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Gut Health Gurus Podcast

Kriben Govender is a Food Scientist and Gut Health Advocate. He is the founder of Gut Health Superstore, Nourishme Organics. He had a seemingly happy life which came crashing down. He was bullied in the workplace, his marriage collapsed, he lost his job and found himself alone in an apartment ready to end his life. Kriben soldiered on, and discovered the impact of gut health on overall health. His purpose is to share the importance of gut health in addressing many different health issues. In this show, Kriben explores how you can improve your health and wellbeing by focusing on your gut.

Feb 20, 2019

Kriben Govender (Honours Degree in Food Science & Technology) and James Shadrach (Honours Degree in Psychology) have an entertaining and real conversation with home fermentation guru Donna Schwenk from Cultured Food Life on living the fermented foods life and mastering the holy trinity of fermented foods: Kefir, Kombucha and Fermented vegetables.
Donna Schwenk’s world changed when she discovered cultured foods. After a difficult pregnancy and various health problems, she became determined to find answers to what ailed her. And in her quest, she came across the ancient art of home fermentation, a food preparation technique that supercharges everyday foods with beneficial bacteria to balance your digestive system, and vitamins and minerals to enhance your overall health. This simple, natural process has been used for thousands of years to create everything from drinks like kefir and kombucha to foods like kimchi and pickles. 
After incorporating fermented foods into her life, Donna began to experience a vitality that she had never known. And then she was hooked! She started a new life as a teacher and writer, blogging on her website, in an effort to bring the beautiful world of fermented foods to as many people as possible. She now works with thousands of people to open the door to a world of foods that can help improve an array of health problems including high blood pressure, diabetes, allergies, acne, hypertension, asthma, and irritable bowel syndrome.
Topics discussed:
  • Donna’s health issues and her discovery of kefir
  • Book inspiration-  Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon
  • Donna Books
Cultured Food for Life
Cultured Food for Health
Cultured Food in a Jar
  • Donna’s favourite fermented food
  • Transformation of food through fermentation
  • Dairy and Non Dairy Kefir
  • The Effects of Stopping Kefir consumption
  • Transient bacteria in Kefir
  • Hunger reduction with Kefir
  • Health benefits of Kefir
  • Blood glucose modulation with Kefir
  • Fermentation explosions in the Kitchen
  • Second Fermentation
  • The best bottles to use for second fermentation
  • Milk kefir - aerobic vs anaerobic (lid on vs lid off)
  • Milk kefir: are metal strainers ok?
  • Kefirko Kefir Maker 
  • Kefirko Cheese Maker
  • Metal and Kombucha
  • Kombucha and Detoxification
  • Candida, Yeast and Mercury degradation
  • Candida and antibiotics
  • Best storage containers for Kombucha
  • Probiotic yeast S.boulardii - Number one probiotic used in hospitals world wide
  • Benefits of making fermented vegetable with a starter cultures (Caldwells or Cutting Edge)
  • Back slopping 
  • Recipe for cultured vegetables without a starter culture
  • Donna’s tips for boosting grain growth of milk kefir grains
  • Fertiliser for kefir grains
  • Kefir Grains and Non Dairy
  • Making sure the baby kefir grains get fed
  • Is rinsing Milk Kefir Grains OK?
  • How to store kefir grains when not in use?
  • Is freezing kefir grains acceptable for storage?
  • Fermented foods for mental health and joy
  • Connecting to the microbiome
  • Donna’s top tip for Gut Health
Brought to you by:
Nourishme Organics- Gut Health Super Store- Shine from the Inside
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How to Make Kefir
How to Make Kombucha
How to Make Fermented Vegetables
Second Fermentation
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