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March 26, 2018

If the idea of eating fermented foods freaks you out, start by thinking of these common foods made by the process of fermentation: vinegar, beer, wine, cider olives and cheese. Not so bad, right?

Humans have been using the process of fermentation to preserve food since at least 7000 BC.  Fermented foods are made with the help of microorganisms (bacteria and yeasts) that turn carbohydrates into alcohol, organic acids and carbon dioxide. The process can actually make the food more nutritious than it was originally.

The truth is, that a healthy human digestive system contains about as many, if not more, microbial cells as human cells. There’s a whole eco-system in there! This eco-system is called your microbiome. We’re just beginning to discover the ways the health of our microbiome effects our overall health. It’s very promising for all areas of health, medicine and nutrition.

One way to support the health of your microbiome is to eat fermented foods that contain probiotics, which are...

September 2, 2016

We’ve all heard the saying “you are what you eat”. More accurately, we are what we eat, and are able to digest and assimilate. If we aren’t digesting properly, we aren’t getting all the nutrients from our food. Improper digestion can be the beginning of all sorts of health problems. 70-80% of our immune system is located along our digestive tract, so healthy digestion supports a healthy immune system too.

Did you know that when functioning optimally our stomachs produce hydrochloric acid (HCL)? It sounds a little scary, but HCL is really important to healthy digestion. It helps digest proteins in food, kill unwanted bacteria (which are little proteins) and even helps us be able to use important minerals like calcium. Many people don’t produce enough HCL due to stress, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, or even excess consumption of refined carbohydrates.

Here are some easy and inexpensive things you can do to aid digestion:

Relax. Take a moment before you eat to take a breath, sit do...

Beet, carrot, green apple slaw

Ingredients:

1 large beet
1 green apple
2 medium size carrots
juice from 1/2 a lemon
drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

Instructions:

The easiest way to make this slaw is with a food processor. If you don’t have a food processor you can use a cheese grater. You could also make it with a friend who has a food processor. That would probably be the most fun.

Grate the beet, carrot and apple. Put in a large bowl and mix with the juice from 1/2 a lemon and a drizzle of olive oil. It will keep covered in the fridge 5-7 days.

This slaw tastes delicious and it’s a great way to eat beets even if beets aren’t your favorite vegetable. I recently handed out samples of this slaw at a local community event. I didn't know how it would go over but was happy to discover people really enjoyed it, even a few kids! It makes me really happy to see kids eating beet slaw. Eat this slaw regularly as a condiment. It can aid your digestion and support your liver too.

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