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Discover how to make and serve delicious probiotic foods and improve your overall health with Donna Schwenk. In her weekly radio show "Cultured Food Life" (new episodes every Tuesday), Donna will de-mystify different probiotic foods such as kefir, kombucha, and cultured vegetables, and share how to add these foods into your diet. As a teacher and writer, Donna works with thousands of people to open the door to a world of foods that can help improve an array of health problems including high ...
 
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Aspects of our physical health change naturally with age, but poor diet, reduced digestive enzymes, and unbalanced gastrointestinal flora can wreak havoc on both our digestive and immune systems. Here are things you can do to help your struggling gut and bring peace to your life again. Episode link: https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-…
 
Making your own probiotics is one the best ways to change your health. Buying probiotic supplements are expensive and are often trapped in the acids of the stomach, and the probiotics are killed before the body ever gets a chance to use them. Consuming probiotic foods such as kefir, kombucha, and cultured vegetables is much more effective than taki…
 
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. The process is called "second fermenting." I have to admit that the reason I second fermented my kefir is that it tasted so much better. Check out how in this week's pod…
 
My husband is used to my crazy new ideas and has become accustomed to my enthusiasm for whatever happens to be my latest discovery. He goes along for the ride but never jumps in with both feet until coaxed. Kombucha was the first food he really grasped on to, and here is why. Episode link: https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-131-did-ko…
 
Exciting research has found that consuming probiotic fermented cabbage makes it much more difficult for the COVID-19 virus to enter the body due to special properties. Check out this week's podcast to hear more. Episode link: https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-130-do-fermented-vegetables-help-with-covid-19/ Check out this link: https:…
 
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! Fermentation is a no-sweat endeavor. It's so much easier than canning and you'll get probiotics, enzymes, and increased vitamins in your veggies. Check out my 7 tips for maki…
 
Kombucha is a must-have in the summertime! When the body is exposed to excessive heat, the liver can become stressed and kombucha can help! Drinking kombucha can keep you cool and hydrated in the summertime. Check out my 7 tips for making summer kombucha. Episode link: https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-128-how-to-make-kombucha-in-the…
 
Kefir is a living food that tends to have a mind of its own. It ferments differently in the winter than it does in the summer. On this podcast, I'm sharing tips and links to help you make great summer kefir. It's important to keep drinking kefir and especially in the summertime! Episode link: https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-127-how…
 
Fermented Pickles are delicious, fun, and easy to make. These probiotic pickles bring many benefits to your body with the help of extra good microbes. Take a listen to learn a few things that pickles are especially good at. Episode link: https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-126-how-to-make-crunchy-pickles/ Check out this link: https://w…
 
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. They have so many health benefits I think you need to know about them. Check out how you can get them in food and make more in…
 
Kombucha is a must-have in the summertime! When the body is exposed to excessive heat, the liver can become stressed and kombucha can help! Drinking kombucha can keep you cool and hydrated in the summertime. Listen to learn seven Tips on Summer Kombucha. Episode link: https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-124-why-you-should-drink-kombuch…
 
On this podcast, I talk about the things I drink and include in my life that help strengthen my immune system and gut flora. This is one of the things we used in helping my daughter heal from IBS and food allergies. They had a huge impact on her life and mine too. Listen to learn more. Episode link: https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-…
 
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. It is caused mainly by the Candida species, so there is also a good chance you have Candida if any of these are plaguing…
 
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. Check Out 10 Ways and Reasons to use your veggie brine. Episode link: https://www.cu…
 
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. Understanding how this works is crucial to living a healthy lifestyle. Tune in and listen to learn more about how to help your body stay healthy and strong…
 
It's April 2020, and COVID-19 has everybody staying home and worried about the future. We're all in this together and we need each other. We will get through this despite the fact that it appears like the odds are stacked against us. It's really a wakeup call and I have some things that I think can help you. Tune in to get lots of free recipes and …
 
