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Fermented Foods – My Sister is All About It!

Adam, the founder of iHaveUC.com

Adam, the founder of iHaveUC.com

Hey UC’ers,

March 6th, I received a late night facebook message from my sister Laura.

The post below about fermented foods has the following:

  • my sister’s message
  • A video from a woman who is a food fermenting expert
  • A recipe for the type of fermented foods I made today
  • And a link to pretty amazing facebook group all about fermented foods
  • And some more good stuff

Have you ever thought of trying to help your colitis symptoms with fermented foods?  Read on if you have a spare moment, it might get you off the couch and down to the grocery store:)   A big reason why people with ulcerative colitis (and a host of other medical struggles) ferment foods is to gain from the probiotics that are part of these types of foods.  Some call them probiotics, others call them “good bacteria”, lets leave that one for you to decide ehhhh..:)

Here is what my sister wrote late a few weeks ago:

  • March 6   

    3/6, 10:35 pm    Laura

    ADAM

    you need to call me.
     I know how to cure your UC
    I know how to cure your UC
  • GRAVATAR-Feb-2012a

     

    3/6, 10:35pm Adam Scheuer

    Hi laura

  • 3/6, 10:35pm

    Laura

    I’m serious

  • GRAVATAR-Feb-2012a

    3/6, 10:35pm

    Adam Scheuer

    How are u??

    Tell mee???:)))

  • 3/6, 10:36pm

    Laura

    I’m good

    can we skype or something?

  • GRAVATAR-Feb-2012a

    3/6, 10:36pm

    Adam Scheuer

    What is the cure???

  • 3/6, 10:36pm

    Laura

    fermented foods

     

  • 3/6, 10:37pm

    Laura

    im serious

  • GRAVATAR-Feb-2012a

    3/6, 10:37pm

    Adam Scheuer

    Mě too

  • 3/6, 10:37pm

    Laura

    I literally have healed all of my stomach issues and anxiety and everything eating fermented foods

  • GRAVATAR-Feb-2012a

    3/6, 10:37pm

    Adam Scheuer

    I’ve actually written quite a few stories about that on the sute

    Site

  • 3/6, 10:37pm

    Laura

    really??

  • GRAVATAR-Feb-2012a

    3/6, 10:37pm

    Adam Scheuer

    Like sauerkraut and other stuff

  • 3/6, 10:38pm

    Laura

    have you tried it?

  • GRAVATAR-Feb-2012a

    3/6, 10:38pm

    Adam Scheuer

    Gooood bacteria in there

  • 3/6, 10:38pm

    Laura

    ehat about kombucha and kefir?

  • GRAVATAR-Feb-2012a

    3/6, 10:38pm

    Adam Scheuer

    Yes, I have fir sure tried

    I need to eat more of that actually.

    I will buy some more tomorrow:)))))

  • 3/6, 10:39pm

    Laura

    sending you something I just watched that you should watch

  • GRAVATAR-Feb-2012a

    3/6, 10:39pm

     Adam Scheuer

    Laura, I’m going to sleep now, Can we talk earlier later in the week??

    Ok

    Send it over:))!!

  • 3/6, 10:39pm

    Laura

    okay sounds good. Happy birthday!! I posted in your wall

  • GRAVATAR-Feb-2012a

    3/6, 10:39pm

    Adam Scheuer

  • GRAVATAR-Feb-2012a

    3/6, 10:40pm

    Adam Scheuer

    U the best Laura: ))

  • 3/6, 10:40pm

    Laura

  • 3/6, 10:40pm

    Laura

    This lady is awesome!! She’s from Hungary and she is so knowledgeable

  • 3/6, 10:40pm

    Laura

    Also have you heard of the gerson protocol?

  • GRAVATAR-Feb-2012a

    3/6, 10:40pm

    Adam Scheuer

    The Laura

    Thx

    I will watch her

  • 3/6, 10:41pm

    Laura

    Okay!!

    i can’t wait for you to watch it!!! We can cure you and everyone else!!!

    im off all my medals because of this

    meds**

    sleep well love you brother

  • GRAVATAR-Feb-2012a

    3/6, 10:47pm

    Adam Scheuer

    you are the best Laura:))))

  • 3/6, 10:50pm

    Laura

    YOU are the best. I just added to you a group ‘fermenter’s kitchen‘ it’s awesome!!

    So there you have it, pretty cool sister indeed.

