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Which is Better – Water Kefir or Milk Kefir?

By Donna Schwenk / August 4, 2018

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

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

By Donna Schwenk / July 24, 2018

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

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Fermenting Tip: Put a Lid on It?

By Donna Schwenk / July 18, 2018

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

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

By Donna Schwenk / July 17, 2018

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

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Kefir for Breakfast ~ My Favorite Four

By Donna Schwenk / July 14, 2018

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

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Episode 41: Controlling Your Cholesterol with Probiotics

By Donna Schwenk / July 10, 2018

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

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Episode 40: Rejuvelac The Super Drink

By Donna Schwenk / July 3, 2018

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

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Summer Cultured Vegetables

By Donna Schwenk / June 30, 2018

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

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Episode 37: Summertime Healing

By Donna Schwenk / June 12, 2018

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

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

By Donna Schwenk / June 5, 2018

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

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Cocoa Kefir Krunch Puff Breakfast Video! 📹

By Donna Schwenk / May 19, 2018

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

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Seven Probiotic Foods to Always Keep in Your Fridge

By Maci / May 5, 2018

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

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How To Fix Your Seasonal Allergies

By Donna Schwenk / April 28, 2018

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

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

By Donna Schwenk / April 21, 2018

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

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Barbara Moore

By Chris Johnston / April 17, 2018

Hi Donna, I was reluctant to try cultured food because I have spent more money than I can afford on things that might help me feel better and I really got so discouraged. This small investment has helped me so much. My blood pressure, diabetes normalized, and constipation left me. I threw my stool softener,…

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Learn How To Make Water Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / April 7, 2018

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

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Maryanne Carter

By Chris Johnston / March 15, 2018

Dear Donna Thank you very much for the ebooks and for sharing your story. Finding you online and following your information has made a big change in my life. It’s only been less than two months but I am feeling the best that I’ve felt in more than 30yrs. My family and friends were skeptical…

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Does Your Gut Help Control Food Cravings?

By Donna Schwenk / March 11, 2018
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Can I Eat Probiotic Foods While Taking Antibiotics?

By Donna Schwenk / March 11, 2018
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Candida and Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / March 11, 2018
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The Many Ways Cultured Foods Detoxify Your Body

By Donna Schwenk / March 11, 2018
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How To Fix Your Seasonal Allergies

By Donna Schwenk / March 11, 2018
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Probiotic Foods for Food Poisoning and Stomach Virus

By Donna Schwenk / March 11, 2018
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How I Fought Viruses With Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / March 11, 2018
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Mercury Needs Wisdom

By Donna Schwenk / March 11, 2018
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The Jury Case and Carpal Tunnel

By Donna Schwenk / March 11, 2018
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Help for Food Allergies, Viruses, and Your Immune System

By Donna Schwenk / March 11, 2018
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Autism and Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / March 11, 2018
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Probiotic Foods and Cancer

By Donna Schwenk / March 11, 2018
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Can You Make Happiness in Your Gut?

By Donna Schwenk / March 11, 2018
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Kefir and Diabetes

By Donna Schwenk / March 11, 2018
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Gluten Pain: The Best Teacher

By Donna Schwenk / March 11, 2018
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Kefir is Your Ally Against Toenail Fungus

By Donna Schwenk / March 11, 2018
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The Healing Crisis and Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / March 11, 2018
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The Trilogy in New York City

By Chris Johnston / March 10, 2018

Kefir, kombucha, and cultured veggies – known as the Trilogy – are foods that can change your life and your body. Immerse yourself into the world of making/eating probiotic foods. With a wide diversity of probiotic strains, these foods will change your gut. Fix your gut and your health problems begin to vanish! Donna will…

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Probiotic Foods for Food Poisoning and Stomach Virus

By Donna Schwenk / March 3, 2018

Of all the health ailments cultured foods can help with, the one I hear the most about is either food poisoning or stomach virus (Gastroenteritis). I’ve seen it work personally on my family many times […]

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Jennifer Klaverkamp

By Chris Johnston / February 27, 2018

I’ve told my story to anyone that will listen but realized tonight I never said thanks to you. About 3 years ago I was frustrated at the never-ending infections, breathing treatments, and other kid health concerns that I just knew there had to be another way. I found you through a series of podcasts and…

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Make Your Condiments – Probiotic!

