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The Countryside Restoration Trust   The Countryside Restoration Trust was established in 1993 by the Chairman, Robin Page and the late artist and conservationist, Gordon Beningfield. Launched in response to growing fears about intensive and industrialised farming, the CRT initially aimed to purchase land which had been intensively farmed, in order to restore it to a living countryside, rather than a lifeless food factory. As the CRT has grown its aims have broadened to encompass purchasing farmland and woodland where traditional farming methods, wildlife habitat and biodiversity are under threat.  Pierrepoint Farm Pierrepont Farm is located off The Reeds Road, Frensham GU10 3BP, between the Frensham Garden Centre and the Rural Life Centre and Bodkin’s is proudly part of the...

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What's Inside Bodkin's?

A look at what probiotics are inside Bodkin's Bodkin’s is naturally fermented for a minimum of 3 weeks. It has been tested at Campden labs and contains high levels of live microorganisms called probiotics. These good bacteria have many health benefits when ingested in sufficient amounts. The main bacteria group found in Bodkin's are Lactobacillus. This species of “friendly” bacteria produces lactase, the enzyme that breaks down lactose, or milk sugar. These bacteria also produce lactic acid. Lactic acid helps control the population of bad bacteria. It also serves as muscle fuel and increases the body’s absorption of minerals. Lactobacillus bacteria are found naturally in the mouth, small intestine and vagina. Lactobacillus species are generally acid resistant, meaning they can survive in a low pH...

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A Look at Digestion

Digestion, So How Does it All Work? Good digestion starts in the mouth, with how quickly we eat, how effectively we chew and the food choices we make all having an impact.  Good digestion is key to good health.  The digestive system provides nutrients for the rest of the body by breaking down food. The digestive system has a domino effect, e.g. if you don’t chew properly it effects the rest of the process. Chewing Taste and flavour send messages from our taste buds letting the brain and stomach know that food is on the way.  Saliva contains salivary amylase, an enzyme, which begins the digestion of carbohydrates.  If eat too quickly or consume a lot of bland foods this...

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The Magical Microbiome and How it relates to Gut Health

Here Are All the Why’s and How’s of Building a Healthy Gut Microbiota Over the last year there has been a lot of buzz in the media surrounding gut health—with the mysterious microbiome being at the center of that attention. If the headlines about the microbiome have caught your attention, you’re probably wondering, “What is all the fuss about?” An Introduction to the Microbiome The human microbiome refers to the collective genetic material of the microorganisms living both on and in our bodies. Experts refer to the human microbiome as an organ in its own right. An individual’s microbiome is composed of a staggering 10–100 trillion microbial cells! More specifically, a microbiota is the aggregate of microorganisms—including bacteria, fungi and...

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