500ml water
6 slices ginger
¼ cup maple syrup, agave syrup or monk fruit powder
3 tablespoons hibiscus flowers or hibiscus tea leaves (or use 3 teabags)
soda water, kefir or kombucha, to serve
lime or lemon slices, to garnish
mint leaves, to garnish

Your immune system and gut are strongly linked. Your gut microbiome (a collection of bacteria that reside in the gut) plays a key role in the immune system. These little dudes help activate certain immune cells that can target infectious bacteria and viruses. Improving your diet by including probiotic-rich foods such as kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut and probiotics may restore the composition and reintroduce strong microbes, allowing for a more efficient gut microbiome and immunity. Try this probiotic drink to keep the little guys happy. Also, hibiscus is extremely high in vitamin C and has good antibacterial properties. These elements combine to provide a strong foundation to support your immune system.

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1.Put the water and ginger in a saucepan, bring up to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.
2.Remove from the heat, add the maple syrup and hibiscus flowers or tea leaves and leave to steep until cool.
3.Put in the fridge and leave overnight.
4.(If using monk fruit powder, add to the water and ginger and bring up to the boil to dissolve the powder before proceeding with recipe.)
5.When ready to use, strain the syrup through a sieve and keep refrigerated.
6.To use, put ice into a tall glass with 2 tablespoons syrup and top with soda water, kefir or kombucha.
7.Garnish with lime or lemon slices and mint.

Recipes & food styling Ginny Grant / Photography Tony Nyberg / Styling Fiona Lascelles