Fermented foods are essential for gut health. A look at traditional cultures shows that all included a variety of fermented foods in their diet to ensure optimal health. These cultures understood the importance of fermenting their food for both nutrition and storage benefits. Three top fermented foods which provide an essential variety of probiotics, vitamins and nutrients for health are kefir, kombucha and fermented vegetables. These three fermented foods, consumed on a daily basis, have been responsible for reversing and healing many diseases. They also are responsible for preventing disease and maintaining excellent health. Including fermented foods with each meal aids in digestion, while also providing added nutrients. Continue reading
Kefir is by far the most powerful and healing of all fermented foods. Home made kefir made with kefir grains and raw organic pastured milk contain up to 56 types of probiotics. Making your own kefir is quite simple. The most challenging part can be locating the kefir grains to start the process, but there are many online resources available. Some local communities have them, as well. I was fortunate to find some at a local grocery store, which carries both kefir grains and kombucha scobys.
Most healing and illnesses originate in the gut. For this reason, enhancing one’s multitude of probiotics or healthy bacteria is essential for optimal health. There is no comparison between home made kefir and store bought kefir in terms of quantity and type of probiotics, but it can still be beneficial to use store bought kefir. Try and use brands which carry the highest quality ingredients possible, with no added sugar. Continue reading
Our family loves drinking kombucha, a delicious fermented tea. This refreshing drink can be used as a daily health tonic and it has been found to be a powerful aid in healing several diseases. Kombucha contains vitamins B and C, probiotics, glucuronic acid and amino acids, which assist in digestion and detoxification of the liver. It is low in sugar and calories, containing approximately 2 grams of sugar in 8 ounces of unflavored tea. While store bought GT Kombucha is delicious, healthy and convenient, it can become costly if large quantities are consumed. Continue reading
Chocolate can be enjoyed in moderation, especially if it is dark, organic chocolate. Washing it down with real, raw whole milk will add tremendously to its health benefits. Enjoy both without any guilt. Real milk has healing powers, along with raw cacao. To learn more click on the articles below. Continue reading
It is impossible to avoid challenges and adversities in life. Whether it be a health crisis, job loss, death of a loved one, break up or other difficulty, we all must face and confront losses. By using the following guide, difficulties can be faced with greater ease. Stress is associated with several diseases, so reducing stress is important to health.
Several diets compete for followers in the holistic medicine world. There are devotees of vegan, vegetarian, Paleo, primal, raw primal, fruitarians and Weston Price. The Paleo and Weston Price Diet are two popular and important real food movements that share primary values, but also diverge in significant areas. Both are arguably far superior to the SAD or standard American diet followed by most Americans. Continue reading
Chicken Soup for the Soul, Body and Mind
Traditional recipes for chicken soup are a true super food for the body, mind and spirit. Cooks from around the world have long recognized the healing properties of chicken soup for upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. There are recipes for chicken soup in almost every country including Mexico, Greece, China, Thailand, Germany, France and Turkey. Continue reading