Kombucha

A nutritionist’s guide to healthy guts and keeping well

Wondering how to keep your loved ones well during this real see-you-next-Tuesday of a virus or even the up and coming flu season? Remedy Nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill says the first place to start is your gut. While most people are aware of the importance of good gut health for digestion, many forget about its STAR role in boosting our overall immune health. Now is the time to get your guts in check to help you and your loved one recover and bounce back quickly when illness strikes.    

Nerd Alert: The simple fact is a huge portion of our immune systems are actually in our gastrointestinal tract (aka the gut) which is why the gut microbiota that resides our gastrointestinal tract provides   essential health benefits  to our immune system.  

It’s in here that our gut microbiome, home to trillions of bacteria, plays a vital role in housing at least 70% of our immune system, digesting the food we eat and helping to absorb and synthesise nutrients. By improving our gut health, this will improve our immunity and all the other flow-on effects from absorbing nutrients better like improved mood, metabolism and brain health. 

What happens when your guts aren’t up to scratch? An imbalance in any bad bacteria in your gut will essentially confuse your immune system and leave you more exposed to colds and flu’s when they arrive. In essence, what you eat, drink and do now will help you and your family’s immune response later.

Happy guts are in reach with these four  nutritionist-approved hacks for good gut health and improved immunity:

Remedy Kombucha Ginger Lemon

Aim for plant diversity in your diet:  Try to increase the variety and number of plants in your diet each week or each fortnight even if just by one. Building a diet rich in plant foods and diverse in its sources can lead to greater diversity in the gut microbiome, which is critical to the strength of your immune system. In nutrition, we always say – EVERYTHING begins in the gut, so we need to give it the most love we can through our food. Whether it’s each week buying one extra plant-based ingredient, even a new herb is great, or each fortnight, make it your mission to create as much variety in your diet through plants as you can. 

Embrace fermented foods and drinks for good bacteria:   Nourish your gut but eating and drinking fermented products packed with probiotics such as miso, sauerkraut, kombucha, kimchi or coconut water kefir. If you’re craving something fizzy, my fermented go-to is Remedy Kombucha Ginger Lemon as ginger has amazing anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties that can help fight infections. It’s also jam-packed with tea polyphenols, organic acids and live cultures from the slow fermentation process. If you’re looking for something warm, stock up on miso soup as it’s a great one to sip on between meals. 

Avoid sugar:   Sadly, it’s time to self-distance yourself with sweet stuff as it’s the worst thing you can feed your microbiome. The more sugar you eat; unfortunately, the worse off your immune system will be as it suppresses the immune function. While ditching your sugar-loaded dessert or 3pm snack attack may be tricky, there are lots of great healthy and cheap alternatives that are also immune-boosting! Such as a frozen banana blended to make ice cream as it’s loaded with prebiotics. 

Ditch the booze:    Alcohol can weaken your immune system in a variety of way because it causes an inflammatory response in your gut and imbalance in your gut bacteria. This imbalance in bad bacteria can make you more susceptible to colds, flu and viruses by having a low immune system with a disrupted gut barrier. It’s important to note that not only does alcohol impair your immune system, excessive drinking can also affect your respiratory system. If you’re craving something else with dinner, get creative with a non-alcoholic mocktail or enjoy a fermented fizzy. 

Five reasons to get more ginger in your diet

The words ‘super’ and ‘food’ get bandied around a lot. Like A LOT a lot and sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between a fad and the real deal.

When it comes to superfood superhero status, ginger really is the OG. It’s one radical rhizome that has truly stood the test of time for hundreds if not thousands of years in traditional and herbal medicine.

Here at Remedy, we’re huge fans of ginger where it is a key ingredient in some of our fan favourites including our Remedy Kombucha Ginger Lemon, Remedy Kombucha Ginger Berry, Remedy Ginger Beer   and ALL of our Remedy Switchel flavours! (Remedy Switchel is made with raw organic apple cider vinegar and fresh organic ginger juice – you can read all about it here).

Still not sure why you should guzzling more ginger goodness? We’ve done the heavy lifting for you (because we’re nerds and we care) with five good reasons to get more ginger inya!