By Donna Schwenk / February 24, 2018

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

By Donna Schwenk / February 13, 2018

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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I Stopped Eating Cultured Foods ~ Here’s What Happened!

By Donna Schwenk / February 10, 2018

I’ve been eating cultured foods for almost sixteen years. I eat them most every day with very few exceptions. When I first started eating cultured foods, I had diabetes, high blood pressure, joint pain, and felt discouraged and depressed […]

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Episode 18: The Flu Shot in a Jar

By Donna Schwenk / January 30, 2018

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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Winter Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / January 20, 2018

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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Episode 16: What Probiotics Do You Need for Different Ailments

By Donna Schwenk / January 16, 2018

Open minded health providers are starting to prescribe probiotics for different health ailments. Learn which probiotics they’re prescribing and how you can heal yourself by eating probiotic cultured foods. […]

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Episode 15: Autoimmune Diseases and Your Gut

By Donna Schwenk / January 8, 2018

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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Pomegranate Kefir Soda 🎬

By Donna Schwenk / January 6, 2018
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Pomegranate Kefir Soda

By Donna Schwenk / January 6, 2018
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Microbes That Change Your Home in 24 Hours

By Donna Schwenk / December 2, 2017

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 – and it includes our bacteria. You have trillions of hitchhikers that live in and on you, and they play a huge role in keeping you healthy. […]

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Autism and Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / November 25, 2017

Her name was Mary and she changed my life the day I met her. It was the very beginning of my journey with cultured foods, and I was in hiding with my newfound knowledge. People didn’t understand what I was doing, and the thought of letting food ferment on your counter […]

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Episode 10: Cancer and the Power of Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / November 13, 2017

There are powerful reasons to eat cultured foods if you have cancer. In fact, new research says it can make all the difference, especially if you’re going through chemo. I’ll explore the research and will have a special guest to talk more about the benefits of eating cultured foods while battling cancer. […]

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Probiotic Foods and Cancer

By Donna Schwenk / November 11, 2017

In 2010, I had just started my blog and Facebook page, and the second person to post on my page was a man named Chris asking me How to Make Kombucha. He was a friend of my older kids and what I didn’t know at the time was Chris had just been diagnosed with […]

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Grape Kefir Soda 🎬

By Donna Schwenk / November 11, 2017
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Kefir and Diabetes

By Donna Schwenk / November 4, 2017

I remember that day quite vividly. It was over fifteen years ago. It was February and bitter cold outside. I made myself a breakfast that I thought was healthy – high-fiber cereal and skim milk. Thirty minutes later a terrible feeling came over me […]

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Gluten Pain: The Best Teacher

By Donna Schwenk / October 28, 2017

I have met hundreds of people who are now on gluten-free diets. My daughter used to be one of them. Gluten pain can make life difficult and become a heavy load to bear. How can this grain that has been around since time began suddenly wreak such havoc on […]

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Episode 7: 7 Reasons I Have Kefir Every Day

By Donna Schwenk / October 24, 2017

Lots of people write articles about kefir, but few of those people have drunk and made kefir for 15 years. I am a believer that kefir is not just a food but a healer. Find out 7 ways it can help you too. […]

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Episode 6: Kefir Soda – The New Probiotic Pop

By Donna Schwenk / October 17, 2017

I can teach you three different ways to make a delicious, bubbly, probiotic soda. Find out the good things, and the things you need to be careful about when deciding if this is the cultured drink for you. […]

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New York Class – The Trilogy! 2-24-18

By Chris Johnston / October 2, 2017

Meet the new Super foods that can heal you when nothing else works. I am excited to be going back to New York to teach – The Trilogy, three foods that changed my life and can change yours too. This is the most extensive class I teach. This is a crucial time in history when…

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Mr. Picky and Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / September 30, 2017

Do you have picky eaters at your house? Do your friends and family scoff at eating cultured foods? Well, let me tell you about Mister Picky Eater, my husband. When I married him (30 years ago) he ate nothing green. […]

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How Long Will Kefir Last in Your Refrigerator?

