Cultured Food Life

Cultured Food Life

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 at 1pm Pacific), 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 blood pressure, diabetes, and IBS. In her down-to-earth and informative style, Donna will walk you through the basic preparation techniques and teach you how to make these delicious probiotic recipes at home. You can find out all about Donna on her web site https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/

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May 24, 2022 20 min

Beets are powerful root vegetables and have many surprising health benefits. Ferment these beets and you'll receive even more benefits. This is an easy and fun probiotic drink. Tune in to get the recipes and understand the benefits.

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https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-204-the-many-benefits-of-beet-kvass/

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    Kefir is a powerful probiotic food that has more than 50 good bacteria and good yeasts. More and more studies are coming out showing the power of my favorite cultured food. I've been consuming kefir daily since 2001 and I have witnessed firsthand these effects: lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and so much more. Check out the new studies that show kefir can protect your heart.

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    May 10, 2022 35 min

    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. I have witnessed firsthand those with ADD, anxiety, depression, and despair turn completely around when they fixed the microbes in their gut. Tune in to learn more.

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    You'll always have left-over sourdough starter if you feed your starter once a week and don't bake with it. Here are a few of the things you can do with extra sourdough starter, like pancakes, waffles cookies, brownies, and more. Check out the podcast to learn more.

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    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-201-ways-to-use-your-extra-sourdough-starter/

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    Kids respond very fast to beneficial microbes in cultured foods. It can make all the difference to start them out young. Always follow your own instincts and let your body teach you what works the best. Our bodies are amazing and complex. Check out this week's podcast to learn more.

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    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-200-can-kids-have-cultured-foods/

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    If you have a bunch of kombucha that is over-fermented and tastes like vinegar, don't throw it out! We have lots of ways to use this special tea. Everything from marinades to facial toners. Check out the podcast to learn more.

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    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-199-10-ways-to-use-your-over-fermented-kombucha/

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    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, but often people are overwhelmed and don't know where to start. Check out my podcast and let me help you get started.

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    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-198-where-do-i-get-started-with-cultured-foods/

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    I get more emails about kefir separating into whey and curds than any other question about cultured foods. It can happen because the grains are growing or the temperatures have gotten warmer or a few other things. It's not a bad thing and the kefir is still good, so don't throw it out and think it's no longer good. Kefir grains are extremely active and strong so check out this podcast to learn to make the best kefir!

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    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 eight probiotic foods I ALWAYS have on hand, and why.

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    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-196-eight-probiotic-foods-to-always-keep-in-your-fridge/

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    When you're making fermented foods, you need to know which ones are anaerobic and which ones or aerobic... meaning or which ones need lids or a cloth & rubber band. It's important to know which one to use so you can avoid problems with your ferments. Check out the podcast to learn more.

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    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-195-fermenting-tip-put-a-lid-on-it/

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    Lactobacillus Reuteri bacteria species is a superstar in the world of intestinal microbes. Someone who has done a ton of research on this species is Dr. William Davis MD, author of the fantastic book "Super Gut". Dr. Davis is a guest on my podcast who has a lot of experience with L. Reuteri and has found how to harness its benefits in a powerful way. Check out the podcast and enjoy this exciting conversation.

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    Nothing has changed me more than cultured foods. I've consumed them for over twenty years and nothing is more convincing than your own life experience. I've also done tons of research on fermented foods, and always have a lot of studies and references on my articles and podcasts. It is so exciting to see the research flooding in with what I had discovered myself many years ago. I wanted to share with you a new study that ca...

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    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 keeping gut lining strong. When it's damaged you can have leaky gut syndrome which is linked to IBS, anxiety, f...

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    I usually make sourdough bread once or twice a week. Making sourdough bread requires a strong sourdough starter. The health benefits are many when you make and eat sourdough bread. The secret to sourdough bread is in the starter and I can show you how to have a strong starter that makes wonderful sourdough bread. Check out the podcast to learn more.

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    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-191-how-to-care-fo...

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    Orange juice contains special compounds that have a lot of health benefits. Hesperidin is abundant in oranges and is a phytonutrient (a naturally occurring plant compound). I always thought that orange juice was full of sugar and bad for you, but that is the old way of thinking. Over and over in this work, I have seen people demonize foods - only to find out that it's not the food! It's what we've done to these foods an...

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    Forget everything you think you know about vegetables and let me tell you what happens when you culture them. Grow your own probiotics in a jar of vegetables, and you’ll be shocked and amazed at everything they can do. My life was dramatically changed by a jar of cultured vegetables that was teeming with billions of probiotics. Cultured veggies continue to amaze me and fill me with wonder, but the help they provide can far surpass ...

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    February 1, 2022 25 min

    Non-dairy kefir is a wonderful way to have kefir. There are a few things you'll need to know if you want to make this type of kefir. I have lots of FAQs about non-dairy kefir to help you. Tune in and listen to learn how to make the best non-dairy kefir.

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    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-188-faqs-about-non-dairy-kefir/

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    January 25, 2022 15 min

    Making kombucha in the winter can be a little bit of a challenge when temperatures drop, as kombucha likes to brew at about 75-80 degrees. Here are my best and most helpful tips for making Kombucha in the winter when temperatures drop not only outside, but inside your home as well. If your house gets below 75 degrees, these tips can be a lifesaver!

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    I love warm chocolate cozy drinks but as the years have gone by I learned that I needed to incorporate healthy treats that not only satisfy my cravings around the holidays but nourish my body. This drink has many health benefits and is so easy to make and have on hand. Check it out you won't regret it.

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    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-186-warm-up-with-prebiotic-marshmallow-hot-chocolate/

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    January 11, 2022 31 min

    Your gut is your largest immune organ and is responsible for 80 percent of your immune system. The more good bacteria you have, the better your immune system is. Your emotions believe it or not are controlled by your gut bacteria, and studies now suggest that gut bacteria are controlling anxiety and stress responses. Your cravings for food are determined by the types of microbes you have in your gut and so much more. If you're ...

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