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The Healing Crisis and Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / September 17, 2019

A “healing crisis” is something that happens when the body starts a detoxification process which is really a program of natural healing. This is a common occurrence among some individuals who start consuming cultured foods. When you start consuming cultured foods, your body is flooded with good bacteria. […]

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Episode 96: 19 Ways to Eat Fermented Garlic

By Donna Schwenk / September 17, 2019

Fermented Garlic is a MUST-have for your refrigerator! It’s a wonderful medicine-like food and making it a part of your diet can work wonders for many health concerns. Learn 19 ways you can use fermented garlic and stay healthy! […]

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Fibromyalgia and Fermented Foods

By Donna Schwenk / September 14, 2019

Fibromyalgia is one of the fastest-growing disabling conditions. It affects 2-4 percent of the population and has no known cure. It seems to affect mostly women, and I see it cropping up everywhere. […]

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Episode 95: Dairy-Free Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / September 9, 2019

I have seen many people benefit from kefir, and this includes non-dairy kefir. So many people need a dairy-free version, so we created just about every kind of non-dairy kefir we could think of. We have 16 in all and I want to tell you which ones I like the best and how to make it thick like yogurt! […]

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Probiotic Foods For Colds and Flus

By Donna Schwenk / September 7, 2019

It astonishes me that everybody doesn’t know about Cultured Veggies – they are such powerful little scrub brushes for the colon and deliver such powerful anti-virus abilities. Over and over again I have seen these veggies knock out colds and flu and even work magic on food poisoning. […]

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Will Bacteria Keep You Young?

By Donna Schwenk / August 31, 2019

I remember the day I learned that the human gut held as much as six pounds of bacteria. I couldn’t believe I hadn’t known this and wanted to know more about my trillions of microbes. Could I help them grow and thrive, and in the process live a healthier, longer life? […]

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Episode 94: Enzymes and Your Gut

By Donna Schwenk / August 26, 2019

Having plenty of digestive enzymes is one of the keys to optimal health. Learn how to give your body what you need to absorb and break down your food into micro- and macro-nutrients that can then be absorbed and used by your body. Listen to today’s podcast to learn how. […]

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Which Are The Best Sweeteners?

By Donna Schwenk / August 24, 2019

It’s been quite a journey for me trying to find the right sweeteners for me and my family. It was always really important to me to find ones that wouldn’t spike my blood sugar but also wouldn’t harm my gut flora. […]

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Episode 93: The FODMAP Diet for SIBO, IBS, and Probiotic Foods

By Chris Johnston / August 20, 2019

We all know that food choice can drastically impact health symptoms. Changing your diet and reducing symptoms is really important, but avoiding a lot of foods that cause symptoms only temporarily removes the problem. There is more you can do but you need to understand what’s happening and how to fix it. Check out today’s podcast for more info. […]

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Enzymes and Your Gut — You Aren’t Just What You Eat, You’re What You Digest and Absorb

By Donna Schwenk / August 17, 2019

Eating cultured foods have not only supplied my body with billions of probiotics but also tons of digestive enzymes. This is one of the many reasons I eat them so often. Having plenty of digestion enzymes is one of the keys to optional health. Digestion when you put something in your mouth. […]

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Episode 92: Let This Be The Year You Start Making Kefir Cheese

By Donna Schwenk / August 13, 2019

If you love cheese, then you really need to learn to make kefir cheese. It’s crazy easy, filled with probiotics, and you can use it in a million different ways. Let me show you how easy, fun and life-changing it can be. […]

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The Many Ways Cultured Foods Detoxify Your Body

By Donna Schwenk / August 10, 2019

I love my microbes and all they do for me. Not a week goes by that I don’t discover something new that my 100 trillion microbes are doing just for me. […]

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Episode 91: Food Care is Health Care

By Donna Schwenk / August 5, 2019

Americans use to spent 17.5 percent of their income on food and 5.2 percent of national income on health care. Since then, those numbers have flipped. Spending on food has fallen to 9.9 percent, while spending on healthcare has climbed to 16 percent of national income. What has changed and what can we do? […]

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My Favorite Vitamin — and Why You Should Have It Every Day

By Donna Schwenk / August 3, 2019

This life is a journey and a fun one but understanding the workings of the body is really important. What if there was a nutrient that your body cries for all day long and you didn’t know it? […]

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The FODMAP Diet for SIBO, IBS, and Probiotic Foods

By Donna Schwenk / July 27, 2019

We all know that food choices can drastically impact health symptoms. So, it’s no surprise that diets are continuously developed for different health conditions or symptoms. IBS and SIBO sufferers have a difficult time finding things to eat that don’t flare symptoms. […]

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Help! My Kombucha Is Too Sour

By Donna Schwenk / July 20, 2019

In the early days of making kombucha, I would often let my kombucha go too long and it would lose its bubbliness. There were a few times it turned so sour that it made me squint and gasp. I honestly thought I had killed my uvula. You know that little thing that hangs down the back of your throat. […]

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Episode 90: How Many Cultured Foods Should You Eat in a Day?

By Donna Schwenk / July 16, 2019

You don’t need to add tons of cultured foods to your diet to see benefits, and I am going to show you how easy it is. It might surprise you that small amounts can make a big difference. […]

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Yogurt Versus Kefir – Which Is Better?