By Donna Schwenk / September 21, 2017
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Episode 3: Do Microbes Control Your Food Cravings?

By Donna Schwenk / September 18, 2017

Do you crave junk food and can’t stop eating it? You can manipulate your gut microbes and start craving foods that love you back. […]

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I Want to Get Cultured —Where Do I Start?

By Donna Schwenk / September 16, 2017

Do you want to change your life and feel better? Here’s the truth. I have tons of resources to help you. You can find everything you need on my site to get started, and that information is free. I have other resources that I sell to expand and help you grow […]

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Can You Make Happiness in Your Gut?

By Donna Schwenk / September 2, 2017

Emotions are my best friends. They help me not only understand my present state but also how my body is doing. Researchers are discovering that an imbalance in your gut can cause mental symptoms. They call the gut the second brain, and boy are they right. […]

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Camp Trilogy Class at Keys Creek Lavender Farm – October 28th, 2017

By Chris Johnston / August 23, 2017

This one-day retreat takes you into the world of making and eating cultured foods. We combine an inspiring day of information with lessons on how to make our trio, The Trilogy: kefir, kombucha, and cultured vegetables. We’ll be serving a delicious cultured meal served with bubbly probiotic sodas and a view that can’t be beat.…

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My New Book “Cultured Food in a Jar”!

By Donna Schwenk / August 22, 2017

Cookbooks — I have a lot of them, 229 to be exact, and as you can see from the picture of the bookcase in my living room, I have quite a collection. My daughter Maci said to me, “I have a lot of cookbooks too, but you know which one I use the most?” […]

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Wendy Bartsch

By Chris Johnston / August 15, 2017

About a year after menopause I started getting recurrent UTIs. I was on an antibiotic roller coaster. The final straw was going from one antibiotic right to another. A whole month on antibiotics! None of the usual natural remedies were working. I tried them all, only to end up with another infection. Finally, I started…

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Camp Trilogy Class at Keys Creek Lavender Farm – September 30th, 2017

By Chris Johnston / August 13, 2017

My September 30th class is sold out! You can join the waiting list in case any spots open up. I will be having another class on October 28th. This one-day retreat takes you into the world of making and eating cultured foods. We combine an inspiring day of information with lessons on how to make…

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Cultured Food in a Jar

By Chris Johnston / August 7, 2017

YOU WILL love Cultured Food in a Jar Order now! Hi friends! I am so excited to present my new book to you all — Cultured Food in a Jar is my 3rd book and very favorite. I have over 88 beautiful pictures, and a 100+ simple and fun recipes that I make all the…

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Never Give Up ~ Do Great Things ~ Eat Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / July 29, 2017

I was 41 when I first found cultured foods. I felt old, discouraged, and sick. I remember resting on the couch and watching documentaries about people who had changed their lives and done extraordinary things. […]

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Kefir is Your Ally Against Toenail Fungus

By Donna Schwenk / July 15, 2017

So, do you want to know why you have certain persistent problems with things like ringworm, toenail fungus, and athlete’s foot? All of these are caused by a fungus that can spread and grow like crazy and last for years and years. […]

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Candida and Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / July 4, 2017

I get hundreds of emails about the subject of Candida, and a lot of them are asking me why so many health care practitioners don’t recommend the consumption of fermented foods if you have Candida. […]

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You’ll Never Think of Fruit Salad the Same Way Again 🍓🍎

