Create Beneficial Intestinal Bacteria by Making Fermented Rejuvelac!

Beneficial intestinal bacteria such as lactobacteria, acidophilus, and bifidus, are better known as friendly bacteria. They inhabit the intestinal tract, but are mainly found in the colon.  They are extremely important for good digestion and excretion and are responsible for maintaining the proper pH balance in the intestines.

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The rich sulfur contained in cabbage increases the 'friendly bacteria' you already have in your colon. The more friendly intestinal bacteria you have, the better your digestion and elimination. If you have chronic constipation, be sure to include raw or steamed cabbage in your diet regularly.

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Lactobacteria increase the frequency, bulk, and ease of bowel movements, control gas, and reduce the bad odor of your bowels. They also suppress the growth of unfriendly bacteria and keep yeasts such as candida under control.

The Importance of Intestinal Bacteria

Lactobacteria are destroyed by a multitude of things. Chlorinated water, diets high in protein, antibiotics,and medicines support the unfriendly intestinal bacteria, with which lactobacteria must compete for dominance in your gut.

Since most people cook with and drink chlorinated water, take antibiotics regularly, and eat lots of meat, their digestive tracts contain an average ratio of about 20% lactobacteria to 80% putrefactive bacteria. The optimum levels for good digestion and easy elimination are exactly the opposite, 80/20.

You might think that if you consume a lot of yogurt, you are supplying your body with lots of active live cultures, which help control other digestive problems. You also might think you are getting plenty of friendly intestinal bacteria in your system!

However, the only way to make yogurt effective, is to make your own yogurt at home everyday and consume it within 24 hours after you make it. After that, the lactobacteria, (in even the best yogurts on the market), begin to decline rapidly, leaving lactic acid; a waste product of lactobacteria metabolism.

Therefore, store bought yogurt, no matter how good it's advertised to be, is not a viable source of good friendly bacteria. You can get a good supply from some of the newer adicopholus tablets on the market if you buy the right brands. Just make sure the product advertises active culture probiotics! If you do not see any of these words on the label, be very skeptical!

The easiest and richest source of supplemental lactobacteria is simply cabbage.

Cabbage feeds and promotes the growth of whatever friendly bacteria you already have in your digestive tract. It also suppresses the growth of 'bad' bacteria, controls gas, and reduces bowel odor.

For therapeutic purposes, you should drink about half a cup of freshly fermented cabbage juice three times daily and also make cabbage a regular part of your diet. Drinking cabbage juice has always been a good way to heal stomach ulcers.

Cabbage has always been a staple food in traditional Asian countries. Asian foods are better known for their digestibility and health promoting properties.

Another food that strongly promotes friendly lactobacteria growth, are Jerusalem artichokes. (Also called Sun Chokes in parts of the USA). They contain a carbohydrate called inulin, which is neither digested nor absorbed by humans. It therefore reaches the lower bowels in tact. Lactobacteria love inulin and thrive on it.

Even small amounts of inulin support abundant colonies of friendly intestinal bacteria in the colon. High fiber foods such as bran, psyllium husk, carrots, and bean sprouts also help support and grow the friendly bacteria by sweeping the colon clean of the putrefactive bacteria.

One of the best, cheapest, and easiest ways to get enough friendly intestinal bacteria in the digestive tract, is to make a batch of Robert Gray’s easy to prepare Cabbage Rejuvelac ferment. It is particularly important to replenish your intestinal colonies under the following conditions:

  • After a course of antibiotics
  • After a series of colonics
  • After a prolonged fast
  • After an intestinal cleanse
  • If you have a weak digestive tract
  • If you have chronic constipation
  • If you use a laxative regularly

    To replenish your supply of friendly intestinal bacteria, take Rejuvelac daily for 30-45 days, longer if you wish, and repeat at least once a year. Many recipe's call for other ingredients that have to be purchased, however the original Rejuvelac, was only made with purified water and cabbage. Here’s how to make your own!

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    How to Make Fermented Cabbage Rejuvelac


    1 or 2 heads of cabbage
    Purified water
    Jars with lids

    In the morning, blend 1 & 3/4 C. of water with 3 C. of coarsely chopped loose packed fresh cabbage in blender. Do not use chlorinated water or flouridated tap water, which kills lactobacteria. Start the blender at low speed, then switch to high speed for about thirty seconds. If you don’t have a blender, use a food processor or just use 2 & 1/2 C. of very finely chipped, tightly packed cabbage with the same amount of water.

    Pour the mixture into a jar, cover loosely, and let stand at room temperature for exactly three days. Then strain off the liquid Rejuvelac and discard the cabbage dregs.

    Immediately measure out 1/4 C. of fresh Rejuvelac and start your next batch by blending 3 C. coarsely chopped cabbage (or 2 & 1/2 C. finely chopped cabbage) with 1 & 1/2 C. distilled/purified water. Then pour it back into the jar with the 1/4 C. fermented Rejuvelac from the first batch. Shake and let stand covered at room temperature for 24 hours.

    This and all subsequent batches require 1/4 C. less water and take only one day to ferment, owing to the 1/4 C. of fermented Rejuvelac starter you now add each time.

    Store the rest of the Rejuvelac in the refrigerator and take 1/2 C. three times per day, preferably with meals. Discard any leftover rejuvelac after 24 hours. Continue making and taking Rejuivelac daily for one to three months, depending on how long it takes to establish regular bowel movements with lubricated stools. Resume supplementation whenever required, especially if chronic constipation recurs.

    Good Rejuvelac should taste sour and slightly carbonated, a bit like yogurt or strong mineral water. If it tastes putrid, discard it and start over. Be sure the water you use is purified, otherwise you may never get the recipe right.

    Replenishing your friendly intestinal bacteria takes some time, but it's so worthwhile. It can prevent all sorts of digestive disorders and degenerative conditions. A good way to get started is to first detoxify your body before hand is to do a 3-7 day fast, use intestinal cleansers, or use colonic irrigations. Follow up with Rejuvelac to replenish your friendly bacteria.

    Support their growth by eating plenty of fresh raw foods like cabbage and other fruits and vegetables.

    You can also try other fermented foods like kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut, pickles, miso, tempeh, natto, and kimchi.

    Cut down on your consumption of refined foods like dairy products, meats, and refined sugars and starches. You’ll be astonished at how much better you’ll feel after doing this!

    *The information on this page was taken from The Complete Book of Chinese Health and Healing, by Daniel Reid.

    Always consult your physician before using natural remedies, especially for anyone with preexisting conditions or anyone currently taking prescription medications. Although many efforts are made to ensure that the advice given on this site is professionally sound, the advice is not intended to replace a mutual relationship with a medical provider.

    Related Pages on This Site

    Raw Food Colon Cleansing Program

    Understanding Probiotics – Different Strains for Different Needs

    Digestive Enzyme Supplements – A Natural Constipation Remedy

    Eat More High Fiber Food – Good Sources

    Why a High Fiber Diet May Not Cure Irregularity!


    Harper J. Body Wisdom – Chinese and Natural Medicine for Self-Healing. 1997; 142-143. Lactobacteria

    How to Make Rejuvelac, The Fermented Super Drink

    10 Healthiest Fermented Foods & Vegetables

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