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Fermented Turmeric and Ginger Root with Coconut Water Kefir

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When you flavour your water Kefir I hop you keep your fruit etc you flavour it with. One of my favourite flavours (find it here) is Ginger, Lemon and Honey and I have been adding raw turmeric root to the mix. So when my recent batch was finished I seized the opportunity to get every bit of goodness from these guys!

Add your fermented flavours (the berries from my mixed berries works well or the pineapple from my Pineapple Ginger is nice too) in your blender to your green jusice or simly add to some coconut water kefir like I have done here for a boost better than any multi-vit or capsule will give you!

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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup of fresh (fermented preferably) ginger root and turmeric root
  2. or
  3. 1/2 teaspoon each of ground ginger and ground turmeric
  4. 1/2 cup of coconut water Kefir
Instructions
  1. Blend together in a high-speed blender and drink immediately in one quick shot!
Notes
  1. A great afternoon pick me up or first thing in the morning! Awakens the taste buds!
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Kefir and Kombucha For Every Day Nourishment

A Concise Manual for Kefir and Kombucha with over

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Suffer from IBS symptoms?

Have a gluten or dairy sensitivity?

Lack energy?

Showing signs of hormonal imbalance? (thyroid, adrenals or oestrogen dominance)?

Have central weight gain and blood sugar problems?

Keep getting coughs and cold that won’t go away?

Autoimmune issues (hypothyroid, type 2 diabetes, crohn’s, ulcerative colitis or skin conditions)?

Breastfeeding, Pregnant or looking to do both?

Any menstrual irregularities?

Then a book on fermenting may be just what you are looking for…

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Kefir and Kombucha have been widely research and the bacteria in fermented foods are fundamental for;

Improving digestive repair and health (especially when experiencing food intolerance and nutrient deficiencies.)

Boosting Immune system strength and regulation (especially in auto immune conditions like thyroid conditions, arthritis, eczema, crohns or type 2 diabetes)

Stimulating Hormonal balance (especially insulin in blood sugar imbalances and oestrogen dominant conditions like PCOS)

Correcting any bacterial, yeast or fungus imbalance and overgrowth (including Candida, Helicobachter Pylori or athletes foot

Increasing Energy production (really important that your cells have the mechanisms to use and create energy- especially in cancer prevention)

Allowing Nutrient bio-availability and absorption (bacteria helps the food’s nutrients become more available to your body and increases your body’s ability to actually absorb them for use.)

Enhancing breast milk and also helps balance the body during, pre and post-natal. Bacteria is essential for the baby’s digestive and immune system’s function.

Any condition can be improved with a little bacteria!

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The benefits seen in your Digestive and Immune system when consuming fermented and cultured foods and drinks are well documented and the rituals have been passed on for centuries. This book endeavours to bring them into your kitchen. Safe for all ages (6months +) and packed full of recipes for drinks, foods, cosmetics and household cleaning products. It couldn’t be easier to bring some culture into your life.

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Information to understand how bacteria in fermented products can help the body

How to choose your ingredients

Confidence to get started

How to make Kefir from any milk (oat, nut, coconut and dairy), water kefir

Use second ferments to flavour them.

How to use tea (black, green and white) as well as non-caffeine alternatives (Roobios and Tulsi) to brew Kombucha.

Use the recipes to flavour with a second ferment. 

Over 45 Recipes include;  

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 Food; Baked goods, Kefir cheese, dips and dairy free ice-cream 

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Drinks;  Inspiring flavour combinations for second ferments, how to make smoothies and green drinks. Also tips on how turn Kefir and Kombucha into Cocktails.

