Many of you may have noticed that we started carrying Zukay in the gym. I have been taking it for some time now and I love it. I asked the guys from Zukay to give me a blog about their product for you guys so you could learn more about it. We are constantly striving to help better our communities health and wellness and this product is certain in the healthy direction.
“Micah recently asked to do a post about our Zukay Kvass beverages, which are now in the box. And while I’m not much of an author, I am a local CrossFitter (not an especially impressive one) and do know a thing or two about making insanely healthy and helpful beverages (much more impressive).
We call our kvass beverages “The World’s Healthiest Beverage”, and while pure, clean water may have something to say about that, we’re pretty sure we’re on to something here. Basically, we’ve reached back hundreds and thousands of years and used the ancient art of fermentation to preserve raw, organic vegetables, and then we juice them. That’s it – no additives, no sugar at all, no ingredients where you say “what’s that?”. Our ingredients are things like beets, kale, chard, ginger, turmeric, spinach, etc, etc. And that’s it. Plus, we make them all locally up near Quakertown, and use as many local ingredients as possible.
Why is fermentation so awesome? Well, it does a few things to the ingredients (and therefore the resultant beverage) that nothing else does, with benefits like:
RAW NUTRITION: There’s no heating involved, so all the nutrients are intact and even more “bioavailable” for your body. It’s a nutritional win-win.
PROBIOTICS: The fermentation is done by lactobacilli, which are awesome probiotics for your digestive system, which is the key to your health.
NO SUGAR: The fermentation of the vegetables is achieved by the lactobacilli eating the sugars and starches in the vegetables and turning them into lactic acid – so even the natural sugars are gone. While you may need some carbs depending on your level of activity, it’s best not to get them through your drinks – and our kvass is perfect for that.
Here’s a nice little article on benefits of fermented foods: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2556298/The-unlikely-new-medicine-pickled-cabbage-New-research-reveals-help-allergies-coughs-colds-more.html
BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!
If you’re reading this, I’m assuming you’re a [athlete], and maximizing your [workouts] and recovering from your [workouts] is of utmost importance to you. Of course it is – you wouldn’t be doing CrossFit otherwise. So, on top of what I’ve listed above, here’s some specific benefits to our products that will be of interest to you:
BEET and BEET GINGER KVASS: This is probably the product you want to use more than any other. On top of many other benefits, beets are a natural vasodilator, which means they expand your arteries naturally. This expansion increases your bloodflow, which increases your oxygen intake, which increases your stamina – up to 16%! Who doesn’t want to achieve 16% more just through drinking beets? And to do this, we use beets – not some beet extract, not something derived from beets. We use beets.
How do you get this effect? Drink ½ to 1 bottle 1 hour before the start of your WOD.
GOLDEN TURMERIC KVASS: We call this our “POST-WOD” drink, mainly because it has a trio of some of the best anti-inflammatories found in nature – ginger, turmeric, and hot peppers. Ginger is well known as an aid for arthritis, the health benefits of turmeric are legendary and numerous, and capsaicin – the “heat” in the peppers – has many health benefits as well. Here’s some nice links if you want to find out some more:
HOT PEPPERS: http://www.oprah.com/health/Hot-Peppers-Dr-Perricones-Superfood-No-7-Superfood/2
We highly suggest this drink a good 30 minutes to an hour AFTER your WOD, especially the tougher ones. Drink up after you feel rehydrated – this drink is a bit spicy so it’s best to drink after you don’t feel the need to chug any more.
SUPER GREEN AND GREEN GINGER BREW KVASSES: We call these our “GREEN NUTRITION” drinks, for obvious reasons. These drinks are chock full of spinach, chard, kale, spirulina, and ginger (plus a few other delicious greens!), so they’re perfect for rounding out your paleo diet with a full compliment of some of nature’s most nutrient dense dark leafy greens.
These aren’t “immediately functional” drinks – but it’s got so much good in there for you. We here at Zukay generally drink ½ -1 bottle of one of the two every day just as a general health booster, quite often with breakfast or lunch. And who doesn’t need a super healthy, probiotic, no sugar health booster?
Enjoy our locally made, totally awesome and helpful beverages on your way to more success at Crossfit 215!”
Founder/CEO, Zukay Live Foods
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