How many 23 year-old guys do you know who are experts in fermented food, cooking and holistic lifestyle coaching? One. Just one. His name is Kale Brock and he is changing the lives and gut’s of a whole generation.
Kale Brock, otherwise known as ‘The Fermented Food Guy’, is a Certified Holistic Lifestyle Coach and Certified Exercise Coach (The CHEK Institute). He has worked in the health and wellness industry since 2007 alongside some of the best Naturopaths in Australia and other health personalities like David Wolfe and Daniel Vitalis. Kale has honed a well-rounded and practical healing approach which has seen thousands of normal people achieve abundant health!
After overcoming his own serious health issues as a teenager using nutrition and lifestyle tools, Kale developed a passion for researching and sharing health information with the public, particularly within the area of probiotics and gut health.
Tell us a little about your journey and who you are?
I’m Kale. I’m 23 and I’m a health and wellness coach, speaker and writer. When I was 16 I was diagnosed with a serious heart condition, and after a rather bleak prognosis from the medical profession I went down the alternative route and changed my life! Now I’m lucky enough to help others do the same.
You have a passion for probiotics and gut health. Can you tell us a little more about your passion?
I’ve been taking probiotics since the first stage of my health journey and have had huge results with my own health using them 🙂 After discovering fermented foods and applying probiotic nutrition principles to my life I’ve seen further improvements in my health! Nowadays I’m really excited about the science coming out regarding the microbiome, that is the trillions of bacteria, fungi and more which live on and inside of all of us! I’ve seen that once someone gets their gut right, its much much easier to overcome any health challenges. It’s my belief that most diseases begin in the gut.
When talking about the gut and gut healing i believe its important to follow a structured, planned approach that involves 4 stages, 1: removal/starvation of pathogenic organisms, 2: heal the gut epithelium to maintain intestinal integrity, 3: re-inoculate with specific strains of bacteria 4: incorporate fermented foods and maintain healthy diet.
How does incorporating fermented foods in one’s diet benefit their health?
Your microbiome is the underpinning to so many different functions of the human body. But basically, once we balance the microbiome using fermented foods and a whole food diet, we can regulate inflammation, maintain intestinal integrity, maintain our immune system (of which 90% resides in the gut!), manufacture important brain chemicals like serotonin and BDN, and optimally digest our food!
What fermented foods would you suggest the everyday person to start incorporating into their diet?
It depends where someone is at. If someone is ‘too fermented’ as in they have a severe bacterial imbalance (maybe they’ve high levels of candida and have a severe leaky gut) I won’t get them started on fermented foods straight away. We’ll go through the stages, first we starve and remove the bad guys, heal the gut with specific herbs/foods and a clean anti-inflammatory diet, re-inoculate with specific bacteria and then jump onto fermented foods! This approach works well for people with certain health conditions but if you’re coming into the fermented food ideas and you’re already healthy, then I encourage you to include things like kefir, traditional kombucha (NOT using refined sugar – see my website) and of course beautiful healing cultured vegetables like kimchi and sauerkraut.
What are your ‘non negotiables’ when it comes to your health?
Sleep. Supplementation. Water. Surfing. Avoiding processed foods. But being conscious of these things doesn’t mean I miss out on a normal enjoyable fun life 🙂
How do you spend the first 80 minutes of your day?
I enjoy getting stuck into work straight away so I can spend my afternoons surfing or relaxing in the sun. I might do some stretching in the morning or walk the dog if I’m not inclined to sit at the computer straight away. Luckily I am able to work from home so I can be super flexible depending on the surf and my appointments.
What is the single best thing you believe someone should do to get their health and wellness journey started?
Breathe !! A lot of people don’t breathe and be mindful – this has a huge impact on health. Earthing is another one – getting in touch with the ground or the ocean regularly. And supplementation – we’re lucky enough to have access to high quality nutrients in bioavailable (mostly food-based) forms that can help us ‘kick start’ the journey to feeling better and becoming addicted to that feeling. No, hunter gatherers and our previous ancestors didn’t supplement, but they also weren’t exposed to wifi, didn’t sit all day, weren’t vitamin D deficient, weren’t exposed to the chemicals we are, and weren’t stressed like we are!
Where can our FW family connect with you?
at www.kalebrock.com or on social media @kalebrockhealth.
We hope you have been inspired by Kale’s wellness journey and will implement some tips he has shared. See you next week for another amazing and inspirational story.