The majority of your body’s immune cells are located in your gut, which is why a happy tummy is essential for a strong immune system. One of the best ways to keep your digestive system fit and fabulous is with fermented foods and drinks. These products are packed with probiotics, enzymes and yeasts, all of which can help to support the growth of good gut bacteria so that we can properly digest and absorb the nutrients that we need.
There are hundreds of great fermented foods on our shelves, but we have hand-picked just a few of our favourites that will keep you happy and healthy all the way through winter...
Wellness Kefir Water
Water kefir is all the rage right now, and we’re happy to say that we’ve got our very own range of this miracle worker. Our kefir is naturally fermented and packed with all the sugars, enzymes, yeasts, and probiotic cultures that you need to keep your digestive system in tip-top shape. We’ve even gone a step further by infusing our kefir with some of our favourite fruit, herbs and spices (such as pineapple and ginger, both of which offer additional gut support).
♦ Stocked at: All Johannesburg and Cape Town stores
The fantastic team at Irene’s Gourmet (led by Irene herself) offers a wonderful selection of fermented, fully vegan products so that you can get a cruelty-free probiotic kick. We just love their cultured coconut yoghurt (perfect for an immune-boosting smoothie bowl) and their raw kimchi, sauerkraut and ‘Eastern Delight’ jars, which are packed full of flavourful fermented veggies. Also on offer are their legendary vegan cheeses, falafels, pesto, butter and burger patties – everything you need to craft the perfect winter feast.
♦ Stocked at: All Stores
So, what are you wating for? Get going and load up on gut-healing goodies at your local Wellness today!