Links to websites concerning the gut microbiome that I have found useful in one way or another

General Information

A great website for general information and research information on the gut microbiome.

A fun and informative website by Mac twins Alana and Lisa. They are DJs by night and by day, they are part of Tim Spector’s ongoing twins research project on the gut microbiome.

Flora Nichol a.k.a Gutsy Flora runs the fabulous Gutsy UK website - a treasure trove of information on all things gut-related.

For kIds

A fun introduction to the tummy rumble super-hero Borborygmus and the world of microbes inside our gut - with games and animated films and more.



Some useful websites on making fermented foods and drinks, full of beneficial bacteria to help us to steer our gut microbiome towards health.

Sandor Katz’s Website - my fermentation revivalist hero and a fantastic source of information - he has been working with fermented foods and drinks for around 25 years now. 

The website of Dom Anfiteatro – one of the main kefir and fermented food gurus – the site is not all that well laid out, but it is very informative. 

If you want to buy beautiful crocks for fermenting, along with other accessories, look no further than Nadine Provenzano's fabulous website.

Fermenting Courses

These people have run courses that I have attended, so I can personally  recommend them. Learning from another human being, rather than a book or youtube, is a special thing.

The fabulous Katie (my partner-in-brine on various projects) and Gordon at Tracebridge Sourdough do both sourdough and fermented foods and drinks courses from their base near Wellington, Somerset. Not only that, but they also have a traditional wood-fired oven.

Naomi Devlin is holding her courses all over the place – Otter Farm, River Cottage, Borough Market – there is no stopping her and her down-to-earth no-nonsense approach to loving our microbes.

Mark Diacono is doing wonderful things at Otter Farm too with a diverse range of courses being run from his home and a great purpose-built kitchen right next door (looked like a GREAT venue for a party to me….)

Fermented Vegetables and Drinks by Post

Alana Holloway’s discovery of the healing power of fermented foods is a moving story. You can read it in our interview section.  The health benefits she experienced from regularly consuming fermented foods drove her to set up Fermented by LAB as a way of making good quality, delicious fermented foods and drinks easily accessible to everyone. It is a subscription service – you can order regularly, irregularly, just as a one off or even as a gift for someone else. And when you do order from Fermented by LAB, you will receive a seasonal range of thoughtfully crafted, beautifully presented, organic and gut-loving fermented foods and drinks to help nurture a healthy body and mind.

Stool Testing

A new service headed up by Tim Spector (Professor of Genetics and specialist in the gut microbiome) which enables you, via a stool test, to map the bacteria that inhabit your gut, analyse those results and a professional will then advise you accordingly.

Similar to Map My Gut, but Ubiome allows “citizen scientists” to carry out these tests directly with Ubiome rather than via a health practitioner.