By Donna Schwenk / July 13, 2019

So, what is the difference between kefir and yogurt? Which is better? Kefir is far superior, but yogurt has its benefits too. I read once that yogurt is like wine and kefir is more like champagne. It has more pizazz! […]

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Episode 89: Low-Carb Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / July 9, 2019

Low-carb and Keto diets are very popular right now. I think we’re all different, and what works for one doesn’t always work for another. This is why I love cultured foods. They fit into any diet, but you need to know a couple of things to do it right. Check out the podcast to learn how. […]

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Chai Spice Kombucha with Blackberries Video

By Donna Schwenk / July 6, 2019

Kombucha is a wonder drink and for good reason. I drink it every day and let me explain to you how it all works. Just as yeast makes bread rise, the good yeasts in kombucha make your tea bubbly. One certain probiotic yeast found in kombucha is called Saccharomyces boulardii. […]

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Episode 88: Microbes That Change Your Home in 24 Hours

By Donna Schwenk / July 2, 2019

When you and I find the courage and strength to be better in any regard, we help everyone around us. This goes for every area of our lives and even what we eat. You have trillions of hitchhikers that live in and on you, and they play a huge role in keeping you healthy. Your home, too, is covered in your bacteria, and every room is teeming with your unique bacterial signature. […]

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Low-Carb Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / June 29, 2019

Low carb and keto diets are very popular right now. I think we’re all different and what works for one doesn’t always work for another which is why I love cultured foods. They fit into any diet be it keto, vegan, low carb, vegetarian, paleo, or raw food diet. These foods can be mostly condiments; or some of these foods, such as a kefir smoothie, can be a whole meal. You can always find a way to add cultured foods to your diet and sometimes you only need a spoonful to flood your body with billions of probiotics that change your microbiome in a powerful way.

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Episode 87: Learn More About Miso, Tempeh, and Natto!

By Donna Schwenk / June 25, 2019

We have two guests on today’s podcast, Kristen and Christopher Shockey. They’ll be talking about their new book, Miso, Tempeh, Natto & Other Tasty Ferments. Learn the many health benefits and history of these superfoods, and why you should have them in your diet. […]

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Did Kombucha Heal My Husband’s Eyes?

By Donna Schwenk / June 22, 2019

My husband is used to my crazy new ideas and has become accustomed to my enthusiasm for whatever happens to be my latest discovery. He goes along for the ride but never jumps in with both feet until coaxed. Kombucha was the first food he really grasped on to, and here is why. […]

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Episode 86: Got an Acidic Stomach? The Surprising Remedy

By Donna Schwenk / June 18, 2019

When people say they have indigestion, heartburn, or acid stomach, often these can come from having low stomach acid. There is a surprising remedy for this. Symptoms are warning signs from the body and heeding their calls can change everything. […]

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This is the Summer You Start Making Kefir Cheese

By Donna Schwenk / June 15, 2019

If you love cheese then you really need to learn to make kefir cheese. It’s crazy easy, filled with probiotics, and you can use it in a million different ways. I make kefir cheese in big and small batches and I want to show you how you can do it too. […]

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Episode 85: What to Do With Your Cultures While You’re on Vacation

By Donna Schwenk / June 11, 2019

Your cultures (kefir, kombucha, sourdough, and water kefir) are all living organisms and need to be cared for just like a pet. I love them like family and have found ways to take care of them when I go on vacation. I can teach you how to keep them thriving and healthy even when you’re gone. […]

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Fermented Jalapenos and Sourdough Bread

By Donna Schwenk / June 8, 2019

It’s summertime and this is my sourdough starters favorite time of year. I love making bread in the summertime as my bread and sourdough starter will always rise higher due to the warmer temperatures. Even though many don’t like heating up their homes with the oven in the summertime, I have ways to do this that has minimal effects. […]

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Episode 84: The Many Reasons I Drink Coconut Water Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / June 4, 2019

Coconut water is one of my favorite drinks! It is fast, super easy to make, and wow is it good for you. Listen and check out the many health benefits and why drinking this can help with anxiety, kidney stones, blood pressure, and more. It’s bubbly, tangy, and delicious! […]

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Ginger Kombucha – The Anti-Inflammatory Drink

By Donna Schwenk / June 1, 2019

Ginger is powerful medicine! I have been consuming ginger every day and found it to be very effective in helping with any kind of inflammation – especially hay fever in the springtime. Ginger is anti-viral and anti-inflammatory as well as being a powerful antiseptic and antihistamine.

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Get Cultured at The Green Dragon 🐉

By Donna Schwenk / June 1, 2019

Spend a day and immerse yourself into the world of making and eating cultured foods. Donna combines an inspiring day of information with lessons on how to make our trio, The Trilogy: kefir, kombucha, cultured vegetables, and extra info on sourdough bread, and water kefir. You’ll receive a delicious lunch and you’ll be taking home your own jar of cultured vegetables that will give you a starter for many more vegetables to come. . .

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Need Crunchy Pickles?

By Donna Schwenk / May 25, 2019

Pickles are a huge part of my life. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used them to help someone in need. If someone feels a bug coming on, I give them a pickle or a spoonful of pickle juice. […]

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Episode 83: Fermented Sauerkraut and Breast Cancer

By Donna Schwenk / May 21, 2019

Sauerkraut is an incredible food. I teach people to make it at all my classes. I received letters and posts from people who are undergoing chemo and finding help with kraut and other cultured foods. Check out the new research on sauerkraut and cancer! […]

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The Mineral That Saved My Life

By Donna Schwenk / May 18, 2019

My family has a history of high blood pressure. I struggled with high blood pressure on and off for years and was told to just expect to take medication for it. This made me fighting mad, and I didn’t want to accept it as predetermined destiny that I had no choice over. I wanted to know why I had a tendency for this and what was happening inside of me that was causing all of this. […]

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Episode 82: Two Ways to Change Your Beliefs About Food and Transform Your Life

By Donna Schwenk / May 14, 2019

Everybody knows its important to eat healthily but why don’t we do it? It’s important to understand the science of the body and the mind that will assist us to help us reach our goals. Tune in to learn two easy ways to start on the road to wellness. […]

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Probiotic Tomatoes

By Donna Schwenk / May 11, 2019

I have a diverse group of people who subscribe and are members of my site. They have very different diets but all are adding cultured foods to enhance what they’re doing. I’ve discovered that consuming cultured foods is one of the keys to living an incredibly healthy life. Not only have I experienced this, but others are recognizing this as well. […]

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Episode 81: Are Probiotic Foods Stronger Than Supplements?

