Saturday, July 5, 2014

Why Take Probiotics?

I talk to people everyday about probiotics, but when you don't understand what probiotics are or what they do, it's hard to explain why we need to take them. 

Maybe you already drink probiotic drinks like Kefir Water or Kombucha, but you want to know the "why" behind the "what". Or maybe you think its all a gimmick and you dont want to jump on a trendy train... well this video will be very helpful to anyone trying to understand probiotic benefits or who is suffering with a "mystery illness". 

I have been suffering from a "mystery illness" for 15 years, and since I started drinking homemade probiotic water I have seen the most improvement in my health... ever. If you want to read more posts on it you can click here

I wish every American would take the time to watch this and get educated. Its very well done, 


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Basic Kefir Water Recipe

Basic Kefir Water Recipe with some helpful tips...


  • 1 Glass Quart Jar (no lid)
  • 1 Wooden Spoon
  • 1 Plastic strainer
  • 1 cotton cloth & rubber band (to cover)
  • 1/4 Cup Water Kefir Grains
  • Spring or Alkaline Water
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar

About Water Types:

I have tried many different types of water, and trust me, bottled spring water or alkaline water works best. If your grains are growing fast, you can slow down by simple filtered water. If they are shrinking or not growing, well water or alkaline water has high mineral content which helps them grow. Never use water that has chlorine, fluoride, or zero minerals in it such as tap water or reverse osmosis water. Your grains will be sad and die. :(

About Sugar Options:

Sucanat/Rapidura or brown sugar I have found to work best. Organic white sugar has also worked well for me. Do not, I repeat, do not, use Coconut Sugar.  

1. Place 1/4 C Water Kefir Grains in Sugar Water (1 Quart bottled water + 1/3 C sugar dissolved) in Glass Mason Jar.

2. Let sit on counter covered with cloth (I use old t-shirt cut up & rubber-banded.) for 24-48 hrs. (I go 48)

3. Strain out the grains (with cheese cloth or strainer) and bottle the water (1 Quart makes 2 bottles). Avoid using metal strainers. 

When you bottle the water you can add lots of different things to it to flavor and continue fermenting it, 100% juice is the simplest for beginners, and we found that Cranberry, or a Cran-raspberry blend, is pretty much fool proof.  Be sure after they are bottled and flavored, you cap them tight and leave on the counter for another day or two so that they get fizzy if thats what you are going for. They will not be fizzy without the second flavoring step. 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Bitter Melon to Lower Blood Sugar

I'd like to start a conversation about blood sugar. It has been documented by several sources that bitter melon reduces blood sugar levels, and however effective this may be for type 2 diabetics, as a T1D mom, we know that T1 and T2 are not the same condition.

The reason I want to talk about bitter melon is because there is something deep inside my soul that says, "God has an answer for diabetes", and not just to prevent it. I don't want to get into all the potential causes, but until she is completely healed, I personally want to explore some possible blood sugar reducers which can possible reduce the amount of artificial insulin. 

So first, I want to ask, have you heard about bitter melon? Have you tried it? Well, to the average American it tastes N-A-S-T-Y. So what we did was juiced it and took "shots". Then I let my daughter chase it with milk or something else. We didn't notice anything dramatic, but over the course of the two weeks she was taking it, we did get some lower bs readings. It was hard to use my daughter as a "control" subject though because at the time she was sneaking food a lot and we just had so many other issues to combat. 

So we took a break from raw bitter melon then a few months ago we bought some over the counter Bitter Melon in capsules at Sprouts. (What a fabulous grocery store this is!) She began taking one with each meal, and keeping track of her food intake (which has really helped the sneaking). Since the consistency, we are noticing more "regular" bs readings, which mean less "correcting" and less insulin.

I would LOVE to hear from you! Have you tried bitter melon for diabetes? What were your results? Do you have any good articles you can post on this? 

Thanks for sharing!

Oh! here's a link if your looking to purchase the capsules online:

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Kale Smoothie Recipe

Quick Tip:
Juice your kale and pour into ice cube trays over the weekend. Now you’ve got kale cubes! To follow my Kale-Banana Smoothie recipe, 4 cubes= about 1/3 Cup juice.
Kale-Banana Smoothie
1/3 Cup Juiced Kale
1 Whole Banana
1 Cup Ice
1/2 Cup Water
1 Scoop Plant Fusion Protein Powder

Monday, February 3, 2014

Green Tea Kefir Recipe

Green Tea Lime *KEFIR WATER* recipe
1. Brewed kefir water
2. Lime
3. Coconut Sugar
4. Cooled green tea
5. Dried cranberries

Just brew some loose leaf green tea and let sit until cool and concentrated. Squeeze and toss in a lemon or lime wedge, a pinch of coconut sugar, and a few dried cranberries. Mmm mmm mmm.