Kombucha for Gut Health – Mystical or Magical?

If you are reading this, chances are you are sick, tired, or maybe just sick and tired of feeling bloated and lacking in energy. Sound familiar?

A lot of how we feel can be associated with gut health and somewhere between the ages of 30 – 50 this subject suddenly becomes about as important as having salt on your eggs bene. But who wants to talk about anything related to the ‘gut’? It’s not a very sexy topic is it? But then again, it’s not very sexy trying to pull on those ‘pully-in pants’ to smother the bulge that’s suddenly formed overnight and made you look six months pregnant! How did that happen you ask? Well, chances are you are not looking after your gut health, because unfortunately that bloated look is kind of connected!

So what can you do about it? Well, we all know that looking after our insides is just as important as taking care of our outsides and if you haven’t been sleeping off your carbs under a rock recently, you will have heard of the latest trend in health, entitled Kombucha.

Although its true origins are unknown, its health benefits are not. kombucha, a fermented tea (in simple terms), is drawing a huge following due to its health benefits. The tea, when mixed with bacteria and yeasts (known as SCOBY- a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) and sugar, starts fermenting. The bacteria essentially devour the sugar and in turn create what’s called an organic acids (little champions that keep the lining of your intestines fit and healthy). While certain bacteria can be bad, the bacterial cultures in kombucha are goodies. These are the healthy kind, like those already found in your gut. They line your digestive tract and help support your immune system. They are like the super-hero of your insides – fighting illness and infection from the absorbed nutrients.

Did you know that 80 percent of your immune system is located inside your gut? That says a lot about why this area of your body is pretty important!

If you haven’t tried kombucha yet, get ready for an experience, it’s quite a unique taste. It’s effervescent and has a distinct vinegary flavour to it. If you like a bit of tart, you will most probably love it. It’s refreshing and non-alcoholic (check your labels and speak with the manufacturer if you aren’t sure). Being relatively low in sugar and calories (this depends on the brand – another label check will help you identify which ones have no sugar!) it’s a no-brainer beverage if you want to improve your health and watch your weight!

While controlled scientific studies are still ongoing as to the exact nature and benefits that drinking kombucha can bring, many people swear by it, hence the sudden gain in popularity. It’s no coincidence that these products have popped up all over the place. Thankfully, they are not just delivered to health stores anymore – you can buy them directly from your local supermarket. Just go to the cold fridge area or the soft drink aisle (that’s right) and you should see a whole range available for purchase.

If you don’t find one you like in your local supermarket, you could potentially make your own. There are numerous You Tube on-line tutorials to help you do that. For us though, we love the taste and benefits of Remedy Kombucha. They make the tastiest, healthiest kombucha going’round.

 But what are the health benefits you ask?

Remedy is teeming with natural Live cultures, they can improve gut health by:

  • – Increasing the diversity of your gut flora, aka the good bugs that live in your gut to get things working as they should
  • – Preventing the growth of bag bugs that make you sick
  • – Supplying billions of microorganisms that are full of vitamins, minerals and fibre, which the healthy bacteria in your gut use as a food source to produce important metabolites for good health
  • Remedy is also chock-a-block full of naturalorganic acidsaka short chain fatty acids (SFCAs). Recent studies have proven these little powerhouses can:
    • – Provide an energy source for the good bacteria in your gut
    • – Like live cultures, also help prevent overgrowth of bad bugs in your gut
    • – Help to regulate appetite
    • – Stabilise blood sugar levels
    • – Regulate cholesterol
  • Antioxidants: made from tea, Remedy Kombucha naturally is teeming with polyphenols, otherwise known as antioxidants which can help the body fight illness and slow down the ageing process.

Naturally contains no sugar: The beauty of Remedy is that although sugar goes into the initial brew, it gets eaten up by the live cultures during fermentation to maximise those amazing organic acids. Remedy brews out ALL of the sugar, and they test every batch to make sure. This is why they are the only brand to have the official tick of approval from Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar.

Organic & all-natural: Remedy is all-natural and certified organic, providing natural energy kick without crash and burn of sugar and caffeine highs.

So to the question of whether kombucha is mystical, we could safely say yes, because we are still unable to definitively know whether we have been swilling it and receiving its benefit for 200 years or 2,000 years, but as to whether it is magical? You will have to try it for yourself.