By Donna Schwenk / May 6, 2019

Many people wonder if probiotic pills provide the same benefit as probiotic foods since they seem to be marketed in the same way—healthy bacteria for our guts. Probiotic foods work significantly better because of their construction. Tune in to listen and learn more. […]

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Fermented Vegetables Are Safer Than Raw Vegetables

By Donna Schwenk / May 4, 2019

Cultured foods have become an exciting frontier in health and wellness. We take so much for granted and just as this earth spins on its axis and hurls us through space, so does our body contain billions upon trillions of microbes that compose our bodies and were put there to help us live a fulfilling and healthy life. […]

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Episode 80: Can Your Gut Heal Your Joints?

By Donna Schwenk / April 30, 2019

Your body is a host to trillions of microbes. These microbes can influence your health and your joints in a powerful way. Check out the podcast to learn more. . .

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How Microbes and Your Brain Work Together

By Donna Schwenk / April 27, 2019

A healthy body isn’t the only result of consuming good bacteria – having a healthy gut also leads to a healthier emotional state. Before I found cultured foods, I was a different person – physically and emotionally. As a young woman, and all the way into my late thirties, I would get upset easily. . .

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Episode 79: UTIs, Yeast Problems, and Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / April 23, 2019

We know that more than half of all women will experience the burning urgency of a urinary tract infection in their lifetime and yeast infections are just as common. Understanding how bacteria and yeast work in the body can help set you free. Tune in to learn more. . .

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Thoughts and Habits That Changed Everything

By Donna Schwenk / April 20, 2019

In March 2010 I was turning fifty years old and facing down demons in my life. Our home was going on the auction block on my birthday. I was fighting fear and had two voices in my head. One was filled with hope, the other with panic and fear. Looking back on this time, I remember it so vividly. Months of fear slowly began to turn to hope and for no other reason than I stopped listening to the voice of fear and started to believe that no matter what, I was guided and loved and it would be ok. . .

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Episode 78: Fermenting Tips That Nobody Else Talks About

By Donna Schwenk / April 16, 2019

Are you confused about how to make kefir, kombucha, and cultured veggies? I have lots of ways to help ferment faster and easier than other methods. I’ve been doing this for 17 years and I have tips that can really help you. Tune in to find out more. . .

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12 Reasons to Eat Cucumber Kimchi

By Donna Schwenk / April 13, 2019

I love cultured veggies, but mostly I love the bacteria that make these cultured veggies Super Veggies. Lactobacillus plantarum (L. plantarum) has been found in experiments to help you feel less anxiety and depression. It does this by working on the hippocampal brain-derived neurotrophic factor. . .

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Episode 77: Einkorn Bread and Its Healing Powers

By Donna Schwenk / April 9, 2019

Have you heard about the ancient species of wheat called einkorn? Many people who were gluten intolerant seem to thrive on this bread since it’s missing the troublesome protein contained in regular wheat. Check out the podcast to hear more. . .

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You Are What Your Bacteria Eat

By Donna Schwenk / April 6, 2019

You are what your bacteria eat. It sounds like a science fiction movie, that deep within our gut is an entire ecosystem which is affecting both our cravings and moods to get us to eat what they want. . .

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Episode 76: Can Cultured Foods Hurt Me?

By Donna Schwenk / April 2, 2019

Many people are afraid to make cultured foods for fear they’ll mess it up and get sick. They don’t understand cultured foods and how they work, and preconceived ideas have created fear. Check out today’s podcast and learn the science that will help you gain confidence and remove the fear. . .

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How To Make Kefir Donut Holes

By Donna Schwenk / March 30, 2019

I’m always looking for recipes that give us healthy foods that are fun to eat and also help feed our good bacteria. It’s also important that the recipe be easy to make and not time-consuming. These donut holes are gluten-free and have lots of healthy fiber-rich ingredients. Not only do these treats have probiotics from the kefir, but they have lots of prebiotics too. You’ll be changing your microbiome with every bite. . .

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Episode 75: The Many Reasons I Make Sourdough Bread

By Donna Schwenk / March 26, 2019

It took me a long time to discover why my daughter struggled with gluten. It also helped me discover that it wasn’t the bread, but what we’ve done to the bread and our guts, that was wreaking such havoc on our lives. Listen to gain understanding as to why our bread can be better than ever before. . .

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Sugar Drops Your Immune System By 75%

By Donna Schwenk / March 23, 2019

Boosting your immune system is one of my favorite things that cultured foods do. Your gut is responsible for 80 percent of your immune system. The more good bacteria you have, the better your immune system will function. Viruses run around looking for a human host to inhabit. When it finds one, your body has special helpers designed to seek and destroy this invader.

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Episode 74: The Microbes in Your Gut Make Neurochemicals

By Donna Schwenk / March 19, 2019

Before I found cultured foods I was a different woman physically and emotionally. New research shows that you make chemicals in your gut that affect your emotional state. Check out the podcast for more info. . .

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UTIs, Yeast Infections, and Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / March 16, 2019

We know that more than half of all women will experience the burning urgency of a urinary tract infection in their lifetime. Although men also suffer from these infections, the occurrence is much less frequent due to anatomical differences. If you experience discomfort when you urinate, you may have an infection. There are two types of infections that commonly affect these areas. . .

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Episode 73: How to Give Someone 80 Million Bacteria in 10 Seconds

By Donna Schwenk / March 12, 2019

Did you know you can give someone 80,000,000 of your bacteria in 10 Seconds?! Find out how to make sure that you’re giving away good bacteria instead of bad. . .

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Two Women Who Convinced Me to Make My Own Bread

By Donna Schwenk / March 9, 2019

I was twelve years old and taking a school field trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where the largest battle of the American Civil War as well as the largest battle ever fought in North America, took place. Little did I know that this particular trip would have a tremendous impact on my young life and set things into motion that my future self would be doing on a regular basis. . .

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Episode 72: Kefir and Diabetes

By Donna Schwenk / March 5, 2019

Kefir was life changing for me in regards to blood sugar problems. Find out how kefir can help your blood sugar by changing the microbiome and enhancing your overall health. . .

