Health & Wellness Trendsetters are leading the way in helping people live healthier, happier lives by changing their eating and exercise habits so that they can maintain a healthy weight and keep their bodies moving.
Yasmine Mason, DC is a Chiropractor who realized over the years that more and more of her patients were complaining about digestive issues. These inquires led her to learn about the health and digestive benefits of fermented foods. Research shows that fermented foods help promote the growth of good gut bacteria which associated with a strong, healthy immune system.
Dr. Mason started making foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha in her home and giving them to her patients. Sensing a wider demand, Dr. Mason opened the Fermentation Farm in 2014 in Costa Mesa, California. FermFarm is a membership only shop which sells organic house-made fermented foods and provides weekly classes on gluten-free baking, making sauerkraut and brewing kombucha.
Health & Wellness Trendsetters: Interview with Dr. Yasmine Mason
1. What is your background?
I graduated from Chiropractic School in 1999 (Palmer College of Chiropractic West) and started a private practice in Newport Beach with my husband, Derek Mason, DC. Over the years, our patients were complaining more and more about digestive issues so I researched ways to help them naturally. I learned all about the health and digestive benefits of fermented foods and told my patients to start making them at home.
At that time, fermented foods were not readily available at local grocery or health food stores. My patients looked at me like I was crazy and said, “We don’t know what fermented foods are and we surely don’t know how to make them!” So I started making sauerkraut, beet kraut and kombucha (a fermented tea) for our patients. These fermented foods and drinks are full of gut-healing probiotics, organic acids and B vitamins.
Then the word got out! Moms at my kids’ school also started purchasing my fermented veggies and kombucha. Once my kitchen looked like a food science lab and was overtaken by bubbling crocks of fermenting goodies, I realized I needed to open a shop where I could sell my products and also teach others how to make them at home. Fermentation is a lost art that dates back thousands of years, and I was determined to bring it back!
In September of 2014, I opened Fermentation Farm. We sell a variety of house-made organic fermented foods and drinks along with nourishing bone broth and locally sourced organic products. We also host weekly classes on how to ferment a variety of different foods and drinks: krauts, kimchis, kombucha, natural sodas and traditional sourdough.
2. What inspired/motivated you to get into the health and wellness field?
I became a Doctor of Chiropractic to help others achieve optimal health through educating them about where true health comes from: proper spinal care and nutrition. I was inspired to attend Chiropractic School after my Chiropractor helped me get rid of my allergies naturally through spinal adjustments and nutrition.
3. What is most rewarding to you about your profession?
Helping others overcome health challenges naturally.
4. As a trendsetter, what do you predict will be the next big trend in your industry?
I am so focused on fermentation, that I haven’t really thought about what other trends might be coming. I know many people think that fermentation is a trend, but I believe that it will become a way of life for many people once they learn the health benefits and realize that without these foods, one is less likely to obtain optimal health. A trend comes and goes, but fermentation is here to stay!
5. What tips/advice would you give for someone trying to achieve optimal health?
Learn as much as you can about what you can to boost your digestive system and immune system! Your gut houses the majority of your body’s immune cells, so keeping it clean and healthy is paramount. By keeping the gut healthy, the immune system will naturally be stronger and with a strong immune system, optimal health is easier to achieve. Our motto: Health Gut=Health Life.
6. What is your favorite healthy meal?
My favorite healthy meal: Freshly made sourdough bread with a slice of raw mozzarella cheese and a pile of FermFarm Garlic Kraut on top. Delicious!
Connect with Health & Wellness Trendsetter Yasmine Mason, DC on the Fermentation Farm website and social media.