Growing Your Own Probiotics

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A lot of suffering in this world comes from the fear of discomfort. In my own personal life, pain has come to teach me things and get me to change. I resisted it, fought it, and finally changed when I could do nothing else. When it came in the form of a health crisis in 2001 and I found myself in sickness and despair, and watching my family suffer too, I decided to change what we ate. It was probiotic foods that showed up to help me and quite literally gave me my life back in a way I could have never imagined.

Eight years later, I found myself in a financial crisis. We thought we were going to lose our house. They were getting ready to put our house on the auction block on my 50th birthday, and I felt my world crumble. My dad had died that year and everybody around me was in so much pain, and I started searching my soul. Did I have faith, and did I really live the things I said to people? It shook me to my core and it was then that I started teaching classes and writing blogs and books. I remember trembling when I first started to write my first book. I felt so inadequate, and yet something inside kept telling me to do it. Helping people made me feel better and although it didn’t help us financially, it was all that I knew to do. I had to find a way to distract myself from the pain. Consequently, everything in my life began to reverse itself. Miraculously we didn’t lose our home and I had more miracles at that time in my life than I can count. People flooded into my life to help me, finances reversed, and I am so thankful for that pain that made me shake inside but made me change my life.

You can control what you put in your mouth

We don’t always need pain to make us change, but I might be more stubborn than you so I needed discomfort to wake me up and make me change. So many circumstances in our life often seem out of our control, but you can control what you put in your mouth. This is where it all began for me.

I heard  best-selling author Christiane Northrup, M.D., say that health is contagious. She went on to say that they’ve done studies showing that your getting healthy has a four-fold effect on others. People notice and then they want to get healthy, too, and they tell their friends, and it starts to spread like wildfire. "Have you seen so and so, they look fantastic!"

Fixing your gut — fixing your life

But this isn’t just about food and fixing your gut; it’s about fixing your life. When you feel good, you see the world differently. When you’re healthy, you act differently. When you’re no longer ill, you can check things like these off your list:

  • Time off from work to care for sick kids
  • High health insurance costs are less
  • Regular doctor visits from constant illnesses
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The Trilogy

Making your own probiotics is one the best ways to change your health. Buying probiotic supplements are expensive and are often trapped in the acids of the stomach, and the probiotics are killed before the body ever gets a chance to use them. Consuming probiotic foods such as kefir, kombucha, and cultured vegetables is much more effective than taking pills. Making your own fermented foods not only gives you a wider variety of beneficial bacteria, but they also give you far more of them, so it’s a much more cost-effective alternative. [1]

The trilogy is my secret weapon. It has changed my life and so many other lives. What is The Trilogy? Three probiotic and powerful foods that I consume every day without fail. They are kefir, kombucha, and cultured vegetables; and they bring me more joy than I can express in words. This is the thing I noticed the most when I taught others about cultured foods - when they consumed one of these foods they would get better, but when they consumed all three, they seemed to thrive! These three foods (kefir, kombucha, and cultured vegetables) are unique unto themselves and each food contains a different set of bacteria and yeasts that we need to thrive and feel alive.
These foods are powerful and they will train you to eat them because of what they can do. I have noticed that the homemade versions are much stronger and the benefits more, as compared to store-bought versions. I highly recommend that you try to make your own. The Trilogy is something I eat every day, and I want to share it with others because it will change you, too. They're easy to make and I can help you. Everything you need to get started is on my site for free.

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Check out all the reasons I love Kefir, Kombucha, and Cultured Vegetables below.


Three Foods That Changed My Life

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Homemade kefir has over 50 good bacteria and yeasts. It is so powerful that I recommend people consume only small amounts when they first start kefir so as not to overwhelm their body with good bacteria. These bacteria are strong and will go to work killing pathogens and bad bacteria, making some individuals uncomfortable. You can read more about that on this blog post: The Healing Crisis.

Kefir and its special bacteria will make you its home and keep things in balance for you. It will add probiotics to any kind of milk, whether it be cow, goat, coconut, or almond milk. It will transform the milk, increasing vitamins and nutrient absorption, and it will do this sitting on your counter in a glass jar while you go about your day. Then when you consume it, you will find it will digest your food, reduce inflammation, make elimination a breeze, and, well, the list is so long it would take this entire page to explain it all. It transformed me and I don't go a day without it. It was the first cultured food I started with and the one that changed me the most.

If you would like to see more reasons to consume kefir, check out this article:

7 Reasons I Have Kefir Every Day

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My, my, my, how I love this fermented tea. Talk about powerful! It is a wonder drink and there is nothing else like it on the market. It helps remove toxins through the kidney, liver, and the bowels. You might notice, as I did, that kombucha can help you lose a lot of excess water weight.  It helps you eliminate the excess swelling and fluid that accumulates in your tissues from chemically laden foods and alcohol.

I was talking with a friend this weekend and he noticed the same thing. On the weekends, he tends to drink a lot of alcohol, and if he doesn't have his kombucha, he will retain a lot of fluids. The body tends to do this when it has a lot of toxins. On weekdays when he goes back to drinking his kombucha, he will release the water weight and easily lose five pounds. This does not surprise me because kombucha will assist your liver in removing toxins that have accumulated. Kombucha will also help relieve the water retention that often happens when the body protects the organs by holding on to water when under stress or a heavy toxic load.

Check out this article:

7 Reasons I Have Kombucha Every Day

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Cultured Vegetables

Everybody knows that vegetables are so, so good for you - but when you ferment vegetables, they become even more powerful. Let me tell you my little story about these veggies. I went on a trip and didn't have my cultured veggies for two weeks. I ate everything imaginable under the sun and enjoyed it all. Delicacies and desserts and, well, I was having a good time but having very little, if any, cultured foods. My body has become accustomed to these foods and without them, I am fine for a while; but after a week or two, it revolts. I think it actually gets mad at me and will create symptoms to get my attention. I will get red rashes on my fingers and body odor occurs which I don't have often since this is caused by bad bacteria. My stomach will start to feel bloated and, well . . . let's just say that elimination is not as pleasant as it can be. But the worst thing of all is that I get grouchy and cranky. Yeah, my family makes sure that I eat my cultured foods. But as soon as I have as little as a large spoonful of cultured vegetables, my insides do a happy dance and the cultured vegetables start working inside of me. Believe you me, in a day or two I can feel it, see it, smell it, and know it. They will clean me out, and then some. Talk about housecleaning! They go at it, removing all the inappropriate food debris and making me feel great again.

Check out this article:

7 Reasons I Have Cultured Vegetables Every Day

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Making your own probiotics is one the best ways to change your health. Buying probiotic supplements are expensive and are often trapped in the acids of the stomach, and the probiotics are killed before the body ever gets a chance to use them. Consuming probiotic foods such as kefir, kombucha, and cultured vegetables is much more effective than taking pills and I can show you how!

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