- What is Kefir?
- How much Imbibe should I drink a day, and when should I drink it?
- I’m a well person, with no health concerns; why should I drink Imbibe? Do I need it, if I am well?
- Why don’t you use fruit juices?
- Do you use any artificial flavourings or preservatives?
- How did you test your probiotic count?
- What is a “functional food?”
- What does CFU stand for?
- Why is Imbibe bubbly?
- What can I see floating in my Imbibe?
- Is your company Certified Organic?
- Why do you use sugar?
- How much sugar is in Imbibe?
- Does Imbibe contain alcohol?
- What’s in it? What is it made of?
- Is it safe for a child to drink?
- Can I drink Imbibe if I am pregnant?
- Is Imbibe gluten free?
- Is your product vegan?
- What are the different health benefits of each different variety?
- How long does Imbibe last once opened?
- My bottle is very fizzy! How should I open it?
- Why is my bottle fizzy?
- Do you add any whey cultures or other starter cultures?
- Does Imbibe need to be refrigerated?
- What if my Imbibe goes “flat” and I want it to get fizzier?
- What are probiotics?
- What does “imbibe” mean?
- Does Imbibe contain gluten?
- How does Imbibe help me digest and absorb my food?
- What is the difference between water kefir and dairy kefir?
- What makes Imbibe unique?
- What is the difference between kombucha and water kefir?
- Can I drink Imbibe after the best before date?
- Are all products the same?
- Is Imbibe Living Water Kefir an Australian company?
What is Kefir?
Kefir is a culture of bacteria and yeasts held in a polysaccharide matrix created by the bacteria. The kefir culture feeds off sugar to produce lactic acid and carbon dioxide gas, which naturally carbonates our elixir.
Water kefir grains are also known as tibicos, tibi, sugar kefir grains, Japanese water crystals and California bees, and in older literature as bébées, African bees, ale nuts, Australian bees, balm of Gilead, beer seeds, beer plant, bees, ginger bees, Japanese beer seeds and vinegar bees.
Typical water kefir cultures have a mixture of Lactobacillus, Streptococcus, Pediococcus and Leuconostoc bacteria with yeasts from Saccharomyces, Candida, Kloeckera and possibly others.
How much Imbibe should I drink a day, and when should I drink it?
As much as you feel like!
The Imbibe Cocktail Hour is our “prescription”. When you get home from work or play, just before you start working on dinner, crack open a bottle of Imbibe and enjoy.
We recommend a glass a day (250ml) with a meal for health gut maintenance and to help digest and absorb the nutrients from your food. Some people find if they have gut dystopia or are developing a seasonal illness, like a cold or flu, they take half to a litre a day for a time, and then reduce down to a glass a day. If you have gut issues, we recommend starting with half a glass a day and working up to a glass a day, as this is a live probiotic, so if you have gut issues, it’s best to start slow.
I’m a well person, with no health concerns; why should I drink Imbibe? Do I need it, if I am well?
Everyone needs to help their immune system with the taking of daily live probiotics. We are out numbered 10 to 1 by bacteria (10 x bacteria per 1 x human cell), so we need to ensure that we are giving our body the best chance to have good healthy bacteria found in Imbibe, rather than the bad bacteria which can cause disease. In addition, in our range are certified organic herbs, which will help support the body’s natural defense mechanisms.
Why don’t you use fruit juices?
We love the fact that Imbibe is very low in sugar. Most of us need to cut down our sugar intake, so we don’t want to add any unnecessary sugars to our elixirs. We love to flavour our varieties with the added certified organic herbs, so that each has its own unique health benefits and colour range.
Do you use any artificial flavourings or preservatives?
No way, man! There is nothing artificial about Imbibe. The colours of the varieties come from the various herbs used. We don’t stabilize in any way – Imbibe is 100% raw, unpasteurized, and alive!
How did you test your probiotic count?
We had our product scientifically and independently tested at a lab. We had two separate samples tested. We tested the final drink, not the kefir culture so you can be sure that what you are drinking has the probiotics in it.
What is a “functional food”?
A functional food is a food given an additional function (often one related to health-promotion or disease prevention) by adding new ingredients or more of existing ingredients. Fermented foods with live cultures are considered functional foods with probiotic benefits. You may consume functional foods to increase your health and/or contribute to reducing your disease burden.
What does CFU stand for?
Colony Forming Unit. This is the ability of one colony of probiotics to form another colony of probiotics. It is basically the activity count of the probiotics. Imbibe has around 26 BILLION CFU per bottle! Yay for us! However, as each batch is handcrafted, and is wild fermentation, this CFU count is a guide and will vary from batch to batch.
