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Food Heroes

It’s a GUT feeling!

Are you taking care of your gut and digestive system? The answer for most of us is; ‘probably not’.

Probiotics are good bacteria that primarily line your gut and are responsible for nutrient absorption and supporting your immune system and there is more and more evidence of the effect your gut microbiome has on your mental and emotional health and vice versa, in fact both serotonin and dopamine (which have major effect on mood) are made in the gut. Ted Dinan, a professor of psychiatry at University College Cork, said probiotics for the brain — psychobiotics — have the potential to reduce mild to moderate depression.

So, there is more to that saying ‘gut feeling’ than you imagined!

Historically, we had plenty of probiotics in our diet from eating fresh foods from good soil and by fermenting our foods to keep them from spoiling. But intense farming practices and modern food production methods like pasteurisation and prolific use of antibiotics have depleted our natural sources of good bacteria.

A way to build a better microbiome may be to seek out foods that naturally teem with good bacteria like probiotics. We’ve noticed an increased demand for fermented and live foods like cultured vegetables and natural dairy products.

Here’s our list of 'Top 7 Gut Friendly Foods' which we stock instore:

1. Kefir: Similar to yogurt, this fermented dairy product is a unique combination of milk and fermented kefir grains. Kefir has been consumed for over 3,000 years and is derived from the Turkish word “keif” “feeling good.” It has a slightly acidic and tart flavour it contains about 30 different microorganisms, making it a much more potent source of probiotics than other fermented dairy products. Our milk Kefir is specially made for us at Ardkeen by Trisha Hennessy of Knockeen Farm in Piltown in Kilkenny who also supplies us with a range of wonderful natural yoghurts. We also stock King of Kefir (made in Dublin) which is a water kefir made using freshly juiced ingredients with a blend of dried herbs and spice to create an infusion of the flavours. The drink is then allowed to ferment with the water kefir culture which grows on the natural sugars. Just before bottling either apple juice or organic honey is added to the drink and when bottled it is left to incubate for 2 weeks. This allows it to fizz up in the bottle naturally. The low level of sweetness is achieved using a small amount of the Stevia plant extract as a natural sweetener. The end result is a refreshing and tasty natural soft drink with a light fizz. For those who prefer their probiotics a little less tart we have Kefi (Kefir Icecream) developed by a clinical nutritional therapist is there perfect way to introduce probiotic into your kid’s diet (it’s good for adults too!)

2. Cultured Vegetables: Both Sauerkraut and Kimchi are high in enzymes, which can aid digestion.  Made from fermented cabbage and other vegetables, sauerkraut is not diverse in probiotics but is high in organic acids, which give food its sour taste and support the growth of good bacteria. Kimchi is a cousin to sauerkraut and is the Korean take on cultured veggies. We stock both Sauerkraut and Kimchi from The Cultured Food Company, founder Hayley Milthorpe is reviving the ancient art of live fermented foods with a view to improving our optimal gut health.

3. Kombucha: Is an effervescent fermentation of black tea that is started by using a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast). Originating in Japan, Kombucha has been around for over 2,000 years. Kombucha is highly rich in enzymes, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, bacterial and amino acids, it’s primary health benefit is as a digestive support. Twin brothers Padraig & Adrian Hyde from Cork make HOLO kombucha which is certified organic and a great alternative soft drink.

4. Yogurt: You’ve probably heard natural yoghurt is a good source of probiotics. Readily available, most will have included it in their diet at some stage but we are particularly keen on sheep’ milk yoghurt from Velvet Cloud in Co. Mayo, the sheep are grass fed and the Flanagans only use two ingredients in the production; fresh sheep’s milk from their flock of Friesland and Lacaune ewes and live yogurt cultures. The result is mild and creamy and because of the unique properties of sheep’s milk, it suits many with digestive challenges or who are allergic to cow’s milk.

5. Apple Cider Vinegar: Considered a prebiotic -- not to be confused with probiotics, such as yogurt, which are sources of those friendly bacteria. Prebiotics are a source of food for beneficial bacteria, helping maintain the population of these bacteria in your gut and keeping your digestive system healthy. Made with “mother” (a colony of beneficial bacteria, similar to a Kombucha SCOBY), we stock unrefined, unpasteurized and unfiltered Llewellyn’s Irish Apple Cider Vinegar

6. Bone Broth: Easily digested and soothing to the digestive system, studies have shown the gelatin in bone broth is beneficial for restoring strength of the gut lining and fighting food sensitivities helping with the growth of probiotics (good bacteria) in the gut, and supporting healthy inflammation levels in the digestive tract. We sell a huge amount Sadie’s Kitchen Bone Broth each week to customers who attest to the benefits.

