Blog

New Research On The Benefits Of Kombucha And Other Fermented Food And Drink

We love to sing the praises of fermented foods and drinks around here, but did you know that traditionally fermented food/drink is also a hot topic in the science world right about now? Yes, siree. Researchers have been studying the link between consuming fermented foods and drinks (including kombucha) and the potential positive effect it has on overall gut health.

The New York Times (aka the big dogs) recently covered findings from a study carried out by researchers from Stanford University which were published in the scientific journal The Cell, that shows us fermenting-nerds are onto something, revealing that “foods like yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut and kombucha increased the diversity of gut microbes and led to lower levels of inflammation”.

You can read the full article here but for those who need the TLDR version, we’ve put together our own little summary below:

WHAT DID THE SCIENTISTS WANNA KNOW?
They wanted to see what changes happen in our gut when we amp up our intake of fermented foods versus how our gut reacts to a diet fuller in fibre-rich foods.

HOW DID THEY GO ABOUT IT?
The researchers recruited 36 healthy adults who were randomly split into two groups. One went from having almost no fermented food or drink in their diet to eating about six servings a day (let’s call them our Fermented Friends). The other group had their usual fibre intake doubled (we’ve dubbed them the Fibre Fans).

SO WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED?
At the end of the 10-week study, our Fermented Friends showed marked reductions in inflammatory markers along with increased diversity in their gut microbes. The Fibre Fans on the other hand, did not show either of these things.

WHAT’S SO GOOD ABOUT THIS ANYWAY? 
Basically, our Fermented Friends showed a reduction in certain inflammatory compounds that are often elevated in people living with diseases like Type 2 Diabetes and Rheumatoid Arthritis. The Fibre Fans however did not show a similar decrease in the same compounds. But why should you care?      

Because the reduction in our fermented friends’ inflammatory markers corresponded to a change in their gut; consuming more fermented food and drinks meant a greater number and a much wider variety of microbial species started blooming!

More diverse gut microbiome = lower rates of Type 2 Diabetes, Metabolic Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis and obesity (boo ya!). 

HANG ON, IS FIBRE NO GOOD?
Have no fear! High-fibre foods are still A-OK! Health professionals still agree that getting a good amount of fibre in your diet has a world of benefits including reducing the risk of developing chronic diseases and helping to keep you regular (TMI we know).  

But wait, there’s more. The article revealed that it might be the case that Fibre Fans with “low microbiome diversity may have lacked the right microbes to digest all the fibre they consumed”. This is because those who started out with higher levels of gut diversity showed a reduction in inflammation whereas those who had low diversity experienced increased inflammation in line with their fibre increase. 

We’re no scientists but it looks like researchers are speculating that increasing your intake of fermented foods (which can increase gut diversity) may actually help you to better digest fibre. Our fermented friends and fibre fans can finally come together (New BFFS!?).

*PSSST WHAT EVEN ARE FERMENTED FOOD & DRINKS?
Asking for a friend. No judgement here. Fermented foods are those that have undergone a process where a bacteria or yeast break down certain components of a food to produce live microorganisms and other by-products such as healthy organic and lactic acids and vitamins… along with delicious flavours. Kombucha happens to be one of these.  

SO HOW MUCH FERMENTED GOODNESS SHOULD I BE EATING & DRINKING?
OK. We’ll admit. The scientists got a little fermentation-happy with this one. Participants went from consuming no fermented products to 6 servings a day (but it’s not as much as it sounds like, we swear).

Their sample diet of 6 servings:

Breakfast: One cup of yogurt for breakfast

Lunch: 475ml bottle of kombucha

Dinner: 1 cup of kimchi

Remedy’s Sample Diet:

Breakfast: Remedy Ginger Lemon Booch to start the day

Lunch: Remedy Raspberry Lemonade Kombucha to wash the food down

Afternoon tea: Remedy Cola kombucha for the 3pm pick me up

Dinner: a sprinkle of kimchi (and maybe another Remedy)

Just joking (sort of)! But seriously, everyone is different so the amount of kombucha and other fermented products you wish to consume is totally up to you and how it makes you feel, but the insight from this new research certainly suggests getting a good range of traditionally fermented foods and drinks into your diet can only be a good thing. At Remedy HQ some of us are guilty of drinking up to 5 Remedies a day and as it turns out, this study showed us that our addiction is totally acceptable (take that Mum), especially if we throw a little yoghurt on our fruit salad and some sauerkraut on our sanger.

How do you know Remedy is the real deal?
Aside from the fact that we’ve self-claimed the title of kombucha connoisseurs, we’re also committed to making it right. We pride ourselves on being the real deal – brewing our kombucha the same way it has been for thousands of years. We’re talking small-batch, 30-day long-aged brews starting with a descendent of the very first batch our founders Sarah and Emmet made on their kitchen counter. You can rest assured knowing you’re getting a kombucha that is chock-full of live cultures, organic acids and antioxidants (and you won’t have to carry a jar of kimchi everywhere). Click here to find out more about how we make our kombucha the old school way.