Why is Imbibe bubbly?
Because of the natural carbonation. We have done nothing to artificially carbonate Imbibe – this is a 100% natural reaction of the fermentation process that produces the fizz. We can’t control the fizz either – sometimes it is more fizzy, sometimes less so. This is because of a range of factors, like temperature, the way the bacteria are behaving on the day, the food they have been given to eat.
What can I see floating in my Imbibe?
Probably kefir probiotic cultures, maybe bits of floating ginger or herbs. It’s all-good, drink it up!
Is your company Certified Organic?
No, but we use certified organic ingredients.
Why do you use sugar?
How much sugar is in Imbibe?
The fermentation process uses up most of the sugar, leaving a low sugar elixir. The benefits of taking a live probiotic blended with certified organic herbs, outweighs the small amount of sugar you will be consuming.
Does Imbibe contain alcohol?
Our independent lab test results consistently come back at around 1% alcohol content at the end of the use by date. It is probably less than this in the weeks leading up to the use by date. Alcohol is a natural by-product of the fermentation process, and as we are raw and unpasteurized, there is some alcohol present. But it is very low.
What’s in it? What is it made of?
Imbibe is fermented on sugar water, then organic herbs are added. Each variety has its own health benefits.
Is it safe for a child to drink?
Yes! My preschool aged daughters drink around 150 ml every day. Their favourites are the Organic Duo of Mint with Sencha Green and the Organic Wild Hibiscus with Sweet Rosehip. I think they like the freshness and lightness of those varieties. If your child has allergies or gut problems, then please start off slow – like 25- 50ml a day for a few days then work your way up if you would like to. Always consult your health practitioner if you need to, and do what feels best for you and your family.
Can I drink Imbibe if I am pregnant?
Yes, we believe that a healthy diet, and including taking Imbibe, will assist on your pregnancy journey, and we want you to have the best pregnancy ever! However, it is always best to check with your health care team so that you can make the right decisions for yourself and growing baby. We care deeply for you and your family, and the main reason I started Imbibe was because I would have loved a product like this when I was pregnant.
Is Imbibe gluten free?
Yes, Imbibe is gluten free.
Is your product vegan?
All varieties are vegan except the Organic Rooibos with Medicinal Turmeric and Honey, which has honey.
What are the different health benefits of each different variety?
I am so glad you asked this question, as I am so proud of the medicinal value of each of our varieties. Yes, each variety has its own health benefits. As a general rule, all varieties can help to boost immunity, detoxify and help digest and absorb food.
In addition to this, the herbs used in each variety can help with certain conditions.
Organic Wild Hibiscus with Sweet Rosehip: Astringent and Pretty in Pink!
Hibiscus can assist in lowering blood pressure and is good for cardiovascular health. As a bonus, it is high in Vitamin C and has the most gorgeous crimson colour.
Rosehip can help regenerate skin cells and promote skin elasticity. They contain a variety of antioxidants: carotenoids, flavonoids, polyphenols, leucoanthocyanins and catechins, so are really good for you!
Organic Rooibos with Turmeric and Honey: PUNGENT AND EARTHY
I find this particular variety very grounding and calming and usually can be found swigging from the bottle before an important meeting to calm my frazzled nerves! If I feel a cold coming on, I use this variety like medicine, and take almost a litre a day to sooth my throat and chest.
Rooibos is high in calcium, minerals, magnesium and antioxidants and is great for the skin. When I was little, if I had a skin rash or other skin condition, my Mum would run me a warm Rooibos tea bath and it helped calm the skin.
Turmeric is one of my favourite herbs and I use it in cooking regularly as it is a very powerful healer. Turmeric is high in curcumin, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Recent studies are showing how effective it is in bringing down swelling in the cells. Studies have also shown that it has a beneficial effect on the liver, and in Ayurvedic medicine, it’s a blood purifier. A published in the International Journal of Food Science and Technology found the bioavailability increased when it was fermented. How awesome is that!
Organic Ginger Hit with Lively Lemongrass: ZESTY
We love the heating and zinginess that this elixir provides. Ginger may aid digestion, relieve nausea, act as an anti-inflammatory and can stimulate blood flow.
Lemongrass has pain relieving properties. It helps to alleviate muscle spasms by relaxing the muscles thereby leading to the reduction of pain-related symptoms. It is thus useful for all types of pain including abdominal pain, headaches, joint pains, muscle pains, digestive tract spasms, muscle cramps, stomachache and others.