7. Raw Milk: Many argue the anti-microbial and immune-enhancing components of milk are greatly reduced in effectiveness by pasteurisation. Ireland has seen a growth in the demand for raw milk which some find easier to digest than the commercially pasteurised and homogenised version. We stock the wonderful creamy Jersey milk from Limerick organic farmer John Liston of Dysert Farm. Straight from the cow, not processed, pasteurised or homogenised we know it won't be to everyone’s taste but we're of the opinion that it tastes exactly as milk should creamy & rich.

If this has piqued your interest, we can reccommned some further reading here:

http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/psychobiotics-could-be-used-to-treat-depression-and-available-within-five-years-382747.html

http://apc.ucc.ie/research-2/apc-research-themes/brain-gut-microbiota-axis/

http://time.com/4801842/probiotics-mood-depression-ibs/

Here’s to your happy gut & a happy you!

  • Sadie’s Kitchen Comforting Chicken Bone Broth 350ml

    Sadie’s Kitchen Comforting Chicken Bone Broth 350ml

    Enjoy me: 

    • As a comforting hot drink
    • In smoothies or juices for a protein hit
    • In addition to meals as delicious stock
    • As a useful cooking liquid for rice, grains, and pulses

    Not just a broth: Our bone broth is slow-cooked to extract the very best flavour and gelatine. It's one of the world's first comfort foods and is an excellent addition to your cooking. 

    The bones of it: We source the finest free range Irish chicken, fresh from Ring's Farm in Co. Kilkenny. The chickens roam free for ten weeks and are rich in flavour for a delicious bone broth. 

    €4.50

  • King of Kefir Chilli & Ginger 330ml

    King of Kefir Chilli & Ginger 330ml

    • Trust your gut
    • No added sugar
    • Handcrafted in Dublin
    • Contains Naturally occurring sugars

    Naturally sparkling with sweetener from natural sources. Unconventional soft drinks using beneficial cultures from natural water kefir. A refreshing low calorie soft drink crafted in small batches, unfiltered, unpasteurised and contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. 

    €2.95

  • King of Kefir Lemongrass & Ginger 330ml

    King of Kefir Lemongrass & Ginger 330ml

    • Trust your gut
    • No added sugar
    • Handcrafted in Dublin
    • Contains Naturally occurring sugars

    Naturally sparkling with sweetener from natural sources. nconventional soft drinks using beneficial cultures from natural water kefir. A refreshing low calorie soft drink crafted in small batches, unfiltered, unpasteurised and contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. 

    €2.95

  • The Cultured Food Company Kimchi 300g

    The Cultured Food Company Kimchi 300g

    By harnessing the natural power of certain microbes we transform foods through fermentation into a while new taste sensation rich with real culture. A versatile condiment to be enjoyed with any meat, fish, cheese, or salads. 

    €5.25

  • The Cultured Food Company Organic Natural Raw Sauerkraut 400g

    The Cultured Food Company Organic Natural Raw Sauerkraut 400g

    A versatile condiment to be enjoyed with any meat, fish, cheese or salads. 

    Reviving the ancient tradition of hand crafted raw fermented foods. By harnessing the natural power of certain microbes, we transform foods through fermentation into a whole new taste sensation rich with real culture.

    €5.25

  • The Cultured Food Company Organic Ruby Red Raw Sauerkraut 400g

    The Cultured Food Company Organic Ruby Red Raw Sauerkraut 400g

    A versatile condiment to be enjoyed with any meat, fish, cheese or salads.  

    Reviving the ancient tradition of hand crafted raw fermented foods. By harnessing the natural power of certain microbes, we transform foods through fermentation into a whole new taste sensation rich with real culture. 

    €5.25

  • HOLO Organic Kombucha Sparkling 330ml

    HOLO Organic Kombucha Sparkling 330ml

    • Unfiltered
    • Raw
    • Vegan
    • Unpasteurised

    Kombucha is a fermented tea with a long history, of which we are but a small part. Bits in your buch? Hooay! That’s cause it’s unfiltered and unpasteurised.

    Handcrafted by the Hyde twins.

    HOLO stands for HOListic Organics. We believe we are the result of what we eat, drink and think. We believe in full lives, family, friends, strong communities and endless love. Free yourself!

    €2.95

  • Velvet Cloud Irish Sheep’s Milk Yogurt Natural 130g

    Velvet Cloud Irish Sheep’s Milk Yogurt Natural 130g

    • Live Yogurt Cultures 
    • Digestion Friendly 
    • High in Protein

    *Live cultures can improve lactose digestion 

    • 100% Natural
    • Made on the farm in Mayo

    Why Sheep’s Milk?

    Digestion friendly sheep’s milk yogurt offers a tasty alternative to cow’s milk yogurt.

    Our naturally creamy sheep’s yogurt contains no additives, milk powders or sweeteners. All we add is yogurt cultures to our pure Irish sheep’s milk.