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10 Natural Miracles I Found To Lower Stress

By Donna Schwenk / March 2, 2019

Stress is an alarm clock. It’s your body trying to communicate with you, sending you alert notices; but so few of us listen and I am no different from you. This is a very personal subject for me. Stress made its presence known to me in 2016, but I didn’t listen. I just ignored the signs. I was working like crazy for years and adding more and more pressure to myself. . .

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Episode 71: Sugar Drops Your Immune System By 75%

By Donna Schwenk / February 26, 2019

One of my favorite things that cultured foods do is to boost your immune system. Your gut is responsible for 80% of your immune system. Find out how sugar can drop your immune system by 75% and how cultured foods can help. . .

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7 Reasons I Eat Sourdough Bread

By Donna Schwenk / February 23, 2019

So as I write, I’m waiting for my starter to become bubbly. Sourdough bread is only flour, water, and salt. It’s hard to believe it all comes together to make something that has such flavor and character. Bread made with a sourdough culture is a completely different food than bread made without this probiotic combination of bacteria and yeasts. . .

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Episode 70: Autism and Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / February 19, 2019

Research is now finding that children with autism have altered gut flora that needs restoring. Listen to the research and miraculous stories of how cultured food are helping those with autism. These are some of my favorite stories of healings. . .

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Personal Reasons My Family Eats Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / February 16, 2019

Everybody I know leads busy lives, but did you know there is always help for you? My family had a lot of big changes in 2017, but a constant through it all was the way each member of my family used and ate cultured foods. Maybe this could be the answer for you, too. But first, the journey. . .

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Episode 69: The Liquid Gold in Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / February 12, 2019

Whey has been called liquid gold, and it has been used throughout history to help with many diseases. It’s a superfood that can help with a myriad of ailments. Kefir cheese has many wonderful properties too. Let me show you the many properties and ways to use this wonderful food. . .

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Microbes – If You Don’t Feed Them They Can Eat You!

By Donna Schwenk / February 9, 2019

The microbes that have made your body their home are quite impressive, and most people are unaware of the magnitude of microbes that reside within them. One hundred trillion microbes is a tremendous amount, and let me better explain just how much this is. . .

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New York Class – The Trilogy! 4-27-19

By Donna Schwenk / February 7, 2019

Spend a day and immerse yourself into the world of making and eating cultured foods. Donna combines an inspiring day of information with lessons on how to make our trio, The Trilogy: kefir, kombucha, cultured vegetables, and extra info on sourdough bread, and water kefir.  You’ll get to make and take home your own jar of cultured vegetables that will give you a starter for many more vegetables to come. . .

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Episode 68: Does Kefir Help Your Blood Pressure?

By Donna Schwenk / February 5, 2019

Kefir was the first cultured food I ever tried. The first thing I noticed was how it helped my blood pressure. Research is now finding more evidence of the same. I love kefir and the many things it can do. Listen to learn more. . .

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Easy Ways To Heal Your Microbiome

By Donna Schwenk / February 2, 2019

I talk a lot about your body and what your body is made out of. Those 100 trillion microbes (which is more than ten times the cells in the body) that call you home are your constant companions. Most of you don’t even know your microbes because you can’t see them, but they know you and work their darndest to keep you alive each day. . .

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Episode 67: Are Fermented Vegetables Safer than Raw Vegetables?

By Donna Schwenk / January 29, 2019

Many people are afraid of fermenting their vegetables. They’re often afraid they will mess it up and make themselves sick. Let me help you understand the science behind fermentation and how wonderfully safe and effective it can be. Ferment your foods, love one another, and life will be good. . .

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Kombucha – Healing My Addiction

By Donna Schwenk / January 26, 2019

Many years ago I was addicted to diet cola. I know, I know. It is terrible for you. But still, I couldn’t stop drinking it. I had drunk it for years and when I first started eating cultured foods they made me want to conquer my addiction. But try as I might, I couldn’t stop drinking it. It would call my name, so I knew it was an addictive substance. . .

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Episode 66: Probiotic Foods for Food Poisoning and Stomach Virus

By Donna Schwenk / January 22, 2019

Of all the health ailments cultured foods can help with, the one I hear the most about is either food poisoning or stomach virus. I’ve seen it work personally on my family many times. So many people have emailed me and shared the same thing. Nothing works faster or better, check out the podcast. . .

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Can Your Gut Heal Your Joints?

By Donna Schwenk / January 19, 2019

When I first started with cultured foods almost two decades ago, one of the first things I noticed was the relief of joint pain in my knee. This was in the very beginning of drinking and making kefir every day. If I quit drinking kefir, it only took about three to four days before the pain would return, so I kept drinking my kefir. . .

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Episode 65: Changing Your Life With Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / January 15, 2019

Cultured foods are incredible foods. They can be life changing and I’m pretty intense about it. They transformed my life and I have watched them change thousands of other people too. I am the messenger here and these foods work and speak for themselves. The results can be amazing. . .

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Can Sourdough Change the Gluten-Free Diet?

By Donna Schwenk / January 12, 2019

About ten years ago I went to a class on “How to Make Sourdough Bread.” My daughter had gluten intolerance and we found that she could eat sprouted bread without the side effects created by regular bread. I had heard that sourdough bread achieved similar results to the sprouted bread, and I wanted to try it. What I learned shocked me. . .

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Episode 64: Coconut and the many ways it’s good for you

By Donna Schwenk / January 8, 2019

I love, love coconut. I fermented coconut milk, and coconut water, and use the oil in many different ways. Learn more about this incredible food and just how to use it. . .

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Best of Cultured Food Life 2018: Our Top Articles!

By Donna Schwenk / January 5, 2019

I hope 2018 was a wonderful year for you. I hope you incorporated cultured foods into your life and saw the difference they can make. I’ve been making and eating these foods for over sixteen years and they never cease to amaze and teach me. I hope you will look to this next year as a chance to find the you that you were always meant to be – healthy and happy. . .

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Episode 63: Resolutions of Wellness

By Donna Schwenk / January 1, 2019

Health is a gift you give to yourself, and the most important New Year’s resolution. A habit is something you don’t know you’re doing but once you become aware, it becomes a choice. Listen to stories of wellness and hope on today’s podcast. Happy New Year my friends. . .

