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Fermentation is the healthy food and drink craze that makes the most of your leftovers

Chances are, you’ve probably tasted some form of fermented food or drink at some stage in your life. Quite possibly, you’ve not always known that something you’ve had has been fermented. Take wine, kimchi, bread, and tea, for example – all are made using fermentation.

Fermentation is a naturally occurring process that promotes the growth and life cycle of ‘good’ bacteria or yeasts, to transform the taste and shelf life of ingredients. The process converts carbohydrates to alcohol and carbon dioxide or organic acids, and can only be conducted in the absence of oxygen. This all serves to create the much-loved tangy flavour, and sour environment that keeps the growth of any ‘bad’ bacteria at bay.

Fermentation isn’t just a trend – for thousands of years across countries around the world, it has been used to preserve food and enhance its nutritional value. Amazing things happen to certain foods that are left to sit in their own juices – their natural sugars and carbohydrates become agents that boost helpful probiotics that enable our digestive tracts to run smoothly. When our gut (which is part of our immune system) contains this good bacteria, it thrives. Digestive difficulties such as IBS are lessened when we have a healthy gut, and immunity, weight loss, and brain health can also be improved.

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About Be Kind

Hello, A warm welcome to our very first issue. I wonder what led you to pick up our magazine from the stand? Perhaps the striking image caught your eye? Or, maybe the title, Be Kind, struck a chord? Either way, we hope you’re here because you, too, want to make the world a better place. It’s a scary and uncertain time, as we watch our seas fill with plastic, our bins bulge and our air become dense with fumes and pollution. Each month, these pages will be packed with positive, proactive solutions to help you make small, achievable changes that will have a much bigger global impact. This month we’re focusing in on the huge problem of plastic. As one of the biggest, most talked about environmental issues of the last year, plastic has affected every corner of the earth and all aspects of the environment. From ditching straws and water bottles, to who to follow on Instagram for zero-waste inspiration, we’ve rounded up some motivating ideas to help you reduce your own footprint. We all need to learn to tread a little more lightly, and it’s these small steps that will spark and inspire greater progress. Showing a little kindness is what the world needs right now. Enjoy the issue, Phillipa Editor