Promoting A Healthy Microbiome With Kamitic Kultured Kraut

Updated: Apr 21

You may not know it, but you have an army of microbes living inside of you that are essential for fighting off threats, including the virus that causes COVID-19. ☥ Ana Maldonado-Contreras ☥ Microbiologist

Apple cider vinegar was used in Kamit (Ancient Egypt) for a wide array of ailments such as digestive and skin issues and to promote health by increasing immunity, internal strength, virility and much more. Internist Dr. Simon Yu recounted a decades long experiment that speaks to the regenerative power of apple cider vinegar:

Dr. Alexis Carrel, Nobel Laureate in medicine in 1912 from the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research in New York, kept the cells of a chicken heart alive and healthy for over 35 years by daily monitoring their nutrition, cleansing and elimination. A chicken’s full life span is about seven years. Apple cider vinegar was one of the nutrients given to the chicken heart cells daily for its full quota of potassium. He stopped the experiment after 35 years ... and stated ‘The cell is immortal. It is merely the fluid in which it floats that degenerates. Renew this fluid at intervals, give the cells what they require for nutrition and, as far as we know, the pulsation of life may go on forever.’

This quote stood out to me, not because of the possibility of immortality, but because of two important concepts that are reinforced throughout the holistic healing modalities that I study and a mantra:

☥ Nourishing and cleansing the body

☥ Cleansing/healing the environment of the cell (Lipton, The Wisdom Of Your Cells)

☥ mantra: “If you give your body what it needs, the body heals itself.”

One of my dearest friends came to visit me when I lived in New Mexico. She was amazed to find the oddest combination of items in my medicine cabinets. In the bathroom, I had essential oils, an array of sea/Epsom salts, clays and a bottle of organic, raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar with the mother. She insisted on seeing my personal medicine cabinet because she knew that I must have had at least one aspirin somewhere. I laughed, told her that most of my medicine is in my pantry and asked her if anyone could stay sick around me. Then we both laughed.

One of my favorite ways to use apple cider vinegar is to mix it with bentonite clay and use it externally as a face or foot mask. However, in this blog, I’d like to share with you a way to make your own raw kraut at home. This recipe is based on ancient remedies used in Kamit. Because raw kraut is rich in nutrients and helps to maintain a healthy microbiome, I’m hoping you will consider adding it to your nutritional regimen, including quarterly cleansing routines for the Winter Solstice, Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice and Fall Equinox. Kamitic Kultured Kraut tastes great in salads, stir-fries or over kichadi.

Ingredients (all ingredients listed below are organic)

☥ 1 head of Napa cabbage

☥ 1lb of asparagus tips (1 bunch, chopped)

☥ 1 bunch of cilantro, chopped

☥ ¾ cup of ginger (about 6, 2 inch pieces, minced)

☥ 1 tsp Celtic Salt

☥ 1 cup raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar with the mother