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Fizzy Blender “Juiced” Apple Kombucha

By Donna Schwenk / October 5, 2014

My daughter Maci got married and moved to a farm with her husband. She has a couple of apple trees and she’s making tons of recipes with apples in them. Before her husband, the love of her life was kombucha. She has been making gallons of super fizzy apple kombucha and discovered something special. […]

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Fizzy Blender “Juiced” Apple Kombucha

By Donna Schwenk / October 1, 2014
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Kombucha

By Donna Schwenk / September 20, 2014
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Candy Cane Kombucha

By Donna Schwenk / September 11, 2014
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Root Beer Kombucha Float

By Donna Schwenk / September 10, 2014
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Coffee Kombucha

By Donna Schwenk / September 10, 2014
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Kombucha Yogurt Smoothie

By Donna Schwenk / September 3, 2014
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Grape Kombucha Granita

By Donna Schwenk / September 1, 2014
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Kombucha Black Bean Salsa

By Donna Schwenk / August 25, 2014
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Kombucha Always Brewing Method

By Donna Schwenk / February 22, 2014

Kombucha is growing in popularity and for good reason. The detoxifying power of kombucha is enormous. It has been recognized for its ability to counteract liver cell toxicity. As you drink kombucha, you will notice a flushing of toxins from your body as it filters toxins through the kidneys and the bowels. […]

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Root Beer Kombucha

By Donna Schwenk / July 12, 2010
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What is Kombucha?

By Donna Schwenk / January 24, 2010
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How to Make Kombucha

By Donna Schwenk / January 10, 2010

Gather Your Materials Gallon Jar or non-lead-based crock. Linen or cloth napkin that will fit completely over top of jar or crock Rubber band to go around neck of jug or crock 1 cup raw sugar or white sugar – Check out these options. 4 to 5 tea bags: black or green tea, organic is best 3 quarts filtered water, not…

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Episode 151: My Favorite Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / April 6, 2021

Almost two decades ago I had a revelation. No longer could I rely on any individual to solve all my health problems even if it was a medical professional. Although I have a lot of respect for what they do, I realized that they are very limited since they only get two weeks of nutrition in medical school. That’s simply not enough information and since we need to eat and drink to survive, and so do our cells, I wanted to know how our cells ingest nutrients, fluids, proteins, and other molecules to make the body we call home. Tune in to find out my favorite cultured foods. It’s been life-changing for me! […]

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19 Healing Cultured Carrot Recipes

By Donna Schwenk / April 3, 2021

I was young, nine years old, and sitting in a classroom staring at my teacher’s desk. She had a thermos; and from it she poured a bright orange liquid and I would stare in wonder. I found myself obsessing about what she was drinking. I should have been working in my workbook, but I would watch her every time she went to take a drink. […]

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Milk Kefir FAQs

By Donna Schwenk / March 27, 2021

Kefir is my favorite cultured food. It has the most probiotic strains of any cultured food (over 50 strains) and is also super easy to make. It was the first cultured food I tried and it made me well in so many ways that I started on a journey to learn all I could about this magical food. […]

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Fermented Foods Can Help With Constipation and Diarrhea

By Donna Schwenk / March 20, 2021

If you like this, then please share! My Favorite Cultured Foods Milk Kefir FAQs Fermented Foods Can Help With Constipation and Diarrhea Edit Nobody really wants to talk about constipation and diarrhea, but it’s something everybody deals with at some time in their life. I’ve had so many people find help with these ailments that…

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My Favorite Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / March 13, 2021

Almost two decades ago I had a revelation. No longer could I rely on any individual to solve all my health problems even if it was a medical professional. […]

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6 Ginger Sodas That Can Do Amazing Things

By Donna Schwenk / February 27, 2021

Pain touches everyone in some way; and when this happens, all of us reach for something that we believe will help us. The older I get, the more I find that every ounce of pain is here to teach me something. […]

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Are You Getting Enough of This Powerful Protein?

By Donna Schwenk / February 20, 2021

I have used bone broths and collagen as a form of natural healing in my life and in the lives of my family members. The older I get, the more I find how essential these foods are to my body. […]

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Do Cultured Veggies Need a Starter?

