FAQs

What is fermentation?

Fermentation is an ancient practice; it is nature’s way of converting basic foods into nutritional powerhouses. It is a process where compounds like sugars and starch are converted by beneficial microorganisms (bacteria or yeasts) into alcohol or acids. During this transformation microorganisms convert nutrients into highly active and easily digestible forms, as well as creating a vast array of additional nutrients that support our health.

How do you ferment your products?

At Living Nutrition, we use a unique kefir-kombucha style fermentation. For Your Flora Symbiotics we use a starter of sprouted organic and non-GMO soya beans, which makes a great base. We then introduce it to our kefir-kombucha culture, for an extended, 30-day fermentation. For our Organic Fermented Herbs range, we take a select range of organic foods and herbs such as maca, turmeric and rhodiola, and inoculate them with the SCOBY’s 100+ species of ‘friendly’ bacteria and yeast. We allow this process to develop for around 30 days until the fermentation becomes a living matrix of activated nutrients, enzymes, and beneficial microorganisms, which is highly bioavailable to the human body and has many proven benefits to health.

We ferment in small batches by hand for a whole month, creating the most alive, active, and nutrient-dense food possible. Once the fermentation is complete, we use a gentle and slow freeze-drying process to capture the full range of compounds so they can be safely preserved intact, as nature intended.

We never use heat or pressure, and we don’t add any fillers, binders, or additives. All products are organically certified, vegan friendly and gluten free.

Why do you ferment your products?

It allows us to enhance the nutrition of foods rather than isolating and extracting single compounds from them, which is how most probiotics work. It means that we can preserve foods and herbs in their natural whole state, which increases their potency and bioavailability. It also creates a whole new range of compounds to support optimum health and wellbeing, including signalling compounds, enzymes and metabolites, which have additional and unique cellular actions.

We ferment in small batches by hand for a whole month, creating the most alive, active, and nutrient-dense food possible. Once the fermentation is complete, we use a gentle and slow freeze-drying process to capture the full range of compounds so they can be safely preserved intact, as nature intended.

We never use heat or pressure, and we don’t add any fillers, binders, or additives. All products are organically certified, vegan friendly and gluten free.

Why do you use soy? Isn’t it bad for you?

In recent years there has been research suggesting that consuming unfermented soya products could be harmful to health. This is because soya contains isoflavones (plant hormones) that can block the production of thyroid hormone, and phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors that can interfere with the digestive system to prevent the breakdown and absorption of nutrients.

Fortunately, even before the fermentation process begins, we use sprouted soya beans, which kickstarts a process of ‘pre-digestion’, breaking down the starch and making the nutrients within more bioavailable. The fermentation itself is nature’s way of transforming soya into a safe and beneficial food. The fermentation process breaks down enzyme inhibitors, produces phytase to degrade the phytic acid and reduces the goitrogenic properties of soy.

In East Asian cultures fermented soy is typically eaten in small amounts as a condiment to other foods, and our products follow a similar principle. We pack a lot of nutrition into our small Symbiotic parcels!

However, if you suffer from a soya allergy, we do not recommend you take the Your Flora Symbiotics range. Our Organic Fermented Herbs and Signature ranges made with our kefir-kombucha fusion contain no soya and may work better for you.

Why don’t you use black pepper or piperine in your Organic Fermented Turmeric?

Our Organic Fermented Turmeric is highly bioavailable and enhanced by the fermentation process. Piperine irritates and damages the gut lining, meaning turmeric is only easier to absorb into the bloodstream because the gut has become leaky. It also inhibits the glucuronidation detoxification pathway which helps to detoxify chemicals and hormones.

Why do you use adaptogens in your Organic Fermented Herbs range?

Adaptogens are non-toxic plants and fungi that help the body to resist stress, whether physical, chemical, or biological. These herbs and roots have been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine and have become a popular choice to help bring us back into balance. Research shows adaptogens can combat fatigue, enhance physical and mental performance, and help us to face life’s obstacles with more resilience. Adaptogens should never be given as isolated compounds or processed unnaturally, as the holistic intention of the herb is lost. Fermentation takes the whole of the plant and creates a superior form, bursting with life and vitality.

Are your products vegan?

Yes, our full range is vegan friendly.

How many capsules should I take?

It depends on the product and what you are using it for. Our Signature and Your Flora Symbiotics are 1-3 capsules a day for adults. Two would be optimal but start with one if you are sensitive. Our Organic Fermented Herbs range is 1-2 capsules a day, but they are quite potent, and so one may be enough for most people.

Can I give these products to my children?

Yes, you can open the capsules and use them in smoothies, yoghurt, or homemade snacks. You can even make homemade kombucha tea with the Your Flora Symbiotics capsules!

Can I open the capsules?

Yes, you can open the capsules and use them in smoothies, yoghurt, or homemade snacks. You can even make homemade kombucha tea with the Your Flora Symbiotics capsules!

Do they need to be refrigerated?

They are perfectly shelf stable, but you can refrigerate them if you prefer.

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