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7 Reasons I Drink Coconut Water Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / December 29, 2018

Coconut water is one of my favorite drinks! It is fast and super easy to make and wow is it good for you. Water Kefir Crystals make fantastic coconut water kefir. It’s bubbly, tangy, and delicious! All you need are water kefir crystals (which are different from milk kefir grains) and some coconut water and 24 hours. . .

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My Personal Christmas Story – That Changed Everything

By Donna Schwenk / December 22, 2018

This is one of the most personal blogs I have ever written. I wrote it several years ago, but what I didn’t know was that the pain was the catalyst that changed everything in my life. I hope it will help you, inspire you, and encourage you to never give up, even when things look like they are going in the wrong direction. . .

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Overeating During the Holidays? Cultured Foods Can Help

By Donna Schwenk / December 15, 2018

One of the most important things I’ve learned about health and wellness is that overeating can be just as stressful on your hardworking liver as drinking too much, but most people don’t know this. Overeating or having too much fatty food on your plate can make it difficult for the liver to function smoothly. . .

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Reasons to Have Fermented Foods During the Holidays

By Donna Schwenk / December 8, 2018

As the holiday season hits, we spend more time with friends and family. One thing I have noticed is that there is more and more talk about the health issues that so many are struggling with. Extended family whom I don’t talk with often mostly talk about how sick they are and all the medications they’re on. . .

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Episode 62: Does Your Body Need a Miracle?

By Donna Schwenk / December 4, 2018

Do you believe that healing requires a miracle, or do you believe that our trillion of cells govern themselves? I believe in miracles and healings. Listen to the many stories of healings on today’s show. . .

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History of Kefir, Kombucha, and Fermented Vegetables

By Donna Schwenk / December 1, 2018

We all have trials and struggles throughout our lives and often these struggles have brought me to my knees. But without fail, each and every one of them has been a blessing in disguise. The pain turned to wisdom and I found myself so grateful for the struggle that brought me so much pain. . .

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Episode 61: Fermented Foods for the Holidays

By Donna Schwenk / November 27, 2018

If you’re not eating cultured foods during the holidays you’re missing out! It’s a new and old way to take care of your body when decadent food is everywhere. You don’t have to give up your favorite foods, just include some of these options and watch what happens. . .

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A Cold You Can Beat After A Holiday Treat

By Donna Schwenk / November 24, 2018

For many years, and way before I found cultured foods, we would travel to my mom’s house in Virginia for Christmas. It was a twenty-hour car ride from my home in Kansas City and we would often drive all night to get there so the kids would sleep. We would always be exhausted by the time we arrived at my mom’s home. . .

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Episode 60: 10 Natural Miracles I Found to Lower Stress

By Donna Schwenk / November 19, 2018

All of us find ourselves in situations where we’re under tremendous stress which can cause anxiety. Here are the ten things that have helped me calm my mind and body in miraculous ways. It may not be what you think. . .

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Probiotics and the Autoimmune Epidemic

By Donna Schwenk / November 17, 2018

I’m going to introduce you to your microbiome. These trillions of microbial organisms, which normally inhabit a healthy small and large intestine, are your friends. They’ve been co-creating with humans since the beginning of time, but it is likely you know very little about them. . .

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Episode 59: Help For Overeating on the Holidays

By Donna Schwenk / November 13, 2018

Do you overeat on Thanksgiving and Christmas? Overeating is as stressful to the liver as drinking too much alcohol. But there are ways to help your liver and your body, and also get more nutrients from your food. I’ll share what I do and the foods we eat and drink. Let this be the year that Thanksgiving makes you healthy. . .

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The 12 Days of Kefir 🎄

By Donna Schwenk / November 11, 2018

I made a series of videos for my Biotic Pro Members called The 12 Days of Kefir. These 12 videos are all about making holiday Christmas recipes with kefir. It was super fun (and crazy) trying to film it all in a couple of days. It was so intense filming these videos that my video guys nicknamed it “The Beast”! It was an adventure for sure. . .

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Got an Acidic Stomach? The Surprising Remedy

By Donna Schwenk / November 10, 2018

In 2017, we moved across the country from Kansas City to Southern California to be closer to our two older children. Our family – Ron, me and our three kids and our son-in-law – are thick as thieves. I’ve always lived far away from my mom and dad and sisters who mostly reside on the east coast. […]

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Episode 58: Easy Ways to Heal Your Microbiome

By Donna Schwenk / November 6, 2018

It’s so important to heal and nourish your gut. Hippocrates stated, “All diseases begin in the gut”. I found seven ways to accomplish the task and it changed everything for me. Let me show you easy ways to heal your gut. Love your body and let it shine for you. . .

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Symptoms of an Unbalanced Gut

By Donna Schwenk / November 3, 2018

Sometimes I wonder how I got here. Symptoms of disease struck my life almost two decades ago and it broke me. Those symptoms shook me to my core and I didn’t know that my body was desperately trying to get my attention to help me heal. And heal I did. With a grateful heart, I’m here trying with all I know to help you too. . .

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Episode 57: The Probiotic Soups You Need To Try

By Donna Schwenk / October 30, 2018

Discover why eating soup is so important for healing your gut, improving joint pain, overcoming food allergies, and boosting your immune system. Find out how you can make soups probiotic too. . .

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How Gut Microbes Tell Your Hormones What to Do

By Donna Schwenk / October 27, 2018

Female hormones are complex and beautifully made. But take those hormones and ignore them, and they will get your attention through symptoms of discomfort that can lead to disease and believe you me, they can wreak havoc on your life. There is no giant step that accomplishes this, just a lot of little steps that can make all the difference.

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Episode 56: One Small Habit That Changed Everything

By Donna Schwenk / October 23, 2018

Why do we make choices that we know aren’t good for us? Perplexing isn’t it? You have a second brain in your gut that contributes to the choices you make. Learn how one new habit changed everything for me. Learn how you can change too. . .

