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What is the recommended daily amount?

There is no stated recommend daily amount but we can have really good results with 250 to 350ml a day.

Can we drink every day?

Yes, they are both great drinks to have on your daily diet.

How should I drink The GUTSy Captain Kombucha and Water Kefir?

We recommend drinking it cold. Never shake. After opening keep refrigerated and consume it within 3 days.

Are they suitable during pregnancy? Please explain

Yes, they are considered safe during pregnancy and a lot of physicians recommend drinking kombucha and kefir to help pregnant women deal with diarrhea and constipation, and also to strengthen their immune system in a natural way.

Are they suitable while breastfeeding?

Yes, a lot of studies have shown that since probiotics are not absorbed into the blood they are unlikely to be transferred into breast milk. Women can drink kombucha and water kefir during this stage of their life's to improve their bowl movements, help deal with sleeping problems, improve their immune function and skin condition.

Are they suitable for children?

Yes. A study published in JAMA Pediatrics Trusted Source found that giving infants probiotics in the first three months of life may help prevent colic, constipation, and acid reflux. They are used all over the world for that purpose. Since kombucha is made of tea, you should only give it to kids from 6 years or older. Water kefir, on the contrary, is best for children because is has no caffeine and it can be introduced from 1 year old (it is like eating a more concentrated yoghurt). But, as can happen with adults, children can experience bloating and gas when they try these foods. It is better to start with really small portions so that their gut can get used to it, but If you have any concern, check with your pediatrician.

Can I combine Kombucha with other foods or supplements containing probiotics?

Yes, there is no evidence advising against that, but they have a lot of live bacteria and, therefore, we must have a balance. If you are taking a probiotics supplement, bare in mind that you should drink only up to 350ml of kefir and kombucha. If you want to eat fermented foods besides those, reduce the amount you drink to 200ml a day, for example.

Is GUTsy Captain Kombucha concentrated?

No. we produce everything from scratch and grow our own SCOBYs. We only use high quality, natural ingredients. Ours is 100% organic Kombucha, bio with no artificial colours and flavours, vegan and gluten free.

What's "SCOBY"?

A SCOBY, which stands for “symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast,” is an ingredient used in the fermentation and production of kombucha.

Does the Kombucha contain alcohol? If so, how much? If not, how come?

All kombucha contains a small amount of alcohol that is created during the fermentation process, but usually it’s not enough for a person to feel its effects.
The GUTsy Captain Kombucha contain less than 0.5% alcohol by volume and is sold as non-alcoholic beverage. For your reference, it contains similar levels of alcohol as an over-ripe banana, a fresh orange juice, or two slices of brown bread. A beer typically contains around 5% alcohol, and a 5-ounce glass of wine has around 12% alcohol. Kombucha is considered a non-alcoholic drink.

Does Captain Water Kefir contain any alcohol?

No. We have formulated our kefir to not contain any alcohol and is safe for the whole family. Only trace amounts of less than or equal to 0.1% ABV is present. It is classified as a non-alcoholic beverage.

What are probiotics and how do they work? Are probiotics healthy?

Probiotics are bacteria naturally present in the human body, especially in the gut. Basically they create communities in gut walls, reproduce themselves and function as a barrier for bad bacteria, toxins and other strange particles that enter the body. They also help produce a lot of substances that help bowel movements, digest fibres, produce short chain fatty acids, help produce hormones, and protect our immune system. Therefore, they are indeed very healthy for us.

What is the difference between Probiotics and prebiotics?

Probiotics are live bacteria and prebiotics are fibres or dead bacteria that serve as food for probiotics.

What is the connection between probiotics and Gut health?

Probiotics are colonies of bacteria that live all over the gut walls and protect them from toxins and other bad bacteria. They contribute to the digestion of fibre, help bowel movements and produce a lot of much needed hormones.

What is the connection between Gut health and overall wellbeing?

The gut is considered a second brain because we produce lots of hormones, including serotonin and melatonin (the hormones of happiness and sleepiness) in the gut. It is the organ that decides what is absorbed to the blood and what it depletes from the body. Basically it can control a lot of physiological processes that are fundamental for our energy, immune function, humour, weight management, sleep and so on.

What is the connection between Gut Health and mental health?

The gut is considered a second brain because we produce lots of hormones, including serotonin and melatonin (the hormones of happiness and sleepiness) in the gut. Furthermore gut bacteria produces a lot of short chain fatty acids, that play an important role in synaptic transmission, memory and concentration.

Is there any evidence of the benefits of Gut health in Humans?

Yes, there are countless studies on the subject, including books for the general public that talk about it. One of my favourites is "Gut : the inside story of our body's most under-rated organ", by Giulia Enders.

