Kombucha Facts

10 Things You Didn't Know About Kombucha

10 things you didn’t know about kombucha…

In celebration of World Kombucha Day (yes, it’s a thing) it’s time to take your kombucha obsession to new heights and learn ten flaunt-worthy facts about your favourite ferment.

First up, let’s recap for the newbies – what the heck is kombucha?

 

KOM-WHAT-CHA?!

Remedy follows a traditional method of making kombucha, which involves a natural fermentation of sweet tea with a live culture (aka ‘good bacteria’), made in small-batches and long-aged brewed for 30 days, raw and unpasteurised.

The result is a sparkling drink with sweet and sour flavours that is naturally free from sugar, and chock-full of antioxidants, live cultures and organic acids.

 

10 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT REMEDY KOMBUCHA…

1. Before you go passing kombucha off as a fad, it’s worth noting that kombucha has been around for over 2,000 years. Most people believe that kombucha originated in China during the Qin Dynasty, around 220BC, for the Emperor Qinshi Huangdi, which is where the “cha” comes from (being the Chinese word for tea). In ancient China, kombucha was called “The Tea of Immortality”.

2. The “Kombu” part of the name is believed to have come from the story that a Dr Kombu from Korea introduced the drink to the Japanese Emperor Inyoko in 414 AD. But if you’re ever travelling in Japan and find yourself in need of a fix, don’t confuse it with “Seaweed Tea” which is actually called kombucha there!

3. When kombucha is fermented naturally and kept raw, unpasteurised and unfiltered, as per Remedy’s process, it contains healthy, living, good bacteria – or live cultures. One 330ml can of Remedy Kombucha contains 330 million live cultures. It also contains just nine calories and is naturally free of sugar, which is brewed out during Remedy’s long-aged 30-day brewing process. Remedy is the only kombucha brand to be given an official tick of recommendation from I Quit Sugar.

4. Live cultures can potentially support gut health by increasing the diversity of your gut flora (aka the good bugs that live in your gut to get things working as they should), preventing the growth of bad bugs that make you sick, and supplying billions of microorganisms that are full of vitamins, minerals and fibre, which the healthy bacteria in your gut use as a food source to produce important metabolites for good health.

5. Remedy founders, Sarah and Emmet Condon, took a risk to start their kombucha business – with no jobs to fall back on, and with the use of some savings and credit cards, all the while looking after a young family. They have gone from brewing kombucha on their kitchen counter at home to producing over 20 million litres of fermented drinks per year. Emmet says: “We started brewing kombucha for our family. We loved how the traditionally fermented drink tasted and also how it made us feel. We looked around and saw so many products on supermarket shelves claiming to be healthy but really, they weren’t. Rather than get frustrated, we saw it as a huge opportunity to make it right.” And make it right, they did.

6. The gut plays a vital role in housing at least 70% of our immune system, digesting the food we eat and helping to synthesis nutrients. By improving our gut health, this will improve our immunity and all the other follow-on effects from absorbing nutrients better, such as improved mood, metabolism and brain health.

7. Remedy Kombucha is also teeming with naturally occurring tea polyphenols that are rich in antioxidants which may help the body fight illness. Not bad for a fizzy, hey?

8. Every single batch of Remedy Kombucha uses a descendent of the first culture that Sarah and Emmet Condon started out with, resulting in an extremely strong and healthy live culture within the drink. This is one of the key reasons that, unlike some kombucha brands, Remedy doesn’t have to be stored in the fridge – and why you’ll find it in the soft drinks aisle at your local supermarket. Hint, hint…

9. Contrary to some belief, kombucha is low in caffeine. When kombucha is made from tea, the potency of the caffeine is reduced as a natural part of the fermentation process. In addition to Remedy’s brewing out all of the sugar, Remedy’s long-aged brewing process reduces the caffeine levels. Each serving of Remedy Kombucha has less than 10mg of caffeine – compared to the typical 100mg of caffeine in a cup of tea or coffee, and the 35mg found in a can of cola.

