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Did Kombucha Heal My Husband’s Eyes?

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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This is the Summer You Start Making Kefir Cheese

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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Fermented Jalapenos and Sourdough Bread

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

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

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 🐉

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?

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

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

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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Probiotic Tomatoes

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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Fermented Vegetables Are Safer Than Raw Vegetables

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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How Microbes and Your Brain Work Together

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

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

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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12 Reasons to Eat Cucumber Kimchi

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

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

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?

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

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

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%

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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UTIs, Yeast Infections, and Cultured Foods

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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Two Women Who Convinced Me to Make My Own Bread

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

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

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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7 Reasons I Eat Sourdough Bread

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

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

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

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!

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

Camp Trilogy Class

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?

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

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?

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

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

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?

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

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?

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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Best of Cultured Food Life 2018: Our Top Articles!

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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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Probiotics and the Autoimmune Epidemic

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

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 🎄

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

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

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

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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How Gut Microbes Tell Your Hormones What to Do

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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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Earl Grey Probiotic Pickles 📹

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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Fermented Sauerkraut and Breast Cancer

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

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

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?

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?

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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The Many Reasons You Should Eat Fermented Salads and Dressings

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

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?

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

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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My Kombucha’s Not Bubbly?

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?

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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Kefir for Breakfast ~ My Favorite Four

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

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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Episode 40: Rejuvelac The Super Drink

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 ☀

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

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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Summer Sourdough Bread

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

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! 📹

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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Kefir And Your Blood Pressure

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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Einkorn Sourdough Bread

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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Cocoa Kefir Krunch Puff Breakfast Video! 📹

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

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! 📹

If you like this, then please share! Episode 32: Dirt Has Microbes That You Might Need Episode 33: Signals From The Microbes in Your Gut Probiotic Kefir Nut Butter Video! 📹 Nuts Are Prebiotics This recipe is in my new book Cultured Food in a Jar. I only make recipes that are easily incorporated into…

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Episode 32: Dirt Has Microbes That You Might Need

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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Episode 31: Six Foods That Can Change Your Life

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

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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Is Kefir the Answer for Acid Reflux?

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

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

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.

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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The Tale of the Disappearing Kefir Grains

We make a lot of kefir. We drink it every day along with making kefir cheese and kefir sodas, so we make it daily. As usual, my husband and kids were helping me make kefir on April 1st, 2014. As I poured out the jugs into the strainer, no kefir grains appeared. . .

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Episode 26: Your Microbes Love Coffee!

If you love coffee, you’re not the only one. Microbes love the microscopic fibers in coffee too. Learn more about microbes and coffee and how they can reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s, diabetes, obesity, and more! […]

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The Probiotic That Inhibits Candida and Toxins

I love kombucha and not just because it tastes fantastic but because it has a special probiotic called Saccharomyces boulardii (S. boulardii). It is an incredible probiotic and when you make kombucha you can get lots of this powerful probiotic yeast. . .

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Episode 25: The Many Reasons My Family Eats Cultured Foods

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

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43 Ways to Use Kefir Cheese

I make a lot of kefir cheese. I use kefir cheese in place of any recipe that calls for cream cheese, sour cream, or Greek yogurt. It’s very versatile, and the length of time you strain it will determine how thick it becomes. . .

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Episode 24: Sleep Problems? Check Your Gut

If you’re having trouble sleeping, fixing your gut can be the answer. Join me to learn about new research on sleep and the world of the micro-biome and cultured foods. Sleeping is so important to feeling good each day, and cultured foods can help. . .

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Overnight Sourdough Bread

I think fermentation is essential to bread making. If you don’t use the help of microbes to make the bread, you won’t get the nutrients out of the bread and gluten will become a problem. I’ve made a lot of sourdough bread and I have a new method that is working spectacularly. . .