By Donna Schwenk / January 30, 2021

You do not need a starter culture to make cultured veggies. However, by using a starter you will receive more probiotics and a lot of other benefits. Let me explain your options and you can better choose which is the best method for you. […]

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Reasons And Recipes To Have More Miso

By Donna Schwenk / January 16, 2021

When people think of miso, they mostly think of miso soup, but it is so much more. It has an incredible microbial makeup and is a nutritional powerhouse and is so simple to make and use in recipes that I’ve found myself making and consuming it almost every day. […]

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Miso Dressing

By Donna Schwenk / January 14, 2021
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Joelle Anthony

By Chris Johnston / January 10, 2021

I was diagnosed with stomach ulcers (no scope) by my GP and given something to block acid. It didn’t help at all, and neither did anything I got from the health food store. So I did some digging online and found out about fermented food, in particular, fermented cabbage juice. I proceeded to make a…

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H. Pylori and Fermented Foods

By Donna Schwenk / January 9, 2021

Last October, someone asked a question on my forum.

“Hi! I am a new member, diagnosed with H. Pylori bacteria in July, currently on my second round of tough antibiotics. […]

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Best of Cultured Food Life 2020: Our Top Articles!

By Donna Schwenk / December 26, 2020

Our Most Popular Articles Of 2020
I’m chasing a feeling when I cook, write blogs, come up with recipes, and even when I eat food that makes me feel good. […]

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Homemade Cultured Christmas Gifts

By Donna Schwenk / December 12, 2020

It’s the holidays and we’re all needing all the help we can get. One of the wonderful things about cultured probiotic foods is how fun it is to make them a part of your everyday life […]

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Cindy Baird

By Chris Johnston / December 8, 2020

About six months ago, I was playing with my granddaughter and noticed that I couldn’t concentrate on her because I was vaguely nauseous. I just assumed it was something I ate and ignored it. As the days went by though, this nausea continued, as well as other digestive symptoms such as terrible gas pain, cramping…

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Sourdough Cinnamon Swirl Bread

By Donna Schwenk / December 5, 2020

When I was growing up, my mom always made a Christmas braid on Christmas morning that was filled with cinnamon and nuts and covered in frosting. […]

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Probiotic Pumpkin Recipes

By Donna Schwenk / November 21, 2020

I love, love pumpkin. It has many wonderfully healthy qualities and a creamy consistency that makes it a wonderful treat, especially around the holiday season. I use pumpkin in multiple ways, but some of my favorites recipes are ones I make with kefir. […]

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Why and How You Should Soak Your Beans, Nuts, Seeds, and Grains

By Donna Schwenk / November 14, 2020

More and more people are eating raw and unprocessed whole foods which is a good thing – unless they’re loaded with enzyme inhibitors and phytates. […]

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You Are The One Thing In Life You Can Control

By Donna Schwenk / November 7, 2020

This is the week of the 2020 presidential election. Needless to say, whatever side you’re on, it’s been an intense week and a lot of people are struggling with strong emotions. I’m surprised to say that I’ve lived a long time (60 years) and now have some life experience that really serves me in times of uncertainty and fear. […]

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Robin Bragdon

By Chris Johnston / November 4, 2020

I am a mother of four and our oldest has profound cerebral palsy. At about 4 years old he required a g-tube as he could not swallow his food without it going to his lungs. He has been on formula since then but just in the past 5 years our family started on cultured foods.…

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Can Cultured Foods Hurt Me?

By Donna Schwenk / October 31, 2020

I get a lot of people writing me letters indicating that they are afraid they are going to get sick from eating cultured foods. They don’t understand cultured foods and how they work; preconceived ideas and the media have created fear, a lot of fear. […]

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Three Foods That Can Change Your Life ~ The Trilogy and More

By Donna Schwenk / October 17, 2020

Fermentation is an art form and each individual cultured food is, in and of itself, unique. The three foods of The Trilogy each provide different good bacteria and yeasts that enhance the trillions of bacteria in the body and allow them to thrive, grow, and multiply. […]

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Episode 136: IBD – Crohn’s, Ulcers, and Fermented Foods

By Donna Schwenk / October 6, 2020

I’ve seen cultured vegetables, kombucha, and kefir help with so many gastrointestinal disorders, and I’ve even witnessed firsthand my son healing from an ulcer that was causing him severe pain every time he ate. […]

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I Was Lost, Until I Did This. . .

