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Fearless fermenting: Saturday 3rd November 9.30 till 12.30 at 47 Wilmot Rd, Forth.

Investment: $110. Book online at http://bit.ly/ferment-purplehouse or call 64283007.

Why kefir is the most important food for winter (and your life!)

When it comes to superfoods packed with nutrients and health benefits, most of the heavy hitters are familiar: kale, chia seeds, maca, coconut oil etc. But there’s one humble superfood that I love that people aren’t as familiar with, and is packed with probiotics.
In the world of probiotics milk kefir is the cream of the crop! (pun intended)

Before I explain why, you may be wondering what probiotics are and what is all the hype about them??
Put simply probiotics are beneficial bacteria and yeast organisms that largely reside in our digestive tract. If you don’t have enough probiotics, the side effects can include: digestive disorders, skin issues, candida, autoimmune disease and frequent colds and flus.

Historically, we had plenty of probiotics in our diet from eating fresh foods from good soil and by fermenting our foods to keep them from spoiling.

However, today because of tap water, antibiotics, refrigeration and dangerous agricultural practices like soaking our foods with chlorine, our food contains little to no probiotics and foods actually contain antibiotics that kill off the good bacteria in our bodies.

By adding more probiotic foods into your diet, you could see all of the following health benefits:

• Stronger immune system
• Improved digestion
• Increased energy from production of vitamin B12
• Better breath because probiotics destroy candida
• Healthier skin, since probiotics improve eczema and psoriasis
• Reduced cold and flu
• Healing from leaky gut and inflammatory bowel disease
• Weight loss

Sound good? If you want all of these benefits, then it’s time to start consuming probiotic foods for better health.

A lot of clients ask me which is the best probiotic food or supplement to have. Apart from affordability there are a number of reasons why I prefer fermented foods over pills:

• Beneficial bacteria and yeast in fermented foods and drinks are live and active! Whether you purchase fermented foods and drinks or make them at home, you are getting active bacteria.
• Fermentation pre-digests vital nutrients for you. Packed with B vitamins, minerals and enzymes, fermented foods and drinks are whole foods full of nutritional value in their own right. On top of that, the microflora increase the bioavailability of the nutrients in all the foods you eat by hundreds of times.
• Fermentation does not use heat. Your fermented foods and drinks retain their vital amino acids that can be destroyed by heat.
• You get a variety of live cultures supplied by nature in fermented foods and drinks. Lab produced probiotics are often a single strain of bacteria, like Lactobacillus acidophilus.
• Fermented foods and drinks also contain “food” or prebiotics for the microflora to help promote their growth. It’s like sending the good guys down into your digestive tract with a lunchbox of goodies to sustain them on their long and perilous journey down under. Once they reach their destination (and IF they reach their destination) the microflora in a supplement need up to 6 hours to colonize in your intestines. The microflora in fermented foods and liquids are so hardy they start working at once.
• Fermented foods and drinks are more hardy and viable in your system from the time they touch your lips all the way down into your gut.

Like any healthy ecosystem diversity is key when it comes to gut health and this is where milk kefir outshines the rest.
A good home-made kefir can contain around 35 strains of bacteria and yeasts. Kefir is similar to yogurt, but because it is fermented with yeast and more bacteria, the final product is higher in probiotics. Compared to yoghurt with roughly one billion probiotic organisms per serving, kefir contains up to 40 billion per serve!

When it comes to bacteria more is better and the kefir microbes are specialists at recolonizing the gut and kicking out the bad guys.

Similar to yogurt, this fermented dairy product is a unique combination of milk and kefir grains. Kefir has been consumed for well over 3,000 years; The term kefir originated in Russia and Turkey and means “good feeling.” This may be because of Tryptophan, one of the essential amino acids abundant in kefir which is well known for its relaxing effect on the nervous system. Because kefir also offers an abundance of calcium and magnesium, which are also important minerals for a healthy nervous system, kefir in the diet can have a particularly profound calming effect on the nerves

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It has a slightly acidic and tart flavour and is actually slightly fizzy.
In the process of fermentation the lactose in the milk is all gobbled up so can be deemed ‘lactose free’
It is safe for babies, pets and people of all ages.

But the main reason I love milk kefir…it is super easy to make! It is literally two ingredients which will take 5 mins of your time per day to make.

If you would like to learn how to make my SUPERCHARGED cancer-busting version of kefir to bolster your immune system for winter join me at my Fearless Fermenting Workshop on Sat 1st September. This is a 3 hour class that covers lots of different fermented foods including milk and water kefir, sauerkraut, kombucha, kefir, and more. You will also get to sample a delicious array for morning tea and receive all the cultures you need to start your own fermenting adventure!

P.S If you or someone you know suffers from cancer, autism, vaccine injury or weak immune system this class is a must!
Phone 64283007 to book now – spots fill fast.

Look forward to seeing you there,
Caleb