    And, in her honor, I just sealed up another round of fermented foods tonight:

    fermented sauerkraut

    That is a combination of cabbage(hopefully will be sauerkraut) with some leeks, carrots, and some sea salts

    Here is another simple link on how to make a homemade sauerkraut “vegetalbe Medley” which you might find useful:

    https://www.richters.com/events/20140413.pdf

    Here is the website of the woman in the youtube video as well: https://gapsontario.wordpress.com/

    I’m excited to hear from others who have tried fermenting of your own foods, and if you feel like the probiotics that are involved and part of the foods have helped your ulcerative colitis.

    So please drop me a line via a comment below if you have any thoughts, questions, or ideas on this topic.

    Take care, and happy fermenting UC’ers,

    Adam




fermented, sauerkraut

20 Responses to Fermented Foods – My Sister is All About It!

  1. Sharon March 20, 2016 at 12:40 pm #

    Hello, to everyone in this wonderful group. I thank everyone for submitting what has or hasn’t worked for them, it has helped me a lot! When I was diagnosed I got zero information on what to do about it. Other then he told me what I had and said you need to be treated. Ok. Then what?!! So from that day forward I had one episode after another. Just before my hip surgery dec. 7 I had severe swelling in my ankle. My whole foot swelled huge! Doc put me on prednisone. Worked great and also stopped all swelling in my joints and took care of my bleeding with colitis. Whooohooo. Stayed that way the whole time I was home, no stress from work or anything. Went back to work, stress started right back up and boom! Here comes the bleeding again. I’m assuming here that stress is a big factor in my colitis. Does anyone else have this problem or maybe was it just time for it to flare up again? I stay completely away from sugar, I eat no baked goods or bread of any kind. I will add a tsp of raw organic honey in my oatmeal but that’s as far as my sweetness of anything. I eat very healthy. So I’m assuming the stress factor is the problem. It’s not the job either! It’s one other factor. Just wondering if anyone else has problems with stress causing problems with their colitis.

    • Adam
      Adam March 21, 2016 at 12:48 pm #

      Hi Sharon,

      Thanks for commenting, and hell the heck yes, I think stress can for sure play a part in people’s symptoms with UC.

      In fact, we did a survey on Stress and UC not too long ago. Here are the results that you can check out anytime you like:

      151 people participated, and many wrote comments with their own opinions:

      http://www.ihaveuc.com/colitis-and-stress-151-patient-survey-results-part-1/

      Best to you in keeping the stress under control along with your colitis:)

      Adam

  2. Spike March 20, 2016 at 1:36 pm #

    Thanks for sharing. Watching this right now. Might help jump start my transition into preparing and eating fermented food. The only probiotic I eat is 24 hour SCD yoghurt.

    • Adam
      Adam March 21, 2016 at 12:49 pm #

      What up Spike!

      Hey, good luck with fermenting if you give it a go. And keep us posted on how things go for you:))

      Best,
      -Adam

    • Nora Marks March 22, 2016 at 5:32 am #

      Off my meds for 3 months with SCD diet and 24 hour yogurt. Feel great. I have challenged the diet, added wheat containing products and constipation develops. Go back on the diet and I’m fine. So, staying on the SCD diet as closely as possible. I don’t miss spending $600 a month for meds, the cramping, the bloating and the bleeding. :-)

  3. Bev March 20, 2016 at 2:25 pm #

    First, Adam, I LOVE the relationship between you and your sis. It explains the guy that you are!!

    WONDERFUL, that is.

    Thank you SO much for sharing this and the video!!

    Bev

    • Adam
      Adam March 21, 2016 at 12:50 pm #

      What up Big B!!

      Thx for the super kind words, yes indeed, super cool sis indeed, just wish I saw her more:(

      And soon she’ll be married… to a super nice guy..:)) OK, thx a bunch, and wishing you well:))

      -Adam

      • Adam
        Adam March 21, 2016 at 12:51 pm #

        Bev,

        Also…you may not have seen this one… but shot a video for youtube with a buddy from NY last week…too scared to post it here on the site: but you might a like it:))) (guitar skills are…..well, not sure if they have improved since last music vid..:) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_H5cwO9rWHU

  4. jacqueline March 20, 2016 at 2:47 pm #

    Hi Adam, Haven’t watched the video yet but wanted to say I have had AMAZING results with raw sauerkraut (especially red cabbage). The one I have been using is REALLY SMELLY but I’ve been told that it means it has more probiotics in it. I have a cup a day of it and my blood has disappeared. I did stop it for a couple of weeks and although the blood did not return I started to feel constipated. I believe it takes a while to heal our gut so plan to be on this food for a couple of years and maybe more. I would recommend any UC sufferer to use this probiotic food state (tablets never did much for me). Lastly, I soak brown flaxseed (linseed) for 24 hours and then drink it. This along with the sauerkraut means I am free of UC. Thank you for posting all this.