1. Colds and flu begone!

With anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties that can help fight infection,  ginger is a great natural option to support your immunity. So when we’re all  feeling a little more susceptible to whatever dreaded lurgy is doing the rounds, reach for a Remedy (with ginger). SCIENCE SPEAK: Ginger is also a ‘diaphoretic’ which means it works from the inside out to heat your body which is just what you need when it’s wet and chilly outside. 

2. It’s anti-inflammatory and full of antioxidants

The main reason ginger is so g-damn great is that it is anti-inflammatory and full of antioxidants. We’re HUUUGE fans of antioxidants here at Remedy (our drinks are full of them).  So why do we keep banging on about them? Inflammation is your body’s natural response to injury or illness but too much can be associated with disease and ill health (BOOOOO). By incorporating more antioxidant rich foods into your diet you’re giving yourself a fighting chance against inflammation. Here’s the good news - ginger is one of the BEST foods you can choose to fight inflammation with its gingerol compound responsible for much of its medicinal properties. No excuses needed to smash a few Switchels – aim for at least one a day we say!

3. It’s belly soothing

An oldie but a goodie - ginger is well known for its calming effect on your gut. Fantastic for those of us who aren’t great travelers and HOT TIP: Ginger is also great if you’re preggers and feeling the not so rad effects of morning/afternoon/all day sickness as it curbs nausea, relieves discomfort and (dare we say it) GAS! We love getting fan mail from mummas to be who find great relief in supping on our ginger based bevvies. 

4. It’s a ripper for post gym recovery

Ginger’s great anti-inflammatory properties extend to your muscular system. If you’ve literally busted your gut in your home gym and your muscles are feeling a little sore, grab a Remedy Kombucha Ginger Lemon or Remedy Kombucha Ginger Berry to not only rehydrate but help ease that muscle pain. 

5. Your BFF come TOM

Again with the inflammation and soreness! Women, we hear you. Whatever you need to do to make your life more comfortable around your period, DO IT! When you’re menstruating your uterine muscles may be working overtime leading to cramps. Ugh. The compounds found in ginger may help quell inflammation so we advise to treat yo’self with a Remedy Kombucha Ginger Lemon or three (and a hot water bottle).

There you have it – five good reasons to let more ginger into your life! 

Remedy Kombucha v Remedy Sodas - what's the diff?

Remedy’s launched a brand spanking new range of live cultured sodas but what’s the difference between Remedy Kombucha and Remedy Sodas you ask?

It all comes down to ingredients.

But first, let’s start with what Remedy Kombucha and Remedy Sodas have in common!

  • They don’t contain any sugar (naturally!)
  • They’re both made with all natural ingredients
  • They’re both chock full of live cultures and organic acids
  • They’re organic, raw and unpasteurised
  • They’re DAMN TASTY!

What's the diff?

The main difference is in the ingredients used to brew these healthy and tasty, live cultured bevvies. 

Thirst up! Let’s take a look at Remedy Kombucha...

Remedy Kombucha is made with a base of sweet tea to which Remedy’s ‘mother culture’ or SCOBY (symbiotic culture of good bacteria and yeast) is added before being fermented over 30 days. This natural fermentation removes all the sugar leaving behind a delicious, refreshing live cultured bevvie chock full of live cultures, organic acids and tea polyphenols. We then add all-natural ingredients for extra flavour.

What about Remedy Sodas then?

Just like Remedy Kombucha, Remedy Sodas are made with real, top notch, all natural ingredients. But Remedy Sodas do NOT contain tea. Rather, they are made by taking high quality organic juices as the base. We then add our a natural live culture starter which kick starts a fermentation process that sees ALL of the natural sugars converted into healthy organic acids. The result is soda made right! Packed full of flavour and goodness with NO SUGAR, naturally!

Still not sure?

Watch this!

So which drink is right for me?

BOTH! If you’re looking for a tangy, sweet and sour flavour profile and want to get a boost of tea polyphenols, plump for a Remedy Kombucha!

Not ready to jump on the booch train or looking for a healthy, live cultured swap for traditional, sugary soft drinks with old school classic flavours? Reach for the right stuff with Remedy Sodas.

WORLD KOMBUCHA DAY IS HERE!

We're FIZZIN' with excitement to celebrate the first-ever   WORLD KOMBUCHA DAY!