By Donna Schwenk / September 26, 2020

“How do I apply all this cultured food stuff to my life? Where and how do I get started?” This is something that I hear quite often. People want to change their life and feel better but don’t know where to start. […]

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IBD: Crohn’s, Ulcers, & Fermented Foods

By Donna Schwenk / September 19, 2020

I’ve seen cultured vegetables, kombucha, and kefir help with so many gastrointestinal disorders, and I’ve even witnessed firsthand my son healing from an ulcer that was causing him severe pain every time he ate. […]

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Episode 133: Grow Your Own Probiotics

By Donna Schwenk / September 15, 2020

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. […]

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Probiotic Foods for Different Ailments

By Donna Schwenk / September 12, 2020

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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Preserving Gut Health As You Age

By Donna Schwenk / September 5, 2020

This last year I’ve been thinking a lot about how I want to live the rest of my life. My husband’s father and stepmom died and so did my dog. It is times like these that help me to reevaluate things in my life and how I want to live and be remembered.[…]

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Episode 132: Second Ferment Your Kefir – Your Taste Buds Will Thank You

By Donna Schwenk / September 1, 2020

Many years ago I discovered a way to make kefir not only taste better but also increase the nutrients in it. It is the only way that I make my kefir now because it is so delicious. […]

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Grow Your Own Probiotics

By Donna Schwenk / August 29, 2020

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. […]

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Six Reasons (and Recipes) to Eat Fermented Pickles

By Donna Schwenk / August 15, 2020

My 23-year-old son, DJ, called me from his home. He was very sick with a stomach flu and was in a considerable amount of pain with stomach cramps throughout the night. With a half cup of pickle juice in hand, I went over to his home. I went into his room which was dark with no lights. […]

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Food Care is Health Care

By Donna Schwenk / August 1, 2020

It’s pretty crazy these days listening to all the talk about health care and what to do about it. It’s causing a lot of fear and one I am well acquainted with. Do you ever wonder why your life takes certain paths and contains certain challenges? I do, and I was contemplating that this week as I listened to people debating on TV about health care. […]

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Can Fermented Vegetables Help with COVID-19?

By Donna Schwenk / July 25, 2020

In my own personal experience and those whom I help through my website, we have all seen tremendous help and healing from eating fermented foods and especially when dealing with any kind of virus. […]

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Episode 129: How To Make Cultured Vegetables In The Summertime

By Donna Schwenk / July 21, 2020

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! […]

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Your Body Was Designed to Heal You

By Donna Schwenk / July 18, 2020

How did I get here? I was a new mother at 41 years old, falling apart, and paralyzed with fear. I was sick with diabetes and suffered from high blood pressure. I also had a brand new premature baby girl in my lap. I knew that I was in trouble and I desperately needed help. I begged for help. […]

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Super Healing Summer

By Donna Schwenk / July 11, 2020

It’s summertime!! And all kinds of things can happen in the summertime that otherwise might seem impossible. Let me explain a few things that happen in the summertime that can help you be healthier, heal from all manner of diseases, and support good health! […]

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The Must-Have Food Medicine – in Your Fridge

By Donna Schwenk / July 4, 2020

One day my daughter Holli came running into the room and burst into tears. She cried and said, “Help me! My stomach hurts so bad.” And then she ran to the bathroom and started throwing up. She had spent the night with a friend who had just had the same thing, so I’m pretty sure she picked it up from her. […]

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Will Eating Probiotic Foods Make Any Difference?

By Donna Schwenk / June 27, 2020

Most of you don’t know what processes are actually happening inside of you every day. There are microorganisms everywhere and you can’t see them, but they are inhabiting you and everything else. […]

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Episode 125: Why You Should Know About Short-Chain Fatty Acids and Fermented Foods

By Donna Schwenk / June 23, 2020

Short-Chain Fatty Acids will help you and your body to become a force of wellness in this world. SCFAs are produced by bacteria in the gut during fermentation and they’re essential for your gut, body, and even brain health. […]

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Why You Should Know About Short-Chain Fatty Acids and Fermented Foods

By Donna Schwenk / June 20, 2020

I’m constantly learning new things about the benefits of bacteria. It’s been almost two decades of eating fermented foods and the new discoveries have never stopped. […]

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Trilogy Coleslaw

By Donna Schwenk / June 17, 2020
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Two Ways to Make Fermented Red Onions

By Donna Schwenk / June 6, 2020

I love red onions and we eat a ton of onions on everything. Making a jar of fermented red onions allows us to eat them often because they taste so good and are stored in my fridge – already chopped and ready to eat. […]

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Breakfast Sourdough Bread

By Donna Schwenk / May 23, 2020

This is the bread I make at least two or three times a week. As my business has been growing and I found myself with less time, this bread recipe has become the bread I make most often. It only has four ingredients and takes about 5 minutes to throw together. […]

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Kefir Ranch Dressing

By Donna Schwenk / May 16, 2020
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Does Your Body Need a Miracle?

