Fermented Garlic

Fermented Garlic: Your Dragon Glass for this Winter’s War

Ok. I truly hate to be the one to bring this up while we are all enjoying a beautiful summer, but…Winter Is Coming! We need a stockpile of “dragon glass” (aka fermented garlic) to win the war against colds, sinus infections, flus, bronchitis, and stomach bugs this sickness season. (If you’re not a Game Of Thrones fan, I apologize, but I just couldn’t resist.) Even though I believe a crucial part of being healthy is being present in the moment, this, of course, has to be balanced with preparation for the future, something I failed at last year because “winter” came early.  Continue reading “Fermented Garlic: Your Dragon Glass for this Winter’s War”

Tiger Nut "Corn" Bread

Tiger Nut “Corn” bread: A Delicious Way to get your Resistant Starch (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Corn-free)

Although there is no corn in this cornbread-like tiger nut bread, it is tasty and loaded with resistant starch! If you haven’t yet heard of the importance of resistant starch, go here. If you have, then you are probably hoping to find some easy ways to incorporate resistant starch into your diet to feed your microbiome. Well here you go, my friend. First though, indulge me while I breakdown the other benefits of tiger nuts for you.  Continue reading “Tiger Nut “Corn” bread: A Delicious Way to get your Resistant Starch (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Corn-free)”

Resistant Starch

Resistant Starch: What is it, Why You Need it, and How to Get it

Resistant starch (RS) is yet another area where the Standard American Diet (SAD) is lacking. Americans average just 3-9 grams of resistant starch a day. Whole foods, plant based diets in developing countries get around 30-40 grams per day. Some experts believe our paleo ancestors consumed about 135 grams per day by eating tubers, roots, medicinal tree barks, and other wild plant foods.  Continue reading “Resistant Starch: What is it, Why You Need it, and How to Get it”

Kraut

Three Easy Ways to Add Fermented Foods to Your Daily Diet and a Basic Kraut Recipe

You have probably heard that fermented foods like kraut (sauerkraut) are full of probiotics and that probiotics feed the good bacteria in your gut or microbiome. Now the question is how to get them into your daily routine so that they become a habit. You are much more likely to eat fermented foods if they are on hand all the time, of course. One easy way to assure that this is so is to make your own. Most fermented foods are truly simple to make and do not require a lot of time. I usually do it while I am in the kitchen making dinner anyway. See the bottom of the post for a basic recipe for Kraut that you can change up however you like.  Continue reading “Three Easy Ways to Add Fermented Foods to Your Daily Diet and a Basic Kraut Recipe”

Sprout Mix

Sprouts: These Tasty Gems Contain Nutrients that Detoxify, Fight Cancer, and Balance Hormones

Sprouts are one of my favorite ways to get extra nutrients into my diet! They are tasty, simple to make, and jam packed with nutrients, many of which are cancer fighting. I add them to salads, sandwiches, wraps, and even soups (such as Mung bean sprouts for Pho). Even if you have no space for a garden, you certainly have space for a jar to sprout these! Continue reading “Sprouts: These Tasty Gems Contain Nutrients that Detoxify, Fight Cancer, and Balance Hormones”

Gardening Tools

Gardening: The Health Benefits

The calendar professes that it is spring. Although it hasn’t felt much like spring here in the Seattle area, I am excited to start gardening. Right now I have some seeds started indoors and we are doing a major renovation of the garden. We are taking out the old raised beds and converting it to a square foot garden. I am going to do a whole section of medicinal herbs this year! Continue reading “Gardening: The Health Benefits”

Homemade Hand Sanitizer

Homemade Hand Sanitizer: Microbiome Safe

If you’re not sure why you need a microbiome-safe hand sanitizer, go here to read all about your microbiome and why you need to protect it.

What’s in Hand Sanitizer?

Antibacterial hand sanitizers, besides being made of dangerous petroleum-based chemicals, contain antibiotics such as Triclosan. Triclosan can kill off good and neutral bacteria, leaving antibiotic resistant bad bacteria to proliferate. Not only that, but there are hormonal implications coming to light with Triclosan as well! Great. Now what do I do if I am out at some germ-ridden place such as a porta-potty or hospital? Make your own hand sanitizer with essential oils and and bring it with you! Continue reading “Homemade Hand Sanitizer: Microbiome Safe”

Microbiome

Protecting Your Microbiome

Microbiome? Micro-what? If that is what you said to yourself as you read the title to this post, let me elaborate. You may have heard by now that you actually have more bacterial cells than actual human cells. This collection of bacterial cells is called your microbiome, microbiota, or microflora depending upon who is speaking. For the sake of simplicity, I will refer to it as your microbiome. Why should you care about protecting your microbiome? Hold onto your seats while I tell you! Continue reading “Protecting Your Microbiome”