How many live cultures exactly you ask?
Our drinks sit at a mighty minimum of 100 million live cultures per 100ml of Remedy (for real!), we’re raw, unpasteurised and contain no nasties – all naturale baby! How do we know our live cultures are swimming? Because we test every batch to make sure of it!


What's The Best Time to Drink a Remedy?

It's come to our attention at Remedy HQ that Remedy fans everywhere struggle to know when they are supposed to drink it. So, as self-proclaimed fermented beverage connoisseurs, we have climbed over mountains and sailed across seas to bring you the truth and finally answered the age-old question of when you should drink your bottle (or can) of Remedy!

And you know what? It would be easier to answer "when can't you drink it?!" and friends, the answer to that is never. It's always a good time to reach for a Remedy!

Our Remedy Kombucha doesn't have much caffeine compared to coffee (a wee 10mg per 100ml) and unlike our arch-nemesis - the soft drink - Remedy contains no sugar, for real. Instead of giving you that quick burst of energy followed by a sudden crash (we're looking at you, work birthday cake), Remedy Kombucha provides an all-natural pick me up. As for Remedy Switchel? It contains no caffeine at all. Hence why Remedy lovers are poppin' bottles and cracking cans at all hours of the day.

To offer some consolation for the uncertain sippers, we have compiled the ultimate list to guide you through which of our flavours have the right tannins and finish (fancy, right?) to complement each time of the day or special occasion.

 

Breakfast

Blood Orange Switchel. Cliché, we know, but you'll thank us when you can stop dry retching at the thought of downing a shot of straight apple cider vinegar and swap it out for a Switchel. The fiery ginger and fresh citrusy goodness can help to assist with digestion.

 

Morning tea

Raspberry Lemonade. Lip-smacking goodness — the perfect companion for a morning tea that calls for something a little fancier than the breakroom cookie jar.

 

Lunch

Ginger & Lemon. Best for those days when you forget to organise lunch and end up at the local sushi shop. It's hot and sour, fiery and tangy and adds oomph to even the simplest of lunches.

 

3 PM slump

Cherry Plum. We know you want to reach for a chocolate bar and the most caffeinated drink you can find, but you know you'll end up in a world of regret as you crash 30 minutes after. Instead, have a Cherry Plum Kombucha. It has all that flavour you're craving without the BS (sugar, chemicals, you know the guys).

 

Girls night/boys night

Wild Berry. The name says it all. Treat yourself and your tastebuds to this three-berry sensation. Throw in some gin, mint and fresh berries to really please the crowd.

 

Dinner with friends

Mango Passion. Still lots of passion but brewed with the euphoric feeling you get when tucking into a mango, this one is best shared around the table with friends.

 

All-nighter at work

Peach. It's fruity and sweet and will make you daydream about sitting on the beach with a Bellini in hand. Then you will remember that your job funds those Bellini's and kick back into gear.


Signs You're Getting Healthier

So you've started that 8-week challenge at the gym, and all of a sudden, you're now getting news alerts for Body & Soul, your most prized possession is your gratitude journal, and you've started talking openly in the office about your IBS.

Gone are the days where you would be in the clubs until 4 AM, as you have a strict sleep schedule to stick to since listening to that one podcast. Nowadays, you're in bed early every night having "screen-free" time, treating yourself to a medicinal mushroom and ashwagandha hot cacao whilst re-reading your dog-eared copy of the Power of Now.


Every morning, you start with a shot of apple cider vinegar, some wim hoff breathwork, and a guided meditation before checking who has done what on Strava. You can't let Steve clock more KMs than you, so you give him passive-aggressive kudos and get into your $600 lycra kit.

OK, so maybe you're not quite there yet, but here are some of the signs you're getting healthier!

 


Nut Butter Caramel Eggs

Go ahead, drool. Nobody is judging here. Much like Christmas, calories don't count over Easter. It's a fact. Well, it's not, but we're happy to keep living in denial. Made by Remedy nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill this recipe is the new ultimate Easter treat!


Nut Butter Caramel Eggs

Makes 12 mini eggs

Gluten free, Dairy free, Vegan

Ingredients

  • 150g vegan dark chocolate, broken into pieces

  • 1/4 cup (60g) almond butter
  • 2 tbsp (40ml) maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp (20ml) nut milk


Method

Melt dark chocolate in a heat-proof bowl in the microwave or over the top of a pot of simmering water on the stove, until liquid.

In a bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients for nut butter caramel until smooth.

Once the chocolate is melted, divide evenly between silicone egg cases and spread around using a pastry brush. Place in the fridge to set for 20 minutes. 

Once set, spoon the caramel into the egg cases. Pop the remaining egg halves and pop on a plate. 

Heat a plate or tray in the oven gently so it's warm enough to hold. Rest one of the cover chocolate halves on the tray, flat side down, to melt the edge slightly. 

Place on top of filled egg half and press to seal. Repeat, one at a time until they're all sealed. Return to fridge to set for 30 minutes. 

Once set, pop out of the cases and enjoy. Store in the fridge or freezer for up to 4 weeks.