Organic Matcha with Chlorophyll: ALKALISING
The newest addition to the Imbibe family is our super-alkalizing blend that is green and gorgeous. Don’t be put off by the colour – its very delicious.
Matcha is Japanese green tea, which is grown in the shade to increase chlorophyll content. These chlorophyll-rich leaves are then handpicked, steamed, dried and ground into a fine green powder – just for you to enjoy! You get many more antioxidants as the entire tealeaf is used, rather than throwing away the tealeaves.
6.2 times antioxidants that of Goji Berries
7 times antioxidants that of Dark Chocolate
17 times antioxidants that of Wild Blueberries
60.5 times antioxidants that of Spinach
Chlorophyll is what gives green leaves their beautiful colour and it has an incredible range of health benefits. It helps control hunger and cravings, can help bind heavy metals, helps with healing, and is an all round super antioxidant!
How long does Imbibe last once opened?
Indefinitely. There is a best before date on the label, however as this product is a naturally fermented elixir, it will never “go off”. It will continue to carbonate and get more fizzy and less sweet and eventually end up like a vinegar – totally ok to drink, maybe just not that tasty!
My bottle is very fizzy! How should I open it?
Slowly and possibly over a bowl! See this video
Why is my bottle fizzy?
Because it is alive! I have done nothing to artificially carbonate Imbibe; it is through the process of slow fermentation and the live probiotics that make it fizzy.
Do you add any whey cultures or other starter cultures?
No whey! (Pardon the pun!) Our culture has been cultivated from the original 1 teaspoon of culture, and we don’t use any other starters – it is only the original kefir culture.
Does Imbibe need to be refrigerated?
Yes, to slow the carbonation down. However, if you want it fizzier, you can leave it at room temperature. If you do leave it out of the fridge, it is no problem; it will just be fizzier, so please be careful when opening it.
What if my Imbibe goes “flat” and I want it to get fizzier?
Simply leave it at room temperature with the lid on tight for a day or two (depending on the weather, if it is hot, less time will do the trick, if its cool, then it may need to be 2 days) and it will fizz right back up again.
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are friendly bacteria that naturally live in your gut and provide a wide variety of health benefits. You are outnumbered around 10:1 bacteria to cells, so you need to make sure that you are replenishing the good bacteria daily. In fact, there is around 2kg of bacteria in your gut! It makes sense to make peace with this beautiful army, and give it what it needs: good food, gentle movement, and loads of healthy new soldiers to join their army.
What does “imbibe” mean?
Imbibe is an English word that means “to drink/to absorb” and it is my wish that you Imbibe great health with the drinking of this sacred elixir.
Does Imbibe contain gluten?
No, Imbibe is gluten free.
How does Imbibe help me digest and absorb my food?
Fermenting converts sugars into a by-product called lactic acid, which helps to digest food, as it is high in digestive enzymes.
What is the difference between water kefir and dairy kefir?
Dairy kefir is cultured or fermented on cow’s milk as the sugar source; water kefir is fermented using sugar water as the food for the bacteria. Water kefir is ideal for those intolerant of dairy.
What makes Imbibe unique?
We are ahead of the trend, constantly innovating new and exciting lines that offer a brand new experience.
- We have had our product tested twice at an independent for its probiotic count and the different strains of probiotics. Tests confirm that Imbibe has these strains of probiotics: Lactobacillus mali, Lactobacillus paracasei, Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Hanseniaspora valbyensis.
- Powered by 100% renewable green electricity.
- Nothing fake in our product: no fillers, stabilizers, whey or starter cultures used.
- The culture has been developed to a standard and quality that makes is absolutely unique. I have patiently grown the culture from 1 teaspoon, over many years.
- Imbibe has been scientifically tested for its probiotic count and has around 26 BILLION active probiotics per bottle.
- We don’t speed up our fermentation in any way. This elixir takes patience and gentleness to handcraft.
Can I drink Imbibe after the best before date?
Yes for sure! We think your Imbibe experience will be more pleasant to drink within the best before date; however, Imbibe won’t go “off”. It will keep on fermenting, meaning any residual sugars will be eaten up by the live cultures, and it may get more alcoholic as time progresses, and will be more fizzy and less sweet. I drank Imbibe two months after its use by date, and it was like a fizzy apple cider vinegar.
Are all products the same?
Our divine range is handcrafted in small batches and bottled by hand, so there are seasonal variations from batch to batch. We think this is part of the charm of our product.
Is Imbibe Living Water Kefir an Australian company?
Yes, Imbibe is a family owned and operated company, and all production takes place in Australia, with real people making your product.