Kombucha (pronounced kom-BOO-cha) is believed to have originated in China more than two thousand years ago. The traditional method of making kombucha – which we follow at Remedy – involves a natural fermentation of sweet tea, wild healthy bacteria and yeasts. February 21st is a modern-day celebration for all kombucha brewers and booch fangirls and fanboys to throw a BOOCH PARTY!!! 

To celebrate World Kombucha Day and our booch success thanks to YOU our fizzy fam, we're offering 20% off kombucha range on www.remedydrinks.com   with code: BOOCHDAY

Sarah and Emmet Condon

OUR STORY

We could tell you that when Sarah and Emmet Condon started Remedy in their kitchen, they had no idea what lay ahead. But we'd be lying. They had an inkling. They'd been making kombucha for a while. Their kids were into it. Their mates were hooked. Family members were dropping by more often for a taste.

So, they took a chance. Some might call it a massive risk. They had a young family. No jobs to fall back on. Some savings, a couple of credit cards. Entrepreneurial know-how, but no experience in the food and drinks world. What they did have were big aspirations and a simple belief. Oh and – perhaps most importantly – a tasty kombucha brew and a whole lotta guts.

They wanted to do something good. Shake things up. Make it right. They knew that healthy could also be tasty and easy. They believed we all deserve to know that too. While they've moved on from the kitchen bench, Remedy is still made the old-school way: in small batches, long-aged brewed for 30 days.

The result is the tastiest and healthiest kombucha going around: it contains no sugar, naturally, and is chock-full of all the right stuff: live cultures, organic acids and antioxidants that are good for your gut and overall wellbeing.

Raw Nut-Free Lamington Slice

Back to school is here. It's that time of year when Pinterest's search tool gets a hammering by mums desperately seeking new lunchbox inspiration. It's gotta be nut-free, vegan, gluten-free yet still tasty enough for your child to not use it as a makeshift ball in a game of 4-square. With a few mums in the Remedy office – we know the panic stations of back to school are REAL. So, we threw it over to Remedy nutritionist, super mum and all-around legend, Jacqueline Alwill to share one of her favourite lunchbox snacks and BOY did she deliver with this Nut-free Lamington Slice!

Raw Nut-Free Lamington Slice by Jacqueline Alwill

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Raw, Nut Free
Makes 25 pieces

Ingredients

Base:

  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1 cup medjool dates, pitted
No sponge-sponge: 
  • 2 cups desiccated coconut
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch sea salt
Chocolate:
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao powder
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • Extra desiccated coconut, for sprinkling on top

Method

1. Place ingredients for base in a food processor and blitz to a crumb, then press into a lined 25x25cm cake tin or dish.

2. Blend ingredients for sponge in the food processor until it comes together, then press on top of base.

3. Whisk together ingredients for chocolate in a bowl and pour over the top of the coconut, sprinkle with extra coconut and place in freezer to set for 3-4 hours.

4. Slice into pieces and serve. Store in fridge or freezer up to 2 weeks. 

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Better Homes & Gardens on how to ID real kombucha

Better Homes & Gardens did some booch mythbusting recently with a little friendly expert advice from Remedy Drinks!

Here's how to tell if your kombucha is the real deal.

And a couple of tips from us:

  • Pour some kombucha in a glass and let it sit in a warm place for a few days. If it’s real, a Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast should form (a SCOBY).
  • The beneficial bacteria and live cultures in kombucha can only be present in the drink if it is raw and unpasteurised.
  • Check the label to see how the product is made, real kombucha is brewed over time.

Remedy Kombucha reviewed in The Guardian

News just in from The Guardian!

Remedy Kombucha Raspberry Lemonade makes the grade in Fiona Beckett's review of four fruit drinks that aren't too sickly sweet.

"A not-too-scary introduction to kombucha with the flavour of a sour beer. Virtuously raw, vegan and unpasteurised."

We couldn't agree more.

Remedy Kombucha Raspberry Lemonade is a grown-up, guilt-free take on a childhood classic. No sugar. No nasties. Just lip-smacking gut-loving goodness in a bottle. 

 

 

Remedy’s gone global!

That’s right Remedy fans, if you’re in the UK, Canada, Singapore, New Zealand or Australia you can now buy Remedy online. WAHOO! 

So, jump on in, peruse the Remedy range to your heart and gut’s content, choose ALL the flavours you’ve ever wanted to give a whirl!!