Preparing for Cold and Flu Season – Step #1- Probiotics

Preparing for cold and flu season with probiotics. Learn about a study that showed probiotic consumption lead to fewer fevers, coughs and runny noses.

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are beneficial microorganisms similar to the “friendly” bacteria found naturally in the body’s digestive system. Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) of Maryland states that we each house two to five pounds (1.0 to 2.26 kilograms) of live bacteria inside our bodies.

How do probiotics work?

Antibiotics work by killing bacteria, both friendly and unfriendly.  Probiotics add good bacteria to your body.  Adding more good bacteria can crowd out the bad bacteria, at at the very least make it more difficult for them to thrive. [Read more…]

What if I Told You Weeds and Bacteria Could Save Your Life?

What if I Told You Weeds and Bacteria Could Save Your Life?  What you need to know about  wild plants and friendly bacteria.  The truth may surprise you.

“The trend in bacterial development of antibiotic resistance is not unlike the increasing resistance of agricultural pests to pesticides. In 1938, scientists knew of just seven insect and mite species that had acquired resistance to pesticides. By 1984 that figure had climbed to 447 and included most of the world’s major pests.  In response to heavier pesticide use and a wider variety of pesticides, pests have evolved sophisticated mechanisms for resisting the action of chemicals designed to kill them. Pesticides also kill the pests’ natural enemies, much like antibiotics kill the natural enemies of harmful bacteria in the body.”

– by Michael Schmidt, from Beyond Antibiotics

What if I told you weeds and bacteria we are trying so hard to kill could save your life? Would you think I was crazy? I’ve been doing a lot of reading and a lot of thinking lately, and I’ve come to realize that much of what we are told in our day to day lives is not only inaccurate, but flat out wrong.  Here are my latest thoughts on our wild and tiny neighbors. [Read more…]

Zukay Live Foods Kvass Review and Giveaway

Zukay Live Foods Kvass

Recently I was contacted by Zac from Zukay Live Foods, who asked me if I would be interested in reviewing their Zukay Live Foods Kvass.  Never one to turn down a chance to try something new, I told him to send some over.  :-)

What the heck is kvass, and what is it made of?

Kvass is a raw, naturally fermented (probiotic) beverage made from bread or vegetables.  In the case of Zukay Live Foods, they source raw, organic vegetables – locally and in season whenever possible – from Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-op.  They use a few dry roots, herbs and spices from Mountain Rose Herbs, and a small amount of raw, organic stevia for sweetness.  The salt they use is Celtic Seas Salt from Selina Naturally, which has a full range a natural minerals.  The vegetables are naturally fermented (think sauerkraut), then juiced and bottled – that’s it. [Read more…]

How to Make Coffee Kombucha

How to Make Coffee Kombucha @ Common Sense Homesteading

Extra scobys rolling around? Want to try a different kombucha flavor?  Looking for a healthier twist on the morning coffee?  How about brewing up some coffee kombucha?

This recipe is from Cultures for Health.  They have a TON of resources and recipes available, including free recipe e-books and troubleshooting tips.

Coffee Kombucha Recipe

Ingredients: [Read more…]

How to Flavor Kombucha – Holiday Flavors

How to Flavor Kombucha - Holiday Flavors - Cranberry Collins

Since I brew my own, I’m always experimenting with different ideas for how to flavor kombucha.  With the holidays upon us, I figured I’d try some favorite holiday ingredients and see if they’d make a tasty brew.

Most of these start with basic kombucha made with black tea, unless otherwise noted.  Flavorings were added to a 16 ounce bail top jar, or a pint or quart mason jar, as noted.  Flavorings are added after the initial brew when the kombucha is bottled. You add the flavorings and fill jar with plain kombucha.  Serve immediately, or store for a few days (sealed) to increase carbonation. [Read more…]