Living a Cultured Life

(photo cred. @Cultured Food Life)

There are so many wonderful tools given to me by Mother Nature in my health coach’s medicine case.  Perhaps the most vital and important of these tools are cultured foods.   These magical, naturally occurring, living edibles support a healthy microbiome and the optimal functioning of all bodily systems.

For example, are you overweight?  Odds are you have a heavily taxed and compromised microbiome due to overconsumption of processed foods.  Before you enter into crash diet mode, start enjoying cultured foods to reset your delicate gut balance and begin the process of healing the body and normalizing your weight.

Drank too much last night?  Those toxins are doing a number on your microbiome (not to mention your head) and need counteraction ASAP.  Once again…cultured foods to the rescue.

But what are these magical and mysterious cultured foods you ask?  Cultured foods include kefir, kombucha and raw fermented veggies and the juice that results during the fermentation process.  Taken daily these three super foods provide the good bacteria your body needs to heal disease, remove toxins, maintain good digestion and optimize the functioning of all bodily systems.

To bring you the best information about these three kinds of cultured foods a.k.a. “The Trilogy”, I have enlisted the help of cultured foods guru Donna Schwenk, Founder of Cultured Food Life.  Donna healed her own body using cultured foods.  She is an expert at preparing and teaching others how to prepare these medicinal, magical super foods and a must have for everyone doing their best to maintain good health in modern life. 

The Trilogy - Three Foods That Can Change Your Life

Trilogy is a set of three works of art that are connected, and that can be seen either as a single work or as three individual works.

Fermentation is an art form and each individual cultured food is, in and of itself, unique. The three foods of The Trilogy each provide different good bacteria and yeasts that enhance the trillions of bacteria in the body and allow them to thrive, grow, and multiply. This allows you, the host, the opportunity to heal disease, remove pathogens, enhance digestion, make serotonin, and experience a multitude of other opportunities for healing that otherwise would not have been possible. This is what I call ‘The Trilogy’.

‘The Trilogy’ is my secret weapon.  It has changed my life and so many other lives.  What is ‘The Trilogy’? Three magic and powerful foods that I consume every day without fail. They are kefir, kombucha, and cultured vegetables; and they bring me more joy than I can express in words. This is the thing I noticed the most when I taught others about cultured foods – when they consumed one of these foods they would get better, but when they consumed all three, they seemed to thrive! These three foods (kefir, kombucha, and cultured vegetables) are unique unto themselves and each food contains a different set of bacteria and yeasts that we need to thrive and feel alive.

Homemade kefir has 50 plus good bacteria and yeasts. It is so powerful that I recommend people consume only small amounts when they first start kefir, so as not to overwhelm their body with good bacteria. These bacteria are strong and will go to work killing pathogens and bad bacteria, making some individuals uncomfortable. You can read more about that on this blog post:  The Healing Crisis.


Kefir and its special bacteria will make you its home and keep things in balance for you. It will add probiotics to any kind of milk, whether it be cow, goat, coconut, or almond milk. It will transform the milk, increasing vitamins and nutrient absorption, and it will do this sitting on your counter in a glass jar while you go about your day. Then when you consume it, you will find it will digest your food, reduce inflammation, make elimination a breeze, and, well, the list is so long it would take this entire page to explain it all. It transformed me and I don’t go a day without it. It was the first cultured food I started with and the one that changed me the most. If you would like to see more reasons to consume kefir, check out this blog post:  7 Reasons I Have Kefir Every Day


My, my, my, how I love this fermented tea. Talk about powerful! It is a wonder drink and there is nothing else like it on the market. It helps remove toxins through the kidney, liver, and the bowels. You might notice, as I did, that kombucha can help you lose a lot of excess water weight.  It helps you eliminate the excess swelling and fluid that accumulates in your tissues from chemically laden foods and alcohol. I was talking with a friend this weekend and he noticed the same thing. On the weekends, he tends to drink a lot of alcohol, doesn’t have his kombucha, and will retain a lot of fluids. The body tends to do this when it has a lot of toxins. On weekdays when he goes back to drinking his kombucha, he will release the water weight and easily lose five pounds. This does not surprise me because kombucha is a liver cleanser and it will assist your liver in removing toxins that have accumulated. Kombucha will also help relieve the water retention that often happens when the body protects the organs by holding on to water when under stress or a heavy toxic load.

Cultured Vegetables

Everybody knows that vegetables are so, so good for you – but when you ferment vegetables, they become even more powerful. Let me tell you my little story about these veggies. I went on a trip and didn’t have my cultured veggies for two weeks. I ate everything imaginable under the sun and enjoyed it all. Delicacies and desserts and, well, I was having a good time but having very little, if any, cultured foods. My body has become accustomed to these foods and without them I am fine for a while; but after a week or two, it revolts. I think it actually gets mad at me and will create symptoms to get my attention. I will get red rashes on my fingers and body odor occurs which I don’t have often since this is caused by bad bacteria. My stomach will start to feel bloated and, well . . . let’s just say that elimination is not as pleasant as it can be. But the worst thing of all is that I get grouchy and cranky. Yeah, my family makes sure that I eat my cultured foods. But as soon as I have as little as a large spoonful of cultured vegetables, my insides do a happy dance and the cultured vegetables start working inside of me. Believe you me, in a day or two I can feel it, see it, smell it, and know it. They will clean me out, and then some. Talk about housecleaning! They go at it, removing all the inappropriate food debris and making me feel great again.

So this is The Trilogy – kefir, kombucha, and cultured vegetables. I love them so much that I made several videos and even a DVD, The Trilogy about it and my website is really based on this concept.

These foods are powerful and they will train you to eat them because of what they can do. I have noticed that the homemade versions are much stronger and the benefits more, as compared to store bought versions. I highly recommend that you try to make your own. The Trilogy is something I eat every day, and I want to share it with others because it will change you, too. 

Learn more about cultured foods at Donna’s website