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Your Kefir and gut health questions

Deborah answers your kefir questions


Do you have any questions about your gut health and kefir, let us know?

Deborah experienced profound changes and healing of her crohn’s disease and IBS through drinking kefir.  She had been suffering for more than 10 years with symptoms of IBS and crohn’s.  Since discovering kefir in 2006 her health returned and she started Nourish Kefir to provide authentic kefir for people who wanted to improve their gut health Deborah has supported thousands of customers on their journey to a happy gut.
Her suggestions are practical and easy to implement straight away.

If you have any questions related to kefir let us know…

Send your questions by email – up to 8th September.  Please provide a brief outline of your symptoms for a particular gut health issue.
We will collate all the questions and then answer them in a video blog – that we will put up on the website youtube page mid September.

Deborah has been featured on BBC Radio 4 – The Food programme, Channel 4 Superfoods and on the BBC World Service in March talking about kefir and gut health.

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£20 off first order at Farmdrop

Get £20 off your Farmdrop order

Get £20 off your first order at Farmdrop using the code NOURISH

We are very excited to let you know that Farmdrop is now selling Nourish Kefir…
To celebrate this, Farmdrop have agreed a special offer of £20 off your first order – pretty good offer when you consider how much there is to choose from!

Farmdrop offer our full Nourish Kefir range – yes even our yummy smoothies…
Just check that you are in the delivery area for Farmdrop to make sure they can reach you.  They deliver from 7am to 10pm to work addresses as well as home addresses – which is handy!

Farmdrop also like to support local producers – which is really great – on their website they say:

“local means that the food you order is grown or produced near our Hub. Then delivered direct to us from our farmers and food makers. When you buy local food, you’re directly supporting small farmers and family businesses who care about getting you the best food they can make (or grow) – and it hasn’t travelled as far, so it’s much fresher, tastier and healthier.”

Farmdrop is based in North London and Nourish Kefir is made about 12 miles away at our dairy in South Croydon.  We are a ‘small producer’ as it’s a family business that started in 2007.  We are the original, authentic fermenters of REAL kefir drinks are made with fresh organic cow’s milk or fresh goats milk.

When we say REAL – what we mean is that we ferment actual live kefir grains – 6 days a week!  We are the only UK commercial producer to do this.
And what do our drinks taste like?  Refreshingly creamy, smooth and delicious!
And the reason why we ferment in this authentic way is because it is the very best quality kefir you can drink – the ones made made with actual kefir grains.   There is no yoghurt bacteria in real kefir – it’s worth knowing the difference!

Hope you get to take up the offer !

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Same Name Different Product – Kefir

Deborah and her precious kefir grains

Same Name Different Product – KEFIR

At Nourish Kefir it has been a challenging 18 months, since the mass produced ‘kefirs’ appeared in the supermarkets, and being sold at discounted prices.

To most consumers all kefir drinks look the same.  It is understandable that they probably think one type is as good as another.  But that’s actually not the case.  The efficacy of kefirs gut healing benefits has been documented by numerous scientific studies and even briefly on Trust Me I’m a Doctor in 2017.  However, this excellent news about kefir relates specifically to kefir made by fermenting actual kefir grains in milk. We are the only kefir producers – doing this on a commercial scale.

I started the business in 2006 when kefir grains healed my crohn’s disease and IBS (I had suffered daily for more than 10 years!). I started selling kefir in 2007 and actually producing kefir – started the dairy/factory in 2009. Our dairy is located in South Croydon – an unlikely home perhaps, but where I grew up!  We buy in fresh organic cow’s milk (and now also fresh goats milk) and we are fermenting our kefir grains 6 days a week.  We follow a a multi-fermentation recipe to get it just right for each batch.

So what is the difference then? We have analysed many other brands – and they are simply yoghurt bacteria with some extra kefir type bacteria added (but they don’t say this on the label). They are not real kefir -as real kefir does not contain yoghurt bacteria!
Legally we don’t know how they are allowed to use the name KEFIR?  It’s something we are challenging with the Food Standards Agency and Trading Standards.

Our business does not sell to large supermarkets – and it is NOT our intention to do so either. We support and sell through the Independent Health Food and Fine Food Stores in the UK and Ireland. We are doing something we believe in!  Yes we want to have a successful, profitable business, but based on truth and supply of something really worthwhile, that genuinely helps people improve their gut health.  Something that we feel good about!

I believe consumers really do want the best, honest products.  They go to health food and whole food shops to buy organic and brands they can trust – they would not be happy to think that they are being misinformed about any foods they consume.

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Believe that Healing is Possible

Believe that healing is always possible.
Even with a diagnosis that says otherwise.  The power of our intentions, our will to survive and our strength to take positive action all contributes to our healing possibilities.

In February 2019, my dad was diagnosed with an untreatable oesophageal tumour and an internal tear (that he was told will never heal and because of this there would be no treatment options available to him).  As you can imagine this was devastating news for our family.  However, I’m really happy to share that he has been given good news today that after just four months post diagnosis the tear has healed!

I believe he did this by following an ‘alternative’ anti-cancer diet.  This involved for the most part; clean foods (avoiding sugar), healing teas, bicarbonate of soda, vitamins and minerals, cbd oil, apricot kernel oil, breathing exercises, meditation and prayer, intention, rest, sleep, hydration and of course both organics cow’s kefir as well as goats milk kefir.

