Brittny Schwartz holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Nova Southeastern University. Brittny became especially passionate about natural healing modalities at age 14, when her mom was diagnosed with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD). To help ease her mom’s suffering, she began an apprenticeship with a holistic practitioner who taught her about ancient healing modalities and the power of raw, living, and fermented foods.
Brittny decided that the knowledge she had gained through the mentorship could not only help her mom, but many people! And one of those people was herself.
After years of eating commercial, processed food and suffering from poor concentration, Brittny discovered that her body was ridden with candida. Ironically, while suffering from candida, she was studying flora and fauna in biology class at Nova Southeastern University.
Consequently, she decided to do more than her fair share of homework—she started making homemade, probiotic rich foods and beverages, including kombucha, to heal herself. Luckily, she was able to test her ingredients in the microbiology lab to make sure she was ingesting the right bacteria. It turns out, she was! But this great discovery had its challenges.
“In college, I brought my kombucha tea with a little tiny mushroom-looking organism into class and everybody made fun of me,” Brittny said. “It took me a year to create my own SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast). People thought I was crazy, sitting in my dorm room closet, brewing and testing my kombucha.”
Little did her classmates know just how crazy good she would become at helping people heal with her products and her knowledge. The more she worked on her kombucha, the more she discovered just how many forms of beneficial bacteria, vitamins, minerals, and self-generating healing acids she could cultivate* into just one beverage.
*We choose the word cultivate to indicate the precise science involved in fostering the perfect habitat for beneficial bacteria and yeast to thrive and provide optimal impact to the human body. Many kombuchas on the market are simply sparkling fruit juices or glorified sodas. This Chick is Raw produces medicinal elixirs with benefits that far surpass anything available in commercial retail stores.
Determined to share the power of food as medicine and provide access to high quality nutrition, Brittny launched This Chick is Raw, Inc. in 2013.