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Gut Feelings

Nourish Kefir on the radio
Last Thursday was an exciting day for us here at Nourish Kefir.  We were delighted to welcome visitors; Radio presenter Manuela Saragosa and producer Clare Williamson from the BBC World Service radio.

The Food Chain

With listeners from around the globe, programme The Food Chain investigates all the current trends, interests and quirks related to food consumption, production and uses.
Clare and Manuela visited Nourish Kefir to learn more about kefir cultures and to discuss the possible connection between the gut and the brain.  As the UK producers using actual live grains we were able to impart our expertise about real kefir.

Gut Feelings

I shared my own very personal experiences about going from ill health (I suffered for more than 10 years with IBS and crohn’s disease) to well again –  directly as a result of drinking kefir!  It is quite an extraordinary journey.  Some people find it difficult to believe that such a simple thing as kefir –  a fermented milk drink could cure my symptoms of crohn’s disease and IBS.  But it’s true – it did.  I was transformed with my healing, it changed my life.  If you have ever suffered with bowel problems, for a prolonged time as I did, you too would be grateful for the relief that kefir can bring.

The programme is of course an edited version of everything we talked about.  It is a fascinating episode with contributors from Cork University, Ireland and McMaster University, Canada who discuss our gut micro-biome and predict a rise in the use of foods with live bacteria being more widely used to treat mood as a wholistic part of gut function – which all makes sense to me…  You can listen to the episode here
If you have any comments we would like to hear from you…

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Why you should Listen to your Body

Cropped kefir grains

The older I get, the more I learn about the connection between mind and body (and soul).
Today the first call to Nourish Kefir was from a customer who occasionally suffers with stomach upsets and constipation and she wondered if the kefir would help?
We discussed the connection between the occasional burning sensation in her stomach and her anxiety attacks that she agreed happen around the same time as her digestive issues.
When some part of our body is in pain – I believe from my own experiences (and many knowledgeable authors have written about it) that there is a connection between our mind and body, that the body is trying to give us a message that something isn’t working about our lives.  Maybe we are not living true to our values and our needs.  Perhaps we are giving too much to others – who keep taking, and all the while we haven’t realised that our own needs are not being met?  We are running on empty.  We somehow hope or expect the ‘others’ in our lives to notice this about us, and to reciprocate and give us the love/care/attention back.  But for many this just does not happen.  And so we keep on giving/ or even keep ignoring our own needs until one day we don’t have anything left to give.  Then when we are empty – our body starts to hurt!

Later this morning – the second person I spoke to had terrible back pain and was taking co-codamol painkillers to try and keep working through it.  What he really needed to do was go home and rest.  And I’m sure that’s what his back pain was trying to tell him.  In Louise Hay’s book – You can Heal your Life – she writes that back pain is connected to not feeling the support you need.  I bravely said this to him and he immediately agreed.  He explained that he is exhausted from running around doing so much for other people.  They haven’t noticed that he is not superman – and that he also needs to rest and be taken care of – or just given time off to look after himself too!

My journey to kefir was a journey of self love.   Kefir has been a big part of my healing – because I got so ill that I had real physical symptoms – that turned into crohn’s disease as well as IBS – for 10+ years!  If I had not found the kefir I would have continued to have deteriorating gut and physical health.

So my first act of self love was to force myself to drink as much kefir as I could.  I had to take a leap of faith for sure that this extra sour tasting, thick milk was not going to make me worse.  I also had to keep drinking it when my gut was doing it’s clean up act – and elimination was part of that.  Somehow I just had a good feeling about the kefir – and I am so grateful that I embarked on that journey.  The kefir transformed my gut health over a few months – helping to dissolve the pain of the previous 10 years. But that was just one step in taking better care of me.  I am still on that journey.  Maybe we all are to greater or lesser extent?  I’m still having to learn to make more time for myself and to work out what my needs are – to make sure I’m not running on empty and that there is joy in my life.

If our bodies are communicating to us with pain, then I would also suggest they communicate to us with feelings of joy too – when we achieve that state of balance and harmony that makes us love our lives!

 

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International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day on 8th March 2016 was an exciting day for me as I had been invited to a reception at No 10 Downing Street.
Inside the room was buzzing with women from all over the UK, most hoping to get a minute to talk to the then Prime Minister David Cameron.  I was expecting the event to be full of business women, but it was quite different.  There were scientists, teachers, nurses, carers, women who started support groups dealing with trauma – slavery, bereavement and other tough issues. Women championing breakfast clubs for children in need. These were wonderful, ordinary women leading extraordinary lives; selflessly committed to the greater good of many.

Having a kefir business is my little bit of good out there… We are not just a business, we are our own micro community of people working together, reaching a larger community of people we hope will benefit from drinking Nourish Kefir.

International Women’s Day

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15% off Goats Kefir for March

Get 15% off goats kefir home/office delivery orders during March.

We have been growing kefir grains in goat’s milk for over a year now and developed what we think is a refreshing and tangy goats kefir that you delight people who cannot digest cow’s milk – or they just prefer the taste of goats milk!

