WHAT IS RECOMMENDED DAILY DOSE?
There is no official recommended daily dose, but it is possible to get good results with 250 to 350 ml a day.
CAN YOU DRINK IT EVERY DAY?
Yes, both our Water Kefir and our Kombucha are excellent drinks to include in your daily diet.
HOW SHOULD YOU TREAT KOMBUCHA AND GUTSY CAPTAIN WATER KEFIR?
Don't shake. Once opened, keep in the fridge and consume within 3 days.
CAN IT BE DRINKED DURING PREGNANCY? PLEASE EXPLAIN.
Yes, consumption of these drinks during pregnancy is considered safe and several doctors recommend drinking kombucha and kefir because they can help pregnant women to prevent diarrhea and constipation and also to strengthen the immune system in a natural way.
CAN IT BE DRINKED DURING BREASTFEEDING?
Yes, several studies have shown that since probiotics are not absorbed into the blood, they are unlikely to transfer into breast milk. Women can drink kombucha and water kefir during this stage of life to improve bowel movement, help deal with sleep problems, improve immune function and skin appearance.
ARE THE DRINKS SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN?
Yes. A study published by a trusted source in the journal JAMA Pediatrics showed that offering probiotics to children younger than three months can help prevent colic, constipation, and gastric reflux. They are used all over the world for this purpose. Although there are no studies on the appropriate age for the consumption of kombucha and kefir, considering that they may have very low levels of alcohol (due to fermentation) and / or caffeine (due to tea), their consumption is recommended from the age of 6 years of age. As they do not have potential allergens, they can be administered before, from 1 year of age, but under the decision of the pediatrician or the parents.
CAN I DRINK KOMBUCHA WITH OTHER MEALS OR SUPPLEMENTS THAT CONTAIN PROBIOTICS?
Yes, there is no evidence against it, but since they have a lot of live bacteria, we have to find a balance. If you take a probiotic supplement, keep in mind that you should only drink a maximum of 350 ml of kefir and kombucha. If, in addition, you want to eat fermented foods, reduce the amount of drink to 200 ml per day, for example.
WHAT IS KOMBUCHA?
Kombucha is an ancient beverage known in China as "the elixir of immortal health."
Made with 100% natural ingredients, we only include the freshest, healthiest and most delicious flavors – from tropical pineapple to pomegranate. We pride ourselves on following the original Chinese recipe: we only use high-quality natural ingredients, fermented green tea with brown cane sugar, and our own culture of live bacteria and yeasts.
This is how we get a 100% authentic kombucha with a great flavor. Pure and yet delicious. Ancient and yet unique. A bubbly and yet fresh taste. The best option to help you become the captain of a happy, healthy and fulfilling life.
IS GUTSY CAPTAIN KOMBUCHA MADE FROM A CONCENTRATE?
No. We produce everything from scratch and grow our own SCOBYs - for both The GUTsy Captain Kombucha and The GUTsy Captain Kombucha Zero. We only use high-quality natural ingredients, 100% organic, without artificial colors or flavours, organic, vegan and gluten-free.
WHAT IS "SCOBY"?
SCOBY, an acronym for Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria and Yeast, is an ingredient used in the fermentation and production of kombucha.
DOES KOMBUCHA CONTAIN ALCOHOL? IF YES, HOW MUCH? IF NOT, HOW IS IT POSSIBLE?
All kombucha contains a small amount of alcohol that is produced during the fermentation process, but usually not enough for a person to notice its effects. GUTsy Captain Kombucha AND GUTsy Captain Kombucha Zero contains less than 0.5% ABV and is sold as a non-alcoholic beverage. As a reference, it contains an alcohol level similar to the juice of a ripe banana, or fresh orange or two slices of wholemeal bread. A beer normally contains about 5% alcohol and a 150 ml glass of wine contains about 12%. Kombucha is considered a non-alcoholic drink.
KOMBUCHA WITH ZERO SUGAR?