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Episode 22: Colds and Flus and How to Beat them With Cultured Foods

Your body is designed to fight colds and the flu and keep your immune system running strong. Learn how to strengthen your body’s inner reserves and find yourself sailing through cold and flu season. If you have any gastro trouble, cultured foods work for that too. I and many others have found nothing more effective. […]

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Make Your Condiments – Probiotic!

We all eat condiments. They are easy to make, but most people just buy them. Why don’t you let me help you make them in as little as five minutes? They will have billions of probiotics and are perfectly preserved for months. . .

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Your Kidneys Might Need Some Kefir

I’ve received several emails from people who have been greatly helped by cultured foods in regards to kidney health. More and more medical research is showing great benefits to using probiotics for kidney health […]

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Episode 20: How To Keep Your Gut Healthy if You Have To take an Antibiotic

If you have to take antibiotics we have good news! Let me show you how to keep your healthy bacteria alive and thriving, even when you must take antibiotics. It’s really important that you help your good gut flora thrive. This can prevent you from ever needing to take antibiotics again. Your body knows how to keep you well! […]

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Episode 19: 3 Foods That Can Change Your Life ~ The Trilogy

Three foods that provide different good bacteria and yeasts that enhance the trillions of bacteria in the body and allow them to thrive, grow, and multiply. This allows you, the host, the opportunity to heal disease, remove pathogens, enhance digestion, make serotonin, and experience a multitude of other opportunities for healing that otherwise would not have been possible. This is what I call ~ The Trilogy […]

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I Am Having Difficulty Straining My Kefir 📹

If you like this, then please share! Episode 18: The Flu Shot in a Jar Episode 19: 3 Foods That Can Change Your Life ~ The Trilogy I Am Having Difficulty Straining My Kefir 📹 Straining Your Kefir I love kefir that is thick like yogurt. However, it can sometimes be difficult to strain out…

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Episode 18: The Flu Shot in a Jar

Find out how to avoid the flu/cold this year. This is what I use for my family, and myself and is an all-natural flu/cold remedies that work to keep you healthy for years on end! Listen in as I tell what happened to me when I stopped eating cultured foods for a month and a half. I did an experiment on myself and the results were shocking […]

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7 Reasons to Make Goat Milk Kefir

Goat milk was a godsend for my tiny daughter, Holli. She was born eight weeks premature and this little one rocked my world. I became a woman on a mission to help her be well. Nursing this tiny infant was a challenge […]

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What’s This On My Cultured Vegetables?

Cultured vegetables are so easy to make with just a few exceptions. First of all, this is one of the safest ways to preserve your vegetables. It is scientifically impossible to get botulism from cultured vegetables. […]

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Winter Kefir

I love winter kefir! It’s often creamier and thicker than summer kefir. Kefir acts differently in the winter than in the warmer months of the year, due to cooler temperatures that make it ferment more slowly. […]

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How to Make Bubbly Fruit Flavored Kombucha

There’s nothing better than bubbly fruit flavored kombucha. For those of you who don’t want to spend the money to buy it, you can make it. Many years ago, a friend of mine was in a bad car wreck. He actually broke the steering wheel off with his chest. […]

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Episode 15: Autoimmune Diseases and Your Gut

Are autoimmune diseases the result of an imbalanced gut/immune system? Find out why Hippocrates said, “All disease begins in the gut.” I will discuss how healing your microbiome can also help heal autoimmune disorders. […]

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Buffalo Kraut ~ You Simply Must Try ☺

I’m always trying to find ways to help you eat more cultured foods. Taste is important as well as ease, and this recipe captures both. You will love this Buffalo Kraut created by my daughter Maci. It’s crazy good and just a spoonful is going to give you billions of probiotics. […]

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Episode 14: 5 Foods That Can Change Your Life

These five foods are a must for me. It’s how I stay healthy. Check out the five foods that I keep in my diet and the ones that have made the biggest changes in my life. Find out how you can add them to your diet too. […]

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