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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!


The Remedy Story (So Far)

This year we're celebrating Remedy's 10th birthday (yup, we've been brewing up our tasty booch since 2012!). In true Remedy style, we have a few things brewing to help us celebrate with you all, but in the meantime, we thought it was worth making sure you were up to speed with where it all began and what we are all about!
  
When our founders Sarah and Emmet started Remedy in their Melbourne kitchen in 2012, they wanted to do something good. Shake things up. They knew that healthy didn’t have to be boring. Healthy could be tasty. Extraordinary, even. They believed we all deserve to know that too. And so, Remedy was born! Watch the full story below.

 


We've Landed In Malaysia!

It's time to celebrate as Remedy Kombucha is now available in Malaysia!

That’s right you can now get your hands on the same very tasty, live cultured fizzy drink Aussies are obsessed with. Remedy contains no sugar (for real!) and is packed with live cultures, antioxidants and organic acids.

Remedy Kombucha is available in Ginger Lemon, Raspberry Lemonade, Peach and Lemon Lime & Mint flavours and can be found in Jaya Grocer, Ben's Independent Grocer, Village Grocer and The Food Purveyor. Be sure to follow us on socials and keep your eyes peeled as we move into new stockists!


What's so good about Remedy Kombucha?

The benefits of kombucha essentially come down to three key components: live cultures, organic acids, and antioxidants AKA tea polyphenols. Combined, these three powerhouses can help to support our all-important gut health and overall health and wellbeing. But let’s break it down in a little more detail…

LIVE CULTURES
When kombucha is fermented naturally and kept raw and unfiltered as we do at Remedy, it contains healthy, living, good bacteria aka live cultures. Every bottle of Remedy Kombucha contains literally billions of these mighty little microorganisms.

Live cultures can be amazing for gut health. We now know, thanks to the amazing work of scientists around the world, that good gut health is critical to overall health and wellbeing. Research has proven (and continues to explore in more detail) how it affects everything from our digestion to our mood.

Live cultures can improve gut health because they can increase the diversity of your gut flora, or gut microbiota, aka the microorganisms or bugs that live in your gut. They work together as a symbiotic community to get things working as they should and can also prevent the opportunistic growth of bag bugs. So, the more diversity in there, the better things will work!

ORGANIC ACIDS
When brewing Remedy, it’s not just magic that leads to a delicious drink with no sugar, 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.

Without getting too technical or scientific, organic acids can help to:

  • Regulate appetite
  • Prevent the overgrowth of bad pathogenic bacteria
  • Provide an energy source for the good bacteria in your gut
  • Stabilise blood sugar levels
  • Regulate cholesterol
  • The organic acids are what gives Remedy Kombucha 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 brewing it right, and you're getting the goodness of organic acids.


ANTIOXIDANTS

Everyone knows that a cup of green tea is good for you, right? (Just ask your gran). Well, that’s because it’s packed with tea antioxidants, aka polyphenols, which can help your body fight illness.

In kombucha making, 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!

Not all kombucha brews will have the same amount of polyphenols. 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). 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 standards of the goods when it comes to polyphenols. We then test each batch of kombucha at the end of fermentation to make sure it meets our top-notch standards for polyphenol goodness.

If you want to check if your kombucha is chock-full of tea polyphenols, pour your brew into a glass. Tea has a brownish background colour, so watch out if you find a kombucha that’s crystal clear.


NATURALLY FREE FROM SUGAR
In addition to the good stuff that IS in Remedy Kombucha, the other benefit comes from what’s NOT in it, and that’s sugar!

While some sugar is in our diets is necessary (and who doesn’t love a little treat now and then), the negative health effects of too much sugar in diets are pretty clear; from really basic and fairly immediate effects like weight gain, through to major risks such as diabetes, heart disease.

The beauty of Remedy is that although sugar goes into the initial brew, it gets eaten up by the live cultures during fermentation to produce those amazing organic acids we keep raving about. Remedy brews out ALL of the sugar, and we test every batch to make sure. 


SO, LET'S RECAP ALL THE GOODNESS IN REMEDY!

  • Live cultures
  • Organic acids
  • Antioxidants
  • No sugar, for real
  • Tick, tick, tick!

3 Cocktails To Celebrate St Patrick's Day

It's St Patrick's Day and while we can't offer you the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, we can serve you up some liquid gold booch (in cocktail form)!
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These three St Paddy's inspired cocktails are the perfect alternative to smashing down pints of Guinness and will take the edge off feeling like you've taken style inspo from Kermit for the annual office "best green kit" comp.


Apple Crisp Mojito

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 50ml white rum

  • 125ml Remedy Kombucha Apple Crisp
  • 3 x lime wedges
  • Fresh mint, to garnish


Method

Pour rum into a glass with ice. 

Top with Remedy Kombucha Apple Crisp.

Garnish with lime wedges and mint.


Apple Spritz

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 25ml Lillet Blanc

  • 125ml Remedy Kombucha Apple Crisp
  • 100ml Prosecco
  • Apple slices, to garnish


Method

Pour lillet blanc into a glass. 

Top with Remedy Kombucha Apple Crisp.

Garnish with apple slices.


Green Apple Collins

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 50ml gin

  • 125ml Remedy Kombucha Apple Crisp
  • 25ml lemon juice
  • Fresh lime and mint, to garnish 


Method

Pour gin and lemon juice into a glass with ice. 

Top with Remedy Kombucha Apple Crisp.

Garnish with lime wedges and mint.