GUTsy Captain Kombucha ZERO is a delicious and 100% authentic Kombucha, with ZERO sugar, ZERO calories and full of live bacteria. The new line of GUTsy Captain Kombucha with Zero Sugar is also made in the traditional way, using only 100% natural and organic ingredients. In fact, we use the same ingredients as our traditional line of kombuchas. The difference is that Kombucha Zero undergoes a longer fermentation, until all the sugar is broken down, leaving... zero sugar.
HOW IS MADE A DELICIOUS ZERO SUGAR KOMBUCHA?
We know that the taste is a very important decision factor when we decide to eat or drink something. But we also know that there is a growing concern about sugar consumption. That is why we decided to invest efforts in the development of a recipe that respects the fermentation process of an authentic kombucha, with all the benefits associated with it, but resulting in a kombucha without sugar. It took us more than a year of failed attempts but we never gave up and in the end we succeeded. In short, we have developed a longer fermentation process that does not include sugar at the end of the process. The details are our secret.
HOW CAN YOU MAKE A KOMBUCHA WITH ZERO CALORIES?
GUTsy Captain Kombucha Zero is a kombucha with zero sugar and also zero calories because all the sugar is consumed during fermentation.
HOW ARE THE BACTERIA KEPT ALIVE IN A ZERO SUGAR KOMBUCHA?
Kombucha bacteria do not need sugar to survive.
WHY DOES GUTSY CAPTAIN KOMBUCHA TASTES BETTER THAN OTHER KOMBUCHA THAT I'VE TRIED
It is our priority to create 100% authentic Kombuchas with the best flavor on the market. All our recipes were made with the best quality ingredients so that we can obtain the best flavor. Considering that taste is a very important decision factor when choosing a drink, we developed the GUTsy Captain Kombucha Zero recipe to maintain a delicious taste, even in a kombucha without sugar.
WHAT IS WATER KEFIR?
GUTsy Captain Water Kefir is a light, delicious and refreshing fruit drink fermented with kefir grains. We only use high quality natural and organic ingredients and our own cultivation of water kefir grains. Thus we obtain a refreshing and delicious drink, dairy-free and low in calories, with all the benefits and live cultures of kefir. With flavors to suit all tastes, this is the perfect drink to keep your mind happy, your gut healthy, and to boost your immune system.
DOES CAPTAIN WATER KEFIR CONTAIN ALCOHOL?
No. We have developed our kefir so that it does not contain alcohol and is safe for the whole family. It only contains minimal traces equal to or less than 0.1% of alcoholic content. It is listed as a non-alcoholic drink.
WHAT ARE PROBIOTICS AND HOW DO THEY WORK? ARE PROBIOTICS HEALTHY?
Probiotics are bacteria that are naturally present in the human body, especially in the intestine. Basically, they create communities in the walls of the intestine, reproduce and act as a barrier to harmful bacteria, toxins and other foreign particles that enter the body. They also help produce many substances that help with intestinal transit, digest fiber, produce short-chain fatty acids, produce hormones, and protect our immune system. Therefore, they are very healthy for us.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PROBIOTICS AND PREBIOTICS?
Probiotics are live bacteria and prebiotics are fibers or dead bacteria that serve as food for the probiotics.
WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PROBIOTICS AND GUT HEALTH?
Probiotics are colonies of bacteria that live on the walls of the intestine and protect them from toxins and other harmful bacteria. They help digest fiber, help with intestinal transit, and produce many necessary hormones.
WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN GUT HEALTH AND GENERAL WELL-BEING?
The gut is considered a second brain as it produces many hormones, including serotonin and melatonin (the hormones of happiness and sleep). It is the organ that decides what goes into the blood and what is expelled from the body. Basically, it can control many fundamental physiological processes for energy, immune function, mood, weight control, sleep, etc.
WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN GUT HEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTH?
The gut is considered a second brain as it produces many hormones, including serotonin and melatonin (the hormones of happiness and sleep). Gut bacteria also produce many short-chain fatty acids, which play important roles in synaptic transmission, memory, and concentration.
IS THERE AN EVIDENCE FOR GUT HEALTH BENEFITS FOR HUMANS?