Why is Gut considered the "new Heart"?

Because it is the second most emotional organ in the body. It has a nervous system of its own, which affects bowel movements, gas production and water retention according to the feelings that we have. That is also the reason why there is a disease called Irritable bowel syndrome.

Do they help digestion?

Yes, they are a natural source of gut bacteria, which helps with bowel movements and production of digestive substances.

Do they help weight-loss?

Gut bacteria helps maintain gut cell integrity and improves all the digestive processes. Therefore, it helps absorb less toxins and fat, which is important for maintaining a healthy weight. Besides, it helps controlling our satiety hormone production, which contributes to less compulsive and emotional eating episodes.

Are they good for the skin?

Yes, skin is very influenced by gut health. The gut bacteria provided by kombucha and kefir helps the gut absorb less toxins and have a stronger reaction to bad bacteria, protecting our immune system and avoiding skin reactions like rashes, allergies and spots.

Are they diuretics?

We can say that they help the body absorb less toxins and retain less water. So, in a sense, we can consider them diuretics. But, they don't deplete minerals like diuretics usually do. Besides, they are a good source of water which is important to keep the body hydrated and the kidneys well functioning.

Do they contribute to an improved metabolism?

Yes, gut bacteria protects the body from toxins and bad bacteria that causes inflammation and slows down our metabolism.

Do they contribute to a stronger immune system?

Absolutely! About 70% of our immune system cells are concentrated around the gut walls and their only protection is, in fact, gut bacteria. We can imagine them as little soldiers protecting our china wall :)

Do they help you poop?

Yes. The gut has billions of probiotic bacteria living in it. If they are a strong community, bowel movements are great and you can poop at least once a day. But, if we have uninvited neighbours, taking homes from our probiotics, bowel movements turn out irregular. They can be super slow or, on the contrary, react really fast to foods, cause you cramps, gases and dilated stomach.

Do they help with your mood?

Yes, in fact, a large quantity of hormones are produced in the gut, including serotonin and melatonin, the so called hormones of happiness and sleepiness, super important for our mood. But, we need a healthy gut for that, which means, we need a lot of good probiotic bacteria in our life.

Do they boost your energy?

Yes, Kombucha and kefir are a natural source of iron and vitamin B12 due to the fermentation process which is very important for our energy levels. Besides, kombucha is also a natural source of caffeine which is a energy booster.

How long does it take until I can start feeling the benefits?

Usually you can have immediate and long term results. If you have any discomfort during a digestion, you can drink kefir or kombucha and you will notice a difference right away. In terms of immune system, metabolism, bowel movements, humour, concentration and other effects, it can take you a week or more of daily intake of these drinks to feel some results.

Are there any side effects?

Some people may feel a bit more gas production when they drink kombucha or kefir if their gut has few good bacteria in it, but there are no serious side effects if you drink them in recommended doses. Even babies from 1 year old and seniors can drink kefir safely.

Why is Gutsy Captain Kombucha tastier than all the other Kombuchas I have tried?

We make it our priority to create the best tasting 100% kombucha in the market. All our recipes have been created using the best quality ingredients, to allow us to obtain the best taste.

What do you mean when you write "Authentic" on the bottle?

This means that in our fermentation process tea ferments with SCOBY. We do not use any type of concentrate, additive or preservative in the production of our kombucha.
We produce our Kombucha is the same way as the original Chinese recipe.

Why do you use a plastic bottle? Is that good from a sustainability perspective?

It is a big concern of ours to improve our environmental footprint, balancing the best way to deliver our products with quality and safety.
We can now say that our bottles are made of 30% recycled plastic, 100% recyclable and 100% BPA free. We work every day, to find ways to increase the amount of recycled plastic into our packaging and our goal is to use 100% recycled plastic (circular economy).

Are your bottles recyclable?

Our bottles are made of 30% recycled plastic, they are 100% recyclable and 100% BPA free.
It is a big concern of ours to improve our environmental footprint. Balancing the best way to deliver our products with quality and safety. Example of that is that we’ve launched cans and we are working on a glass option.

What do you mean by "You're the Captain of your life"?

Minding the gut and making better life decisions means being true to yourself, following your inner voice and not letting other people dictate what you do and who you are. That´s what we aim to inspire with our brand. You (and your gut) know what´s best for you and your body. So take control of your health, your nutrition, your emotions and your life because you´re the captain of your life.

What do yo mean by " MIND THE GUT"?

It’s a reminder to make the most important decisions based on our intuition, with the emotional side and not with the rational side. It is a wake-up call not to trust the ego, not to follow the status quo, the politically correct, what is fashionable, what others say is right or wrong. It means that, when in doubt, we should always rely on our gut feeling.

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