We Are National Parks of Bacteria

Did you know that you carry over a 100 trillion microorganisms in and on your body all the time? We know that this is what really makes us healthy or sick. 

Our micro-ecosystem can be helped in so many ways!

That’s what we do at Olive. Most of microorganisms live in our digestive tract and are the reason why 80% of our immune system is in our tummy. One of their tasks is to kill intruders! That’s why your health often depends on your digestion. Your digestion depend on what you take in. What you take in depends on your environment. It’s all connected. At Olive we love our human micro biome. Let us present your friends that can keep you from disease, help you loose weight and make you sleep well!

Vegan Vegetarian Rawfood Healthy Diet Microbes Fermented Foods Retreat

Most of us don’t know that we are 90% microbes. 

We use detergents, solvents, soaps, sanitizes, alcohol, antibiotics, etc, to kill what we have been told is so bad. 

Science is moving from killing all bacteria to a new understanding of what the complex bacterial ecosystem in and outside our bodies does to us. We can help ourselves healthy by feeding the small friends with the right food and stop killing them with chemicals.

We are witnessing the rapid shift from a world ruled by the antibacterial obsession and marketing, to one that has a heightened awareness of the importance of the microbial ecosystem (the microbiome). This beautiful animated video explains more.

Eat Real Food

The food we make at Olive Retreat focuses on creating a perfect environment for the gut flora and our body. The good bacteria live in our digestive tract lives of fibers, both soluble and in-soluble, so called pre-biotic. This is the reason why you need to find produce in its whole form and not refined; grains, rices, beans, etc. If you read the label on bread saying “whole grain”, it is less than 20%, the rest is refined wheat.

Eat the cleaned (and of course organic) peel of the fruit and vegetables and lots of green salads. Use the fiber from your juicing in bread or food. Even pumpkin peel is great and only takes a few minutes to get soft when cooking, so stop peeling!

If there are bad bacteria (normally from the soil) left, they die during cooking, anyway. Think of your unseen friends and always include the peels and some raw food in your meal. Cut down on animal food, sugar and chemicals.

Fermented Food

Fermented food has been eaten since the stone age all around the world, and probably before that too. Our cousins, the Big Apes, eat fermented food. In Asia, they have fermented rice and soy, like miso and soy sauce. In Latin America, they ferment beans and all kinds of vegetables. In Europe we have done sauerkraut, cider, pickles, and yogurt. It is a perfect way to preserve the food and start the bacteria growing to become a pro-biotic. And much cheaper than in capsules form the health store.

We prepare delicious pro-biotic, fermented foods at the retreat. You could describe it as pre-digested, as it had already started the breaking down of the food before it hits your stomach. We look forward to sharing a meal with you!