Yes, there are numerous studies on the subject, including books for the general public. One of my favorites is Digestion is the Matter: Discover the Secrets of the Intestine, the Most Underrated Organ in the Human Body, by Giulia Enders.
WHY IS THE INTESTINE CONSIDERED THE "NEW HEART"?
Because it is the second most emotional organ in the body. It has its own nervous system that affects intestinal transit, gas production and water retention, according to our feelings. It is also the reason for the existence of a disease called irritable bowel syndrome.
DO PROBIOTICS HELP DIGESTION?
Yes, it is a natural source of intestinal bacteria, which help intestinal transit and the production of digestive substances.
DO THEY HELP LOSE WEIGHT?
Gut bacteria help maintain the integrity of intestinal cells and improve digestive processes. Therefore, they help absorb fewer toxins and fats, which is important for maintaining a healthy weight. In addition, they help control the production of the satiety hormone, which helps reduce episodes of compulsive and emotional eating.
ARE PROBIOTICS GOOD FOR THE SKIN?
Yes, gut health greatly affects the skin. The intestinal bacteria provided by kombucha and kefir help the intestine absorb fewer toxins and react more strongly against harmful bacteria, protecting our immune system and preventing skin reactions such as rashes, allergies and blemishes.
ARE THEY DIURETICS?
We can say that they help the body absorb less toxins and retain less water. So, in a way, we can consider them diuretics. But they do not cause mineral loss as diuretics normally do. In addition, they are a good source of water, which is important for maintaining the body's hydration and the proper functioning of the kidneys.
DO THEY CONTRIBUTE TO IMPROVING METABOLISM?
Yes, gut bacteria protect the body from toxins and harmful bacteria that cause inflammation and slow down our metabolism.
DO THEY CONTRIBUTE TO STRENGTHEN THE IMMUNE SYSTEM?
Of course! About 70% of the cells of our immune system are concentrated in the walls of the intestine and their only protection, in fact, is the intestinal bacteria. We can think of them as little soldiers that protect our Chinese wall :)
DO THEY HELP YOU TO GO TO THE BATHROOM?
Yes. Billions of bacteria live in the intestine. If they form a strong community, intestinal transit will be good and you will be able to go to the bathroom at least once a day. But, if we have unwanted neighbors occupying the houses of our probiotics, intestinal transit becomes irregular. They can become very slow or, on the contrary, react very quickly to food, causing cramps, gas and stomach swelling.
DO THEY IMPROVE THE STATE OF MOOD?
Yes. In fact, a large number of hormones are produced in the intestine, including serotonin and melatonin, the so-called happiness and sleep hormones, which are extremely important for our mood. But, for this, we need a healthy intestine, which means that we need a large number of beneficial probiotic bacteria for our life.
DO THEY INCREASE OUR ENERGY?
Yes. Due to the fermentation process, kombucha and kefir are a natural source of iron and vitamin B12, which are very important for our energy levels.
WHAT DOES THE INDICATION "AUTHENTIC" ON THE BOTTLE MEANS?
It means that our tea fermentation process is done with SCOBY. We do not use any type of concentrate, additive or preservative to produce our kombucha. We make our kombucha following the original Chinese recipe.
ARE THE BOTTLES RECYCLABLE?
Our bottles are 100% recyclable and BPA free. We are very concerned about reducing our environmental footprint. Combine it with the best way to offer our products with quality and safety. As an example, we have launched cans and are working on the glass option.
WHAT DOES "YOU'RE THE CAPTAIN OF YOUR LIFE" MEANS?
Following our instincts and making the best decisions in life means being honest with ourselves, following our inner voice and not letting others dictate what we should do and who we are. This is how we try 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 are the captain of your life.
WHAT DOES "MIND THE GUT" MEANS?
It is a reminder to make the most important decisions following our intuition, with our emotional side and not with the rational one. It is a wake-up call not to trust the ego, not to follow the established order, the politically correct, the fashions, what others consider to be right or wrong. It means that when in doubt, we should always trust our instincts.