We think it hits the spot and hope you will love it too!  We made a very short video about it
Let us know what you think of it too…

Available in two sizes: 250ml and 500ml
The voucher code to pally at the checkout is NEWKEFIR

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Nourish Kefir – Highly Commended Best Food & Drink

Nourish Kefir is Highly Commended as Best Food & Drink by Health Food Business Magazine.

We are delighted to be recognised in these awards for the Health Food Sector.  Independent Health Food Stores supply a diverse range of wonderful organic and natural foods and supplements so beneficial to maintaining our good health and nutrition.  Nourish Kefir  drinks and cultures ares sold almost exclusively through this retail sector in the UK and Ireland.  We all need to support the independent health food sector if we can!

We are passionate about kefir and dedicated to making authentic, traditional kefir from live kefir grains since 2007!

It’s a bit complicated trying to explain why Nourish Kefir is different, but for everyone who’s tried it and loves it; they can taste the difference and feel the difference to their gut health!
We are really happy to receive this commendation!

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New Nourish Kefir Products for 2019

At Nourish Kefir we are delighted to tell you about our new products for 2019…

Have you seen our Nourish Goats Milk Kefir – yes we’ve been growing a selection of our precious kefir grains in goats milk for the past year.  And experimenting with our fermentation techniques to get it right… and the result – well you tell us what you think?
Goats milk kefir does taste different to cow’s milk kefir.  For a start it’s much runnier, and it’s an ever so slightly savoury taste.  The more we tried it the more we loved it – and we hope you do too!

Also – we’re launching the most amazingly yummy Organic Madagascan Vanilla Kefir!  What’s amazing is that it’s free from added sugar (or sweeteners) and tastes absolutely delicious!  Yes that’s right, it’s not sweet – it’s creamy and fresh and we know you will love it!

And – we’ve launched a smaller size Nourish Kefir Starter Cultures pack – it’s the “give it a go size”.  Ideal for having a go at making your own delicious kefir at home, with different types of milk and all the tummy loving bacteria, at a lower price!

Where can you find this delicious new offering?  At your fabulous Independent Health, Organic and Fine Food Stores across the UK and Ireland.  You can also buy them all here for home delivery!

Our promise to you – all our products are made by us, from scratch, with real kefir grains.  They are authentic kefirs.
Why do we do this? Because all the science behind the health benefits is related to kefir made from kefir grains.

 

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Delicious Magazine Awards – Finalist

At Nourish Kefir we are delighted to be recognised as a finalist in the Delicious Magazine Awards of 2018.

We don’t enter lots of awards!  We’d like to think we are always doing our best by fermenting real kefir grains – producing what we believe is the most authentic, delicious kefir!
Customers who come back for more are our most important judges.  So too are the people who reach out to us, sharing their experiences about how drinking Nourish Kefir has made a positive impact on their gut health.  That is by far the best award!

Having said that, to be a finalist by the esteemed judges of Delicious Magazine is an achievement.  And we are thrilled to be recognised at a national level, as a small artisan kefir producer from South Croydon!

What the judges said: ” both your passion for your product and the provenance was clearly evident ”
Delicious Magazine winners 2018

Do you think we should enter more awards? – Tell us what you think…
Nourish Kefir testimonials and customer reviews

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Organic cow’s milk – what’s good about it?

We use fresh organic cow’s milk that is delivered to our premises 4 times a week.  Our milk comes from OMSCO which stands for Organic Milk Suppliers Cooperative.
They guarantee that the milk we use will be:
Free Range
FREE FROM Antibiotics
From cow’s fed a natural grass-based diet
Grazed on pastures – Free from artificial pesticides
From farms with high standards of animal welfare
From farms that work in harmony with nature for bio-diversity

We use this organic milk to grow our beautiful kefir cultures – known as kefir grains, as well as to make our authentic kefir drinks.  Nourish Kefir is made from kefir cultures fermented in milk – that’s all!  No thickeners, preservatives or additives are used.  We keep it pure and we keep it real, because that’s what we believe is the best kefir and that’s what we want you to have!

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2019 – New Year Happy Tummy!

Happy New Year Everyone!

We were delighted to see our beautiful natural kefir bottle featured in the weekend Telegraph as part of an article on kefir.

It’s so exciting that the UK is embracing the tremendous benefits of adding kefir to our diets.  Whether you buy our authentic kefir made from grains, use our starter cultures with your choice of milk, or make it yourself at home with your own live grains, your body will thank you with great gut health!

I’m just back from celebrating my 50th birthday in Las Vegas, what a place!  I looked in the food stores (in between casinos) for kefir – but did not see any, which is surprising as I’m sure it would be a very beneficial drink to have there!  Turning 50 has crept up on me so quickly…  And the past 13 years of my life have been devoted to starting a kefir revolution in the UK after it healed my gut and changed my life for the better!

One week into 2019, how is it going?  Have you made any resolutions?
My resolution is to spread the word about authentic kefir which is only made from live kefir grains, to bring new products to market, and to help people with gut problems to get their gut health back on track…

 

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Merry Christmas wishes…

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

Hope you all have a wonderful week and happy tummies with all the Christmas food indulgence!

Thank you for all your support, kindness and well wishes during this year…
From all of us at Nourish Kefir wishing you the best gut health in 2019 xx