By Donna Schwenk / July 1, 2017

It was a warm summer day and I needed a salad, and a fruit salad was just the ticket. When I said I needed a salad this is not just because I think that it’s good for me, but rather because I needed certain nutrients that only these special foods could provide. […]

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Stainless Steel Strainer

By Donna Schwenk / June 27, 2017

This 3″ fine single mesh strainer is perfect for straining kefir and kombucha!! The 3″ round size of this strainer makes it perfect for smaller cooking or baking tasks, including dusting powdered sugar on baked goods and decorating pastries. The smaller size also allows you to strain ingredients over a more precise area so that…

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The Real Reason Men Need Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / June 14, 2017

My husband was the last one in my family to try cultured foods. I experimented on my children first. My kids were sick and I wanted them to be well, so we all ate cultured food; and much to my surprise, everybody got better. […]

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The Probiotic Superstar in Cultured Veggies

By Donna Schwenk / June 3, 2017

I have been getting a lot of letters asking if you can ferment vegetables with water kefir or kombucha. You can ferment vegetables with these two different cultures, but the vegetables tend to get mushy and don’t last very long. […]

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9 Ways to Use Extra Kefir Whey!

By Maci / May 27, 2017

If you’re making kefir, and especially kefir cheese, you’re going to wind up with a lot of whey. Whey has been called liquid gold, and it has been used throughout history to help with many diseases. In fact, Hippocrates and Galen, two founding fathers of medicine, frequently recommended whey to their patients to heal them. […]

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Don’t Be Afraid of Your Ferments — They Know How to Do This

By Donna Schwenk / May 2, 2017

Every day I receive many emails from people who are new to fermenting and want to do a good job. They are afraid they are going to do it wrong, mess it up, or make themselves sick. I know from their letters how hard they are trying. […]

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7 Reasons I Eat Cultured Vegetables

By Donna Schwenk / April 29, 2017

Cultured vegetables have special powers that go far beyond regular vegetables. I love them and reach for them day after day and in times of special need. They can be powerful food – like medicine – and so I always have several jars in my refrigerator. […]

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Carrot Cake in a Jar – Culture Your Carrots! 🥕

By Donna Schwenk / April 15, 2017

I have glass jars everywhere in my house, and I have lots of cultured foods in many of them. I’m always looking for new recipes and jars to make my cultured foods in. This is an unusual recipe as it combines fruit and veggies in my favorite jar that looks like a pot. […]

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What Are Cultured Foods? Restorative Foods for the Body

By Maci / April 8, 2017

Cultured Foods and LACTO-Fermented Foods are the same thing. The “lacto” in “lacto-fermentation” comes from the bacteria “lactobacillus.” Many strains of lacto-bacteria and yeasts are involved in culturing or fermenting foods. […]

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Nicole Neville

By Chris Johnston / April 8, 2017

Debilitating tiredness – getting much much better! Severe asthma symptoms – gone! Cravings for carbs and sweets – gone! I’ve been drinking kefir and kombucha on a daily basis for three short weeks. I don’t think I’ve had this much energy and focus since I was a young child. I was diagnosed with Graves disease…

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Six Easy Ways To Store Your Cultured Foods

By Maci / March 25, 2017

Having lots of fermented foods in your fridge is the same as having a medicine cabinet stocked with natural remedies. We reach for these foods not only to keep us healthy and disease free but also when we find ourselves struggling with a virus, stomach ache, or any other kind of ailment that requires extra body support. […]

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Your Microbes Love Coffee Just As Much As You Do

By Donna Schwenk / March 11, 2017

I love coffee, and I drink a cup every day. Some believe it’s not good for you, but I’ve gotten so many benefits from it that I just knew this couldn’t possibly be true. I have a philosophy about the foods I eat. If I eat or drink something that I know is bad for me, I can never get a positive result from it. […]

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Should I use a lid or cloth when making water kefir?

