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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!


Colour In With Remedy

Well, here we are in yet another lockdown. And if you're anything like us, you might be going slightly mad with a left eye that won't stop twitching. Homeschool, so fun! Right, parents?!

You might also find you're starting to scrape the bottom of the barrel when thinking of fun activities for the kids. It's been 18 long months now. They've done everything there is to do. You might be finding yourself asking if your 10-year-old would still like to play with egg cartons and a couple of pipe cleaners, or are those days gone? Would they want to put a potato and some seeds in a pair of old stockings and make a slightly frowsy grass-haired potato stocking-man that sits on your windowsill for months, or will only the 5-year-old find that amusing? Is the only thing that will entertain them now freakin' TikTok dances?! You don't have the coordination for that.

You know what, we've got you covered with a fun old-school activity fit for any age group (maybe not the teenagers, though, they probably won't be into it) that only requires a piece of paper, some printer ink and some pencils, textas or crayons. That's right. It's time for a good ol' fashioned colouring-in.

Right-click the picture below, save it, press print and throw it down in front of your child with a few stubby crayons while you pour yourself a vino. You deserve it.

 

What's so good about Remedy Switchel ACV?

Remedy Switchel ACV is a refreshing reboot on an old school, live cultured drink that is raw, unpasteurised and contains no sugar, naturally. Back in the day, farmers believed it was the perfect thirst quencher to hydrate and keep them going. It turns out they weren't wrong! Remedy Switchel ACV is a mighty fine way to rehydrate after going hard, whether that's after a gym, spin or yoga sesh or even a big night out!

The goodness of Remedy Switchel ACV comes down to three factors: raw organic apple cider vinegar (also known as ACV), real organic ginger juice and no sugar, naturally. Let's break down the benefits!

Why's Apple Cider Vinegar so great?

Glad you asked! Here's a quick hit list of all the benefits! Apple Cider Vinegar (also known as ACV) can:

  • Help regulate and stabilise blood sugar levels
  • Aid digestion and improve gut health
  • Help to regulate appetite
  • Promote good heart health and help keep cholesterol levels low
  • Help restore balance in the body after heavy physical exertion (whether that's at the gym or on a worksite)
  • Help balance the body's pH levels

And what about ginger?
Well, our favourite fiery root can:

  • Support digestion
  • Help reduce inflammation
  • Help boost immunity

AND no sugar, naturally you say?
Absolutely no sugar, naturally! Like Remedy Kombucha, Remedy Switchel ACV naturally contains no sugar.


So all these goodies AND it's delicious? That's right! Fizzy, refreshing and a little fiery, Remedy Switchel is an effortlessly easy way to get your daily fix of ACV and ginger and is a great swap for your regular, sugary soft drink.


Keen to know more? Here's Remedy Nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill with the lowdown:


What's The Deal With ACV?

Truth be told, acronyms drive us a little nutty. But Apple Cider Vinegar can be a mouthful, both literally and figuratively! Having said that, we love ACV for many reasons: it can aid digestion, help regulate and stabilise blood sugar levels, promote good heart health and help keep cholesterol low. We love it, but we don't necessarily love necking it straight! This is why we use ACV to make one of the best-tasting fizzies out there, Remedy Switchel ACV!

 

Here are four good reasons to incorporate more ACV in your diet:

 

Good bacteria for your gut

Heard of the mother - the web like sediment that sits at the bottom of the bottle of raw, organic, unpasteurised apple cider vinegar? This mother is very similar to the SCOBY (symbiotic colony of good bacteria and yeast) you'll find in kombucha. Believed to be rich in health-boosting natural proteins, healthy bacteria and acetic acid, the mother is where it's at and part of the reason why ACV is so good for you.

 

Damn good for your digestion

Drinking ACV can help regulate the amount of acid in your stomach, leading to easier digestion. Bye-bye bloating or constipation! Just like other fermented foods (hello kombucha and coconut water kefir), raw, unpasteurised apple cider vinegar also contains healthy bacteria that can help keep your digestive system working correctly.

 

Curbs those blood sugar spikes

A daily dose of ACV can help stabilise and regulate blood sugar. Consider having a Switchel before a high-carb meal to prevent blood sugar spikes. If you're counting your calories, research has also found that acetic acid in ACV can stop your body from absorbing the calories from carbohydrates.

 

Lowers cholesterol and improves heart health

Studies have shown that taking ACV can help to lower triglycerides. Triglycerides are a type of fat found in your blood, but having high levels of these lipids can increase your risk of heart disease because they cause fat to build up in your arteries which can block blood flow. No thanks!

 

There you have it, four excellent reasons to incorporate ACV into your daily diet to give your gut and overall health and wellbeing a boost. The easiest, tastiest way to do so? Grab a Remedy Switchel ACV to reap the rewards.


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 their kombucha. So, as self-proclaimed booch 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 booch!

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. 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

Ginger & Lemon. 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 booch. The fiery ginger and fresh lemony goodness can help to assist with digestion.

 

Morning tea

Pink Lady Apple. She's crisp and cool—the perfect companion for a morning tea that calls for something a little fancier than the breakroom biscuit jar.

 

Lunch

Cherry Plum. Best for those days when you forget to organise lunch and end up at the local sushi shop. A sultry cherry flavour that adds oomph to even the simplest of lunches.

 

3PM slump

Cola. 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 Cola Kombucha. It has all the flavour you love 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.

 

Date night

Passionfruit. Where has all that intense passion gone? We took it from lovers everywhere and injected it into our passionfruit booch. Now it's time for you to take some back home with you.

 

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.

 

On a road trip...

Raspberry Lemonade. Kids fighting in the back, hazard lights on, it's time to crack open our most popular flavour. It will not end the dread but will at least give you a moment of peace whilst the kids are busy sipping.