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Sauerkraut: The Super Ferment!

Ever since I was little I had very strange tastes, I loved anything pickled! Pickled herring, pickles, pickled beets, that weird pickled cauliflower and bean concoction and of course sauerkraut. Now you might say, sauerkraut is not pickled and yes you are correct, but it does have a similar taste to it. That is what I love. I love that pungent sour flavor.

When I got into the nutrition behind certain foods I was pleasantly surprised by how wonderful sauerkraut was for you! Of course I am talking about traditionally fermented sauerkraut, not that wanna be stuff you find in can at the market.

The Science Behind Sauerkraut

Fermentation is the process of letting food go bad to stay good, that is the simple way to explain it. What’s behind the health benefits of sauerkraut is lactic acid and tyramines. Its basically good bacteria and amino acids.

What is lactic acid and why is it important:

“Lactic acid bacteria are among the most important groups of microorganisms used in food fermentation. They contribute to the taste and texture of fermented products and inhibit food spoilage bacteria by producing growth-inhibiting substances and large amounts of lactic acid. As agents of fermentation LABare involved in making yogurt, cheese, cultured butter, sour cream, sausage, cucumber pickles, olives and sauerkraut, but some species may spoil beer, wine and processed meats.” Textbook of Bacteriology

“The proliferation of lactobacilli in fermented vegetables enhances their digestibility and increases vitamin levels. These beneficial organisms produce numerous helpful enzymes as well as antibiotic and anticarcinogenic substances. Their main by-product, lactic acid, not only keeps vegetables and fruits in a state of perfect preservation but also promotes the growth of healthy flora throughout the intestine.” – Sally Fallon, Nourishing Traditions, pg 89

What does this all actually mean?

Having a strong immune system is very important. How can we support our immune system? One way to do so is by consuming fermented foods like sauerkraut because of the probiotics that naturally occur from the fermenting process. Our gut holds the key to our immune system and by treating it right and making sure the balance of good bacteria outways the bad we can help our bodies stay healthy. Take a look at these great articles that go a little more in depth about the about the benefits of probiotics and fermented veggies.

Here is a wonderful article by Dr. Mercola on the importance of Gut Health

Probiotic count in homemade Sauerkraut! SHOCKING RESULTS!

 

Simple Sauerkraut Recipe

I used to love Bubbies Sauerkraut, but that addiction can be costly! Sauerkraut is such an easy thing to make, do yourself a favor and try out my recipe. If you love sauerkraut like me you’ll be making this weekly!

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Simple Sauer

1 head cabbage

Salt

  • Wash outside of cabbage
  • Cut the cabbage in half and remove the core
  • Cut into 4 sections
  • Start slicing cabbage into small thin strips
  • Salt to taste and mix (You’ll need enough salt to keep the nasty bacteria away, but not too much as it becomes unpalatable, so I usually salt until it tastes good)
  • Let sit for at least 30 minutes for the salt to draw out all the water
  • Pack tightly into a glass jar, I use the outside of the leaves to be a barrier at the top
  • Let ferment for 3-5 days
  • Enjoy and refrigerate!

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Sources

http://nourishedkitchen.com/fermented-food-lactic-acid-fermentation/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4268643/

https://draxe.com/sauerkraut/

 

Cold & Flu Protocol

 

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Simple Ways to Kick The Cold/Flu and Possibly Prevent It!

Winter is coming! For me that means Cold and Flu season!! (queue the fainting and screaming!) In all seriousness I hate getting sick! I hate it when my kids get sick! I definitely  hate it when my husband gets sick (ladies we can all agree here!)  Let’s  be prepared and boost our immune systems!

What would you say if I told you I rarely get the cold or flu, even when my three kids and husband are ill. Would you believe me? Would you wonder how? Well let me tell you. It’s really quite simple. God has given us wonderful plants that enable us to heal quickly and keep our immune system strong! Let me take you through the protocol I take when someone in my household starts to get the sniffles.


Garlic

This is my go to. As soon as someone in the house starts to come down with a cold or I start to feel a little something on the horizon, I go straight for the garlic! Garlic is naturally antimicrobial and antiviral, so of course this is my first choice in flu/cold prevention. This has helped me many times in getting a full on cold or flu and at other times it has completely prevented it.

How I take it

2 cloves – Finely chopped, down the hatch with some water, basically like taking a pill.


Elderberry Syrup

My second go to is Elderberry Syrup. As soon as someone starts to show any signs of a cold I grab my bag of dried elderberries and get a syrup made as soon as possible! Elderberries are one of the highest sources of vitamin C in the world! So it’s no wonder why elderberries help boost the immune system. They are also my girls favorite, they love elderberry syrup.  It is so simple to make your own elderberry syrup and much more cost effective. Here is where I get my elderberries. Along with my recipe.

