This is a recipe for Homemade Sauerkraut to Improve Your Gut Health, but it is also a story of why I want you to have it. I spent much of 2017 getting my health on track. I was lucky to be raised by parents who believed in Nature’s healing powers, eating foods we grew, and supplementing with vitamins. For that reason I have considered myself a generally healthy person, which in a way was a crutch. The truth is that life has a way of pushing back on my attempts to stay healthy — a lot of travel, the intensity with which I work, the stress that I take on because I care so much about the details.
In the summer of 2015 I had started drinking coffee for the first time, and it became harder and harder to wake up each day. And I was spending more time in a dense urban area which meant that socializing revolved around dining out with rich meals and fancy sugary cocktails or wine.
I’m not here to give you a prescription for health because the best lesson I’ve learned is there is absolutely no one-size-fits-all solution, but I will tell you that the second best lesson I’ve learned is that as we get older we can’t ride on the coattails of our youthful metabolism, and the more we beat our body up, the faster it breaks down until one day we wake up feeling like a different person. And the journey back to normal is a lot harder. That’s what happened for me.
I used my intensity in this case to tinker and figure out what has worked for me. And sometime in late 2017 a switch in me flipped and working on my healthy routine is no longer a chore but something I crave and look forward to. I feel really good right now on the inside. The outside I’m not quite as worried about, so long as my skin looks healthy. In fact, I don’t wear makeup much anymore because… who cares what anyone else thinks.
Along the way I have spent a lot of time reading about gut health. It is one of the most important things for us humans, and something we don’t spend a lot of time working on. I have really enjoyed reading the work of Dr. Izabella Wentz. She specializes in the thyroid, but describes 5 different unhealthy guts we can have: