Nutrition

What is kombucha?

We’ve all been there. That awkward feeling when everyone else is all over something, and you have a-b-s-o-l-u-t-e-l-y no idea what they are on about... kombucha what? You wanna ask, but you know it’s too damn late.

We get it. Which is why we are here with the definitive guide to the question: what on earth IS kombucha? 

Remedy Nutritionist, Jacqueline Alwill explains, in a nutshell, kombucha (often lovingly referred to as “booch”) is fermented tea.

The traditional method of making kombucha – which we follow at Remedy – involves a natural fermentation of sweet tea with a live culture. The live culture is known as a SCOBY, which stands for Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast.

The result is a sparkling drink with sweet and sour flavours that contains the goodness of live cultures, tea polyphenols and organic acids. Better yet, it’s downright delicious! You can even brew your own booch at home – Remedy recipe   here. 

Now, before you go passing it off as a fad, you should know that it’s believed that kombucha originated in China around 2000 years ago. People around the world have been making and enjoying kombucha for thousands of years, particularly throughout Eastern Europe and Asia. Find out more about the history of kombucha   here.

At Remedy, we make our kombucha according to the same ancient traditions as the origins of kombucha. Long-aged brewed and FULL of the good stuff. In fact, Remedy started out on our founders’ Sarah and Emmet Condon’s kitchen bench, and we are still brewing with the same live culture they first started out with!

 



Is there alcohol in Remedy kombucha?

Do Remedy drinks contain alcohol?

All Remedy drinks are non-alcoholic.

Like many fermented foods and drinks, a trace amount of alcohol can be produced during the natural fermentation process but rest easy because Remedy thoroughly tests each and every batch to ensure their drinks meet the national standards for non-alcoholic drinks (below 0.5%).

There’s no need to be concerned as the trace levels of alcohol are so low, the alcohol doesn’t accumulate in the bloodstream.

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Four ways to boost your family’s gut health this winter

We’re bracing for an early onset of the cold and flu season this year and    Remedy Drinks Nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill    is here to help with some hot tips on how to boost your family’s gut microbiome and immunity this winter.

“Your ‘gut microbiome’ is made up of the trillions of microorganisms that live in your intestine. These microorganisms, mainly made up of bacteria, play a key role in digesting the food you eat, helping you to absorb and synthesize nutrients,” Jacqueline explains. 

“But these little critters are even more amazing because they also play a key role in processes extending beyond our gut including our metabolism, immune function as well as our brain and mood.”

“There are many different factors that influence the type and amount of bacteria we have in our gut and diet is one of the key ways we can ensure our microbiome is balanced, active and healthy to ensure our immune function is working as well as it can especially as we head into winter. An imbalance of bad gut bacteria essentially confuses the immune system meaning it won’t correctly identify and fight the bads guys like cold and flu when they arrive.”

“For kids, this is especially important. They actually inherit our microbiome at birth and the first four to five years of life is when their microbiomes are really getting established so fostering a healthy gut foundation now will set them up for life,” explains Jacqueline.

Boosting and supporting your microbiome doesn’t have to be a chore. There are simple and easy ways to give your gut health a boost:

Remedy Kombucha Ginger Lemon

1: Mix it up! Variety is the spice of life.

Maybe your kid went through a ‘white food’ only phase? I hear you. But there are ways to ensure your child still eats a variety of foods. The more diverse their diet, the better their microbiome. A mix of raw and cooked foods is ideal, so try a raw rainbow salad plate, a big bowl of veggie soup (try   cauliflower soup.    if they’re still in that white food phase), a handful of trail mix, or veggies with hummus.  

2: Introduce some easy fermented foods to boost beneficial bacteria

Not sure whether your kids will give fermented foods a go? There are plenty of ‘gateway’ fermented options to try: pickles in a burger, miso soup (or maybe my miso caramel banana muffins), kefir, a kombucha spider made with a kid-friendly   raspberry lemonade   flavour and ice cream, even good old Greek yoghurt is a winner for upping beneficial bacteria. For the more adventurous you could try a baked sweet potato topped with kimchi and grated cheese. Fermented foods are a great source of probiotics. 

3: Pump up the prebiotics

You’ve heard about probiotics but PREbiotics are just as important. Think of prebiotics as the food your good gut bacteria needs to thrive. Plant-based and wholegrain foods are your best source including bananas, watermelon, nectarines, white peaches, onion, garlic, leek, asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes, snow pea and green peas. Legumes are also great so aim to incorporate chickpeas, red kidney beans, lentils and nuts and seeds in meals. Try a Mexican night with my    Bean Chilli   served with either potatoes or wraps. 

4. Get dirty

You read that right - get outside and enjoy life outdoors. Outdoor play is vital for a healthy microbiome so whether it’s a bush walk, playground hangs, a game of organised sport or a ride around your neighbourhood make sure you get out and about. Better still, let your child get dirty and play with soil, as soil and plants house trillions of microorganisms. This can help build their immune system so they can fight any germs that come their way. 

Remedy Kombucha 1.25L