THE human gut is more complex than previously thought and has a huge impact on whole-body health. A healthy gut contributes to a strong immune system, heart health, brain health, improved mood, healthy sleep, and effective digestion, and it may help prevent some cancers and autoimmune diseases. Fermented foods and drinks have a huge role to play in keeping our gut vibrant.

At Proper Probiotics they believe everybody should have an easy, delicious and versatile way to get a wider fauna of healthy bacteria in our guts and through this improve every aspect of our lives. They have taken traditional knowledge of fermented foods and given it a modern twist through exciting flavour combinations to provide beautiful bacteria for your belly. All products are made using the finest and freshest ingredients, mostly from farmers’ markets, to deliver the best possible flavour. Every product is vegan, raw & unpasteurised and will keep in the fridge for a month after opening. The range includes Kimchi, Kombucha and Sauerkraut in a wide range of flavours. They are at the market every Saturday.

As it is the last market before Valentine’s Day customers may like to know we will have a range of potential presents for your heart-throb, if you are that way inclined. Stroud Brewery, Cotswold Handmade soaps and candles, Woodchester Valley Vineyard, The Stencil Shed, Pottery, Cymbal Knits, Neil Griffin Leather; all good ideas for a gift for a loved one. If not, maybe a jar of Kimchi?