Meet Shann

Hi, I’m Shann Nix Jones. Nice to meet you! ; ) I started out in San Francisco as a journalist, radio talk show host and city girl who couldn’t boil an egg. Then I came to Wales, that mythi...

The Ultimate Gut-Healthy Breakfast

This is my go-to breakfast on the farm, and it ticks all my boxes – fast, tasty, low-GI, gluten-free, probiotic, satisfying, resistant starch, boosts your nervous system, and superfood-charged. ...

Sharman’s Lemon Truffle Delights

Preparation Time: 15/20 mins Ingredients: 8/10 medjool dates 2ozs of raisins 2ozs of ground almonds 1oz of unsweetened desiccated coconut 1oz of cashew nuts Grind of 1/2 of unwaxed lemon Juice of the ...

How to settle an upset tummy – naturally.

After years of kefirsing, it’s pretty rare that we get ill on the farm, but occasionally we do catch the odd bug! Recently Benji picked up a tummy bug that left him feeling queasy. So, natural healt...

The amazing gluten-free flour you may never have heard of!

If you’re anything like me, you’ve tried gluten-free flours and been disappointed by the taste and/or texture. But here’s the fab flour that I’m loving lately – It’s called SORGHUM. So...

Here’s the tea you should be drinking every day – and it’s not green tea!

I’d like to introduce you to a tea that you may not have heard of, but is the hottest thing in the health-and-good-skin neighbourhood – OOLONG TEA. What’s so great about it? Well, if you’r...

Bone Broth For Dummies

Let me sing you a song of bone broth. YOU SHOULD BE DRINKING 6-8 OZ OF BONE BROTH EVERY SINGLE DAY. We all should. Listen, this stuff is genius. It contains bio-available collagen, which is absolutely...

What you should be eating every day instead of bread, rice, pasta or potatoes!

If you’re kefirising in order to get on top of a skin condition or autoimmune disorder, we recommend eating “good grains” to help support the action of the kefir inside your system. What’s a g...

Guilt-free kefir pancakes!

Between you, me and the wall, I adore pancakes. I like the American style pancakes, that are thick and fluffy. I’ve also been scouting around for a good guilt-free flour, that is gluten-free and low...

13 Things You May Not Know About Kefir

On Wednesday Feb 1 at 8 pm, the BBC Two television show Trust Me I’m a Doctor unveiled some ground-breaking science, in the form of an experiment to determine whether probiotics can actually alter g...

Here’s what we eat on the farm instead of bread…

If you’re trying to eat a gluten-free, non-inflammatory diet to heal your skin with the Good Skin Solution, bread is a no-no. I know, right? Saddest. Thing. Ever. But then the question becomes, what...

How we treat a cold on the farm

Winter is the season of coughs, colds and sniffles! On the farm, we keep our immune systems continually boosted with our daily dose of kefir, so it’s pretty rare that we get ill. But there are alway...

3 Simple Hacks to Manage Stress

Feeling stressed? You’re not alone! Chances are, it’s your own high standards that are causing the problem. You’re trying to do it all right, and it’s costing you. Any time the...

GSS Habit #7 – Eat Good Fats

A word about good fats: Eat them! You will not be able to heal your skin properly without them. On the farm, we’re big fans of both good fats and natural dairy products. And butter is both. That’s...

GSS Habit #6 – Eat Slow-Burning Food

As far as your microbiome is concerned, sugar isn’t just the stuff that tastes sweet. Your entire system – all of the magic bugs that make up your body, your muscles, brain, heart and liver, d...

GSS Habit #5 – Eat Goat Dairy

In the Western world, we tend to overlook goat’s milk in favour of cow’s, which is a shame, because goat’s milk is nutritious, healthy, and fabulous for both skin and gut. In fact, after conduct...

GSS Habit #4 – Use Stevia Instead of Sugar

Let’s talk about something that you really need to let go of if you want to heal your skin condition: sugar. Why? Quite simply, sugar kills the good bugs in your microbiome. Professor Cynthia Kenyon...

