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The Best Way to Enjoy an Alcohol-free Christmas: Kombucha Mocktails

December is fast approaching which means before we know it, the festivities will be well under way and for the majority of us, this usually means endless Christmas parties, over indulging and often lots of alcohol consumed! Problematic if you’re a non-drinker, or you’re simply trying to reduce your consumption. So, you might be thinking, now could be the right time to consider cutting back on alcohol…

Here at Profusion, we’re all for having fun and revelling in the Christmas spirit, but this doesn’t have to mean sacrificing the next day with a deathly hangover or feeling like alcohol is necessary to have a good time with friends & family. Up until recently, the idea of a non-alcoholic Christmas would have been unthinkable, but with an ever-increasing amount of alternative options, the question begs to be asked, what should we be filling our glasses with instead?

Well we have just the thing, and no it’s not your usual sugar bombs that are usually on offer, instead we are talking about…Kombucha! The kombucha benefits are endless, It’s not only vegan, but with its natural sparkling fizz and endless flavour varieties, it makes the perfect alcohol alternative at Christmas time that is delicious to drink as well as being good for your gut.

Here are some of our favourite festive ways of creating the perfect Christmas mocktail with a healthy twist using our range of Profusion kombucha:

 

  • Cranberry Kombucha Mule – Simply mix our Profusion Ginger, Turmeric & Lemon Kombucha with nutrient packed cranberry juice, fresh ginger & rosemary for a refreshingly zingy feel-good drink. (If you do somehow end up nursing a hangover, this is also a great pick-me up the next day!)

 

  • Pomegranate Kombucha mojito – Take Profusion Baobab, Mint & Pomegranate Kombucha and mix with pomegranate juice which is high in antioxidants and vitamin C. Serve in a tall glass over ice with lime and fresh raspberries to give the illusion you’re drinking a fancy cocktail!

 

  • Kombucha Pina Colada – Yes, we admit, this isn’t quite as seasonal, but when it tastes as delicious as this, you won’t be missing out on a thing! Blend coconut milk and our Profusion Pineapple, Coconut & Maca Kombucha with fresh pineapple and orange juice and be transported to the tropics. Orange juice is a great immune booster, thanks to its vitamin and mineral content, giving you a helping hand in fighting off winter colds!

 

With these kombucha mocktails in hand you won’t be missing out on any of the fun and with interest in alcohol among millennials declining, perhaps we’ll all soon be reaching for the kombucha instead of a glass of bubbly! (But, if an alcohol-free Christmas sounds too Grinch-y to you, then perhaps you’ll give these mighty mocktails a go for your post-Christmas and New Year detox regime instead…)


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Is Kombucha wellness in a bottle?

How functional drinks, have changed the mindset of millennials in the search for healthier fizzy alternatives

 

With 2018 being the year of all things gut friendly, the growth in popularity of the once obscure fermented tea drink is now quite the norm with over a million posts tagging #kombucha on Instagram and people at home even getting in on the action by brewing their own from scratch! The increasing popularity of kombucha reflects the overall trend towards health and wellness and the importance of understanding how to keep a healthy gut and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, particularly among millennials.

 

But why is kombucha so popular? Firstly, it’s associated with an array of health benefits, such as improving gut health, immune boosting properties, detoxification and promoting joint health. Not only is kombucha considered pretty healthy, affirming its status as a functional drink, it’s also readily available in an endless list of flavour combinations. From ginger, turmeric and lemon to maca, coconut and pineapple, there’s a flavour to suit all kinds of taste buds. Kombucha also has a pleasant fizziness, a natural result of the fermentation process, making it a great alternative to conventional fizzy drinks that people love so much, but with less of the sugar and more of the healthy bacteria! So surely, it’s no wonder more and more people are gravitating towards this ‘elixir of life’ as Japanese Samurai warriors once named it!

 

If you haven’t tried Kombucha before and want to try it, luckily, it’s not too hard to come by, thanks to the growing thirst for healthier fizzy drinks. Kombucha can be found in most health food shops around the UK, including Wholefoods and Planet Organic, and if you haven’t already noticed, it’s also starting to appear on the shelves at some of the major supermarkets (you can find the Profusion range on Ocado!) As well as in major supermarkets, you might also spot kombucha making an appearance in many cafes and restaurants too… There’s no denying it, this probiotic powerhouse is more desirable than ever, and we think it’s here to stay!



