Prescription Foods is a Pittsburgh-based, social-purpose fermented foods company. We are dedicated to producing the highest quality products and educating the public on the benefits of a healthy diet that includes naturally fermented foods.
Founded in 2015, the company builds off years of perfecting the family recipes of husband and wife fermentation enthusiasts and food activists. The company advocates for a reconnection to our food and health through traditionally fermented foods and nutritional education.
Choose prescription foods for flavor - the most sought after delicacies the world over are the result of traditional fermentation processes. Experience the depth and richness of flavor only bacterial proliferation can impart. Mmmm lactobacili.
Choose prescription foods for health - when bacterial cells in your body outnumber human cells 10 to 1, you are arguably more bacteria than human. A growing body of research supports the importance of beneficial bacteria to gut health and all facets of our physical health and emotional well-being. Support good gut health - eat your bacteria.
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All products produced by Prescription Foods are raw, vegan, gluten free and naturally fermented with no added sugar, preservatives or vinegar.
Prescription Foods products can be found at these fine establishments:
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My ongoing journey from sickness to health has not been quick or easy. It is a continuous process that has required diligent and consistent hard work. I have learned a great deal about health and nutrition along the way and I want to help others struggling with similar fates. This is my story:
In 2009 I developed a whole host of physical and emotional health problems including fatigue, cold sores, weight gain, major mood swings and depression. I had no idea what was causing my symptoms. After failing to find a suitable diagnosis or treatment plan through the conventional medical community, I engaged a naturopathic doctor. Only then was I finally given a diagnosis that made sense: severe overgrowth of a yeast called Candida albicans. I had recently finished taking a cycle of strong antibiotics when the symptoms began. It turns out that taking a strong antibiotic kills the bad and the good bacteria living in your body. It also turns out that not all bacteria are bad. On the contrary, 100 trillion bacteria living in and on us are responsible for a litany of vital tasks including aiding in nutritional absorption, digestion, immune function and keeping harmful yeast colonies, like Candida, balanced.
Just as I started to make progress on diagnosing and treating my issues, I became pregnant with my second child. Soon after birth my son began to show signs that my Candida overgrowth had passed to him. Eczema and rashes were common as were digestion problems, irritability and sleep issues. As he matured he showed increasing signs of food allergies and Sensory Processing Disorder. He was later diagnosed with dyspraxia, nutritional deficiencies, heavy metal toxicity and depressed immune function. With the help of the online community of BEDROK mothers dealing with similar issues and voluminous research, I connected most of our problems back to poor gut health and began slowly instituting changes to our diet. BEDROK stands for Body Ecology Diet Recovering Our Kids. Ultimately, we arrived at a combination of BED and GAPS diet that includes heavy doses of probiotic rich foods in a variety of forms that we all make from scratch.
The diet-based approach has worked and my whole family has benefited from our journey to health. Milo is doing great and continues to make strides developmentally. My head is clear, mental function is back to normal and energy levels are so good that I have begun to run in 5k’s, something unthinkable a few years ago. The whole family loves making and eating fermented foods. If only someone had prescribed this to me years ago, hence - Prescription Foods.
1. Where can I purchase your products?
Market Street Grocery - 435 Market St. Downtown Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412-281-3818
Sunny Bridge Natural Foods – 130 Gallery Drive, McMurray, PA 15317 724-942-5800
Health Hut in Beaver – 1617 3rd Street, Beaver, PA 15009 724-770-0711
2. How do I store your products and for how long?
We recommend refrigerating our products. Leaving them unrefrigerated for a few hours will not hurt.
Shelf life varies based on a product. For cofir and cogurt it is 3-4 weeks, but for vegetables it is up to 6 months. These are naturally fermented products that continue to have live active bacteria; taste and texture may change over time – that’s just part of the fun.
3. Do they all have to be refrigerated?
Yes, they do. You want to keep them in the fridge to stop the fermentation process before and after opening.
4. How many servings are there in each jar?
Cofir – 8, 2 oz servings in 16 oz bottle
Cogurt – 8, ¼ cup servings in 16 oz jar
Kraut – 8, ¼ cup servings in 16 oz jar
Kimchi – 8, ¼ cup servings in 16 oz jar
Garlic beets – 8, ¼ cup servings in 16 oz jar
5. How much of each product should I consume?
Start with 1 tablespoon of cofir for adults and 1 teaspoon for kids on an empty stomach. Treat it more like a supplement. Increase it slowly by 1 tablespoon or 1 teaspoon daily until you reach 2-4 oz. serving a day. Cogurt and vegetables start with 2 tablespoon for adults and kids; work it up to ¼-1/2 cup with a meal. Therapeutic dosage of kimchi, kraut and garlic beets is 1/3-1/2 cup with every meal.
6. Can I consume cofir with other foods?
Yes, you can. Add cofir into your morning smoothie or juice. You can also drink it along with your meal. In that case it works more like a digestive aid, but you still receive probiotic benefits from it.
7. Are there any side effects from eating prescription foods?
If you experience adverse reactions such as headache, lethargy, low grade depression, constipation, bloating, gas, diarrhea you may want to decrease the dosage accordingly.
8. What benefits should I expect from regular consumption of your products?
There is growing research to suggest regular consumption of fermented foods can lead to a whole host of physical and emotional benefits such as: improved digestion; heightened mood; sleep improvement; healthy bowel movements; better focus; clearer mind; cognitive skill improvement; higher energy level; clear and glowing skin; weight loss; as an effective way to combat yeast overgrowth; chronic fatigue syndrome; and as a general way to improve overall health. https://bodyecology.com/articles/the-many-benefits-of-coconut-water-kefir
9. What is the probiotic count in each product?
We have not had them tested in a lab. But we believe it is more than you would get from a probiotic supplement in a capsule form. Check out Dr. Mercola’s findings about it.
10. How many strains of good bacteria do your products contain?
We use Body Ecology Diet culture starters to make our cofir, cogurt and garlic beets. According to culture starter package, cofir and cogurt contain 7 strains of probiotics and garlic beets contain 5. As long as kraut and kimchi go, they are wild ferments, so nature dictates what goes in there.
11. How do I eat cogurt?
You can add cogurt to your smoothie, dress it up with berries and nuts, use it in your salad dressing, make a dip for veggies and fruits or just eat plain for breakfast.
12. How do I get my kids to eat ferments?
These are a few tricks to use when you start introducing probiotic foods to your kids:
1) Mix cofir with their favorite juice at the beginning and gradually increase the amount of cofir in it. The goal is to get to the point when they consume it on its own.
2) Mash avocado and mix it in with fermented vegetables to make probiotic guacamole. Recipe can be found in the PF cookbook at www.prescriptionfoods.org/ebook
3) Add their favorite fruit or raw honey into cogurt to make it a bit sweeter or add vanilla stevia to avoid using any sugar.
4) Add cofir or cogurt into their smoothie or do half regular yogurt and half cogurt for the start.
5) Explain to them that this is their medicine and they are to take it as they do their other supplements.
13. Are they safe to consume for people with food allergies?
All of our products are dairy free, sugar free, gluten free, corn free, soy free, peanut free and egg free. However, they are produced in a facility where a wide variety of foods are produced. We are careful to follow sound production techniques to limit cross contamination but cannot provide any guarantee that our products are allergen free.
14. Is Prescription Foods regulated or certified in any way?
Yes, it is. Prescription Foods product and facility is certified through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Agriculture. All of our products are tested for adequate acidity prior to jarring.
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