GSS Habit #3 – Drink Bone Broth

Bone broth is a traditional remedy that works powerfully in cooperation with kefir to heal and restore your gut, which is the first step towards healing your skin. The idea here is: Heal the lining of...

GSS Habit #2 – Use Kefir Skincare

The essential power of the Good Skin Solution is to heal from the inside and outside at the same time. So while you are drinking the kefir to restore the good bugs inside your gut microbiome, you need...

GSS Habit #1 – Drink Goats Milk Kefir

Habit #1 – Drink Goats Milk Kefir Drink 170 ml of goats milk kefir, first thing in the morning, before food. A daily dose of kefir will begin to fully reboot your microbiome. As your skin is jus...

Introducing the 7 daily habits of The Good Skin Solution

If you’ve had a look at the success stories that we see on the farm, you’ll know that we get some pretty dramatic results with eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and acne with our Good Skin Soluti...

Relieve stress with the Good Skin Meditation

When you’re working with the Good Skin Solution, you understand that your skin is a map of your gut. Whatever is going on inside your microbiome, will show up on your skin. So in order to heal y...

Are you allergic to cows milk?

Are you struggling with eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, acne, asthma, IBS, colitis or Crohn’s? You might be allergic to cows milk! Cow milk is the number one allergy among children and can persist throu...

Eggs are a magic food. Eat eggs.

Don’t know how to make it any simpler than that! In the words of the doyenne of gut science and health, Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride, author of Gut and Psychology Syndrome and founder of the GAPS di...

Are you suffering from summer allergies?

A runny nose and red eyes are never a good look – but they’re particularly annoying in summer, when you’re trying to get beach- ready! “Summer allergies can cause severe symptoms for s...

Why Are Good Fats So… Good?

A word about good fats: Eat them! You will not be able to heal your skin properly without them. And guess what – butter is a good fat, hurrah! On the farm, we’re big fans of both good fats and...

Why You Need to Eat Things That You CAN’T Digest

Sounds crazy, right? But allow me to introduce you to the miracle of “resistant starch.” Resistant starch is a good thing. Scientists are only recently figuring out how good. Basically, the idea i...

Which humble root vegetable can help you exercise more easily?

It’s beetroot! Who knew? Rich absolutely loves beetroot, and has been known to come back from the farmers market lugging entire bags of it. It took me a while to be converted, as we don’t eat much...

What’s the super-food you can grow on your own window sill?

I’d like to introduce the concept of your own Windowsill Farm. You can be growing healthy things for your family, wherever you are! One of the most important things for you to grow and sprout your o...

Why sometimes ice cream can be better than potatoes! ; )

As far as your holobiome is concerned, sugar isn’t just the stuff that tastes sweet. Your entire system – all of the magic bugs that make up your body, your muscles, brain, heart and liver, dr...

How do you make healing collagen broth?

So, we’ve established that to heal your skin, you’re first going to have to heal your gut. And what’s the fastest way to do this? It’s a happy one-two combo of kefir and something I like to ca...

What’s the only sweetener you should mix with your kefir?

I only allow one kind of sweetener on the farm: Stevia. Stevia is brilliant stuff. Made from a plant, low-GI, zero calories, safe for diabetics. Stevia is not actually a sweetener at all – it ju...

If You Make Your Own Kefir at Home, Please Read This!

Working with live cultures can be a wonderful boon to health. You can buy ready-to-drink goatsmilk kefir, or you can make your own at home. Like anything, this has both benefits and potential risks! ...

What’s the Right Kind of Clean?

Healthy skin – or a healthy gut – is a space grab. It’s all about good bacteria and bad bacteria, fighting it out for toe-space. The question is – who is going to win? Answer: whic...

How We’ve Lost Touch with “Old Friends”… and What It Has Cost Us

Once upon a time (not too long ago), scientists blamed the epidemic rise in allergic diseases like eczema, food allergies, hay fever, asthma and IBS on the fact that we’re all now living in sterile ...