10. Compared to 2019, remedydrink, searches for “kombucha” increased by 38% last year, with “Remedy” the most searched for kombucha brand. Fun fact – a Remedy Kombucha is sold every three seconds in Aussie supermarkets! *cough* we’re legends *cough*


Improve Your Gut Health For Good with Sam Wood

Let’s talk gut health. Our gut microbiome consists of no less than 100 TRILLION bacteria, affecting everything from our immune health, skin, energy levels, digestion and hormone balance, which is why we need to take good care of it.

My food philosophy has always been, to JERF. Just eat real food.

Why? Because when we eat real food, we feed our bodies whole foods and nutritious ingredients and reduce the dangers that come with added sugars and processed junk.

Striking the right balance of both good and bad bacteria is vital. It doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive.

Here are some simple tips you can follow to improve your gut health:

1. Go banana’s on fruit: Add Berries and citrus fruits, such as oranges and grapefruit to your diet, they contain less fructose, making them easier to tolerate. Bananas are another low-fructose fruit that is fibre-rich and contain inulin, a substance that stimulates the growth of good bacteria in the gut.

2. Say YES to whole grains and nuts: Eating more whole grains has been shown to increase the types and numbers of bacteria in our gut. The same is true of nuts, so pick up a variety of walnuts, pecans, pistachios or almonds, remembering that a serving is what fits into the palm of your hand.

3. Embrace ferments: Fermented foods such as yogurts, sauerkraut and kombucha all contain live microorganisms. As a product of fermentation, a number of probiotic bacteria are produced which can help to balance the gut microbiome and improve digestion. Our family fave is Remedy Kombucha because it’s the real deal, jam-packed with live cultures, organic acids, antioxidants and contains no sugar naturally.

4. Eat your brussels sprouts: They contain fibre that good bacteria like and sulphur compounds that help combat unhealthy bacteria. Stir-fry with garlic and bacon for a delicious side dish (yum).

5. Reduce processed foods and sugar intake: When we eat too much sugar, we get an imbalance of bad bacteria in our gut. Cut down on your intake of processed food loaded with the sweet stuff, and this will not only improve your gut health but massively benefit your diet as a whole.

6. Grab more greens: Leafy greens, such as spinach or kale, are excellent sources of fibre, as well as nutrients like folate, vitamin C, vitamin K and vitamin A. Research shows that leafy greens contain a specific type of sugar that helps fuel growth of healthy gut bacteria.

7. Say CYA to artificial sweeteners: Steer clear of artificial sweeteners like aspartame, sucralose and saccharine. These disrupt the metabolism of microbes and reduce gut diversity –in animal studies, this has led to obesity and diabetes.

8. Peas please: I’m all about fibre-rich foods, and peas are a real winner. Peas are full of soluble and insoluble fibre to help keep your system in balance. Add peas to stir-fries, soups or salads. Easy peasy.

Words by Remedy Ambassador Sam Wood.

 

 


What Even Are Organic Acids?

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What the heck are organic acids?

Shakin' up the fizzy drinks industry for good is what we do best at Remedy! The way we do this is by brewing drinks the ol' school way, following age-old fermenting traditions with all the naturally occurring benefits of live cultures and organic acids in our brews. But, what the heck are organic acids?

Don't fret. Many people don't know what organic acids are or have even heard of them before.

What are organic acids?

When brewin' Remedy, it’s not just magic that leads to a delicious drink with no sugar naturally, but fermentation science! You see, the live culture is what consumes all the sugar, but in the process it doesn’t just disappear, it gets converted into healthy organic acids, also known as short-chain fatty acids, the very same kind produced by our own gut bacteria to aid important body processes.

Organic acids can potentially help to:

  • Provide an energy source for the good bacteria in your gut
  • Regulate appetite
  • Stabilise blood sugar levels
  • Regulate cholesterol
  • Prevent overgrowth of bad bugs in your gut.  

What organic acids will you find in a Remedy Kombucha?

In every 330ml of Remedy Kombucha, you will enjoy 0.7g of naturally occurring organic acid.

How can you tell if your kombucha is chock-full of organic acids?

First of all, taste. The organic acid is what gives Remedy bevvies that subtle tang and good-for-you-but-still-so-damn-tasty flavour. Watch out for any kombucha or other drink that claims to be fermented without some tang - that's how you know they're brewin' the old school way, and you're gettin' the goodness of organic acids.

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