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Probiotic Foods for Different Ailments

By Donna Schwenk / October 20, 2018

Probiotics have become an exciting frontier in health and wellness. Most people only think about probiotic supplements in a bottle, but today we’re talking about foods that have probiotics in them. These probiotic foods have billions more probiotics than supplements. . .

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Episode 55: You are What Your Bacteria Eat

By Donna Schwenk / October 16, 2018

There is no one size fits all for the perfect diet. We are unique and diverse, but so are our bacteria. Our genes aren’t what matters, it’s our microbes and they can adapt. They evolve depending on what you feed them and this determines your health and well being. Discover how important this is for you. . .

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How Your Gut Affects Your Entire Body

By Donna Schwenk / October 13, 2018

Let me tell you about Mary. She sat on the front row of one of my classes and cried throughout my class while I talked. Right after class, she came up to me and explained how much these probiotic foods I teach about had changed her life. Sick with digestion and depression and feeling hopeless, she found encouragement and hope from my books to give these foods a try. . .

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Episode 54: The History of Kefir, Kombucha, and Cultured Veggies

By Donna Schwenk / October 9, 2018

Walking in the footsteps of those who lived hundreds of years before us, hear the legends and myths of cultured foods. These foods changed my life and health, they were profound stories of wisdom that felt like a hand reaching from the great beyond to help me in the here and now. Listen and find out how this wisdom can change your life too. . .

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Does Your Gut Help Control Food Cravings?

By Donna Schwenk / October 6, 2018

Food cravings — why do you have them? We tend to think food cravings are normal and there is not much we can do about them, but there is much more to it than this. This is a time of change. A time to look at the way we function in this world and do it differently than ever before. . .

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Episode 53: Feeling Younger is an Inside Job

By Donna Schwenk / October 2, 2018

Use Your Body and Brain to Feel Younger and Stronger. Cultured foods are my secret weapon to staying young. Let me show you how easy it is to retrain your body, using your second brain – that resides in your gut. . .

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The Flu Shot in a Jar

By Donna Schwenk / September 29, 2018

Fall through winter is the time of year they call “flu season.” People are really afraid of it but I have often said, “The flu should be afraid of me!” When you build up the good bacteria in your body, you create an army that goes with you everywhere you go and touches every person you come in contact with. . .

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Episode 52: How to Help Your Pets with Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / September 25, 2018

Pets need our help, and I have seen and heard countless stories of pets healing with the addition of kefir to their diet. We’ve seen dogs, cats, birds, horses, cows, hedgehogs, hamsters, and so many other animals heal from UTI’s, gastro issues, cancer, and so much more when they were given kefir. Check out the show and help our furry friends. You might just need this info at some time and you’ll be glad you listened. . .

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Are Probiotic Foods Stronger Than Supplements?

By Donna Schwenk / September 22, 2018

Many people wonder if probiotic pills provide the same benefit as probiotic foods since they seem to be marketed in the same way—healthy bacteria for our guts. However, probiotic foods work significantly better because of their construction […]

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Episode 51: Kefir and Kidneys

By Donna Schwenk / September 17, 2018

More and more medical research is showing great benefits to using probiotics for kidney health. Here the research and stories of spectacular results with kidney problems when kefir is added to the diet. . .

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Sleep Problems and Your Gut

By Donna Schwenk / September 15, 2018

Sleeping is fundamental to our wellbeing and health, and I have my own experiences with sleep and health. In 2001 when my daughter Holli was born eight weeks early and weighed in at four pounds, I was a woman on a mission to help her. Babies born this early don’t get the mom’s immunities and Holli was no exception. . .

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Episode 50: The Reason Men Should Eat Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / September 11, 2018

I have seen some pretty spectacular results when men take to eating and making cultured foods. I’ll explain how it can also do things for men that it can’t do for women. Listen in to find out all the details. . .

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Earl Grey Probiotic Pickles 📹

By Donna Schwenk / September 8, 2018

Fermented pickles are the best pickles. Cultured pickles are super powerful, but so is the brine they are made in. The powerful bacteria in cultured veggies is called Lactobacillus plantarum. It is a powerful weapon against pathogens that try to invade the body. It will steal nutrients from pathogens and they will die unable to survive while Lactobacillus plantarum is around. . .

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Episode 49: The Fermented Vegetable That Saved a Country

By Donna Schwenk / September 4, 2018

Koreans have eaten kimchi for thousands of years and believe in its protective powers. Find out how kimchi kept them disease free during the bird flu epidemic in this exciting episode! […]

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Fermented Sauerkraut and Breast Cancer

By Donna Schwenk / September 1, 2018

Sauerkraut is an incredible food. I teach people to make it at all my classes. It can be life changing along with kefir and kombucha and I’m pretty intense about it. It changed my life and I have watched it change thousands of other people too. . .

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Episode 48: Candida and Probiotic Foods

By Donna Schwenk / August 28, 2018

More often than not, if you have a yeast problem, your gut bacteria are out of balance. You have to have lots of good bacteria to keep candida in its rightful place. Join me to find helpful ways to keep it in balance with probiotic foods and gain wisdom into how your body really works. . .

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Healing From Food Allergies

By Donna Schwenk / August 25, 2018

It was early 2002 and my sixteen-year-old daughter climbed out of bed and stumbled into the kitchen. “How do you feel this morning?” I asked. Her response broke me. “I never feel good any more mom. I feel bad all the time. My stomach hurts after everything I eat. . .

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Episode 47: Is Your Body Giving You Signs To Get Healthier?

By Donna Schwenk / August 21, 2018

Do you get whispers or nudges from your body telling you to get healthier? You most certainly do, but you might not be recognizing them. If you don’t pay attention, these subtle signs might not stand out to you. Find out how your body whispers to you to help you stay healthy and happy. […]

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Is Kombucha Good For You?

By Donna Schwenk / August 18, 2018

Is kombucha good for you? Is it alcoholic? As of late, kombucha has been getting a lot of press. Kombucha has become a 0.6 billion dollar industry and is expected to reach 1.8 by 2020. It is causing quite a stir in the beverage business. Its popularity has grown strictly by word of mouth and is growing at an incredible rate. . .

