The simple sharing of knowledge can be a catalyst of change for a person’s life.  I believe that is why the I Heart Costa Mesa project has catapulted me into this phase of life that has me growing like crazy!  Each person we interview has been so willing to share intimately of themselves and their knowledge, the range of life that we learn about can be overwhelmingly beautiful.  It turns out that Costa Mesa is good for the heart, the soul, and the body!

I was grateful we had come to this place that I had, quite literally, no idea what I was going to be getting myself into.  Fermented foods??  I was a little bit scared.  The sound of it made me scrunch my nose a little.  I’m such a kid like that.  I planned on just taking my photos and minding my own business.  But, really Brandy?  That never happens.  Dr. Yaz shared with us some info, and some fermented food samples, that have altered the way I care for myself and my family.  I’ve had stomach issues for years.  Like literally years.  I can remember my mom taking me to the doctor as a kid, over and over and over, test after test after test.  Nothing ever found.  They had no idea what I was talking about.  As I got older, I thought that maybe my stomach issues were related to anxiety and mental health, so I attempted to treat it that way.  To no avail.  Enter Fermentation Farm, a little info about gut health, and some fermented food testers, and I have finally figured out the key to my chronically aching tummy!  Healthy gut flora literally affects your entire body.  It’s quite amazing.  We had a fun time taste testing and learning with the ladies at the store.  These photos are pre-new space.  If you’re looking for some gut health yourself, stop by and check out the cool addition they’re getting!  They’re super knowledgeable and helpful.  If you’d like more info on this cool business, check out their article.  Here’s some fun photos I shot of their space while we were there…

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Fun fact: Dr. Yaz and her hubby made this really neat light fixture themselves!  Thanks to Dr. and her team for educating me with their very important information!