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Feeding Your Microbes — Wellness is Made in the Gut

By Donna Schwenk / June 25, 2022

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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7 Ways To Heal Your Gut

By Donna Schwenk / January 8, 2022

Your gut is your largest immune organ The Microbes That Control You The gut is your largest immune organ, with a surface area of 100-130 square feet! Inside of you are trillions of microbes that make up the body known as you. Without them, you can’t digest your food and receive the nutrients that you…

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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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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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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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Sleep Problems and Your Gut

By Donna Schwenk / September 15, 2018

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

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

By Donna Schwenk / April 24, 2018

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

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Probiotic Foods and Cancer

By Donna Schwenk / July 9, 2022

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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Episode 209: Fermented Foods and IBS

By Donna Schwenk / July 5, 2022

Listen To My Podcast Keeping your gut lining intact is one of the most important things you will do. More and more people are experiencing leaky gut syndrome with dire consequences. Learn things you can do to help keep your gut lining intact and heal IBS. Check Out My Article Fermented Foods and IBS Irritable…

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Kefir Benefits For Your Heart

By Donna Schwenk / May 7, 2022

Keep Your Heart Healthy Just recently, my dear friend’s husband died at a young age of a heart attack and nobody saw this coming. It can be so devastating to families to feel the hurt of losing someone they love. Your heart is certainly one of your most important organs, and since heart disease is…

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L. Reuteri — The Bacteria You’re Missing and the Superfood Yogurt I Love!

By Donna Schwenk / March 12, 2022

The Journey – Finding answers Before refrigeration in 1927, everybody fermented their food. It was what people did to keep their foods safe and preserved. They would ferment their milk and their vegetables. They also made drinks teeming with good yeasts and bacteria – water could be risky since it wasn’t always clean. They would…

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Episode 192: An Apple Peel A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

By Donna Schwenk / March 1, 2022

Listen To My Podcast Apples have been associated with a number of benefits that could help promote long-term health, but one of my favorite things that apples, and more importantly the peel can do is feed the all-important bacteria called Akkermansia Municiphila. Akkermansia helps to maintain our gut lining and has many health benefits by…

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Warm Up With Prebiotic Marshmallow Hot Chocolate

By Donna Schwenk / December 18, 2021

New Hot Chocolate Traditions Cozy up with Healthy Hot chocolate I love the holidays and all its festive foods. It makes me so happy to make holiday foods, but as the years have gone by I learned that I needed to incorporate healthy holiday treats that not only satisfy my cravings around the holidays but…

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An Apple Peel a Day Keeps The Doctor Away

By Donna Schwenk / December 4, 2021

The Bacteria that keeps your gut lining intact Do you know the old English-language proverb that appeared in the 19th century that said, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away “? There may be more truth to this than we know. Apples have been associated with a number of benefits that could help promote…

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Apple Peel Powder

By Donna Schwenk / November 27, 2021

Apple Peel Powder Apple peel powder is something I love to add to my kefir smoothies. It feeds your good bacteria with rich fibers. Apple peels contain both soluble and insoluble fiber, which feed a variety of good bacteria in your gut such as the all-important Bifidobacteria and that’s not all. Apples have been associated…

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Bonnie Casner

By Chris Johnston / June 21, 2021

Hi Donna! Here is a happy miracle story that you will like. Milk Kefir helped heal our 9-year-old English springer spaniel’s leaky gut and improved his immune system. His name is Watson and is our beloved therapy dog. He almost died from allergies that progressed over 5 years in the form of rashes. Those rashes…

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Probiotic Protein Shake

By Donna Schwenk / April 27, 2021

Supports and maintains a healthy intestinal tract Promotes a healthy immune system and function, to help the body protect against infection naturally Supports gut health and gut functions by supporting normal gut microbiota and the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut, which naturally limits the growth of other harmful bacteria Dissolves biofilms produced by…

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Fermented Foods Can Help With Constipation and Diarrhea

By Donna Schwenk / March 20, 2021

Featured Image PositionClick to adjust the image position. Visitors will not see this. 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 despite most people not wanting to talk about elimination, it’s…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Reasons To Love Almond Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / October 26, 2019

I love almonds and they make wonderful kefir. Some people call almonds the healthiest food in all the world and they have tons of health benefits. But I know a thing or two about almonds that perhaps you do not know. […]

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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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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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Probiotic Kefir Nut Butter Video! 📹

By Donna Schwenk / May 12, 2018

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

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Reasons to Love Almond Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / January 7, 2017
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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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Probiotic Mocktails! Kefir, Kombucha, and More!

By Donna Schwenk / June 5, 2016

A recent study, published in the journal PNAS, suggested that bacteria in the gut may play a role in alcohol addiction and the risk of relapsing after rehab. The study was done on 60 alcohol-dependent individuals. […]

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Lives Touched

By Donna Schwenk / March 12, 2013

Stories of healing with cultured foods — you could be next!

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