By Donna Schwenk / March 1, 2017

A Should I use a lid or cloth when making water kefir? Just like kombucha, you should never use a lid when making water kefir. Always use a cloth and a rubber band for your 1st ferment. When you second ferment you will place it in a bottle made for brewing that has a tight…

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FAQ’s Water Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / February 22, 2017
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Can I Eat Probiotic Foods While Taking Antibiotics?

By Donna Schwenk / February 11, 2017

I routinely talk about each member of The Trilogy (Kefir, Kombucha, and Cultured Vegetables) and how each member has specific things your body needs to help you change your life. But here is even more good news about this trio. […]

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Can I cut up my SCOBY?

By Chris Johnston / February 10, 2017

A Can I cut up my SCOBY? Yes, absolutely. You need only part of the SCOBY to ferment the tea. You can even make a pot of kombucha without the SCOBY and just use the starter tea. It will take up to three weeks, but it can be done.

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My tea has a terrible odor. Is it safe to drink?

By Chris Johnston / February 10, 2017

A My tea has a terrible odor. Is it safe to drink? Your kombucha should have a neutral odor at first, and then gradually take on a more vinegary smell. If you begin to notice a rotten or unpleasant odor, toss the liquid, and carefully examine the SCOBY for any signs of mold. If the…

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There is mold on my SCOBY. Is it still safe to consume the tea?

By Chris Johnston / February 10, 2017

A There is mold on my SCOBY. Is it still safe to consume the tea? No, it’s not safe! Throw the tea and the SCOBY out immediately. As for why this happened, there are a couple of possibilities. Sometimes people do not follow the recipe exactly, throwing off the ratio between the ingredients, which in…

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What do I do with all these SCOBYs?

By Chris Johnston / February 10, 2017

A What do I do with all these SCOBYs? Ahhh, the eternal question. Since you grow a new SCOBY each time you make kombucha, you’ll have to get creative. The SCOBYs can stack on top of each other and form a SCOBY hotel. I’ve fed them to a friend’s chickens, used them as fertilizer in…

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What about that clear film that’s forming at the top of my jar?

By Chris Johnston / February 10, 2017

A What about that clear film that’s forming at the top of my jar? Don’t be alarmed! This is your new SCOBY forming! It will grow to the diameter of the jar or crock it is in. So if you have a wide jar, you will have a big SCOBY each time you make kombucha.

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10 Ways and Reasons to Use Your Cultured Veggie Brine!

By Donna Schwenk / February 8, 2017
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Stick-on Digital Temperature Thermometer

By Donna Schwenk / February 3, 2017

This is a Stick-on Digital Temperature Thermometer Strip. It detects Degrees in Celsius and Fahrenheit  and is perfect for placing on a glass jar to test your kombucha brewing temperature. The strip will light up with the two closest temperatures to the brew in your jar. They one that is the brightest will be the…

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Lisha Adam

By Chris Johnston / January 26, 2017

In January 2016, I began to have weakness in my forearms, more so in my right forearm. I initially attributed it to soreness associated with activities. Over the course of a week, it became so severe that I could not lift a tea mug with my right hand, without the assistance from my left. It…

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Kefir for Pets

By Donna Schwenk / January 22, 2017
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10 Ways and Reasons to Use Your Cultured Veggie Brine!

By Maci / January 21, 2017

Cultured vegetables are super powerful, but so is the brine they are made in. The powerful bacteria in cultured vegetables called Lactobacillus plantarum (L. plantarum) is a powerful weapon against pathogens that can invade your body and try to make you their host. […]

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Cultured Peach Pico Bean Dip 🎬

By Donna Schwenk / January 17, 2017
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How to Take Cultured Foods Anywhere (Cultured Vegetables) 🎬

By Donna Schwenk / January 17, 2017
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How to Take Cultured Foods Anywhere (Kefir) 🎬

By Donna Schwenk / January 12, 2017
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The Healing Crisis and Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / January 11, 2017
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The Healing Crisis and Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / January 11, 2017
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The Super Star in Cultured Veggies

By Donna Schwenk / January 10, 2017
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Help! My SCOBY Is UGLY and Other Common Issues

By Donna Schwenk / January 9, 2017
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What Kind of Tea Should I Use

By Donna Schwenk / January 8, 2017
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How To Make Water Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / January 8, 2017
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The Healing Crisis and Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / January 8, 2017
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Which is Better – Water Kefir or Milk Kefir?