By Donna Schwenk / May 9, 2020

Do you believe that healing requires a miracle, or do you believe that our trillions of cells govern themselves and create the bodies that we have? So how does the eye know how to focus or the muscle know how much energy it will need during your walk today? […]

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JLH

By Chris Johnston / May 6, 2020

Hi Donna, two years ago I almost lost my life to heavy metal toxicity. I had served in the US military for 9 years and over the course of these years my body had reached it’s maximum toxic capacity. Between several deployments, the 27+ vaccinations required by my job, 7 amalgam fillings, many rounds of…

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You and Your Housemates Share the Same Bacteria

By Donna Schwenk / April 18, 2020

It was the summer of 2003. A friend came into my kitchen and asked what was on my counters. I excitedly told her about my beloved cultures and I watched her face change expressions. “These jars have been brewing for days on your counters?” […]

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Dairy-Free Kefir – Every Kind You Can Imagine

By Donna Schwenk / April 4, 2020

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. […]

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Help Is On The Way

By Donna Schwenk / March 21, 2020

It’s March 18th, 2020, and the novel coronavirus has everybody staying home and worried about the future. This day also happens to be my 60th birthday so I’m making my own healthy birthday cake and baking a loaf of sourdough bread. […]

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Anti-Viral Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / March 7, 2020

There is a lot of fear flying around about the flu and especially the coronavirus. If I can help you understand what happens in your body and how it works when you get the flu, or what it can do to protect yourself, then perhaps it will […]

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Tips That Nobody Else Talks About

By Donna Schwenk / February 29, 2020

Years ago when I was young and raising my kids, I was often influenced by well-meaning friends and family. They scared me to death with the latest news they had heard and would say, “Don’t eat this and don’t let your kids do this and did you read that story about how bad this is for you?” […]

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Fermented Foods and IBS

By Donna Schwenk / February 15, 2020

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is usually identified by a group of symptoms: abdominal pain, bloating, and a change in bowels that can alternate between diarrhea and constipation. […]

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Pumpernickel Sourdough Bread

By Donna Schwenk / February 8, 2020

I have always loved dark pumpernickel bread. Its rich, sweet flavors have been one of my favorite breads to eat plain, or with soups, or with sandwiches. […]

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Everybody’s Favorite Kefir Dip

By Donna Schwenk / February 1, 2020

I’ve been eating cultured foods for two almost two decades and this recipe has been on the blog almost from the very beginning. I’m always scrambling to make recipes that my family would enjoy and eat that have probiotics and prebiotics. […]

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Whey – The Liquid Gold in Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / January 25, 2020

Don’t throw out your kefir if it separates into whey and curds. Your whey, although less appealing to many individuals, is a superfood which contains a lot of healing properties. There is something known as “The Whey Cure” which was used throughout history. In fact, Hippocrates and Galen, two founding fathers of medicine, frequently recommended whey to their patients to heal them. This whey was often referred to as “liquid gold.” […]

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Learn about The Trilogy at the Sourdough Bread Festival

By Chris Johnston / January 22, 2020

I’ll be speaking about The Trilogy (Kefir, Kombucha, and Cultured Vegetables) in Cherry Valley, CA at the Sourdough Bread Festival on both February 22nd and 23rd at 2 PM. These three foods provide different good bacteria and yeasts that enhance the trillions of bacteria in the body and allow them to thrive, grow, and multiply.…

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The Real Reasons Your Immune System Needs Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / January 18, 2020

Viruses, yuck . . . my family used to get them a lot. Colds, flus, you name it, we got it. But so did everybody else I knew. It’s normal, right? Well, it’s actually not. Every year at Christmas we would go to my mom’s in Virginia and somebody would inevitably get sick, and then it would spread down through the family. […]

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Does Your Bacteria Whisper?

By Donna Schwenk / December 14, 2019

I had just started my blog in April of 2010 and was afraid that nobody would be interested in cultured foods. I decided to do it anyway. I believe we are all guided to do things but it comes in whispers, not loud sounding trumpets. One such whisper came from my daughter Maci. She told me I needed a Facebook page to help people find my blog and then quickly made me one before I could protest. […]

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How To Second Ferment Your Water Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / December 7, 2019

Water kefir tastes pretty plain unless you second ferment it. You can choose your favorite juice and make a delicious bubbly drink that is loaded with probiotics. Here is an easy recipe to give you an easy guideline to follow. […]

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Cranberries Have Many Healing Powers

By Donna Schwenk / November 23, 2019

Cranberries are usually eaten only around the holidays. It’s really a shame we don’t eat them all year long as they are powerful foods that can work like preventative medicine. I got all emotional when I discovered all the things cranberries can do for us. […]

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How To Make The Probiotic That Inhibits Candida

By Donna Schwenk / November 16, 2019

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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Tara Stanley

By Chris Johnston / November 12, 2019

I was faithful for two years with consuming fermented foods. I felt great. I lost 30lbs had more energy and no colds for those 2 years. Then my daughter last November had her baby 3 months early. I was traveling almost every weekend for almost 2 hours to the hospital. So I started eating whatever.…

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Episode 104: Which are the Best Sweeteners?

