Shots

I Trialled Remedy Shots For A Week

Words by Brodie Lancaster

 

When a few colourful boxes from Remedy arrived at my doorstep, I hoped the lingering, haze of feeling cloudy, unfocussed and generally un-chill in my body, gut and brain might dissolve away with some special attention from the Shots.

Monday, 7:30am
A fun piece of trivia is that you actually become a new person on Monday mornings. It's science!

After taking a very slow, plodding walk around the park near my house, I came home and made a smoothie. And the very act of making and drinking a smoothie for breakfast – of choosing this as the start to my day – turned me into an inspirational person. I tumble in the frozen fruit and add some oats, spinach almond milk and a Remedy Immune+ Shot, which adds a really lively zinginess (and vitamin boost). 

Tuesday, 2:30pm
My next attempt to Become a Better Version of Myself comes after lunch, the prime time for feeling really keen to scroll through TikTok endlessly when I'm meant to be working when I feel suddenly tempted to have a nap and do anything except look at my computer. I grab a Remedy Energy Shot, which has been chilling in the fridge for a few hours. The berry flavour is so invigorating and the jolt I get within a few minutes really makes sense when I read the label and notice it's made with 60mg of caffeine (the same as a cup of coffee). These mini-but-might shots are going to come in handy.

Wednesday, 4pm
This is one of those days when there is no time to do anything. I was trying to finish some deadlines on the side while working my day job, which meant my meals amounted to anything that could be inhaled while my hands were still on my keyboard. I had to race to the cinema to meet a friend, but luckily I had the foresight to throw two Remedy Energy Shots in my bag on the way out the door. I had the first during the opening sequence of the movie, and the second one later as I followed through on a plan to meet another friend at a gig. One fewer shot and I absolutely would've made a French exit and snuck home in a cab.

Thursday, 7am
Four days in, and my new liquid rotation has really settled into a bit of a routine. A massive water bottle is never far from my grasp, but now it’s joined by the familiar clink of a Remedy Shot bottle. I start the day with a Remedy Digestion Shot – before I’ve even had coffee! This version of me would be unrecognizable to myself a week ago (who is she?!). After doing a quick Pilates YouTube workout on my lunch break, I back it up with a Remedy Energy Shot. Its juicy berry flavour has started to feel like a real treat.

Friday, 9am
Last night I had "a quick cocktail after work" with friends, which turned into a bottle (or two) and I woke up late and feeling gnarly.

This feels like the right time to tuck into a Remedy Digestion Shot. I've been thinking of trying to copy the hot girls on TikTok and do a shot of apple cider vinegar in the mornings, but there's a mental barrier holding me back. I use vinegar for cleaning and pickling and salad dressing. Is it really something I want to neck back, voluntarily? Turns out, that if it's blended with real ginger and zingy lemon and packaged in a cute bottle, the answer is yes. It feels a little spicy going down, which tells me it must be doing something.

Saturday, 6am
I wake up at 6am to head to a garage sale where I have a stall. It's going to be a long day, but I'm primed for it because this is my first three-shot day. I start with the trusty Remedy Digestion Shot as I throw back a little McMuffin and coffee breakfast (it's all about balance, right?). Later, after a rush of sales, I have a moment to catch my breath and take the chance to have a Remedy Immune+ Shot. This shot has quickly become my favourite of the three. I'm mostly unfamiliar with all the ingredients, which tells me they're exceptionally good for me. I have a little break for lunch then start feeling the familiar creep of brain fog setting in, I finish the trio with a Remedy Energy Shot to help me power through the rest of the day.

Sunday, 2pm
Everyone seems to be in the midst of – or slowly recovering from – a cold at the moment. While prepping my lunch for the week (another desperate attempt to be 'That Girl' – aspirational, organised, tidy, not sick in bed), I alternate between multivitamins and immunity boosters, all washed down with the zippy Remedy Immune+ Shot. If I can make it through the tail-end of winter without being knocked down with the flu, I’ll have that little baby to thank!


Trialling The Only Shots That Will Leave You Feeling Better The Next Day

When Remedy reached out to me with an offer to trial their new Digestion, Immune+ and Energy shots I said yes without thinking too much about it. Like many people raised on a steady feed of short-form internet content, I've come to worship at the altar of intestinal health. I watch those clear-eyed, dewy-skinned, macro-laden social media gods pile their plates high with kimchi and kale, nodding silently as they preach about gut flora, stabilised blood sugar and over-flowing energy levels.

I believe them.

I believe that their carefully tended tummies hold hidden secrets that could unlock long lives, healthy minds and let’s face it…good looks.

Then I put down my phone and return to my own life of discounted late afternoon pastries and special edition Tim Tams, knowing that my body holds no such secrets. Most of the time I'm just happy if it’s not holding too many biscuit crumbs.

But this range offered a glimpse at a possible new era for me. A chance to jump-start my body and brain while hopefully also avoiding what does low-key seem like a lot of work and kale massaging.

Side note: Isn’t it funny how food and health influencers always manage to cut their overflowing sink of dishes out of frame?

The Remedy range of shots is simple and designed to serve as a selection of convenient boosters to get you across the day.

Immune+ is a little punch of Vitamins A, C, B6 and other goodies. I found myself reaching for it first thing in the morning as a zingy entree to breakfast. It joined the existing army of multivitamins that I employ each day in an effort to fight off the stresses of the modern world without actually changing any of my behaviours to meaningfully combat said stresses.

It was like a considerably tastier green smoothie – except without the problem of having to clean a blender or admit that you’re the kind of person who drinks green smoothies.

Even my boyfriend – who lives his life like Kevin McCallister – took a shine to them, regularly swiping one and devouring it with the enthusiasm of a kid dipping into a lolly bowl.

Usually, about an hour later I’d turn to Energy, which incredibly has managed to replace my usual late morning coffee. That’s no small victory, considering that spot has been held for at least a decade.

Containing 60mg of caffeine from green coffee beans, green tea and ginseng it provided a much-needed kick without the steep ascent and crash that my usual filter subjects me to. It also tasted like berries, which on a warm summer morning felt more appropriate than a boiling hot mug of blackness. Overall, it was all the buzz with none of the jitters.

Finally, we arrive at Digestion (my personal favourite) that’s made up of apple cider vinegar (ACV), lemon juice, a prebiotic, and ginger. This fiery little guy tastes like health in a bottle but is also somehow delicious. You can almost feel the good vibes shining through you as it (pleasantly) tingles down your throat and tummy.

It also came to form a nice little ritual at the end of the day. I’d sip it as a very wholesome aperitif. Not only did it settle my stomach, which as established, often takes a beating. It also provided a mental trick of telling me it was time to wind down my grazing ways. I found myself snacking less late at night as if my stomach and endless appetite had been gently put to bed.

Now I’m a real person, and not a bot trying to sell you supplements on the internet, so I’m not going to say that my brain, body and lower intestines were totally transformed over two weeks of drinking these little guys. But I did feel better!

Starting the day with the Energy and Immunity shots gave me a pleasing amount of pep that, as mentioned, I didn’t later pay for with a caffeine or sugar crash. It was also a relief to know that even when my breakfast didn’t live up to the highest nutritional goals (there’s calcium in cream cheese right?) I was still putting something of value into my system first thing.

The Digestion shot was probably the one that made the biggest difference though. Again, as a lifelong evening snacker, I used to go to bed with a grumbling tummy that sounded as if it was trying to ask me in morse code “why do you do this to us?” But with this little nightcap, all was silent and still.

Overall, I can confidently say these are the least-regrettable shots I’ve ever done! If only every flavourful shooter made you feel this good…