By Donna Schwenk / January 8, 2017
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New York Class – The Trilogy! 4-8-17

By Donna Schwenk / January 5, 2017

Meet the new Super foods that can heal you when nothing else works. I am excited to be going back to New York to teach – The Trilogy, three foods that changed my life and can change yours too. This is the most extensive class I teach. This is a crucial time in history when…

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Cassie Barnhart

By Chris Johnston / January 5, 2017

Two years ago my son and I developed eczema shortly after he was born. I knew that it was somehow connected to the IV antibiotics I received while I was in labor with him since none of my other kids had antibiotics while I was in labor and they were eczema free. I had never…

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Best of Cultured Food Life 2016: Our Top Articles

By Donna Schwenk / December 31, 2016

As we close out 2016, 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. This is our top content of the year that you may have missed. Below you’ll find some of our most popular blogs of the year. […]

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Organic Black Tea

By Donna Schwenk / December 30, 2016

This is the black tea we use most often to make kombucha. We often you a combination of Black and Green tea together. We have found it makes it more bubbly. Newman’s OwnOrganics Royal Tea, Organic Black Tea, 100 Individually Wrapped Tea Bags, 7.05-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 5) About the Product Net weight of 7.5…

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Green Organic Tea

By Donna Schwenk / December 30, 2016

This is the green tea we use most often to make kombucha. We often you a combination of Black and Green tea together. We have found it makes it more bubbly.   Newman’s Own Organics Green Tea, 40 Count (Pack of 6) 40 Individually wrapped tea bags Net weight 2.82 ounce (80g) QAI Certified Organic…

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Tammie Kruse

By Chris Johnston / December 28, 2016

Hello to all that are healing: I am 56 years old and have struggled all my life with weight issues, digestive issues, and hypoglycemia. I am a Naturopathic Healer, attended and graduated from the School of Natural Medicine in Boulder, CO. So I have been using natural therapies for illness and healing for over 30…

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I Fed My Microbes on Christmas Day

By Donna Schwenk / December 24, 2016

We love traditions in our family. Every Christmas my mom always made a Christmas braid which was a giant concoction of cinnamon, nuts, and bread topped with a creamy frosting. I kind of changed the recipe with my family and made it from sprouted grains, and this year I decided to break with tradition and make something new. […]

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Erin Cretsinger

By Chris Johnston / November 16, 2016

Our story of healing is quite a miracle to us! I play the role of supermom (without the cape) to five sons, the youngest of which became extremely ill for the first time in his life after (5) immunizations, antibiotics and subsequently developed brain fog, gut dysbiosis, lost language and was diagnosed with candida overgrowth…

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Pamela Fife

By Chris Johnston / November 7, 2016

Not sure how to start one of these, but here goes. Several years ago, about 6 or 7 years, I began to get really sick. Just all of a sudden it seemed. I started to swell up from inflammation and then the pain set in. I could hardly walk anymore. I was getting more and…

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FREE Video Series – The Healing Power of Cultured Foods

By Chris Johnston / November 4, 2016

I spend most of my time these days, trying to think of ways to help you.  How can I help you understand your body and the 100 trillion microbes that make you their home? Maybe you were like me, not realizing how much your life can change when you feel good?  So last January I started working…

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Martha Fowler

By Chris Johnston / October 11, 2016

It was a classic miscommunication. I was running out of the house to an evening meeting at the end of an activity-packed day. The night before we had shared a large salad with ham, feta cheese and ranch dressing from the grocery store. There was a little salad left in the bowl on the counter…

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How to Make Ginger Soda – Delicious Medicine for Your Body