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Episode 46: How to Help Your Friends To Be Healthy

By Donna Schwenk / August 14, 2018

Do you want to help your friends be healthy? You can change your friends’ and family’s health by healing your own. Learn why you shouldn’t try to convince them with words. . .

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The Many Reasons You Should Eat Fermented Salads and Dressings

By Donna Schwenk / August 11, 2018

There are many reasons you should eat salads. They are one of nature’s perfect foods – they work like medicine. The benefits are many and they’re delicious too! Having fermented dressings is a mainstay in my house and is one of the many ways I add cultured foods to my family’s diet. . .

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Episode 45: Live Longer On Yogurt And Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / August 7, 2018

Find out why having kefir and yogurt has helped people around the globe live longer, and healthier. Learn about yogurts made famous in different parts of the world, and the centenarians who lived long lives consuming kefir. […]

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Which is Better – Water Kefir or Milk Kefir?

By Donna Schwenk / August 4, 2018

People often ask me about water kefir and milk kefir and which type of kefir I think is more beneficial. Water kefir is a non-dairy kefir that is gaining in popularity. Many people start with this method of making kefir because it’s so easy and fun and they want a non-dairy option. . .

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Episode 44: You Can Heal Your Gut

By Donna Schwenk / July 31, 2018

Do you have food allergies? I’ll explain the science behind your food allergies and how to heal them. Hear my daughter story of how she healed from food allergies, IBS and digestive disorders. Food allergies shouldn’t have to rule your life anymore, there’s a better way. . .

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Episode 43: My Favorite Vitamin and Why You Should Take It Every Day

By Donna Schwenk / July 24, 2018

This one vitamin can change the way you feel in 30 minutes. It might be the most important nutrient ever discovered. Tune in to find out what it is and why you should have it too. […]

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My Kombucha’s Not Bubbly?

By Donna Schwenk / July 21, 2018

Bubbly, fizzy kombucha is one of my favorite things. Understanding the science behind how it works can help you create the carbonation that most people are looking for. Let me explain to you how it all works. When making kombucha, the fermenting tea will form a SCOBY on top. . .

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Fermenting Tip: Put a Lid on It?

By Donna Schwenk / July 18, 2018

When making milk kefir, many people have been taught to use a cloth and rubber band over the jar. This is one of the most common things that cause problems. When a cloth is used to cover a vessel for kefir, there is a risk of cross-contamination with wild yeasts in the air or even from other cultures, or foods nearby. . .

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Episode 42: Does our gut bacteria control our behavior to get the best nutrients?

By Donna Schwenk / July 17, 2018

Do you have cravings for certain foods? How about Alcohol? Do Bacteria give us cravings? Can we control it to achieve new habits? Check out today’s show to find out what your second brain is doing every day that you’re not aware of. . .

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Kefir for Breakfast ~ My Favorite Four

By Donna Schwenk / July 14, 2018

I learned a long time ago that if I wanted to feel good, I had to have kefir every day. It seems to work best for me to have kefir in the morning, but sometimes I have it other times too. I’ve kind of played around with different ways to have it and found these four breakfasts give me lots of energy. . .

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Episode 41: Controlling Your Cholesterol with Probiotics

By Donna Schwenk / July 10, 2018

There is so much misinformation about cholesterol. So many don’t understand how cholesterol works in the body, and how good bacteria helps keep your cholesterol in perfect balance. Gain wisdom and understanding about cholesterol and learn how you can keep it in control. . .

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7 Tips for Summer Kombucha ☀

By Maci / July 7, 2018

Kombucha is a must-have in the summertime! When the body is exposed to excessive heat, the liver can become stressed and kombucha can help! Drinking kombucha can keep you cool and hydrated in the summertime. It can also help your liver which is one of the organs most vulnerable to excessive heat. . .

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Episode 40: Rejuvelac The Super Drink

By Donna Schwenk / July 3, 2018

Find out how to make this easy, delicious, probiotic drink and discover the tons of health benefits. Learn how one woman cured herself of alcoholism by drinking rejuvelac. It’s pretty amazing! […]

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Summer Cultured Vegetables ☀

By Donna Schwenk / June 30, 2018

There is no better time to make cultured veggies than in the summertime! The fruits and veggies are abundant and when you ferment them they’ll last nine months in your fridge! Culturing, or what can also be called fermenting, is a no-sweat endeavor. . .

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Episode 39: The Healing Crisis & Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / June 26, 2018

This show can help you understand your body’s signal when it’s trying to heal. Signs of healing can sometimes be mistaken for feeling worse when often it means you’re healing and getting better. The healing crisis can be a good thing! […]

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7 Tips for Summer Kefir ☀

By Maci / June 23, 2018

Kefir is a living food that tends to have a mind of its own. It ferments differently in the winter than the summer, so understanding the process can make a huge difference. I’m sharing seven tips to help you make great summer kefir. . .

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Episode 38: How Gut Bacteria Affects Your Entire Body

By Donna Schwenk / June 19, 2018

Doctors, scientists, and researchers are all starting to realize just how powerful the gut truly is. Gut health can affect every system in the body. Find out how probiotic foods can change you from the inside out! […]

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Summer Sourdough Bread

By Donna Schwenk / June 16, 2018

When I walk into my kitchen each day, I see the bread knife and cutting board scattered with crumbs. It is a daily occurrence; and although I like a clean kitchen, this is one thing I tolerate with pleasure. . .

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Episode 37: Summertime Healing

By Donna Schwenk / June 12, 2018

Certain foods and sources available in the summer time have nutrients that super charge the immune system. Check out my favorite cultured recipes and summer foods that are fun, easy to make, and oh so good for you. . .

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Fermented Asian Salad Video! 📹

By Donna Schwenk / June 9, 2018

This salad is one of my very favorite cultured meals. It’s perfect for summertime and a wonderful way to change your microbiome from the inside out. I try to eat fruits and veggies at every meal. It is one of the best ways to stay balanced and it’s fantastic for lowering inflammation, balancing your hormones, and keeping those little microbes in your gut fed and happy. . .

