7 Fermented Foods to Enjoy for Gut Health

Happy weekend!



And boy is it going to be a happy weekend.  I just received some happy news from Sean Croxton I wanted to share with you.



Sean is generously giving away his Real Food Summit program for FREE for anyone who purchases or who has purchased the Digestion Sessions by this Monday at 8 am PST. 



You are going to want to jump on that offer.



Plus, if you do, you’re eligible to win a free Discovery Session with me (see more below).  It’s a win-win-win!



This week, I found myself back in front of the camera again – this time making a simple and delicious fermented side dish.


This was the first time I had ever made a fermented food. I’d always been intimidated by it. I CAN’T BELIEVE IT TOOK ME SO LONG TO TRY THIS!  It’s literally the most simple recipe you can make and one that packs a punch when it comes to your gut health.  See what I mean in the video below.









7 Fermented Foods to Enjoy for Gut Health


In honor of the Digestion Sessions (which is still going on, by the way!), I’ve spent the last few blog posts talking about the fact that you must heal your gut if you hope to heal your body. And a lot of times, when we start talking about eating to heal the gut, people focus on the foods they must give up — but what about the new foods you get to eat?


You may have heard of probiotics — supplements or foods that have beneficial bacteria in them to help keep the zillions of good microbes living in our guts healthy and strong. These little organisms are also powerful chelators that help detoxify the body, which is hugely important to healing the gut.


Yogurt is the most well-known of these foods, but when you’re trying to avoid dairy and sugar to help heal a leaky gut or address inflammation, the problems with eating yogurt outweigh the benefits.


Luckily, there are plenty of other foods that naturally contain probiotics that can help keep your gut flora strong.


  1. Sauerkraut – You want to look for live sauerkraut, probably in the refrigerated section of your grocery store (not from a can, which kills the beneficial bacteria). Or make your own! It only requires cabbage, water and salt! Sauerruben is a similar dish usually made with rutabagas, turnips, and other root vegetables.

  2. Miso – If soy isn’t a problem for you, you might consider adding small amounts of miso, tempeh, or other fermented soy products to your diet.

  3. Coconut Kefir – A fermented drink made using coconut milk, this generally has less added sugar than other kefirs and no dairy.

  4. Lacto-fermented Pickles – The pickles you buy in the grocery store (and even some you make at home) are cooked and made with vinegar, but traditional lacto-fermented pickles are raw and made with beneficial bacteria. They’re easy to make at home using the whey from live-culture yogurt as a starter.

  5. Raw Kimchi – Again, be sure to look for the live, refrigerated variety. Anything that has been processed to be shelf-stable won’t have the live probiotics.

  6. Coconut Yogurts – Look for a variety with little or no added sugar.

  7. Kombucha and Water Kefir – These are fermented drinks that contain lots of beneficial bacteria, but also contain sugar, because that’s what the bacteria eat! Make your own for the lowest sugar option.


You only need about a quarter to half a cup of fermented vegetables a day to start seeing the benefits. Plus, the more variety of fermented veggies you eat, the more benefits you will see, as they will all have slightly different microorganisms to help your digestive tract.


These good bacteria help balance your gut flora, detoxify your body, and help you absorb more of the good stuff in what you eat. SCORE!


If you’re interested in learning more about how your gut health affects your overall health, I urge you to sign up for the FREE Digestion Sessions.


There is SOOO much good information in these sessions! I even had some of my long-time unanswered questions addressed! I can’t recommend it highly enough. Plus, if you sign up through my link, you’ll be entered to win a free coaching session with me!



TLC’S Celebration Event in honor of the

Digestion Session’s Continues!


If this sounds like the kind of holiday you want to have, don’t forget to sign up for the FREE Digestion Sessions! The summit features a hand-picked team of 25 functional medicine doctors, naturopaths, bestselling authors, and real food chefs reveal how you can eliminate your digestive problems by finding the root cause, treating undiagnosed infections, identifying the best diet for you, and healing your gut, naturally.


And, for the next THREE DAYS ONLY (through 11/16/2014), if you purchase through my link, you’ll be entered to win a FREE 30-minute Discovery Session with me {$100 Value}, where we’ll walk through exactly what’s causing you and your body grief, and lay out a plan to get you back to health.


Plus, you’ll receive my Quick-start Guide to Menu Planning for Optimal Digestive Health as an extra bonus.


The winner will be announced on 11/17.


(Just an FYI: You’ve got to use my link to purchase so that I know who you are and can enter you in the raffle! No other purchases will be entered.)


Don’t wait! Learn how to heal your body with the Digestion Sessions and enter to win 30 minutes of FREE private coaching with me.




The fine print….


The reason I’m able to offer all these free gifts this week is that I do receive a small commission on each program ordered through my purchase link.  These commissions keep the website running and allow me to continue to create free resources for you throughout the year.


(Just an FYI: For all giveaways throughout the Digestion Sessions, you must use my link so that I know who you are and can enter you in the raffle. No other purchases will be entered.  Returned purchases will become ineligible.


Don’t forget to keep checking these newsletters throughout the Digestion Sessions Live Event. I’ll be sending you extra bonuses throughout the week including cooking videos, bonus gifts and more!


xx Jen

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