By Maci / September 24, 2016

The “ginger bug” has grown in popularity over the years and is a fantastic way to make soda for your family. You don’t need a starter culture or even kefir whey. A ginger bug is a mixture of sugar, ginger, and water that captures wild yeasts and beneficial bacteria. […]

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Sweet ‘n’ Sour SCOBY Sorbet

By Maci / August 28, 2016
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SCOBY Hotel

By Maci / August 28, 2016
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SCOBY Applesauce

By Maci / August 28, 2016
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SCOBY Fruity Popsicles

By Maci / August 28, 2016
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Brown Sugar SCOBY Scrub

By Maci / August 28, 2016
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Get Dirty – Get Microbes – Be Happy!

By Donna Schwenk / August 28, 2016

Several years ago I found myself with much to do. With my daughter getting married and a deadline for my new book looming, not to mention the fact that both my husband and I have our own businesses . . . it was intense at our house. I started feeling the pressure and found myself in tears a lot and feeling completely overwhelmed. […]

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SCOBY Smoothie

By Maci / August 28, 2016
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SCOBY Slushy

By Maci / August 28, 2016
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SCOBY Puree

By Maci / August 26, 2016
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Shipping Policy

By Chris Johnston / August 18, 2016

We offer free shipping to the lower 48 states for all orders over $35. Alaska, Hawaii, and the US territories do not qualify for free shipping. (sorry!) We will determine the most efficient shipping carrier for your order. We will normally use either the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) or FedEx. All orders are shipped from…

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Starter Cultures ~ The Science Experiment

By Maci / August 13, 2016

So, let’s talk about starter cultures! I would like to clear up some confusion involving starter cultures and ratios. In my first book, Cultured Food For Life, the recipe for kefir called for 1 cup of milk to 1 tablespoon of kefir grains. […]

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Help! My SCOBY Is UGLY and Other Common Issues

By Maci / July 16, 2016

There are a lot of common misbeliefs when it comes to SCOBYs – the wonderful SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeasts) that makes our wonderful kombucha! Here are some of the issues I get asked about the most. […]

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Do you ship outside of the U.S.A?

By Chris Johnston / June 21, 2016

A Do you ship outside of the U.S.A? No, we don’t ship outside of the United States. Sorry! When dealing with live cultures, there are just too many factors that go into play. (Shipping delays, Border Customs, etc…) There’s just no way that we could guarantee that our cultures would still be alive by the…

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Fermented Garlic Dipping Sauce

By Maci / June 18, 2016
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Claudia Riemer

By Chris Johnston / June 15, 2016

I started making my own kefir once I learned about your blog and I learned how to make kefir first I started making kombucha and now I’m a keeper and I just can’t keep up drinking with it it’s so fast I live alone so I put my kefir grains in the refrigerator with some…

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Why People Fight Over Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / June 13, 2016

If you like this, then please share! Probiotic Mocktails! Kefir, Kombucha, and More! Can Cultured Foods Hurt Me? Why People Fight Over Kefir Edit The Many Legends of Kefir One of my favorite things about kefir is the many stories, legends, and history behind it.  It has been around for thousands of years and the…

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Cherry Kefir Soda Daiquiri

By Maci / June 3, 2016
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Cultured Veggie Cosmo Mocktail

By Maci / June 3, 2016
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Camp Trilogy – Casa Somerset – 8/20/2016

By Chris Johnston / June 1, 2016

[pl_button link=”https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/store/product/camp-trilogy-class-casa-8-20/” type=”primary”]Purchase Tickets [/pl_button] Have you heard about the Trilogy? Kefir, kombucha, and cultured veggies are three foods that can change you life and your body. These are three of the most powerful super foods you can eat and I want to teach you how to make them a part of your life. It…

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Camp Trilogy – Casa Somerset – 7/16/2016

