Our stomachs are constantly busy doing so much work for us; they are responsible for breaking down food, absorbing the useful nutrients and energy and getting rid of the waste. When we have tummy issues it can ruin our whole day, attitude and overall mood. Gut health is one of the keys to overall wellness so we should love our busy little digestive systems and nourish them with substances that work in harmony with our insides instead of against them. If you love your digestive system it will love you back!
Imbibe Water Kefir has created a range of traditionally fermented sparkling water kefir elixirs, which contain scientifically proven living probiotics and medicinal grade herbs to help ease digestion, absorb nutrients from food, increase energy, calm down bloating and add more good probiotics to your diet for excellent gut health. Imbibe Water Kefir also assists in naturally building your immunity (around 80% of your immunity is made in your gut) and detoxifying your body to help your skin look radiant (the condition of your skin is also linked to the state of your gut health). Imbibe has conveniently bottled up this magical liquid so you can quickly and easily drink your stomach to perfect health.
There are many milk kefirs in stores at the moment but water kefir is harder to come by. While milk kefir has its own unique characteristics and health benefits it is of course made using cows milk or goats milk. Water kefir is a dairy-free cultured beverage with live active yeast and good bacteria. Water kefir can be flavoured and consumed as a replacement for soft drink, juice or even coffee. It also makes a great base for dairy-free smoothies, popsicles and fruit gelatin desserts.
Imbibe Water Kefir comes in a variety of interesting and deliciously enticing flavours which can be found in the refrigerator section at the Health Emporium:
Be Wild: Hibiscus & Rosehip
Be Strong: Ginger & Lemongrass
Be Calm: Rooibos, Turmeric & Honey
Be Daring: Activated Coconut Charcoal, Lemon Peel and Cayenne Pepper
We are so excited about this gorgeous product and want to know everything there is to know about it. Felicity the founder and creator of Imbibe Water Kefir answered some of our questions about her remarkable company below:
What does the name “Imbibe” mean?
Imbibe means “to drink” or “to absorb” and we feel that it’s the perfect word to describe all we do at Imbibe – taking in great health and wellness in every sip.
Where did the inspiration behind your company come from?
Imbibe is inspired from a deeply personal place. After my second baby was born, I had a health crisis that needed my full attention. Sick of feeling lacklustre and getting recurrent infections which interfered with my ability to live a full and vibrant life, and give all that I wanted to, I researched how I could make myself well again. The research took me back time and again to gut health and how it’s so crucial for overall wellness. I started my kitchen trials in fermenting everything I could… but the alchemy I was most drawn to was the water kefir. It seemed the most delicious and therapeutic. My energy levels literally turned the corner after a week or so – not bad for some one who had been in and out of hospital! I committed deeply to keeping the fermenting practises in my life., and from that point on, I had so many people knocking on my door wanting this magical elixir I was brewing from my kitchen! Then, a store heard about what I was doing, and the rest, is, well, I would like to say history – but it’s more like blood, sweat and tears!
What makes your products different from other similar kefir drinks currently on the market?
Well, for a start, we are the only water kefir company that has Scientifically Proven living probiotics in every bottle – around 26 BILLION per bottle. There are also around three strains of tested probiotics in every bottle too.
But, for me, I want it to go further, to give more medicinal value – so every bottle is blended with various certified organic medicinal herbs, like Activated Coconut Charcoal, Rosehips, Turmeric, Matcha, Cayenne Pepper etc. WE are definitely the first water kefir in Australia, maybe even the world, making an Activated Coconut Charcoal and Matcha water kefir!
What is your favourite Imbibe kefir drink?
Each has a special place in my heart for the various medicinal value – but probably the Rooibos Turmeric and Honey is my all time favourite.
How often should you drink Water Kefir? Can you over do it?
We have the “Imbibe Serving Ritual”, where after you get home from work or being out, before you have dinner, you crack the Imbibe and pour it into your favourite champagne flute to enjoy. This honours the beauty of the handcrafted Imbibe, and adds to the sophistication of having a glass of Imbibe. If you normally crave a wine or beer, try Imbibe – because it is fermented, it still hits the spot.
You cant over do it, unless you have gut health issues or gut dysbosis, in which case I recommend staring with 1/2 a glass a day and working up over a week to a glass a day.
There is next to no sugar in the elixir, and it is brimming with beneficial probiotics and medicinal certified organic herbs. I drink around 1/2 a litre a day. Some people drink a litre a day when they are sick or actively building their immunity, then drop back to a glass a day.
The general advise is to have something fermented with every meal – so a glass of Imbibe with lunch or dinner is a fantastic option!
What does Imbibe have in store for the future?
Big plans! We are working on our Organic Certification, going National through a distributor, I have a book that I am writing about fermentation. So it’s all happening. It’s a true joy to be able to share my love and passion for fermentation and gut health.
I am balancing out growing my company and instilling my core values of honesty, integrity and generosity into all we do, at the same time as growing my own little family and trying to bring my daughters up with that knowing. As any working parent will attest, it is a beautiful juggle!
Our stomach does all its hard work automatically, without us even having to think about it. To be thankful for our health and give gratitude to our digestive system running smoothly what better way to say thank you than by feeding our insides a magical concoction of nutrient dense, germ fighting, sugar eating, gut healing, probiotic liquid to nourish and heal our under-appreciated stomaches. Our health is the most precious thing in life and should not be taken for granted. When you sip on one of these magical elixirs from Imbibe also remember to give thanks to your amazing gut for functioning perfectly while this sparkling liquid is dancing around your digestive system and making your insides sing. As Felicity likes to say – Imbibe and Be Well!
Written by Prue Rustean