Reasons Why You Should be Drinking Kombucha Post-workout

Drinking Kombucha is fast becoming known as one of the best things you can do for your health, and if you’re into health food then you’ve probably heard all about the amazing health benefits fermented foods can provide you with. But maybe you didn’t know, that as well as being packed with nutritional benefits, Kombucha is a great post-workout drink too!

At Profusion we’re all about getting as many nutrient dense ingredients into your daily diet as possible, which Is why we’ve packed all of our kombucha’s with additional superfoods. From the anti-inflammatory turmeric to the antioxidant packed baobab as well as maca and blueberry. All of which are the perfect addition to your post-workout refuel! Let us tell you why…

 

  • The properties in Kombucha can help heal, repair and prevent joint damage. By supporting joint collagen, it can prevent arthritic pain after working out, helping you to recover faster. By combining hydration and health promoting nutrients Kombucha is a healthier alternative to the artificial sports drinks that are out there!

 

  • In addition to small amounts of caffeine, Kombucha contains energising B vitamins and Iron. The iron may increase oxygen flow around the body, helping you refuel after your workout and stay energised!

 

  • Kombucha contains numerous amounts of antioxidants, enough to help combat free-radicals that can be produced during exercise. Consuming Kombucha and foods rich in antioxidants like blueberries, and you’re onto a winner. (Psst. we’ve combined both in our Profusion Blueberry Pro+ Kombucha!)

 

  • By helping increase diversity of gut bacteria, drinking Kombucha may in turn help with your immune system, detoxification, digestion & nutrient absorption and energy. Perfect for when your body needs to recover after a tough workout!

 

  • We all know about the post workout endorphins, but we also know how tired a workout can make you, especially if you’ve had a tough session! By drinking our enhanced Kombucha with turmeric, lemon & ginger, the anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties of turmeric can help rid that post workout fatigue and give you that much needed boost of energy to keep you going throughout the day.

 

  • It’s a great alternative to sugary fizzy drinks with it being both low in calories and sugar – so it’s definitely the healthier choice! Quench your thirst with our Baobab, Mint & Pomegranate Kombucha after your workout to increase your alertness and avoid the sugar crash and empty calories!

 

  • If weight loss is your goal, drinking kombucha, especially when made from green tea (all Profusion Kombucha is made from the finest organic sencha green tea), may help stimulate your metabolism throughout the day. Combine this with eating a healthy diet made up of whole foods, and you may see it benefit your whole body.

 


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Top 10 health benefits of Yoga

Yoga is an ancient physical, spiritual and mental practice that originates from India. Practicing yoga is said to help with flexibility, relaxation and fitness, but in our opinion, these are just a few of the many benefits of taking a little time out to practice yoga.

 

With it being international yoga day on the 21st June, we’ve put together our top 10 benefits of yoga and why you’ll want to keep coming back to the mat.

 

  1. Improves strength – yoga requires a surprising amount of strength. Through practicing yoga, and bearing your body weight through new poses, you are helping to build muscular strength
  2. Pain prevention – Through increased flexibility and strength this can help prevent pain & injury.
  3. Stress & anxiety relief – yoga has been shown to be an amazing stress buster, mind and body are so closely interlinked, that taking deeper breaths, improving posture and relaxing the muscles in a calm space can all help reduce stress and anxiety.
  4. Mental well being, body awareness & appreciation – Yoga develops your self-awareness. It focuses your attention on your body’s abilities at the present moment. In turn helping to develop breath and strength of both mind and body.
  5. Energy increase – by focusing on body movement and breath, yoga is perfect for when your energy reserves are running low. Practicing yoga can awaken your senses, allowing energy to circulate your entire body. Try the cobra pose, by opening your chest you are encouraging the intake of more breath.
  6. Improves Circulation – yoga can help increase blood flow to the body cells, helping your mind and body to function properly.
  7. Supports weight control – mindfulness developed through yoga can make you more sensitive to cues of hunger and fullness, helping develop a more positive relationship with food. Yoga has also been proven to lower the stress hormone, cortisol, which can contribute to weight gain.
  8. Improve balance & posture – yoga can increase the ability to feel what your body is doing and where it is in space, resulting in improved balance.
  9. Can help with sleep problems – stretching and breathing properly has a calming effect on the body. Many people who practice yoga say it helps them to sleep better, as you feel more balanced and clear minded.
  10. Helps you live longer – as you now know, yoga can help you increase fitness, reduce stress, and improve mental well-being. All these elements together may add years on to your life!

