Kombucha

A nutritionist’s guide to healthy guts and keeping well

Wondering how to keep your loved ones well this winter or during this real see-you-next-Tuesday of a virus? 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 and have made damn sure it's 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. Germs 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! 

Which Remedy Live Cultured Bevvie Are You?

NEWS ALERT: We’ve launched two BRAND spankin’ NEW drink ranges into Holland & Barrett and online: Remedy Coconut Water Kefir and Remedy Switchel.

Want to learn more about our new fizzy friends? Find out what NEW live cultured bevvie you and your peeps should be guzzlin’ right here. Right NOW.

Remedy Coconut Water Kefir Pure – The Peaceful Purist

Namaste, oh wise (taste) buds. You’re a PRO at probiotics and one loco coco at the front of class with that 10/10 downward dog. You have Ray-Bans at the ready for Sunday brunches (yes, plz) and trips to the farmers market with a CUTE canvas tote and keep cup in hand. You’re the oracle when it comes to wellness health trends (step aside Gwyneth P) and you practically levitate around the health aisle. Your Instagram feed is a field of sunrise yoga sessions and #SmoothieBowlGoals. 

While a wellness retreat to Bali may not be on the cards this year, a taste of the tropics certainly is. Now you can drink what you preach with your inner zen captured by the clean, raw and refreshing flavours of coconut in our Remedy Coconut Water Kefir Pure. Packed with probiotics and rich in electrolytes, this one’s sure to keep those positive vibrations humming.  

Remedy Coconut Water Kefir Passion Fruit – The Wanderluster

You went travelling to find yourself (sigh) and never quite stopped. When MIA, you can be found at some sound-healing event in a Caribbean or retelling that inappropriate Iowaska story to your new co-workers - on repeat. Your vacay mandatories: Live culture(s), undiscovered destinations and heavy on the palm trees, please. You’re happiest when you can feel sand squelched between your toes or when you receive over 100 likes on your new poetic sunset FB profile pic. Fun and flirty with a tangy twist, those passion(ate) fruity notes mean you’re always looking for a summer (taste-bud) romance and our Remedy Coconut Water Passion Fruit is the ONE you’ve been searching for.

Remedy Blood Orange Switchel – Bold And Proud Of It

Bouldering, bungee jumping, or tobogganing down the side of a volcano? HECK YES TO ALL THREE! Normal is boring, and you’re blood orange and anything but (soz regular orange… we’ll leave the juice-boxes to you). 

You’re the Gaga of your pals, with the biggest hair, boldest outfits and loudest rendition of Paparazzi at the karaoke bar. When meeting your match (fresh ginger notes, we’re looking at you), you’re sure to bite back. After all, blending in is BORING. You’re a total citrus-bomb and that’s why Remedy Blood Orange Switchel is your JAM.

Remedy Switchel Tropical – Party In Ya Mouth

You like Pina Coladas… but no, you don’t like getting caught in the rain (umm, exactly who does Rupert?). On a Friday or Saturday night (sometimes a Sunday… and Monday-Thursday too) you can be found busting your best dance moves on a rooftop or at your local tiki bar. You’re pro cocktail umbrellas, Hawaiian shirts and straight up good party times. You know how to pack a night on the town with good vibes only, just like our perky-lime and passion fruit bevvie, Remedy Switchel Tropical

Powered by the zing of pineapple and the fire of an apple cider vinegar base packed with organic acids, you’re infamous for dancing well beyond sunrise and you’re always ready for the cheers.

Remedy Kombucha Ginger Lemon – The Fire Cracker

Ginger (Lemon) by name, ginger by nature. You’re the fiery one of the group and have no qualms in telling your flatmate to put their flippin’ cup in the FLIPPIN’ dishwasher already. I’M NOT YOUR MUM. 

But it’s not all tang. You can be pretty nice too. Your powerful presence is known for calming a crowd, or an upset tummy. You like to stick to the classics, like a hot cuppa tea packed with polyphenols with added ginger and lemon - can you even go wrong? Puh-lease. And of course, you’re loved by all because you have a warming effect on those in your presence. Unless you don’t pack the dishwasher. Then SOD off. 

Remedy Kombucha Raspberry Lemonade – Sweet, Innocent and All Grown-Up

So, tell me what you want, what you really, really want…I wanna really BIG glass of Raspberry Lemonade kombuchaaaaaa!

Meet Raspberry Lemonade, a.k.a. the Baby Spice of our bangin’ brews. Considered sweet and innocent by many, you’ve been a crowd favourite since childhood. Now you’re all grown up and you’ve ditched the pigtails and pink platforms, you’re not to be underestimated. You’ve nailed that sweet exterior but those zesty fresh lemon juice notes mean you’ve got some real spark about you!

Still not sure which Remedy bevvie you are? Stock up on a Remedy Rainbow case to try them all and find out pronto. The Remedy Rainbow case also includes our fresh Apple Crisp and fruity & floral Cherry Plum kombucha flavours.

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.

Say boo to sugar this Halloween!

It's that spooky time of year again - Halloween has arrived!

Rooted in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain, Halloween originally began as a way to scare off ghosts and spirits before morphing into the candy laden festival of witches and wizards we know today!

We’re down with dressing up and getting into the spirit (HA! Geddit?) of things but we know some parents find the amount of sugary treats on offer a little overwhelming. (Especially if you spend a bit of time trying to teach your sprogs about a balanced, healthy diet!).

As always, Remedy’s here to help with some healthy Halloween hacks! We’re not total buzz killers though, we know it’s fun to trick and/or treat so we’re all about making small tweaks and balanced choices…here’s our hot tips to making it through Halloween without the sugar crash ‘n’ burn!

Focus on the fun as well as the food!

Spend time talking with your kids about the origins and history of Halloween. Enjoy workshopping the costume possibilities and house decorations rather than the sweets and lollies on offer. One of the beauties of Halloween is the chance for children to wander around their neighbourhood after hours and get to know their community. Why not make this the focus rather than all the sugary loot?!

Eat something healthy before heading out

Have an early dinner before heading out. Filling up with something wholesome and healthy will help minimise the temptation of gorging on lollies.

Healthier handouts

Consider gifting popcorn, fruit kebabs, cheese-sticks or small packets of sultanas or raisins instead of sugary sweets. You could even go for mini-cans of Remedy Kombucha. They’re the perfect treat without the sweet and just the right size for little hands!

Nix food treats altogether

There’s no hard and fast rule regarding what you hand out to the kids in your neighbourhood and you can bet your bottom dollar some parents will be relieved to see some non-food treats in the trick or treat stash their little ones bring home. Try spooky Halloween themed stickers, bubbles, novelty erasers or even glow sticks to hand out on the night.

There you go – four healthy hacks that’ll have you saying ‘BOO’ to sugar this Halloween!

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!!