By Chris Johnston / June 1, 2016

[pl_button link=”https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/store/product/camp-trilogy-class-casa-7-16/” type=”primary”]Purchase Tickets [/pl_button] Have you heard about the Trilogy? Kefir, kombucha, and cultured veggies are three foods that can change you life and your body. These are three of the most powerful super foods you can eat and I want to teach you how to make them a part of your life. It…

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Lemon Kefir Dressing

By Donna Schwenk / May 12, 2016
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A Love Affair With Coconut Water Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / April 10, 2016

Coconut water is my favorite water kefir. I love how it tastes, how easy it is to make, and how it makes me feel. In the early days of making cultured foods, coconut kefir was a huge part of my daughter Maci’s recovery from food allergies and IBS. It was something she really liked and she would have a glass with a slice of fresh lime. […]

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Can You Reuse the Brine From Cultured Vegetables?

By Donna Schwenk / March 27, 2016

If you add a starter culture to your cultured vegetables, like Cutting Edge Cultures or another starter culture, then you’re going to have extra bacteria in your culture that are stronger than just using salt and no culture. […]

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Probiotic Pets!

By Donna Schwenk / March 20, 2016

This little guy in the picture is my puppy Scoby (pronounced like kombucha SCOBY) enjoying his kefir. Kefir is incredibly good for dogs and we hear many stories of how it helps them in so many ways. Did you know that your pets need probiotics, too? […]

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How do I store my scoby?

By Chris Johnston / March 16, 2016

A How do I store my scoby? Store your scoby with enough kombucha tea to cover the scoby, in a glass jar with a lid, preferably plastic. Store on your counter at room temperature. This will last a month, or a little longer stored this way.

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My tea has a terrible odor. Is it safe to drink?

By Chris Johnston / March 16, 2016

A My tea has a terrible odor. Is it safe to drink? Your kombucha should have a neutral odor at first, and then gradually take on a more vinegary smell. If you begin to notice a rotten or unpleasant odor, toss the liquid, and carefully examine the SCOBY for any signs of mold. If the…

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There is mold on my SCOBY. Is it still safe to consume the tea?

By Chris Johnston / March 16, 2016

A There is mold on my SCOBY. Is it still safe to consume the tea? No, it’s not safe! If there is mold then you should throw the tea and the SCOBY out. As for why this happened, there are a couple of possibilities. Sometimes people do not use the right ratio of sugar and…

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The Secret According to Kefir Ice Cream

By Donna Schwenk / February 7, 2016

Somebody asked me the other day how I come up with recipes for cultured foods. Many times they come suddenly into my brain. This will often make me miss my exits while driving on the highway because I am thinking about the specifics of how to make it. […]

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Meal Planner

By Chris Johnston / January 20, 2016

Menu Member’s Area Videos Sorted Alphabetically Ask for directions: Can I have kefir if I am lactose intolerant? Ask for directions: Can you eat too much cultured food? Ask for directions: How do I make sprouted flour? Ask for Directions: Should I use a cloth or a lid when making kefir? Ask for directions: Should…

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The Trilogy Class! – Santa Barbara 2/20/2016

By Donna Schwenk / January 11, 2016

Saturday, February 20th, 2016 Where: The Kitchen – located in the Santa Barbara, California Public Market [pl_button type=”primary” link=”https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/product/the-trilogy-class-santa-barbara-2202016/”]Click to Order Tickets [/pl_button]   Have you heard about The Trilogy? Kefir, kombucha, and cultured veggies are three cultured probiotic foods that can change your life and your body. These are three of the most powerful…

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Cultured Food For Health

By Donna Schwenk / January 5, 2016

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Cultured Food in a Jar

By Chris Johnston / January 5, 2016

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Camp Trilogy – Southern California – 2/6/2016

By Donna Schwenk / November 27, 2015

Sold out! Have you heard about The Trilogy? Kefir, kombucha, and cultured veggies are three cultured probiotic foods that can change your life and your body. These are three of the most powerful superfoods you can eat and Donna wants to teach you how to make them a part of your life. They change you…

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