Feed the Gorgeous Bacteria living in your belly with some good old fashioned Sauerkraut.

Simple Sauerkraut Recipe:

1 1/2 lbs of green and or red cabbage, finely shredded

1 Tablespoon sea salt

Love ~ this is the most important ingredient

1. Shred or cut up your cabbage in a large bowl. I like to use one green cabbage and one                 red cabbage 

2. Massage high quality sea salt into the cabbage. I like to taste test as I add the salt. If it tastes like a potato chip, you are going have good kraut! 

3. Cover the cabbage with a pate and let it rest for 30 minutes to allow the salt to draw the liquid out. This is optional, if you are rushed for time. Keep massaging and then pack it into a wide-mouth, quart-sized mason jar. Use a wooden spoon to really pack down the cabbage into the jar to release the liquid. The cabbage should be at the shoulder of the jar and have about one inch of liquid covering the cabbage.

4. If there is not enough liquid, because of the type of cabbage or age of the cabbage you can add a brine, just enough to cover the cabbage. I prefer to not add brine, so wait and see if after 24 hours the cabbage has produced more liquid before adding the brine. For the Brine, dissolve 1 teaspoon of high quality sea salt in 1 cup of spring or filtered water. No tap water please.

5. Put the lid on nice and tight. Leave it on your counter to ferment for 7-10 days. Taste test and when it has the right amount of tang for you, put it into your fridge and enjoy!

It starts to get fun and interesting when you add other veggies and spices, like onions, turmeric or caraway seeds. Adding a little heat is delicious as well. 

Feeding the gorgeous bacteria living in your belly, fermented foods, is important for your health and well being. 

The Quintessential Guide to Keeping your Bowels Healthy (Regular)

Probiotics for a healthy eco-system - Fermented foods rock!

Probiotics for a healthy eco-system - Fermented foods rock!

The Quintessential Guide to Keeping your Bowels Healthy (Regular)

A healthy digestive system is essential for a healthy body and optimal weight loss. The following are some simple tips to keep your bowels in tip top shape

  1. Ground flaxseed - Enjoy 1-2 heaping tbsp of ground flax or chia seeds daily – both are gentle sources of fiber that can help promote bowel movements. If you have been taking 1 tbsp try increasing to two.

  2. Psyllium fiber - Adding 1 tsp of psyllium powder to your smoothie can be helpful. Or try adding ¼ cup of Bran Buds to your morning yogurt and berries. Bran Buds is one of the few cereals on the market that contains psyllium fiber.

  3. WATER! WATER! WATER! Bowels need to be hydrated to pass stools. If you are experiencing hard stools that are difficult to pass it can often be lack of water as the culprit. Ensure you are drinking at least 2 litres of water per day. 

  4. Drink fresh lemon juice and warm water in the morning. Lemon juice is great for the liver stimulating bile flow which gets the rest of the digestive system moving.

  5. Magnesium –Magnesium is the 2nd most abundant mineral in the body next to calcium. Magnesium stimulates peristalsis which is the rhythmic contraction of your digestive system, moving things along the digestive tract. Great sources of magnesium include; dark leafy green veggies, whole grains, pumpkin seeds and black beans. 

  6. Probiotics – healthy bacteria in our gut is essential for the proper breakdown and absorption of nutrients from our food as well as proper elimination. Plain yogurt with probiotics is a good place to start. 

  7. Other food sources of proboitics include naturally fermented sauerkraut, kefir, coconut water kefir, miso and tempeh. For many, supplementation is needed for a more therapeutic amount of these healthy bugs.