Our Story

Gut instinct was set up in 2018. It is run by two sisters from Cork Laura and Gillian Healy but the story behind the brand began a long before that.

Together, they always wanted to start a food venture to coincide with their healthy lifestyle. After a trip to Copenhagen, eating in fermented-focused restaurants, the idea of bringing these gut friendly products home was a no-brainer. Quickly enough, their kitchen at home became a fermentation lab. Brewing kombucha and fermenting kimchi to start.


Laura and Gillian are passionate about healthy living,  Active sea swimmers, hiking enthusiasts and healthy eating advocates, setting up a food business was a natural next step for the two women. Coming from a family where entrepreneurial spirit is encouraged and supported, getting the brand from an idea to a product on the shelf wasn't too daunting of a task for the sisters. 

After fermenting a range of food and drinks in their home and quickly noticing the health benefits, as well as the interest from friends and family in their products. They launched with their best-known product, Kombucha - an alternative healthy naturally carbonated drink, giving you all the gut-health benefits of a probiotic. 


Gut Instinct Kombucha is a delicious low calorie, low sugar, double-fermented, unpasteurised, naturally carbonated drink. It is raw, undiluted and vegan.

Gut Instinct is brewed in Hour Kitchen in Churchtown Dublin 14 by the two sisters themselves. We are passionate about engaging with authentic Irish brands, and this is a large part of our ethos. We source our tea from the wonderful Wall & Keogh. At the core of what Gut Instinct does, is a sustainability pledge, this means using reusable or recyclable material, supporting local Irish businesses and producing no waste in our process.






Find out more about us here:




A Day in My Life, Spotlight Magazine.

Gillian speaks to Spotlight Magazine about running a kombucha start-up and the fermentation process. 


           RTÉ Ray D'Arcy Show.

Food producers Marie Therese O’Sullivan, Brian O’Neill, Alice Tevlin and Gillian Healy are in Studio 10 to give Ray a taste of their artisan products




Finalist in Drinks Category for Irish Made Awards 2020

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