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Culture your Life is great for the beginner and advanced real food cook.  Anyone interested in learning more about the benefits of cultured foods, cultured beverages, Kefir smoothies, and cultured desserts must read this book.  It contains very useful and important information about Probiotic health and how to include Probiotics in your everyday diet.  It is a kitchen necessity for anyone cooking real and healthy food. Green Boot Living

Cultured foods are one of the secret ingredients to vibrant health, and kefir and kombucha are two very easy, delicious traditional foods to help you wade into enjoying them. This volume will show you just about EVERYTHING you need to know about making, using and enjoying kefir and kombucha, even if you don’t eat dairy products. From history to dozens of recipes, Culture Your Life really knocks it out of the park!  Small Footprint Family

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Cleanse Helicobacter pylori right outta your life

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The First time I thought I had something going on within my digestive system was on a School trip to Nepal when I was 17. Along our trail to the Anapurna Base Camp I suddenly was burping a sulfur (bad egg) taste into my mouth and low and behold I was very sick for a day. At 17 on a trip with all your friends this was terrible (I still remember missing out in washing off in the waterfalls as I was lying down in a hut rather than the tents!)
 
Since then (17 years later) I still get that trademark sulfur ‘burp’ before being sick. It is only ever normally for a day, 2 at the most that I am ever sick and there has never been any real obvious cause. Whilst researching this what has constantly reared its head is Helicobacter Pylori (H-pylori). I have heard of this bacteria and know it is pretty common and is know to be one of the causes for peptic ulcers. Having never had symptoms of this myself and being sick once or twice a year I decided that I would try and heal my digestive system (which does have other symptoms of weakness). Balancing bacteria has always been a big part of this. I now make Kefir and Kombucha which we as a family consume daily and my digestion has taken a huge leap. Also see My Journey with fermentation.
 
I recently was generously gifted a session on the BioResonance Machine for my birthday. Along with my various digestive symptoms I have also always had a middle band weight gain. I have always held my weight in the middle- even when I was teaching 10 spin classes a week! I have also always had blood sugar issues and am very sugar sensitive. Emotionally I am also very sensitive, have a very short fuse and get distracted easily. When I found out according to the machine that I appear to be sensitive to almost everything- it did not surprise me.
 
Of course one of the things that came up was good old H-pylori. So what is it and what can I do to finally be rid of its negative effects? 100% naturally.
 
H-pylori is a bacteria which was discovered in 1982. Unsure as to how it works most believe it is transported into the body through food or water.
 
 
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It survives in between the mucous membrane lining your digestive system and the stomach lining. In cases of ulcers it allows the mucosal layer to be digested or thinned thus revealing the stomach lining beneath which becomes irritated in the acidic environment and may causes sores or ulcers. It can also cause inflammation thus causing Gastritis symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea, bloating and burping). It can cause havoc every now and then depending in the external and internal environment of your body. It may thrive in those with low stomach acid, which is why it is also connected with women with severe morning sickness whilst pregnant. It has even now been implied into the rising numbers or Diabetes sufferers. It may even be present in those infants presenting with colic symptoms.
 
Interestingly as with most bacteria’s including Candida, H-pylori is in fact necessary to the body. Dr. Blaser an expert on H-pylori is finding that it is protective against asthma and allergies (especially in children) and has an interesting audio file about the  Possible long-term consequences of overuse of antibiotics.
 
Most individuals who manage to maintain normal stomach acid levels are generally asymptomatic and don’t develop ulcers or gastritis unless they damage their stomach with stress or lifestyle changes (alcohol, smoking, medicinal and recreational drugs, Coffee consumption, oral contraception pill, calcium and magnesium supplementation not in absorb-able forms) Factor believed to aggravate stomach lining and stimulate H. Pylori, thus causing symptoms.
 
Most people will respond to natural ways of treating this problem. Pharmaceutical medicine will use antibiotics and beta blockers sometimes in their regime. However by employing simple changes to your diet you could also alter the environment it thrives in whilst preserving it in adequate levels to help with its health promoting attributes. Using  some simple nutrients;
 
Turmeric;
 
In particular curcumin (the part that make turmeric yellow). According to a study done in 2005 (source) Turmeric is the most efficient way to kill H-pylori.
 
