To Your Health! Cultured Veggies

By on April 9, 2011

By Sheree Gillaspie,  NTP, CHFS, MS Holistic Nutrition, Nutritional Therapist Practitioner, Certified Healing Foods Specialist –

Preparing cultured foods dates back in time before modern preservation methods were developed to prolong the shelf life of foods.  Many traditional cultures around the world consumed billions of probiotic microbes with fermented foods.  Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that normally reside inside our intestinal tract.  One of the most commonly known is lacto-fermented cabbage or sauerkraut.  There are different versions made of various vegetables around the world including the Korea version known as kimchi.

Cultured Vegetables are preserved through a process called lacto-fermentation.  Lactic acid is a natural preservative that inhibits the various bacteria, fungi and viruses that can cause serious health problems.  The starches and sugars in the vegetables are converted into lactic acid by many species of lactic acid producing bacteria – mostly from Lactobacillus and Bifidus.  Many chemical changes take place during the fermentation process resulting in a food that is vital to maintaining a healthy inner ecosystem.

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Benefits to consuming cultured veggies with every meal:

  • Cultured veggies are partially digested already, so they are easy on the system.
  • 70% to 80% of our immune system is controlled by our gastrointestinal tract.   Cultured veggies are naturally packed with digestive enzymes and probiotics, which support the health of your digestive system.
  • Help balance the pH of your digestive tract.  A healthy colon is naturally acidic, however this is easily disrupted by medications, stress, antibiotics, and poor diet  (i.e.: processed lifeless foods)
  • Convert food into nourishing substances for the gut lining feeding it and keeping it healthy.
  • Help reduce sugar cravings!

Although these cultured foods are important for everyone to consume, it’s important to note that there can be many improvements in conditions such as Constipation, IBS, Eczema, GERD, Poor Digestion, Chronic Fatigue, ADD/Autism and Depression.  The digestive enzymes will make the rest of your meal more available to your body nutritionally and protect the health of your gut with a whole food!  If we are to prevent or reverse any modern illness we must make sure we have good digestive health!

Pure Life Living cultured veggies are available in three delicious organic blends:

Spicy Blend – Green Cabbage, Yam, Onion, Ginger, Turmeric, Red Pepper Flakes, and Probiotics

Garden Blend – Green Cabbage, Kale, Celery, Daikon, Caraway seeds, Ginger, and Probiotics

Beet Blend – Red beets, Yellow Beets, Carrots, Ginger, Garlic, and Probiotics

 To order:  Via phone: Sheree Gillaspie – 541.306.0188,  Angeline’s Bakery in Sisters and Central Oregon Locavore.  Check out the website for local food and healthful supplies!

Sheree Gillaspie is a Certified Nutritional Therapist Practitioner and Certified Healing Food Specialist.  Please visit her website and join her facebook page ( for healthy living tips and yummy recipes. Call Sheree today for a FREE health consultation!  541.306.0188

About Sheree Gillaspie

Sheree Gillaspie MS, NTP, FPC, CWC, CLC has always been excited about health and overall wellness and their essential connection with food. Sheree's passion is to empower clients to develop a healthful lifestyle and specific nutrition solutions that invoke the body’s own natural healing, allowing them to experience radiant health and peak vitality. Sheree has a Masters in Nutrition, is a certified Nutritional Therapist (Nutritional Therapy Association), certified Healing Food Specialist, a certified Food Psychology Coach, Wellness and Life Coach. She has over 26 years experience in the health and fitness industry including fitness club owner, Fitness Director for a private club, group class instructor (weight training, aerobic, teen fitness and senior fitness classes) Personal Trainer, Wellness and Lifestyle Coach and Nutrition Specialist.

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To Your Health! Cultured Veggies