His journey to wellness is only just beginning, and yes he has a long way to go!  But today we are celebrating that a life threatening tear has healed!  His body did this, he did this and we all supported him – especially my mum!

I wanted to share it with you – because this is happening to people all over the place and we need to encourage each other to not accept a diagnosis that we cannot be healed.  We all have the power to take better care of ourselves, our bodies and minds.  I believe that healing is possible!  And I am grateful for all the books, resources and products readily available – especially kefir that is helping him to get through this challenging time in his life!

We took this photo in the hospital today  just after the meeting with the surgeon and nurse – to capture the moment and the feeling.  Me with my Dad William and Mum Mary.

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New Label Artwork shows grains

Here’s a sneak preview of our new label artwork showing real kefir grains for our 500ml Nourish Kefir.

We are so passionate about making authentic kefir that we want to show you that we  make kefir with real grains, and as experts in kefir fermentation – it’s important to share with you that we grow them here at our dairy.  From start to finish we look after every step of our kefir production.  It’s really important for us to make sure we deliver the very best quality kefir to you!

Fermenting kefir grains is an art and science.  And you’d be surprised if you realised the efforts we go to in preparing our cultures to make each batch of Nourish Kefir.  It takes no less than 5 days of fermentation!

We work at weekends too to keep looking after our kefir grains.  They are a special living organism and they need lots of care and attention.   So here they are now on the front of our new label artwork!

We also decided to include how we got started. From Deborah’s chance discovery of kefir in 2006, making her own kefir at home and healing her chronic IBS and crohn’s disease, to Nourish Kefir under scientific scrutiny from the producers of Trust Me I’m a Doctor.  We are confident about our drinks and were thrilled with the proven results!

It is really exciting to see how popular kefir has become since the Trust Me I’m a Doctor programme was broadcast in 2017. (in the episode Nourish Kefir is the group 1 test)

With Nourish Kefir we promise there is NO yoghurt in our kefir drinks.  We make pure and real kefir and that is why we created a new label and updated the artwork to show the actual grains.  An interesting fact: there is no yoghurt cultures in real kefir grains… (Yoghurt cultures are: Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus).
Real kefir has a mesophilic fermentation at 22 degrees, where as yoghurt has a thermophilic fermentation at 38 degrees.
Real kefir is different to yoghurt based kefir – they are NOT the same product – but they carry the same name.

If you have any questions, feedback or comments we would love to hear from you – so get in touch here

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Kefir On the BBC World Service

BBC World Service interview Deborah

Nourish Kefir on the BBC World Service
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 full interview about the gut brain connection 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 at Downing Street

Invite to Downing Street on 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 an opportunity to talk to the then Prime Minister David Cameron –  we only just managed a nod hello!
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 really tough issues. As well as women championing breakfast clubs for children and families with great hardship unable to afford breakfast.

To be celebrating International Women’s day at Downing Street with these wonderful, inspirational women leading extraordinary lives; committed to the greater good was an honour.  It was a bit of a thrill for me (got my photo) and I felt very fortunate to have been invited in the first place.

Having a business is hard work.  But being able to choose to make kefir with life kefir grains (which I believe to be the best quality) is my way of having a business that provides goodness to our customers…

On another level though, we are not just a business, we are our own micro community of people working together, and 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 in March

Get 15% off goats kefir in March..

Order today to get next day delivery to your home or office

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

From the feedback we have had so far – if you like goats cheese – you will love our goats kefir 🙂

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 use at the checkout is NEWKEFIR to ensure you get your 15% off goats kefir in March

Sadly it is not made with organic goats milk… If we could source it in the UK we would use it to ferment our grains.  We talked to the leading goats milk producers in the UK.  They told us an interesting fact about goats – that apparently they like to be in-doors!  Organic certification standards require goats to be outdoors for a certain number of days a year… that it seems our beautify British goats do not seem to want to do!

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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 Health Food Sector awards.  Independent Health Food Stores do a great job of supplying a diverse range of wonderful organic and natural foods and supplements so beneficial to maintaining our good health and nutrition.

In Health Food Business magazine’s annual awards they asked retailers to vote for their favourite products across several categories.  Nourish Kefir drinks entered and were Highly Commended in the Best Food and Drink category, which is a great accolade to achieve among many fine health food products!

We sell our range of authentic drinks and kefir starter cultures almost exclusively through this retail sector in the UK and Ireland – see our stockist list for shops  as well as some online retailers, so you will not find us in supermarkets.  We feel it is important support the independent health food sector (many of whom are small businesses just like us) and shop local when we can!

We are passionate about fermenting real kefir grains and are dedicated to making authentic, traditional kefir here in our dairy in South London.

Although Kefir is essentially a fermented milk drink, real kefir (what we produce) is more complicated in terms of explaining why it is different to supermarket kefir.  Why it’s more complicated is all to do with the kefir grains – which are a complex micro-organism comprising of different types of good bacteria and yeast!  Unless you are really into kefir it can be a bit mind boggling!  But as far as taste goes….for everyone who’s tried Nourish Kefir and loves it, and comes back for more; they can taste the difference and feel the difference to their gut health!

Regarding Health Food sector awards, and other awards in general… actually we don’t enter many – maybe we should?  What do you think – let us know?