Nutrition

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.


How to ferment at home like a pro

Whatttta year!#@?! While it's been a toughy, one positive to come out of the big 'C' is that we've all been gathering around our kitchen counters more than ever fermenting up a storm (HELLO sourdough).

To celebrate all this culinary bravado, we've collaborated with our mates at I Quit Sugar to share our all-time Ferment Faves! 

From kombucha makin' to pickling a Remedy rainbow of veg, each recipe is an ABSOLUTE party-in-your-mouth cracker. 

The best bit is that whether you're a fully-fledged ferment genius or an absolute NEWBIE, it doesn't matter! You'll enjoy these utterly calming to make recipes all the same in this 2020 craze. PLUS ferments are theeee BEST homemade gift ever, so be sure to drop off a jar full of goodness to all your nearest and dearest to try (Chrissy gift-giving sorted).

Ferment Fave Recipes:

Kombucha sourdough

Sweet & spicy fermented hot sauce

Kombucha pickled veg

How to brew your own kombucha

Fun Fact: The first batch of the Remedy Kombucha you know and love was created on our Founders kitchen bench in a small jar in Melbourne almost 15 years ago! From little jars, big things can grow! 

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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What are Tea Polyphenols and Why Should I Care?

What are tea polyphenols and why should I care?

Everyone knows that a cup of green tea is good for you, right? (Just ask your gran). Well, the reason for this is all of the healthy antioxidants that are naturally occurring in tea, both green and black. Tea antioxidants, otherwise known as polyphenols, help your body fight illness.

In kombucha makin’, the first and very important step at Remedy is to brew a VERY big pot of tea. That’s where these mighty tea polyphenols come in! They’re the REAL lesser-known powerhouse of a good kombucha.

Polyphenols known as antioxidants are naturally found in tea. In science-speak, antioxidants have been found to scavenge for free radicals in the body and prevent them from causing cell damage. Now you’re listening.

How many tea polyphenols does a Remedy Kombucha contain?

In every 330mls of Remedy Kombucha, you will enjoy 83mg of tea polyphenols!


Are all teas polyphenols equal?

No. Some tea blends have less or more polyphenols depending on quality, and this can even be impacted by what season the tea was harvested!

Polyphenols also vary on the tea type (i.e green, black, oolong, jasmine or hibiscus). Sarah and Emmet (our founders) personally select the highest quality organic tea for our brew. We use a mixture of certified organic green tea for its high polyphenol properties and certified organic black tea for its rich superior taste.

Most importantly, we test every batch of raw tea at Remedy to ensure it meets our high (chock-full) standards of the good polyphenol stuff. We then test each batch for the level of antioxidants at the end of the natural fermentation brew to make sure it meets our top notch standards for goodness. You betcha.


How can you tell if your kombucha is chock-full of tea polyphenols?

First up, when you pour your brew into a glass, you’ll notice it will have a brownish background colour. All tea has this background colour, so watch out if it’s crystal clear. Unfortunately, not everyone is up for making it right, so you may find there’s not much of the right stuff in there at all!