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Our Little Kefir Shop

We have our own Water Kefir grains in stock for you to buy and start fermenting your own to make the most amazing health drink. All purchases come with full instructions.

Water kefir is made from kefir grains, also known as sugar grains, tibicos, tibi, or Japanese water crystals.

It is a combination of healthy probiotic bacteria and yeast held together in a matrix composed of a complex polysaccharide. It is one of the best dairy free probiotic sources available. The microbes feed on sugar and produce lactic acid, alcohol (ethanol), and carbon dioxide, yielding a fermented carbonated beverage. The alcohol content is usually very minimal, less than 1 %.

The culture will keep multiplying as long as you take care of it and it’s only a one time purchase for a lifetime supply of probiotics.

Benefits of drinking water kefir and using it on your skin.

Drinking Water Kefir can help you to achieve your optimal health, strengthen your immune system, and help to prevent diseases of all kinds. Most importantly, it restores good digestion – the key to health and longevity. When your body is out of balance, unfriendly opportunistic bacteria and yeasts can take over – producing irritable and bad digestion, food allergies, headaches, flu, skin rashes, and other more serious disorders. Water kefir is something you and your family can drink and use on your skin every day.

  • Inhibits the growth of unfriendly bacteria and yeasts, and helps beneficial probiotic microorganisms to colonize and thrive in your digestive tract, and throughout the rest of the body (skin, eyes, bladder, vagina, nose, throat, etc).
  • Contributes to a healthy immune system.
  • Reduces inflammation.
  • Helps with the digestion of food and micronutrients. The KEY for health and longevity is good digestion, and a balance of good bacteria is the essential starting point.
  • Heals, or reduces the symptoms irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) including bloating, indigestion, flatulence, diarrhoea/constipation, nausea, low energy, muscle aches and pains.
  • Heals intestinal dysbiosis and SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth).
  • Increased energy and overall feeling of good health.
  • Can stop unhealthy food cravings, especially for sugars and sweet foods.
  • Skin complexion and overall condition improves. Brown liver spots/ age spots can fade, as can skin tags, moles, warts etc. It can ease or cure many skin conditions, such as psoriasis, eczema and acne.
  • Hair and nails look healthier, and are strengthened and improved.
  • Liver cleansing, as in traditional Chinese medicine, thus easing aches and joint pains, and benefiting the eyes.
  • Glandular ( endocrine) system (adrenals, thyroid, pituitary, ovaries) benefits. Women have healthier periods; some women have periods start again after early menopause.
  • A tranquillizing effect on the nervous system has helped many who suffer from sleep disorders and insomnia, depression, ADHD and autism.
  • Kefir grains produce right-rotating L(+) lactic acid, which is an important constituent of the human body. In addition, right-rotating lactic acid may help maintaining healthy functioning of the heart. According to some researchers, the cells of the heart muscle obtain their energy primarily from right-rotating lactic acid.By the fermentation process kefir becomes an excellent source of vitamin B12, and is high in vitamins B1 and B6.Diabetics, in particular, could greatly benefit from drinking kefir. Since the finished product, if bottled, will produce a carbonated beverage, it provides an alternative to sweet soda drinks. In that sense, anyone from children to adults can enjoy water kefir guilt-free.

Water Kefir provides:


Species Lactobacillus
L. brevis
L. casei
L. hilgardii
L. hordei
L. nagelii

Species Leuconostoc
L. citreum
L. mesenteroides

Species Acetobacter
A. fabarum
A. orientalis

Species Streptococcus
S. lactis


Hanseniaospora valbyensis
Lachancea fermentati
Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Zygotorulaspora florentina

Story to Date

Health Foods for You the friendly independent shop in Friars Street is owned by Jane Pearson who has run the business for over 4 years . With many challenges in the industry and a young family Jane was determined to do her best to provide a much needed service in the community offering a range of quality products and supplements  at competitive prices. Locally sourced, organic and vegan being her speciality.

At Christmas last year Jane had no choice and was not in a position   to renew her lease in May at Friars Street. This  was a huge decision and not taken lightly. “I feel id reached my potential here and so many people do not come to Friars Street to shop or browse and since the fire in September I feel I was not in a strong position to continue by just ticking over any more. My loyal regulars just weren’t enough  to make it viable to stay ”

But because Jane feels there is so much more potential if she was more centrally placed she continued to keep looking for a suitable property. Customers need speciality products that you simply cannot buy anywhere else and I am always happy to source and order such items in for people.

Most of the larger premises in North Street being suitably placed become too expensive along with crippling business rates so Jane was unable to give her customers the commitment of a new location she felt the shop much needed. All of the regulars will know that things were desperate with the last day of trade being last Saturday and still nowhere to go! Stock was run right down and customers were led to believe that the shop was in fact closing.

I just kept saying to customers “watch this space” because I couldn’t believe that this was the end and I felt hopeful and remained positive that something would come up, I just didn’t know what!

A week before closing an opportunity came up for a little shop in North Street which Jane felt was the perfect location to move her business to.

75 North Street is the new address for Health Foods For You, next door to Sudbury Shoe repairs. Past Juniper flowers and Rafi’s spice box. Jane acted quickly to secure the shop and as of next week is preparing the business for this amazing and exciting opportunity. I’ve always believed in fate but this was getting bit close even for me!

There is a little work involved in getting the shop fitted out and ready but Jane is aiming to open at  the end of the May 2016  all being well. NOW OPEN !

Orders can be placed over the phone as usual on 01787 828262.