By Donna Schwenk / November 11, 2019

It’s been quite a journey for me trying to find the right sweeteners for my family and me. 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. Check out my favorite sweeteners, you might be surprised by what you learn! […]

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Brandi Mayberry

By Chris Johnston / November 11, 2019

In 2012 after a high-stress year, we finally made our dream of moving to Colorado a reality. I could not understand why I couldn’t feel complete joy, why my stomach always hurt, or why my energy was always down. In 2013 I was diagnosed with an H-pylori infection and subsequent stomach ulcers. After a month…

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Eczema and Probiotic Foods

By Donna Schwenk / November 9, 2019

Eczema is a skin condition that causes itchy, red patches on different locations of the body and affects over 30 million people and especially children between the ages of 1-5. […]

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Histamines and Fermented Foods

By Donna Schwenk / October 19, 2019

How to deal with Histamine flare-ups is a common question I get, and especially since fermented foods can either help or worsen symptoms. It occurs when there is a buildup of histamine in the body. […]

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Asthma and Fermented Foods

By Donna Schwenk / October 5, 2019

One of the first friends I ever told about cultured foods had a little boy with asthma. Making and drinking a kefir smoothie every day allowed him to get off his asthma inhaler and live a normal life. I was quite surprised and thrilled that it worked so rapidly. He had been taking kefir quite regularly and stopped needing his inhaler. […]

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The Healing Crisis and Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / September 21, 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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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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Kefir Spiral Rolls

By Maci / September 12, 2019
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Trilogy Class at the Green Dragon 7-13-2019

By Chris Johnston / 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 the Trilogy: kefir, kombucha, cultured vegetables, as well as extra info on sourdough bread, and water kefir.  You’ll receive a delicious lunch and you’ll get to take…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Jan Mueller

By Chris Johnston / April 2, 2019

Our Shining Star of the Desert! Dear Donna, I thank God for you and your valuable information EVERY day! Our miniature poodle, Star, developed health issues in mid-January this year (2019). She quit eating and drinking totally. I went to the vet, and with blood tests found out her red & white blood cell counts…

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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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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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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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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 […]

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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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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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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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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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Deborah Oskwarek

By Chris Johnston / December 21, 2018

Hello, My story starts about 55 years ago and it has to do with cancer and probiotics! Let me start about two years ago, though, when I first got interested in Kefir. I was keeping the Kefir culture going and using it about once a week at that time. Then two months ago, I was…

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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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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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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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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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Jasmin Griggs

By Chris Johnston / November 5, 2018

Donna, I want to thank you so much for putting this life-changing information out for people to discover. There was a point in my life when I was going through a very hard time mentally. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and also found out I had a hormonal imbalance. I was feeling down most…

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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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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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Trilogy Class at the Green Dragon 🐉 1-26-19

By Chris Johnston / October 24, 2018

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 the Trilogy: kefir, kombucha, cultured vegetables, as well as extra info on sourdough bread, and water kefir.  You’ll receive a delicious lunch and you’ll get to take…

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Karen Sommer

By Chris Johnston / October 23, 2018

Donna Schwenk’s Cultured Food Life It’s saved my life. No kidding! After four serious bouts with diverticulitis and two hospital stays for abscesses, I knew I needed to make a change or I would need surgery to remove part of my colon. Drs. told me I really didn’t have a choice. I would keep getting…

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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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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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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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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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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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Can Rejuvelac Help with Alcoholism?

By Donna Schwenk / September 10, 2018
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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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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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Susie Florian

By Chris Johnston / August 30, 2018

Hi Donna, I just wanted to share that I had my 6th-month check-up this week. In 2011 I was diagnosed with breast cancer (stage 1). I completed chemotherapy treatments as well as radiation and hormone therapy until early 2016. I was supposed to have taken the hormone therapy for 5 years but after two years…

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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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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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Trilogy Class at the Green Dragon 🐉 10-13-18

By Chris Johnston / August 13, 2018

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 the Trilogy: kefir, kombucha, cultured vegetables, as well as extra info on sourdough bread, and water kefir.  You’ll receive a delicious lunch and you’ll get to take…

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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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