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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), 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/

Cultured Food Lif‪e‬ Donna Schwenk

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.7 • 136 Ratings

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), 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/

    Episode 146: Do Cultured Veggies Need a Starter?

    Episode 146: Do Cultured Veggies Need a Starter?

    No, you do not need a starter culture to make cultured veggies. However, by using a starter you will receive more probiotics and a lot of other benefits. Let me explain your options and you can better choose which is the best method for you.
    Episode link:
    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-146-do-cultured-veggies-need-a-starter/
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    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/do-cultured-veggies-need-a-starter/ https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/can-cultured-foods-hurt-me/

    • 19 min
    Episode 145: Why You Should Eat Slow Fermented Sourdough Bread

    Episode 145: Why You Should Eat Slow Fermented Sourdough Bread

    I've been making sourdough bread for almost 18 years and it is one of my very favorite cultured foods to make. Our baking traditions have changed down through the last few centuries. Sourdough starters used to be the standard mode for rising bread, but today so many don't use these anymore but rather instant yeasts that wreak havoc on their guts and bodies. Learn how to make your own bread and reap the benefits.
    Episode link:
    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-145-why-you-should-eat-slow-fermented-sourdough-bread/
    Check out this link:
    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/what-is-sourdough-bread/ https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/recipe/overnight-sourdough-bread/ https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/two-women-who-convinced-me-to-make-my-own-bread/

    • 25 min
    Episode 144: Gain Wisdom From Your Kraut

    Episode 144: Gain Wisdom From Your Kraut

    For many years people thought I was crazy for eating and making these cultured foods. I didn't care, for I had gone from hoping they would work, to believing, and then to a strong knowing that they would work. Nothing in the whole wide world could now convince me that these foods aren't powerful medicine that will heal and make well. Listen to learn how these foods can help you too.
    Episode link:
    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-144-gain-wisdom-from-your-kraut/
    Check out this link:
    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/gain-wisdom-from-your-kraut/ https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/7-reasons-i-eat-cultured-vegetables/

    • 19 min
    Episode 143: Why and How You Should Soak Your Beans, Nuts, Seeds, and Grains

    Episode 143: Why and How You Should Soak Your Beans, Nuts, Seeds, and Grains

    More and more people are eating raw and unprocessed whole foods which is a good thing - unless they're loaded with enzyme inhibitors and phytates. From what I've seen, these can cause quite a disturbance in the body. There are special things you can do to allow more nutrient absorption and also remove inhibitors from these wonderful foods. Check out the podcast for more info.
    Episode link:
    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-143-why-and-how-you-should-soak-your-beans-nuts-seeds-and-grains/
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    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/why-and-how-you-should-soak-your-beans-nuts-seeds-and-grains/

    • 18 min
    Episode 142: What are Cultured Foods?

    Episode 142: What are Cultured Foods?

    Fermentation or "culturing" is a special process of food preservation that has been around since the beginning of time. As humans learned the importance of this natural process, it helped them to keep foods safe in a powerful way - even before refrigeration was invented. It can help you in powerful ways too. Listen to learn more.
    Episode link:
    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-142-what-are-cultured-foods/
    Check out these links:
    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/what-are-cultured-foods-restorative-foods-for-the-body/ https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/reasons-and-recipes-to-have-more-miso/ https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/can-cultured-foods-hurt-me/

    • 28 min
    Episode 141: H. Pylori and Fermented Foods

    Episode 141: H. Pylori and Fermented Foods

    Many gastrointestinal diseases are caused by Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection. H. pylori can cause gastric inflammation which may lead to gastritis, ulcers, and even gastric cancer. But here is the good news! Many traditional fermented foods and beverages that contain probiotic microbes can help with H.pylori in a powerful way. Check out the podcast to learn more.
    Episode link:
    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-141-h-pylori-and-fermented-foods/
    Check out these links:
    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/h-pylori-and-fermented-foods/ http://www.culturedfoodlife.com/lives-touched/ https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/how-to-make-the-probiotic-that-inhibits-candida/

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
136 Ratings

136 Ratings

marigreenthumb ,

Fermenting biggest fan

Donna I got to say this episode made mecry!I did too lost my dog, so I can definitely understand the feeling, I’m sorry for your lost, you speak only the truth this 2020 it’s really testing us, but I’m so thankful that I found you 5 ya ago and learned all this fermented foods and eat them every day, and try to spread the word to people that want to learn about it! And as you say it fills my heart when friends tell me that somehow it worked for them too! Keep up the good work, sending best wishes to you and fam!

Kairos Cultured Foods ,

I love Donna!

I have been following CFL since I was about 17, (6 years ago) and she has taught me everything I know about cultured foods. I love that she talks about all cultured foods, fun to listen to and I think she is so reliable with her sources and information, AND she has great recipes. This podcast is great for when you’re new to cultured foods and want to learn a little bit more, but if you want academic sources or recipes I recommend her website 💖

lkmhuff ,

So much great info!

Just started listening to your podcast on my journey of learning about ferments. I’ve listened to a lot of them and I can’t get enough! I love and appreciate your passion for ferments and your listeners’ health and all of the information you share! Just listen to the one about gut enzymes and so very much admire and respect that you talked about the product that you made but also very clearly stated that what was most important to you, is that people use a digestive enzyme (or any brand!) if they need them, that you were not trying to push your own product but just helping people get healthy. Such a rare thing these days. Thank you for sharing your passion!

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