Fermentation workshop

Sunday 2 July 10am to 3pm


Come and spend a fun day learning how to make your own kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut and kimchi

Health begins in the gut. Learn about your microbiome and why an organic diet is a necessity for health. Gain an understanding of the fermentation process making 3 examples (kefir, kombucha and Kimchi)

Fermentation: The benefits of fermented foods on your microbiome and immune system is substantial.

I will tell you all about it and demonstrate how to make some of them. You will also learn why its beneficial for you and when is it appropriate to consume.
Cost R400 (includes your own jar of Kimchi and kombucha and notes)

You can also purchase additional kombucha, kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut, Kefir grains and scoby’s on the day.

Where: 91/3 Northfolk Road, Carlswarld, A.H, Midrand

Payment will confirm booking:

Terra Madre SA (Pty) Ltd
Bank: FNB
Account no:62473027764
Branch no: 261649
Cheque account
Email proof of payment to terramadresouthafrica@gmail.com with reference Fermentation and your name

Make fermented foods Saturday 5 December 2015

Health begins in the gut. Learn about your microbiome and why an organic diet is a necessity for health.

Gain an understanding of the fermentation process using 3 examples (kefir, kombucha and Kimchi)

Learn how to make your own Kimchi (Korean Sauerkraut)

Time: 10am-1pm

When: Saturday 5 December 2015

Where: Terra Madre, Karoo Square, cnr Lynnwood and Albeth Rd’s, The Willows

Cost: R250 (we provide organic produce and bottles just bring your favourite chopping knife)

To book please email Gillian at terramadresouthafrica@gmail.com before Thursday 3 December 2015.



Free workshop – How to heal from the inside Saturday 28 November 2015

Workshop overview:

If you or your family suffer from IBS, auto immune disease, leaky gut, colitis, Chrones, allergies, rash, asthma, hives, sinus, post nasal drip, flatulence, bloating, insomnia or a run down immune system then you will benefit from this FREE, informative workshop.

Health begins in the gut. Learn about your microbiome and how your diet and lifestyle affects your health.

You will receive a basic understanding of fermented foods and why they are so good for you.

You will get a basic understanding of how pathogens can lead to various symptoms that often are misdiagnosed and how to correct this.

Time: 10am-12pm

When: Saturday 28 November

Where: Terra Madre, Karoo Square, cnr Lynnwood and Albeth Rd’s, The Willows

Cost: FREE

Space is limited to 20 people so please book asap by emailing Gillian at terramadresouthafrica@gmail.com before Thursday 26 November 2015.

Fermentation workshop Saturday 22 August 2015

Workshop overview:

– Discussion: Health begins in the gut. Learn about the microbiome and your diet.

-The basics: Understanding the fermentation process using 2 examples (kefir and kombucha).

-Demonstration: Make your own Kimchi (Korean Sauerkraut) to take home.

Time: 10am-1pm

When: Saturday 27 June

Where: Terra Madre, Karoo Square, cnr Lynnwood and Albeth Rd’s, The Willows

Cost: R350 (we provide all utensils, produce, bottles etc)

Payment will confirm booking.

Banking details for EFT: Terra Madre SA (PTY) Ltd, Bank: FNB, Account no: 62473027764,

Branch no: 261649, Cheque account. Email proof of payment to terramadresa@gmail.com.

Gillian 082 602 2882.

Space is limited to 10 people so please book by emailing Gillian at terramadresa@gmail.com before Thursday 20 August 2015.

The good things Kefir can do

1.  It can clean the digestive tract making sure that no toxic or pathogenic contents in food enter your bloodstream. As it flushes out the bad bacteria from your intestines, it regulates digestion, metabolism, and the colon, which makes it very effective in treating diarrhea, leaky gut syndrome and even colon cancer.

2. It regulates your immune system, which means it makes you more resistant to any disease and can also potentially prevent and treat HIV/AIDS. The immune system is like the gatekeeper to good health. What exactly can we do to fortify these gates against diseases? Take in the probiotics found in a kefir drink.

3. It regulates cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Kefir grains are made up of lactose- and sugar-eating bacteria. This is good news for lactose intolerant and diabetics. Probiotcs don’t die easily inside your intestines. They will keep on munching on the lactose and sugars that come in and pass through the digestive tract.

4. It is known to many not just as a health drink but also as beauty drink since it can make the hair and skin smoother. And since it balances sugar levels, it is also a helpful drink for weight watchers.

