut health today.


homemade kimchi using fermented vegetables in a bowl


Homemade Kimchi Recipe

Prep Time
1 hour
Passive Time
At least 2 weeks


  • 1 large cabbage, washed and shredded
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 2 carrots, peeled and grated
  • Handful of radishes, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • Thumb-sized piece of ginger, grated
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp chilli sauce or chilli paste
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar


  1. Wash the cabbage and soak up any excess water using kitchen towels. Shred the cabbage into thin strips and place in a large bowl. Add the salt and leave to one side for at least one hour. 

  2. Meanwhile, peel and grate the carrot and slice the radishes, placing them in a separate large bowl. 

  3. In a smaller bowl, mix together the crushed garlic, ginger, fish sauce, chilli sauce, caster sugar and rice vinegar. 

  4. After an hour, rinse the cabbage, then stir it into the shredded carrots and radishes. Cover with the sauce, then spoon into sterilised jars. 

  5. Seal the jars and leave to ferment for at least two weeks before eating. 


Check out our other delicious gut-friendly recipe for miso soup. 


Gut Health Recipes: Miso Soup


Gut Health Recipes: Miso Soup

Try this delicious vegan, gut-friendly recipe.

2021-10-19 11:33:59By Garden of Life

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