“followed by cumin, ginger, chilli, borage (also known as Starflower oil), black caraway, oregano and liquorice. Moreover, extracts of turmeric, borage and parsley were able to inhibit the adhesion of H. pylori strains to the stomach sections.”
 
 
Cinnamon;
especially Cinnamomi Ramulus (the cinnamon trees young twigs as found in TCM (source) The study showed strong antioxidant activity and cell toxicity towards H-pylori and also help adjust stomach acid levels without upsetting and ulcers.
 
 
Coconut oil;
Studies suggest that the fat in coconut oil has an anti-microbial effect on H-pylori;” H. pylori is rapidly inactivated by medium-chain lauric acid esters” (source- pg 8)
 
 
Olive oil (source)
Using a cold pressed oil on salads or dressing vegetables (not cooked with)
 
“phenolic compounds in extra virgin olive oil had strong antibacterial effects against eight strains of H. pylori, including antibiotic-resistant strains.”.
 
 
Bromalein:
As found in pineapple. This makes sense as bromalein as an enzyme can help promote gastric juice and balance natural acidic levels in the stomach
 
 
Mint;
Menthol has a strong stimulating action on the digestive system and may causing a small anesthesia of the gastric mucous membrane.This is beneficiary in acute symptoms of gastritis and peptic ulcers. It may also stimulates the bile secretion and helps the digestion of fats also promoting elimination.
 
In my quest for digestive balance and strength whilst continuing to breastfeed my 1 year old I am oil pulling with coconut oil, using Kefir and Kombucha in a daily basis, including turmeric in my ginger and peppermint teas, foods and increasing other nutrients such as cinnamon, oregano, chili and cumin. I am also using homeopathy, massively reducing sugar and grains for a few weeks, eliminating eggs, gluten and dairy and having further treatment on the BioResonance machine. See the coming weeks for my other parasite and bacteria I am tackling on my quest (including candida)
 
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Pumpkin smoothie

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

We have a protein shake every morning with our breakfast. I used to use a pumpkin seed protein mostly because its unflavoured and I am not a huge whey protein fan. Nowadays we just just nuts and seeds in our quest to eat as close to nature as possible. This Pumpkin smoothie is great tasting but also really filling and satisfying.

Both of my kids have had morning smoothies from around 6 months (although I kept them nut free for the first year). My eldest would have porridge and it was not keeping her full up till lunch. I was adding ground almonds and berries when she was one however she would still be looking for food an hour after. Since I was already having a smoothie myself I started giving her some. She’s had one every morning since! Now my youngest is also not complete in the morning without his smoothie! 

Breakfast= smoothie then muesli then apple! 

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I love pumpkin. I love it in soup, pie, roasted, chipped and puréed. I found organic canned pumpkin but also prefer making my own pumpkin puree. This is a twist on our regular morning smoothie and my kids and I think its delicious. The hubby is going along with it but he has issues with using veggies in sweet mode (he eats my beetroot brownies alright though!!)

 2 cups of oat milk/Almond Milk
1/3 cup of organic pumpkin puree
1 banana (I keep mine in the fridge- but a frozen one would be nice too)
1 tbs peanut butter (or other nut butters- optional)
2 scoops protein powder/almond meal/ground flax/ground seed mix (30g protein- optional)
Tsp Pumpkin Spice powder (to taste so add more or less)
Vanilla (essence, pod or paste)
1 tsp maple sugar (coconut nectar, maple syrup- optional)
1 tbs coconut oil/ghee/butter

you can also add 2 tbs kefir (dairy or water) for a probiotic kick

Whizzzzz up. This serves 3 glasses.

Delicious- I also love sequins!!

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Other pumpkin recipes;

Homemade Pumpkin Puree

Baked Pumpkin Donuts

Pumpkin Bread

 Pumpkin Brownies

Immune boosting pumpkin pie spice

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