Elderberry Syrup Recipe


Echinacea

I love echinacea! It is such a simple thing to add to the cold and flu protocol. The reason being is I take it in pill form. No need to make anything, I just add it to my morning supplements. Clinical trials and research has shown that people who take echinacea as soon as they feel sick reduce the severity of their cold and have fewer symptoms than those who do not take the herb. I do buy it in tincture form for my girls since they are not able to swallow pills.

Dosage directions on bottle


Vitamin D3

Vitamin D is such an important factor in keeping us healthy. Many studies have been done to show how important Vitamin D is when it comes to our immune system. Three-quarters of U.S. teens and adults are deficient in vitamin D (1). Knowing your Vitamin D levels are very important and a simple blood test can tell you if you are deficient. My levels are quite low so I take 10,000 IU’s daily along with a non soy derived K2 vitamin which helps the body assimilate Vitamin D better. When fighting a cold or flu it’s best to take a high dosage of vitamin D,10,00o IUs, as it has shown to reduce the duration of the cold or flu. Other studies have shown that taking high dose of Vitamin D is more even more effective than a flu shot!

Here is a wonderful article by Dr. Mercola on the effectiveness of how Vitamin D can prevent the flu.

 


Colloidal Silver

Colloidal silver has a wide range of amazing benefits. At first I was a little hesitant at using it because I was not familiar with it. Once I did my research I realized what a great asset it would be to my cold/flu protocol. Studies have shown that it binds to certain virus and germs and destroys them. I have also used it to treat conjunctivitis in my daughters eye and cleared it up in three days! It was amazing to see colloidal silver in action!

How we take Colloidal Silver

Take one teaspoon of colloidal silver hold under your tongue for 30 seconds and swallow, do this 2-3 times daily.

Here is the colloidal silver I use


Probiotics

My family and I use probiotics as one of our daily supplements but if we need a little immune boost I double sometimes triple our probiotic intake. I also have a revolving door of fermented veggies that we incorporate into our meals daily. That way we get a wide range of probiotics. It’s important to change things up once in awhile so our gut does not get used to certain strains of probiotics.

Here is the probiotic I take


Flu Bomb

This is not for the faint of heart. It is a strong little shot that’s gonna kick that cold/flu’s butt! I love it though, it really opens the sinuses! Its full of anti-viral combating and immune boosting ingredients! Try it out and see what you think!

Flu Bomb

1-2 cloves crushed raw garlic

1/4 teaspoon finely chopped ginger

1 teaspoon local raw honey

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4-1/2 cup hot water – this is more of a preference, wanna sip it or shoot it down its up to you

 

Don’t let the Cold/Flu season get you! Boost that immune system and stay well!

 

 

 

Sources

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/vitamin-d-deficiency-united-states/

http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/echinacea

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-779-colloidal%20silver.aspx?activeingredientid=779&activeingredientname=colloidal%20silver

https://draxe.com/colloidal-silver-benefits/

 

What is a Poultice?

What is a poultice you might ask. This is a term you may rarely hear these days or may never have heard of. It is an old practice where plant matter is placed on a part of the body to relieve soreness, inflammation, draw out an infection or heal a wound.

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Onion is a common vegetable used to make a poultice

Poultices have been used since the beginning of time, as it says in Genesis 1:29: Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.”

God has given us everything we need to heal our bodies. We need to get back to what He intended these wonderful and powerful plants and herbs for. Not just relying on modern medicine to help us, even though in extreme cases it is a blessing to have, but look at where it has gotten us. The overuse of antibiotics which has in tern caused powerful bugs that are resistant to antibiotics along with treating symptoms not the underlying cause.

These simple poultice techniques are cheap, effective and easy to do. It may also keep you from taking a trip to the doctors office. In the upcoming weeks I will be going through five different vegetables and spices that are wonderful in treating congestion, inflammation and infections. I will be explaining what their purposes are, how to make them and how to use each one of these poultices. Its wonderful knowledge to have! You probably have these ingredients in your pantry now!

The poultices I will be writing about are:

  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Potato
  • Cayenne Pepper

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God Bless!


 

DISCLOSURE

I am not a licensed health care provider,  I am only a student in a Master Herbalist Course I am only making recommendations that I believe are extremely useful. It is your constitutional right on how you decide to care for your health. I do not make any claims and take no responsibility for the actions of those using this blog to treat any medical issue.