5. Kefir can treat a variety of diseases and health conditions, which include ulcer, tuberculosis, eczema, depression, anxiety, osteoporosis, and hypertension in order to promote an over-all feeling of good health.

But you gotta suspect that something this good should have a downside. Nothing is ever perfect, but kefir comes very close. What are kefir’s side effects and how does it affect pregnant women?

The beauty with kefir is that it is organic. It is a gift from nature and not a product of lab experiments or chemical processes. Some say it is a gift from God and go so far to say that God fed Moses and the Israelites with some kind of kefir in the form of manna. The Bible describes manna as how I would describe kefir grains today; as white, fluffy and very nutritious. Since kefir is organic and all-natural, it is no surprise that it has no known side effects.

Perhaps the only downside to taking kefir is that it could make you go to the toilet more often.

But the real surprise is this: experts in women’s health recommend pregnant women to take kefir, not just once but regularly. According to Alyson Lippman, RN, pregnant women can drink kefir or yogurt to prevent the overgrowth of a bacterium called Group B Beta Strep.

“There is potential for passing (Strep) to the baby, where it can be harmful and cause infection,” said Lippman, and the RN was quick to follow by saying, “probably kefir is better because it contains more probiotics.”

Lippman works for the Labor and Delivery Unit of Prentice Women’s Hospital at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She also confessed to the fact that she regularly consumes kefir and that many nurses in her hospital do, too.

Other than the bacterium Strep, yeast infection is also a concern of pregnant women.  Such infection can begin in the breasts and could easily be passed to the child as the mother nurses her newborn.

“If you’re regularly taking in probiotics, that would reduce your risk,” said Lippman regarding yeast infection.

Meanwhile, another women’s health specialist, Valerie Early, speaks about probiotics in kefir. She said, “Kefir is a natural, food-based way to keep the (probiotics) up in the intestines. It’s better than (the average) dairy product, like your typical yogurt, because the specific strains of acidophilus and lactobaccillus really do help promote those good bacteria.”

Valerie Early is a registered dietitian and pharmacy technician. She runs her own clinic in Illinois that focuses on providing hormonal balance through medical nutrition therapy. The expert dietician tells her clients to take a cup of kefir a day to help protect them from yeast infection, discharge and any vaginal discomfort, especially to women who are over 40 years old.

Early also said, “When people have more kefir in their diets or take probiotic supplements or whole food supplements with probiotics in them, I do see a reduction in complains in vaginal itching, yeast infections and just general immune system issues.”

Kefir is neither a drug nor chemically produced drink, which is why it is safe for everyone. The National Kefir Association not only declares kefir as safe for women but also recommends it.

NKA declares, “Pregnant and nursing women are advised to drink kefir in order to absorb essential nutrients, increase immunity and aid the body’s adjustment to hormonal changes. But hormonal imbalances cause problems for women at all life stages, often in the form of irritating and even life threatening infections, such as yeast overgrowth, caused by depletion of good bacteria. Fortunately probiotic-filled Kefir can help prevent and even treat many such infections.”

Source: http://www.benefitsofkefir.com/


Kombucha good for the gut

KombuchaAccording to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Kombucha has effective anti-microbial properties against a number of harmful micro-organisms including salmonella, staphylococcus, H. pylori, E. coli etc. Kombucha tea has a nice refreshing taste similar to apple cider and has been  praised for supporting natural balance and vitality of the body for centuries.

Lactic acid, another key element found in Kombucha, acts as a probiotic, helping to maintain healthy microflora that is essential for a strong immune system. It is recommended after the use of antibiotics.

It is believed to help fight off harmful bacteria and pathogens by regulating the level of acidity in the digestive tract. Kombucha tea also contains live enzymes and is rich in antioxidants. Over the centuries Kombucha has been used as a folk remedy to increase vitality, improve digestion, relieve constipation, detoxify the liver, lose weight, reverse the aging process, thin the blood, control appetite, prevent and treat cancer, arthritis, asthma, acne, high blood pressure, bronchitis, candida, high cholesterol, chronic fatigue, depression, colds and flu, diarrhea, gout, kidney problems (including stones), psoriasis, rheumatism, menopause, hair loss, graying, and so much more!

You can buy Kombucha from Terra Madre SA at R18 for 250ml. You can drink from 150ml to 250ml a day to feel the benefits.

Kombucha is not a replacement for medication. Please consult your professional health care provider before using Kombucha.