Our guts comprise at least 70% of our immune system and if your gut is healthy, guess what? Your immune system is too! Probiotic cultured foods are an important key but so is something else. Prebiotics are my new frontier of discovery, and all the things I am learning are blowing my mind. Check out the podcast to learn more about how to make the mo…
 
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 you can do to protect yourself, then perhaps it will help you and make you feel more confident in your body's ability to heal and keep you well. Episode link: https:…
 
What is a prebiotic and why is this so important? Prebiotics are certain indigestible fibers that nourish the good bacteria in the large bowel or colon. The body itself cannot digest these foods, but our bacteria can, and we receive huge benefits. Learn more about how to get these special prebiotics into your diet and find the ones that are best fo…
 
Goat milk was a godsend for my tiny daughter, Holli. She was born eight weeks premature and this little one rocked my world. Goat milk kefir really changed her little life and sent me on a mission to understand just what this kefir was doing. Goat milk has many properties that cow milk doesn't have and it can make a world of difference when you nee…
 
More and more scientists are finding a connection between probiotics, a healthy gut, and IBS. My daughter Maci had IBS when we first found cultured foods, and we found healing for her with the addition of cultured foods to her diet. Listen to the podcast to find out what we did and how many people are finding help from IBS symptoms. Episode link: h…
 
Most heartburn medications focus on neutralizing the stomach acid in the esophagus. This helps to control the painful burning but it does not treat the root cause of it and can also make it worse in the long run. Fixing your gut function can be a better way to treat heartburn and bring about balance to the body. Listen to hear more. Episode link: h…
 
Did you know many of your gut bacteria break down histamine? But here's the catch - certain probiotic strains are histamine-producing, while other strains are histamine-degrading which should improve your symptoms. If you have too much of the histamine-producing kind and not enough of the other, then you're in trouble. Listen to learn more. Episode…
 
Eczema is a skin condition that causes itchy, red patches on different locations of the body and affects over 30 million people. Scientists are finding that infants with low intestinal microbial diversity during the first month of life are associated with atopic eczema. Check out how people are finding relief from eczema by fixing their guts first.…
 
Ginger is one of the things I reach for when I’m in pain or a family member is in pain. I reach for this food-like medicine regularly, and I’m quite serious when I say this. I use it for many things and use it in many ways. Episode link: https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-110-6-ginger-sodas-that-can-do-amazing-things/ Check out this a…
 
If you are looking for an easy cultured veggie that your family will love, that can help you stay healthy and even fight colds and the flu, then you have to try Jicama if You're Sicka-ma. Episode link: https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-109-the-cultured-veggie-that-helped-me-overcome-the-flu/ I have a video for this podcast so check o…
 
Cheese is loaded with Vitamin K2 which has been referred to as the X factor. Vitamin K2 has huge health benefits that may really surprise you. Learn how to make special cheeses and discover why they contain the X-factor vitamin. Episode link: https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-108-the-x-factor-in-cheese/ Check out this article: https:…
 
Fibromyalgia is one of the fastest-growing disabling conditions. It affects 2-4 percent of the population, mostly women, and has no known cure. But now, Fibromyalgia has been linked to gut bacteria for the first time. Listen and learn how people are fixing their guts and finding relief from this chronic condition. Episode link: https://www.cultured…
 
Much is being said about how bad bread is for you, but for generations, it has sustained many. This led me to discover that it was never the bread, but rather what we have done to the bread that is causing harm to so many individuals. Tune in to learn more. Episode link: https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-106-two-women-who-convinced-m…
 
I love, love pumpkin. It has many wonderfully healthy qualities and a creamy consistency that makes it a wonderful treat. I use pumpkin in multiple ways, but some of my favorites recipes are ones I make with kefir. Fermenting pumpkin is a way to enhance all the nutrients and add probiotics, too. Check out all the recipes and health facts about why …
 
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! Episode link: https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episod…
 
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 and since that time research has caught up with the connection between the microbes in o…
 