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Episode 36: Ginger – Nature’s Medicine Designed to Help You

By Donna Schwenk / June 5, 2018

Explore the many reasons why you should have ginger every day. It’s a powerful tool for allergy season and for reducing inflammation. I can show you how I include this powerful food in my everyday life, and why it can make such a difference for you too. […]

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Kefir And Your Blood Pressure

By Donna Schwenk / June 2, 2018

In 2001, I was battling hypertension and diabetes. It was then that I started drinking kefir and I noticed an interesting occurrence. It seemed that when I drank a glass of kefir every day my blood pressure would go down; and not just a little, but quite a bit. It would put me in the normal range. . .

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Episode 35: Will Eating Probiotic Foods Make Any Difference?

By Donna Schwenk / May 29, 2018

Most people don’t understand the hundreds of processes in the body that happen 24 hours a day. What things can you do to be healthy? What do probiotic foods actually do? Check out today’s show to learn new information to achieve your best life ever. . .

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Einkorn Sourdough Bread

By Donna Schwenk / May 26, 2018

A few years ago, I started hearing about the ancient species of wheat called einkorn. People who were gluten intolerant were writing me letters about it and saying it was allowing them to eat bread again without the problems regular wheat had caused them, and I wanted to know more. . .

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Episode 34: Condiments Can Be Probiotic Too!

By Donna Schwenk / May 22, 2018

Years ago, condiments were all made by fermenting them. The probiotics preserved them while improving the consumer’s health and digestion. Learn how you can make these delicious condiments, too. . .

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Cocoa Kefir Krunch Puff Breakfast Video! 📹

By Donna Schwenk / May 19, 2018

This is my daughter Holli’s favorite breakfast. I make extra servings of the crunch topping and store it in a jar for her to use whenever she makes her morning smoothie. This was the recipe that really changed her more than any other recipe. My family is like everybody else. . .

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Episode 33: Signals From The Microbes in Your Gut

By Donna Schwenk / May 15, 2018

Your gut bacteria can be one of your strongest allies in being healthy or it can be one of your worst enemies. It can send you signals through your emotions, food cravings, and stomach distress. Find out if your bacteria are out of balance and what you can do about it today. . .

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Probiotic Kefir Nut Butter Video! 📹

By Donna Schwenk / May 12, 2018

This recipe is in my new book Cultured Food in a Jar. I only make recipes that are easily incorporated into my life because I’m crazy busy and I want recipes to care for my body and busy microbes. This recipe fits the bill. It has only two ingredients and it’s so easy to make. […]

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Episode 32: Dirt Has Microbes That You Might Need

By Donna Schwenk / May 8, 2018

Researchers have discovered that dirt is the new Prozac. Billions of microbes in the dirt can keep us healthy and happy. The earth holds health-boosting energy and gives us what is called “electrical nutrition.” Learn more about our dirt on this week’s episode. […]

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Seven Probiotic Foods to Always Keep in Your Fridge

By Maci / May 5, 2018

When it comes to cultured/probiotic and fermented foods, I am officially obsessed. Not everyone is going to make as many of these foods as I do; but once you get started, it’s an exciting journey! Here are the top seven probiotic foods I ALWAYS have on hand, and why. . .

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Episode 31: Six Foods That Can Change Your Life

By Donna Schwenk / May 1, 2018

Loaded with probiotics, these six foods are in different food groups and bring health and well-being to the body in a myriad of ways. Join me to find out what they are and easy ways to incorporate them into your daily life today. . .

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How To Fix Your Seasonal Allergies

By Donna Schwenk / April 28, 2018

I have had seasonal allergies since I was twelve or thirteen years old. For months in the springtime, I locked myself inside the house and turned to drugs and steroids that harmed my immune system. This seemed to be what everybody did and I did the same because I had nowhere else to look. . .

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Episode 30: Microbes – If you don’t feed them, they can eat you!

By Donna Schwenk / April 24, 2018

Find out how important it is to feed your microbes. If your trillions of microbes don’t get what they need, they can start to eat the mucosal lining of the gut, leading to leaky gut, IBS, and more. Find out how to keep them happy and fed. […]

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What to Do With Your Cultures While You’re on Vacation

By Donna Schwenk / April 21, 2018

Your cultures (kefir, kombucha, sourdough, and water kefir) are all living organisms and need to be cared for just like a pet. I love them like family, and have found ways to take care of them when I go on vacation. . .

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Episode 29: Probiotic Foods for Depression and Anxiety

By Donna Schwenk / April 17, 2018

The new buzz, probiotics in place of antidepressants. Leading edge psychiatrists are healing people’s minds via their digestive systems.
Learn why the gut is called the second brain and why many Psychiatrists are trading in drugs for probiotics. . .

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Is Kefir the Answer for Acid Reflux?

By Donna Schwenk / April 14, 2018

One of the first things I noticed when we started drinking kefir was the help my husband received with eliminating his acid reflux. It was quite surprising to me since he popped antacids like they were candy. . .

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Episode 28: Seasonal Allergies and the Vitamin You Need

By Donna Schwenk / April 10, 2018

Seasonal allergies are caused by your immune system overreacting to something that it thinks is harmful but is actually not. There are many ways to support your immune system, and this one nutrient can change the way you feel in 30 minutes. Tune in to find out what it is and why you should have it too. . .

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Learn How To Make Water Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / April 7, 2018

Water kefir grains, or we call them kefir crystals, are unlike milk kefir grains as they thrive on sugars and not lactose. These special probiotic yeasts and beneficial bacteria in the water kefir crystals consume the sugar in the sugar water, and they produce probiotics, new enzymes, vitamins, and help repopulate your gut flora. . .

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Episode 27: The Only Bread I Eat. The Bread Made with Culture.

By Donna Schwenk / April 3, 2018

Our bread is made so differently than in years gone by, and it’s wreaking havoc on our bodies. Understand the science of why this is, and how bacteria can change your bread into something healthy. Walk in the footsteps of those who made bread for thousands of years and called it the staff of life. . .

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