Homemade Raw Sauerkraut

Raw fermented foods are your friend, but most fermented foods you find at the store have been pasteurized killing off all naturally occurring probiotics. The great news is that the healthier grocery stores do carry raw versions of sauerkraut and kimchi or even better you can make it yourself for pennies.

Our microbiome the world which lives and dies in our gut plays a major role in our overall health and mental state. The more it is studied, the more it proves to behave as our second brain. Fermented foods also help in healing GAPS and GAPS is worth knowing more about so please investigate!

I was at the community market recently and purchased two heads of napa cabbage for a dollar apiece an amazing bargain and now owning them removed any excuse from me finally making my first batch of raw sauerkraut.

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Very important to the raw fermenting process is avoiding introducing bacteria to it or leaving air to feed it. Therefore use boiling water to clean the jar or jars, bowl and any tools you will use for this. Also, ensure that when filling the jars that no air remains in the jar. Remember this is Not canning, we are not cooking anything this is a raw fermentation.

Pull the outside leaves off of the cabbage and set aside a couple of clean, big ones. You may use almost any type of cabbage or vegetable for fermentation. Slice the cabbage as thin as you like and place into your bowl. Add two teaspoons of Real Salt or sea salt, that prevents the growth of pathogenic bacteria, and begin messaging. Your hands will get a great workout and as the seconds pass you will notice the bowl begin to fill with cabbage juice as it releases its water.

After a matter of only a few minutes, your work in the bowl will be complete. Begin to fill your jar with the cabbage packing it down every inch or two to ensure the removal of all air until close to the top. At this point place a leaf or two over the top of the shreds and ensure that the jar is filled to the top with its juices or add clean salted spring water or fresh celery juice until full.

Now it is only a matter of allowing nature to work its magic. You have created the environment suitable for fermentation; it just needs to be given three to four days without any sunlight in a steady 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit world to thrive.

Open your jar and smell the tang of fermentation, enjoy the fruits of your labor and then refrigerate the rest to slow down the process and enjoy as you will. As long as the brine stays above the cabbage, it will keep for a very long time in there. Should not be a concern because once you start enjoying it it likely won’t last too long.

Enjoyed mine most with fresh tomatoes.

Once you make and enjoy consuming your first batch, you will already be contemplating the next. Good luck with it and let us know how it turns out. Feel free to share as you care to, find us on Facebook and be Well!

Time Tested Turmeric

The intention in writing Nutritional Truths was to place all the things I have learned over the past few years into a single source for folks to learn the truths about natural wellness. As time goes by I, learn more about various natural solutions and feel the need to share them with you and the powers of Turmeric is something you deserve to know. Turmeric is not just for great curries anymore; it is a powerhouse herb that loves you back.

Used before history began turmeric has been an effective solution for reducing arthritis and inflammation and can reduce pain and fever much like Tylenol or Ibuprofen and without possible negative side effects. It improves digestion and intestinal flora, cleanses and strengthens the gallbladder and liver, battles cancer and may lessen Alzheimer’s symptoms.

It is also used to combat swimmers ear or ear infections, sprains, burns, cuts, and insect bites as well as reducing coughs and asthma. Turmeric outperformed Prozac at treating depression in study after study without any of the potential negative side effects. Take a look online to find the studies and to learn more.

It is also great for our fur babies and all other animals and is primarily utilized in the equestrian arena. For more information on using it for supporting healing in critters investigate DVM Doug English (BVSc) as he is the unofficial leader in the effective use of turmeric in animals.

I learned about the amazing powers of turmeric through Golden Paste which is simply a mix of Turmeric, Coconut Oil, Black peppercorns, and water. The peppercorn contains piperine which makes the curcumin in turmeric more bio-available as it slows the liver from removing the curcumin so quickly from the blood.

To make the golden paste all, you need a half of cup of organic turmeric as regular unregulated turmeric can have high lead levels, a third of a cup of unrefined coconut oil, a cup of clean water and two to three teaspoons of freshly ground peppercorns. Bring the turmeric and water to a boil then down to a simmer 9 minutes until it is a thick paste. Once it cools down a bit add the oil and ground peppercorns stirring well. Some folks freeze it in flexible silicone pill sheets for easy doses or add it to most any meal during the day. It will keep in the fridge up to two weeks or in the freezer for longer periods of time.

Hope this sheds light on something you have perhaps overlooked and hope you investigate it further. May your weekend be a great one, share as you care to and be Well!

Tremendous Tranquil Trees

Decided today to speak about something near and dear to me, trees. Where I currently live is nicknamed the Tree Farm as my home is surrounded by acres of trees in all directions. For me, tall trees are comforting and remind me how short human life is and how without them we would likely not stand a chance of survival. Plus they can produce fruit or nuts, be used for fuel and construction, be fun to climb, look at, lay under and hey, maple syrup!

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Tree facts
*There are upwards of twenty thousand tree species on Earth.
*Trees receive about ninety percent of their nutrition from the air and only ten percent from the soil.
*Trees can induce rainfall by cooling the earth and through their leaves transpire moisture into the sky through their leaves, with an acre of maple trees transpiring up to twenty thousand gallons into the air daily.

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*Over the course of its life, a single tree can absorb one ton of carbon dioxide.
*The oldest trees on Earth include the California Bristlecone Pine and Giant Sequoias that live four to five thousand years.
*The habit of knocking on wood for good luck comes from primitive tree worship when knocking on trees was believed to summon protective spirits in the trees.

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Hope you learned something new and feel free to share as you care to and enjoy yourself-it’s later than you think. Be Well!