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!


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Goodness Bowls

This bowl is a powerhouse of nutrition, packing all of the colours of the rainbow into one meal that will keep hunger at bay for hours. It is full of fiber from the quinoa, roasted root vegetables and kale, protein from the chickpeas, hummus and hemp and of course, a nice dose of healthy fats from the avocado and creamy tahini dressing.

SERVES

4 approx.

The measurements in this recipe are rough as we like to make a big batch of everything then use the leftovers throughout the week for packed lunches and quick suppers.

 

The chickpeas are the only part we would recommend making just before you’d like to eat them as they are nice and crispy straight from the oven.

 

The dressing will make about a jar, any leftovers should be kept in the fridge.

 

INGREDIENTS

 

For the dressing:

4 tbsp. tahini

Juice of a lemon

10 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

1 tbsp. honey

2 large pinches of za’atar

1 clove of garlic, minced

Salt to taste

 

For the roasted beetroot and squash:

 

1 butternut squash, or any other squash you prefer

6 raw beetroot

Olive oil

Salt

 

For the chickpeas:

 

1-2 cans chickpeas, drained

Melted coconut oil or olive oil

1-2 tsp. spices (e.g. cumin, turmeric, paprika, cayenne)

Salt

 

For the kale:

 

1 large bag of kale, thick stalks removed

Coconut oil or olive oil

Salt

 

Everything else:

 

Quinoa (approx. 60g dry quinoa per person/ portion. We like to cook about 250g so that we have leftovers)

Hummus

Sauerkraut

Avocado

Hemp seeds

 

METHOD

 

Whisk together all of the ingredients for the dressing in a jar. Add a splash of water if you would like it thinner. Taste for seasoning and sweetness. Store in the fridge until ready to use.

 

Pre-heat the oven to 200oC (fan oven).

 

Scrub the squash and beetroot to remove any dirt. Roughly chop into cubes and lay them out on a baking tray. Drizzle with oil and season with salt and pepper. Put them in the oven for 30-40 minutes until soft.

 

Line a baking tray with paper towel. Pour the chickpeas on top and use a few more pieces of paper towel to rub the chickpeas, getting out as much of the moisture as possible.


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Profusion goji and maca granola bowl with coconut yoghurt, apple and kiwi compote and nut butter drizzle

Our maca and goji granola pairs perfectly with creamy coconut yogurt and fruit compote for breakfast. Top with a sweet nutty drizzle of maca almond tigernut butter for extra protein and yumminess!

 

INGREDIENTS

 

For the apple and kiwi compote (makes a jar):

 

5 Golden delicious apples, peeled, cored and chopped into small pieces

4-5 Kiwis, peeled and chopped into small pieces

Juice of ½ a small lemon

 

For the nut butter drizzle:

 

1 heaped tbsp. almond butter

1 tbsp. raw honey

Pinch salt

Pinch of cinnamon and/ or ground ginger

Water or nut milk

 

For the bowl:

 

Coconut yoghurt

Profusion maca & goji granola

Pomegranate seeds

 

METHOD

 

Place the apples and kiwis in a saucepan. Squeeze over the lemon juice. Heat on a medium heat until they have broken down and are soft. Leave to cool before putting in a jar in the fridge. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to a week.

 

Whisk together the almond butter, honey, salt and spices. Add a few tablespoons of water or nut milk until it is a runny consistency.

 

To assemble, fill a bowl with coconut yoghurt and top with granola, compote, pomegranate seeds and the nut butter mixture.