  5. Donna G
    Donna G March 20, 2016 at 3:46 pm #

    Love this post, I too am convinced that fermented foods are very good for you. They are partially digested by the bacteria and the nutrients are more bioavailable for our bodies making them easier to digest and more nutritious. From the research that I have done most people suggest a small serving with every meal. My favorite fermentation guru is Sandoor Katz, you can find him on youtube, he also has some excellent books he has written. In response to Sharon I also find the stress may be one of the bigger contributors to an episode, I’ve done some reading about mindfulness meditation which is scientifically proven to help people deal with pain and stress but I’m not a good practicer of it. One book that has been suggested to me is Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn, he also has some youtubes to look at. Thanks for posting about fermented foods Adam, I think it’s important. If you’ve never made kefir it’s easy and fun and soooo delicious, many, many people credit it for healing their gut.

    • Adam
      Adam March 21, 2016 at 12:53 pm #

      What up Donna!,

      Hey, give it a nice try and let us know how it treats you. Good luck with the fermenting::)))))

      —Adam

  6. Catherine E
    Catherine e March 20, 2016 at 3:55 pm #

    Ferments have definitely helped my gut. Thanks, Adam, for another amazing post. I showed this video to my 97 year old grandmother. She grew up on a farm and laughed, saying that this was the only way to have vegetables when they were out of season.

    I make a super easy carrot ginger ferment that is delish, and so yummy that my toddlers ask for seconds!

    A few tips:
    Chop your veggies in the food processor
    Use distilled water
    Keep the room cool, ideally below 69 Fahrenheit
    Use gloves (if massaging salted veggies for ten minutes makes your skin tingle- if not, don’t worry about it)

    Happy fermenting!

    • Adam
      Adam March 21, 2016 at 12:54 pm #

      what up Catherine!

      Hey, please please tell your granny to share some old timers tips on this:)))

      For sure she’s got to have some tricks up her sleves right:)))

      Good luck to you with the fermentaters, and thanks for the recipe idea:)

      –Adam

  7. Eileen March 20, 2016 at 5:20 pm #

    I want to say big thanks to you Adam for sharing. You are an inspiration….I tried fermenting cabbage 9 months ago….but didn’t exactly turn out well. I’ll give it another go. I’ll watch the video to get some fermenting 101 lessons.

  8. maggiedream March 20, 2016 at 10:05 pm #

    I’ve been making my own kefir for a year and a half now. Yes, there is so much you can do with it! Mostly, I make smoothies in the morning with fresh ginger, frozen blueberries or any fruits and combos. One time, I got lazy and left it in the fridge for about a month in curdled milk. I figured the grains were dead but I strained it out and reused the grains and they were as good as ever. I use it in place of buttermilk in recipes. Glad to see other uses as mentioned in the “fermenter’s kitchen.” Thanks for the info on that site! I also make a drink with good mineral water, Bragg’s vinegar, fresh ginger, and whatever your imagination comes up with, no need to ferment, just use the blender and enjoy!

  9. Girish March 21, 2016 at 3:58 am #

    Thank u adam ,Very helpful information about ulce colities

    • Anneabell
      anne March 22, 2016 at 5:54 am #

      I tried Kefir when I had my sever pan ulcerative colitis but I think I was so sick iI didn’t find it helped me not even medication was helping then I also found it to be very time consuming but I’m interested in trying again

  10. Anneabell
    anne March 22, 2016 at 5:48 am #

    I used to pickle califlower I would cut the califlower place in sterile jars add brine and some vinegar leave for 2 or 4 weeks so I’m wondering is this the same as fermenting, I use to also do this with other vegetables but stopped making and eating them I’m wondering if this is the same and might get back into making them again. Thoughts

  11. slingshot April 3, 2016 at 10:01 am #

    I make my own 24h Yoghurt, on low temp pasteurized milk and non-homogenized. I also make kimchi quite often. The sauerkraut is really good with sausage but I prefer it cooked and then I guess most of the beneficial bacterias die, so it’s kind of a waste…

    Here are some inspiration from my fridge and countertop:
    http://i.imgur.com/leiDgCJ.jpg
    http://i.imgur.com/zG1fGSj.jpg

    I have tried back and forth but I think for me lower stress and FMT is the most effective way to get into remission fast.

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