Kombucha

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*


Remedy x Pana Organic Spider

We've partnered with Pana Organic to create this mouth-watering Remedy Spider. Sip (and scoop) your way back to childhood with this delicious nostalgic drink.


The Remedy Spider

Serves 1

Ingredients

Method

Add the Pana Organic Vanilla Frozen Dessert into a tumbler or glass. 

Slowly pour over the Remedy Kombucha Raspberry Lemonade until full (allow for foaming).

Sprinkle over grated chocolate.

Serve with fresh raspberries (optional).

 

 


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.

 

 


Feb Fast Survival Guide

We know January is never the time to say CYA to alcohol or break up with sugar. We all damn deserved a bit of fun in Jan, but you’re likely feelin’ "bleurgh" right about now. Which is why you might be wanting to avoid alcohol altogether or may just need a month off the booze. 

To make the booze-break official, many people are undertaking Feb Fast this month, to give up alcohol (or sugar) in an effort to raise funds for young people experiencing serious disadvantage to access the resources and support they require to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.

If you are one of the 'Feb Fasters' this month, we've got our Remedy Nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill to share her advice for what to avoid and what to increase to support your sober stretch.

Booze isn't the only thing you should avoid...

Whilst avoiding alcohol may be your main focus, look out for other dietary and lifestyle culprits that give you highs and lows too, as people often find themselves relying on one to reduce the effect of the other or eliminating one and replacing it for another.

 
Aim to reduce your intake of:

Alcohol and beware of liquor-infused chocolates, boozy custard or what might seem a harmless punch on the drinks table at a party. It's okay to be straight-up with friends, family and colleagues about having a breather from booze. When you do, more people look out for you and can give you a heads up when there's a food or drink that might have a little nip of it. You never know who may come on board with you either!

Caffeine - During this period it's helpful to try to reduce your intake of caffeine and set up some positive habits. You may find reducing caffeine actually isn't as difficult as it first seems when you're off the booze, too. A respite from alcohol will leave you feeling far more energised each day and less likely to want/need that coffee hit first thing after a night out. Reducing caffeine supports our health by reducing the load on our adrenals (responsible for releasing adrenaline and regulating our stress response) and the digestive system too — it's all a win!

Alcohol, caffeine and refined sugars all have a similar effect on the brain's reward centre, stimulating the release of dopamine, also known as the feel-good hormone. Whilst it might seem okay to have an extra cheeky sweet treat while abstaining from alcohol, this action can create a new habit or addictive behaviour that too can be hard to break in the long term. Aim to reduce refined sugars by temporarily avoiding items like cakes, pastries, chocolates, lollies, ice blocks, and sugar-sweetened beverages. The list goes on, but these are a great start!

 
Aim to increase the intake of: 

So you've paired things back with booze, maybe with caffeine and sugars too. Now to support and replenish the body so you're fighting fit for the year ahead.

Water and herbal teas - Most of us can do with an increase in water intake. Water is one of the simplest ways to create change in our bodies because it energises our cells and supports the body's natural detoxification pathways. 

Immune and gut supportive beverages in place of inflammatory ones - Caffeine and alcohol can be considered disruptive not only to our adrenals, energy and hormonal balance but also to our gut. Stock up on fermented goodness to improve your gut health with live cultured beverages such as Remedy Kombucha, which don't contain any sugar thanks to their long-aged fermentation process, but also aid digestion by balancing out bad bacteria with lots of all-natural good stuff, thanks to its live cultures, organic acids and antioxidants.

Vegetables and some fruit - Focus on increasing your vegetable intake including some starchy vegetables such as sweet potato, beetroot and pumpkin to sustain you. 

Healthy fats - Fats work in many wondrous ways, healthy fats (nuts seeds, avocado, olive oil, fatty fish such as salmon, trout and mackerel) offer essential nutrients to reduce inflammation in the cardiovascular system, improve cognition, to support the slow release of energy into our bodies by reducing the glycaemic load of our meals AND they improve satiety. If you've been eating heavy carbohydrate meals and wonder why you still feel hungry an hour later, it may be because the fat content necessary to keep you full just wasn't there.


*FREE* Remedy Cocktail eBook

It’s HOT right across Australia and we've got the tastiest cocktails to keep you cool. Find 14 of our favourite combinations in a FREE eBook available to download now. The best part? These bad boys are all much lower in sugar compared to your regular bar-made cocktail, as all Remedy drinks contain no sugar, for real! They're the perfect mixer you've been looking for.

If you're skipping the booze, you can also find some mocktail recipes for your summer-sippin'. Or omit the alcohol from any of the featured recipes.

 

Download our *NEW* cocktail eBook to sip back one of our downright delicious Remedy recipes here!