Fermented rice + rice water have sooo many benefits for healthy skin, hair + body. I am a believer that fermenting increases the benefits of already beneficial foods. I ferment just about everything that can be fermented, including rice!
Fermentation was used as a way of preserving foods + beverages before refrigeration was available. During fermentation, microorganisms such as bacteria, yeast or fungi convert organic compounds – such as sugars and starch – into alcohol or acids. For example, starches + sugars in vegetables and fruits are converted to lactic acid, which acts as a natural preservative. Fermentation usually produces foods + drinks with a pungent, distinctive + strong slightly sour flavors.
According to bbcgoodfood.com, fermented foods + drinks contain benefits to health that reach way beyond food preservation. The transformation of sugars + starches enhances the natural, beneficial bacteria in food. These bacteria, known as probiotics or ‘good’ bacteria are thought to help a multitude of health issues, specifically digestive health.
Fermented Rice to Eat . . .
“About 100gm of cooked rice has only 3.4mg of iron, while for the same quantity of rice fermented for 12 hours, the iron content went up to 73.91mg. Likewise, sodium, which was 475mg came down to 303mg, potassium went up to 839mg and calcium went up from 21mg per 100gm of cooked rice to 850mg, after 12 hours of fermentation of the same quantity of rice.”
I mostly eat fermented rice (unless I’m eating Chinese food, cause I love that rice, too). The slightly sweet homemade fermented rice compliments my slightly spicy + homemade kimchi . . . creating the perfect sweet/spicy + creamy/crunchy balance.
I use sticky rice + ionized alkaline water to make fermented rice to consume. This rice serves two purposes: to eat + drink! After cooking the rice, adding yeast + sugar, I ferment the rice from 3 to 5 days . . . the funky smell, usually lets you know when it’s ready. After fermenting is complete, I strain + refrigerate the rice and return the liquid to ferment longer until it becomes more like wine. I don’t drink but I’ll take a shot of my homemade rice wine anytime.
One of the important outcomes of fermentation is the enrichment of food with essential amino acids, vitamins, mineral and bio-active compounds.
Fermented Rice for Skin, Scalp + Hair . . .
Rice water has amazing hair and skin benefits, as known by Asians for centuries. A recent research has shown that rice water exhibit hair care effects, such as decreasing surface friction + improving hair elasticity. Rice water has inositol, a carbohydrate, that can repair damaged hair, as well as protect it from damage. Specialized imaging technique shows that inositol stays inside the hair even after rinsing, offering continuing hair protection and beautifying effects.
There are a few methods to ferment rice water. Search the internet, find recipes + determine the method right for you.
Rice is a grain rich in antioxidants, minerals, vitamin E + traces of pitera, a substance produced during the fermentation process. These nutrients in the fermented rice water is said to help heal scars + reduce wrinkles, fine lines, and inflammation, leaving the skin with a healthy glow (1). Rice also contains iron, zinc and B-complex vitamins (2) that are essential for hair growth (3).
J. Lexi’s Fermented Rice Products . . .
@ J. Lexi, we have 3 fermented rice products. Fermented Rice was our 1st rice product, it’s also one of my best sellers. In the same week, I had 3 prospective customers email me asking if they could use Fermented Rice on their hair. Besides rice (used as an exfoliate) getting caught in their hair, I didn’t see why not. I suggest that the try it + let me know.
When making products for skin + hair, I use ionized acid water to help balance their pH. Skin’s pH balance is between 4 + 6 pH; the pH balance of hair is between 3 + 5 pH.
Based on the inquiries about rice water products for hair, Rice Water Conditioning + Detangling Shampoo + Rice Water Deep Conditioner were born. Our Rice Water Deep Conditioner can be used as a co-wash.
Have you eaten fermented rice or used it on your skin +/or hair? Let’s discuss.
That’s all for now. Helping to keep you clean, exfoliated, well hydrated + moisturized.
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