How to make Kombucha

Kombucha – first of all what is it? Well, hard to find in most UK supermarkets for one! and when you do find it, it’s pretty expensive. Described by the ancient Chinese as the “Immortal Health Elixir,” Kombucha is a type of sweetened tea that’s been fermented by a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. Known mainly for its enriching …

Fizzy drinks are good for us….WHAT?!

As lifelong fans of diet coke, when we visited Nick and Camilla at Rude Health HQ and they told us fizzy drinks are good for us…we nearly hit the roof! Sort of like the scene in Charlie and the chocolate factory with the fizzy lifting drink…If you need your memory jogged..click here! And just like Willy Wonka burst Charlie’s bubble Nick burst …

The Gut Makeover

So after the Christmas gluttony – Lisa actually went out 21 nights in a row and was taking painkillers for her stomach pain and could barely function, we decided it was time to reset our guts for with a Gut Makeover with Jeanette Hyde. Read more about Jeanette here! The founding principles and why she cuts out the food groups …

Pre pregnancy advice…I’m only just married!

When curious about genomics, IVF and pregnancy who better to speak to than Dr Helen O’Neill MSc PhD,Embryology, IVF and Reproductive Genetics Group at the Institute for Women’s Health. She’s also an identical twin and with the charisma to relay all her wisdom in a fun and engaging way that even we could understand, we just had to chat with …

To Raw milk or not…

The big question on everyone’s milky lips at the moment is ‘to raw milk or not to raw milk.’ We’re delving into the topic to find out the facts about pasteurised and unpasteurised and what the rules are for each. Thanks to sheknows.com for these great descriptions. Raw milk comes from pastured cows (cows grazing on green grass most of …

The last year in our other lives…

Ooossht Ronan Keatings “Life is a Rollercoaster” was certainly the political and social soundtrack to this year. Personally ours was more akin to Miley Cyrus “The Climb” we had a great year of setting foundations and lots of new jobs. Inside your teleboxes we appeared on The Secret Life of Twins, (ITV), Channel 4’s ‘Food Unwrapped’ and ‘My Twin Stranger’ …

We Attempted to Make Cheese!

Maybe we should just leave it to the professionals? Check out how we got on here: For the 1st attempt (yes it took more than one attempt…), we used Hook and Sons Raw milk Find out more about them here…. This was recommended by Max Melvin who assured us it’s the optimum milk for gut health and creates the best …

And another call out…this time for chefs and food bloggers!

We have teamed up with Mucho to provide you with some amazing healthy gut recipes that are delivered straight to your door..don’t say we’re not good to you (or your microbes!) See them here! BUT we’d also love some ‘guest’ recipes that our great for our guts, if you are a chef/food blogger and know how to make some super …

A Call out for gut conscious parents…

Are you conscious of your little one’s mini microbes? Do you feed your kids with their gut flora in mind? Encourage them to take probiotics/prebiotics? Is it something you thought about when you were pregnant? Where do you stand on the dirt/hygiene debate? If this sounds familiar we want to hear from you!! Please get in touch by email thegutstuff@themactwins.com …

Lessons we’ve learned from making Sauerkraut…

So our Sauerkraut and Kimchi didn’t turn out too good (they ended up going grey and mouldy at the top!) here’s where I think we went wrong… 1) We needed to massage the cabbage more to get more brine – do it for a good 10 mins – if theres still not enough brine add salt water to fill to …