Why You Should Think Twice Before Giving Your Child Antibiotics

We all take antibiotics – and we take them a lot. 40 percent of all adults and 70 percent of all children take one or more antibiotics every year, not to mention their use in billions of food an...

Why you should throw your antibacterial soap in the bin, right now!

Today is Clean Your Hands Day, as decreed by the World Health Organisation. So, let’s talk hand washing! First of all, if you use antibacterial soap, I’d like you to pick up the bottle and have a ...

Why you should never, ever ignore dry itchy skin.

Once upon a time, scientists thought that skin was just like a kind of physical bag to keep your squishy bits in. Now we know better. Now we know that your skin – and the trillions of friendly c...

The Good Skin Smoothie for Eczema, Psoriasis, Rosacea and Acne

Here’s Benji – he used to have eczema! But he now has beautiful clear skin. Why? Because he drinks his smoothie every morning. You can also use these smoothies to help with psoriasis, acne and...

What do eczema, food allergies, hay fever and asthma have in common?

Are you on “the allergic march?” So, I’m going to guess that if you have/had eczema, you also have allergies. And if you’re over forty, you may now have asthma. Did they follow a pattern somet...

Scientists show that kefir can help reduce duration and symptoms of the common cold!

Breakthrough science has found that probiotic supplementation [kefir] can shorten the duration of a cold by two days & lessen symptoms by 34%!...

How did kefir clear my son’s eczema and create our family business?

In 2014 the Innovation Sector of the Welsh Assembly Government came knocking on the door of our farmhouse. They had heard that some interesting life science innovation was happening behind the closed ...

How did kefir save my husband’s life?

In the spring of 2011 we launch our little online business called Chuckling Goat, selling the kefir online, mainly to gym bunnies and fitness fanatics, as the kefir is one of the top post-workout food...

How did we discover kefir on the farm?

For us, it all started with a goat named Buddug… In 2010 our little boy Benji, age 5, was suffering from recurrent bronchial infections. Every time he caught a cold it went straight to his chest, en...

What is the real-life romantic story behind kefir (Reads just like a bodice-ripper novel!)

During the Victorian period, news spread that kefir was being used successfully to treat tuberculosis and intestinal and stomach diseases. Russian doctors began studying kefir more seriously. The firs...

Where does kefir come from?

Little was known about kefir outside the Black Caucasus Mountains which run along the continental divide between Asia and Europe, despite the fact that Marco Polo mentioned kefir in his writings. The ...

What is kefir?

Kefir is a powerful probiotic from Eastern Europe, made from fermented milk. The best kefir is made from goat’s milk, as scientists have confirmed than goats milk is more beneficial to human health ...

Three Important Things You Need to Know About the Bugs Inside You:

Why we are all just big marionettes...

How Our Point-and-Shoot Mentality has Harmed Us

Remember - you ARE the bacteria. They ARE you. 90% of your cells are bacterial cells. There is no such thing as a “germ,” - there are only beneficial and harmful bacteria....

Why Your Doctor Hasn’t Been Able to Help You Clear Your Skin

The problem is that these days, it seems that pretty much all doctors have to offer is some variation of steroid or antibiotics....

Why You Are a Super-Organism – and Why it Matters

You have ten times more bacterial cells in you than human cells! You are really just a constellation of bacteria - a big walking, talking, bacterial mat....

4 things you’re frequently exposed to that damage your microbiome

Like any natural ecosystem, your own internal ecosystem is vulnerable. It can be damaged by antibiotics, sugar, stress & environmental toxins....

What is your microbiome, and what does it have to do with your skin?

Scientists at Oxford University have found in that inside the microbiome, there are actually prey and predator species battling with each other all the time!...

The Secret About Your Eczema that Your Doctor Won’t Tell You

Autoimmune disorders stem from the gut, and the most successful way to treat an autoimmune issue, logically enough, is by treating the gut....