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New Profusion Organic Kefir Fizz

Our new Profusion Kefir Fizz is carefully brewed using only the finest organic ingredients. Made with vegan water kefir cultures, this drink is alive, invigorating and full of healthy bacteria.
By using apple juice to start the fermentation process, we also ensure that our Kefir Fizz is free from any beet and cane sugar, making this drink a delicious alternative to alcoholic beverages or conventional fizzy drinks.

Available in two tantalising flavours: Tropical Turmeric & Zesty Lime and Dragonfruit. Which one will you be reaching for first?



Profusion Kimchi

Incorporating fermented veggies in to your diet is a brilliant way to help keep friendly bacteria thriving. Profusion Organic Kimchi is made with fresh fermented cabbage and seasoned with chilli for a warm, spicy and tangy flavour. Add to salads, stir-fries or enjoy as a simple side dish. Your gut will thank us for it.

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Have you tried our Kombucha?

Have you converted to Kombucha yet? This lightly sparkling fermented green tea drink is organic, raw and alive with all the good stuff. Full of friendly bacteria, it’s great for your digestion and will definitely put a spring in your step.

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Happy Valentine’s Day from Profusion

Looking for a gift for your favourite foodie friend, this Valentines? Spread the love and give them a taste of the Himalayas with our beautiful Profusion Organic Himalayan Pink Salt Mill! A little twist in a dish makes all the difference.

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Profusion Organic Red Lentil Fusilli

Looking for an alternative to your regular pasta? Why not try our Profusion Organic Red Lenti Fusilli? Made from organic red lentils and water, it’s high in protein, easy on the digestion and full of nutritious fibrous goodness. Great smothered in sauce or cool in a salad, you’ll soon be a lentil pasta convert!

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Profusion Ambassador – Sam Eastwood Q&A

English celebrity trainer Sam Eastwood started her career in fitness representing the UK in long distance running and trampolining. Travelling around the world, Sam developed a love of good nutrition and fitness and set out to find her own healthy way to stay lean and energized. She started mixing different styles of fitness – blending cardio disciplines with core strength training to keep her body strong & lean. Alas, the makings of her Get Set approach to fitness was born.
Now based in the UK, Sam has just finished working on set of the new Mummy movie (due for release in 2017) and is about to start an exciting new project. Working predominantly on strength and conditioning, Sam fuses high tech pilates workouts with various cardio activities to help actors build strength and stamina.

We’ve been talking to Sam about some of her top tips to stay fit and healthy:

  1. What’s your top tip for a healthy lifestyle?

Move well, eat well and take time out to do the things you love most. Our lives are so busy these days, a healthy active lifestyle has never been so 

important. Exercising your body and fuelling it with nutritious and healthy food is a sure fire way to feel amazing. I think it’s also important to pause sometimes. 

Take stock of what you have in life, stop and take in your environment, meditate, do yoga and breathe!!!  

  1. What 3 foods couldn’t you live without?

Lemons, avocados and Pink Himalayan Salt!

  1. Why are organic foods important to you?

To me it’s a cleaner way of eating with less toxins entering the body. Organic food tastes better, it’s often grown and sourced locally and is richer in nutrients like calcium, 

iron and vitamin C. It’s also a nice way to support local independent businesses – there are some incredible people out there producing really delicious organic food! 

  1. Profusion Cacao Nib Cashew Butter or Sprouted Almond Butter?

It’s a tricky one but for me it’s the Cacao Nib Cashew Butter – you can’t beat that combo of cashews with the subtle chocolate flavour! I use mine in smoothies and love a dollop on my breakfast bowls too.  All Profusion products are amazing!