“Let food be your medicine.” That is what the founder of one of my favorite health food brands said to me during our conversation about healing, the power of fermented foods, and where true health comes from. We talk all things fermented, why Kefir is so important, what you can do at home, and why you might want to stop slamming back kombuchas. If you have ever wondered why you may not be healing from a chronic condition you might be surprised in what you learn from today’s guest.

Lauren Mones is the founder and CEO of Fermenting Fairy. After being diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2014, Lauren was told it was something she’d just have to live with. But something told her that just couldn’t be true. After reading about the healing powers of fermented foods, Lauren tried sauerkraut from a health food store. She was shocked at how much that pickled cabbage changed her entire world.Lauren shares the magic of the fermentation process with everyone she meets. In less than two years, Mones grew her home-based business selling bottles of kefir outside a yoga studio to a USDA certified organic brand sold in dozens of Los Angeles health food stores and online.

In this episode, we talk about Lauren’s journey from a healthy life to being diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease to discovering the power of fermented foods, building her business, and what happened when she found a new way to live.


Here’s what you will learn:

  • What led Lauren to creating products to heal your gut (2:17)
  • How to handle getting a diagnosis of a major disease and the emotional side of illness (9:28)
  • How fermented foods can help a “leaky gut” (15:26)
  • The difference between probiotic supplements and drinks (20:56)
  • Easy ways to reach optimal gut health and why it’s so important(26:28)
  • The best ways to use fermented products to help your gut (30:51)
  • Why wild fermentation differs from other methods (35:29)
  • How trials and successes in your business help you find yourself (36:40)

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