A sneak peek from the first chapter of ‘Cook Korean!: A Comic Book With Recipes’. 

Find out more about ‘Cook Korean!’: robin.megaten.net

Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Coming out to book stores near you on July 5th 2016. Pre-order it now!

The Real Health Benefits of Fermented Foods

The art of fermentation produces food filled with active, live cultures. Learning how to ferment food can provide a more nutritious and digestible diet, but be wary of health claims that seem too good to be true.

By Sandor Ellix Katz
Sauerkraut Could Be The Secret To Curing Social Anxiety
It might sound outlandish, but the idea that your diet can have a huge effect on your emotions has become the focus of an exciting new area of psychological research. The latest addition to this growing body of research comes from psychologists at the College of William & Mary, and finds a link between a diet high in fermented foods and reductions in neuroticism and social anxiety.

Growing hot sauce! Over the years I’ve learned to love fermented foods—my Polish grandma would be happy. Got inspired to try making homemade cultured hot sauce while at my buddy Kyle’s farm in New Mexico. Just three ingredients: rehydrated chilies, vinegar, salt. A few days in, starting to see a small layer of ferment on bottom.

Feeling great with fermented foods

Fermenting foods is a process which is as old as humanity. Originally it was mostly used to preserve foods but we now know that fermentation makes food more digestible and more nutritious. Unfortunately fermented foods have largely disappeared from the Western diet, much to the detriment of our health. Many people have never tried real fermented foods - the only thing most people have tried is yoghurt but in most cases it is loaded with sugar and hasn’t been fermented long enough to provide us with substantial health benefits. The taste for fermented foods is usually an acquired taste and it takes a while to get used to the unusual flavours but once you start enjoying them, it’s hard to live without it. 

I recently found this great website which contains all 773 recipes from Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions Cookbook and decided to make Beet Kvass, a very nutritious fermented beverage. I will let you know how it went. I am making fermented foods regularly (Kombucha, sauerkraut, sourdough bread etc.) and am feeling so much better for it. Especially if you have recurrent yeast problems (sinusitis, skin rashes, candida overgrowth-thrush) I can highly recommend experiencing the benefits of fermented foods. 

9 Articles to Heal and Restore Your Gut

Gut health is the foundation for so many other bodily functions. An unhealthy gut interferes with weight loss, athletic performance, and the immune system.  Here are 9 articles to help you restore your gut flora and prevent digestive disturbances that interfere with training and life.

How to Tell If Your Gut Bugs Are Out Of Whack (Peter Curcio)

Last week I talked about gut bacteria and obesity. Today we’re looking at some methods used to assess the balance of bacteria in the gut.

 5 Quick Tips for Healthy Guts and a Healthier Immune System (Lindsey Mathews)

Did you know the biggest part of your immune system is your gastrointestinal tract? Your guts are the first line of defense against intruders. Here are 5 tips to bolster your immune system.

 Dissecting Anti-Nutrients: A Closer Look at Saponins (Peter Curcio)

Saponins are in quinoa, legumes, soybeans, and potatoes. You may have heard how bad they are for you, but what are they? And are they really that big of a deal?

 Gluten Gone Wild: What Is It & What Is It Doing To Our Guts? (Peter Curcio)

You’ve heard gluten is bad, but do you know what it is exactly and why it’s bad? Do you know why you shouldn’t eat it, even if it doesn’t feel different when you don’t eat it? Read on for the answers.

 Everybody Poops, Part 1: When the Going Gets Tough (Traver H. Boehm)

Everybody poops. It’s true. I poop. Hopefully, you poop. But sometimes the act goes smoother than others. Here are some tips on how to get things moving again.

 The Real Reasons Your Guts Need Fermented Foods (Heidi L. George)

Kombucha, sauerkraut, kimchi - what do these have in common? They are fermented foods and provide health benefits for your body. Read on to find out why fermented foods are good for you.

 Everybody Poops, Part 2: Every Which Way But Loose (Traver H. Boehm)

Our bathroom talk continues this week with a look at loose stools, what causes them and how to make them more of a solid part of your life.

Gut Bacteria and Obesity: A Hidden Connection? (Peter Curcio)

Do you or your clients seem to gain weight no matter how little you eat? It could be your guts. The bacteria in our bodies are affected by the foods we eat, sometimes with disastrous results.

 The Four Rs: How to Restore Optimal Gut Health (Brad Sly)

Alright, so you know why you need good bacteria in your guts, and maybe you’ve determines your guts need some help - now what? Here are the Four Rs of getting your guts back in working order.


Nourish in 2012 with fermented foods like sauerkrauts and kimchi. It will add needed enzymes to your stomach to promote healthy digestion which in turn supports overall wellness. #HappyNewYear #BeWell #2012

Shown:Latin America Sauerkraut, or Cordito. Cordito is a whey-fermented blend of Cabbage, Carrot, Onion, Garlic, Chili & Oregano. Stoked to have learned this recipe from a canning pal. 

Strawberry water kefir - it’s so good! Water kefir is a natural probiotic soda that’s been brewed for hundreds of years all over the world - it’s fizzy and tastes like a dry, slightly sweet lemonade. You can add whatever flavourings you want - I added a few chopped strawberries. You just add kefir grains to some sugary water - the grains ferment and digest all the sugar over 2-3 days, it becomes fizzy and the end product has almost no sugar. You can then drink it plain or bottle it and add fruit or flavouring. I feel like it’s easier than kombucha and ferments faster - there’s no boiling tea like there is with kombucha, and it’s ready in half the time. And it’s packed with a bunch of probiotics. I like the kefir flavour more than kombucha, but that’s a personal preference. Anyway, the grains grow and reproduce, so you can share them with everyone. Fermentation life foreverrrrr.

The Benefits of Kombucha

By Brandi Woolf

There was a time when I would not make a trip to the health food store without picking up a bottle of Kombucha. It was my treat. Some kids like the free cookie at the grocery store bakery. I looked forward to the Mango Kombucha in that pretty glass bottle with the mandala on it. [Find out more!]