    Deliciously different….

    While our rich and luxurious yogurt is perfect on its own. It also makes for a great start to the day poured over your favourite cereal or fruit. For dinner try a dollop in savoury dishes or use it to top potatoes for a richer flavour. 

    €2.40

  • Velvet Cloud Irish Sheep’s Milk Yogurt Natural 450g

    Velvet Cloud Irish Sheep’s Milk Yogurt Natural 450g

    • 100% Natural
    • Made on the farm in Mayo

    Why Sheep’s Milk?

    Digestion friendly sheep’s milk yogurt offers a tasty alternative to cow’s milk yogurt.

    Our naturally creamy sheep’s yogurt contains no additives, milk powders or sweeteners. All we add is yogurt cultures to our pure Irish sheep’s milk.

    Deliciously different….

    While our rich and luxurious yogurt is perfect on its own. It also makes for a great start to the day poured over your favourite cereal or fruit. For dinner try a dollop in savoury dishes or use it to top potatoes for a richer flavour. 

    €4.70

  • Llewellyn Premium Irish Cider Vinegar 500ml

    Llewellyn Premium Irish Cider Vinegar 500ml

    • Raw – Unfiltered
    • Contains the ‘Mother’

    Apple cider vinegar has been valued for centuries as a nutritious foodstuff, natural remedy, tonic and antiseptic.

    We have naturally fermented this cider vinegar from the best of Irish apples. Unlike some ‘big brands’ manufactured cheaply by bulking up with water and cheaply by bulking up with water and sugar during fermentation, we ferment only pure fresh-pressed apple juice. This gives our cider vinegar more flavour and more natural apple goodness.

    Any jelly-like deposit or strands visible in the bottle are harmless evidence of the live bacterial ‘mother’ culture, and valuable proof of its quality and authenticity.

    • Use instead of wine vinegar in recipes for marinades, salad dressings, chutneys, pickling etc. May be taken, diluted with water, as a daily tonic drink.
    • Salad Dressing: for a simple yet delicious dressing, mix 1 tablespoon cider vinegar, 4 tablespoons olive or sunflower oil, salt and black pepper to taste.
    • Daily Tonic: A popular recipe for a daily tonic drink: 1 tablespoon cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon honey, mixed in a glass of warm water, taken twice daily. 

    €7.00

  • Killowen Farm Whole Milk Yogurt Hazelnut 135g

    Killowen Farm Whole Milk Yogurt Hazelnut 135g

    Made with our own cows’ milk

    • One Wexford Family Farm
    • Source of natural protein
    • 100% natural live yogurt

    No additives, always natural

    €0.75

  • Killowen Farm Whole Milk Yogurt Blueberry 135g

    Killowen Farm Whole Milk Yogurt Blueberry 135g

    Made with our own cows’ milk

    • One Wexford Family Farm
    • Source of natural protein
    • 100% natural live yogurt

    No additives, always natural

    €0.75

  • Killowen Farm Whole Milk Yogurt Forest Fruit 135g

    Killowen Farm Whole Milk Yogurt Forest Fruit 135g

    Made with our own cows’ milk

    • One Wexford Family Farm
    • Source of natural protein
    • 100% natural live yogurt

    No additives, always natural

    €0.75

  • Killowen Farm Whole Milk Yogurt Natural 135g

    Killowen Farm Whole Milk Yogurt Natural 135g

    Made with our own cows’ milk

    • One Wexford Family Farm
    • Source of natural protein
    • 100% natural live yogurt

    No additives, always natural

    €0.75

  • Killowen Farm Whole Milk Yogurt Raspberry 135g

    Killowen Farm Whole Milk Yogurt Raspberry 135g

    Made with our own cows’ milk

    • One Wexford Family Farm
    • Source of natural protein
    • 100% natural live yogurt

    No additives, always natural

    €0.75

  • Killowen Farm Whole Milk Yogurt Strawberry 135g

    Killowen Farm Whole Milk Yogurt Strawberry 135g

    Made with our own cows’ milk

    • One Wexford Family Farm
    • Source of natural protein
    • 100% natural live yogurt

    No additives, always natural

    €0.75

  • Glenilen Farm Probiotic Natural Yoghurt 500g

    Glenilen Farm Probiotic Natural Yoghurt 500g

    It all starts with our milk…And as you can imagine, this makes our cows very important to us. We treat them kindly, allowing them to roam, keeping them warm in winter and never, ever over milking them. They in turn supply us with the rich tasty milk that we use to make this yoghurt.

    Our natural yoghurt can be enjoyed as a tasty snack on its own, or mixed with fruit and cereal. We like it on our porridge . Use it as a marinade for chicken or lamb or add it to curries.

    €1.80

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