One of my favorite things that cultured foods do is to boost your immune system. Your gut is responsible for 80 percent of your immune system. The more good bacteria you have, the better your immune system is. Find out how to stay healthy during cold and flu season and keep your immune system strong! Episode link: https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/p…
 
We all harbor trillions of diverse groups of microbes that live on us and inside of us. There are microbes that are “permanent residents” and also microbe “tourists” that only stay for a short time. If the population of good bacteria isn’t large enough, then an imbalance can occur. Listen to learn how you can help your immune system stay strong wit…
 
Our bodies require a host of bacteria, viruses, and fungi that live on and inside our bodies. Most people don't like to think about bacteria and fungi but they are well acquainted with you! This microbiome is comprised of over 100 trillion microbes plus their genes, and it governs much of our lives. Tune in to learn how it keeps you young too! Epis…
 
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. How can this grain that has been around since time began suddenly wreak such havoc on so many individuals? I was never one to do something without understanding the reasoning behind it. Listen to learn what I disc…
 
Is kombucha good for you? Is it alcoholic? I've been drinking kombucha for almost two decades. During year two, I stopped drinking it for three months because I read an article online from someone supposedly in the know who thought it was bad for you. Tune in to find out what I discovered. Episode link: https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/epis…
 
I love my microbes and all they do for me. I used to think that my liver was mostly responsible for filtering and removing compounds from within my body but my gut bacteria do 50% of the job. Listen and learn how to help your body and live a healthier life. Episode link: https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-97-the-many-ways-cultured-foo…
 
Fermented Garlic is a MUST-have for your refrigerator! It's a wonderful medicine-like food and making it a part of your diet can work wonders for many health concerns. Learn 19 ways you can use fermented garlic and stay healthy! Episode link: https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-96-19-ways-to-eat-fermented-garlic/ Check out this article…
 
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. We have 16 in all and I want to tell you which ones I like the best and how to make it thick like yogurt! Episode link: https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/po…
 
Having plenty of digestive enzymes is one of the keys to optimal health. Learn how to give your body what you need to absorb and break down your food into micro- and macro-nutrients that can then be absorbed and used by your body. Listen to today's podcast to learn how. Episode link: https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-94-enzymes-and-y…
 
We all know that food choice can drastically impact health symptoms. Changing your diet and reducing symptoms is really important, but avoiding a lot of foods that cause symptoms only temporarily removes the problem. There is more you can do but you need to understand what's happening and how to fix it. Check out today's podcast for more info. Epis…
 
If you love cheese, then you really need to learn to make kefir cheese. It's crazy easy, filled with probiotics, and you can use it in a million different ways. Let me show you how easy, fun and life-changing it can be. Episode link: https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-92-let-this-be-the-year-you-start-making-kefir-cheese/ References I…
 
Americans use to spent 17.5 percent of their income on food and 5.2 percent of national income on health care. Since then, those numbers have flipped. Spending on food has fallen to 9.9 percent, while spending on healthcare has climbed to 16 percent of national income. What has changed and what can we do? Episode link: https://www.culturedfoodlife.…
 
You don't need to add tons of cultured foods to your diet to see benefits, and I am going to show you how easy it is. It might surprise you that small amounts can make a big difference. Episode link: https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-90-how-many-cultured-foods-should-you-eat-in-a-day/ References I talked about: https://www.culturedfo…
 
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. This is why I love cultured foods. They fit into any diet, but you need to know a couple of things to do it right. Check out the podcast to learn how. Episode link: https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode…
 
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…
 
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. Episode link: https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-87-learn-more-about-mis…
 
When people say they have indigestion, heartburn, or acid stomach, often these can come from having low stomach acid. There is a surprising remedy for this. Symptoms are warning signs from the body and heeding their calls can change everything. Episode link: https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-86-got-an-acidic-stomach-the-surprising-re…
 
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. Episode link: https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/epi…
 
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