It’s great to sit back and reflect on your childhood memories: do you remember what you used to drink on a long, hot summers’ day? If you are aged over 40, I bet it was cordial! Speaking from personal experience, we used to have it in our drink bottle at school as well as at afternoon tea and pretty much every time I went to a friends’ house. However, fast-forward to the 21st century and cordial is dying a slow death. The reason why the Aussie icon is losing its’ popularity and if the disappearance of cordial will make any difference to the health of our children.
In recent years news reports explained that the sales of cordial (during a 12-month period) dropped by just over 5% with the greatest decline in sales in the age group 18-35 years. So it seems our young mums aren’t buying cordial for their kids. With best-selling books such as ‘I Quit Sugar’ and ‘Sweet Poison’ preaching how ‘evil’ sugar is, it’s no wonder that cordial sales are on the decline. Cordial is being replaced by plain water – look how much sales of bottled water has escalated – or mums’ are making / buying fresh juices instead as a healthy alternative to cordial.
But are fresh juices really healthier?
Well, yes, juices are healthier than cordial if you look at it from a nutritional perspective. Fruit is packed with vitamins and minerals so it’s a great way to get a healthy dose of all the ‘good stuff’ your body needs to function at peak level. While juice may be nutritionally superior, it is not low in sugar…in fact, cordial can sometimes be lower! For example, 1 cup of cordial (made up to 9 parts water to 1 part cordial) has 15g sugar compared to a small Wild Berry Boost juice that contains 32.6g of sugar – WOW! Be aware that there are many artificially sweetened cordials available now and these have zero sugar content, so cordial is not necessarily as evil as you think it might be.
You can choose avery healthy alternative, and great for your gut health – try a delicious probiotic punch The Natural Way!
In order to support good gut health, The Natural Way Health range has an array of liquid herbal formulations that are in a bio-fermented base. When something is fermented it means that the sugars and carbohydrates have been broken down by Probiotics, and when consumed, work as ‘reinforcement’ for the ‘good’ bacteria in the digestive system.
Through the fermentation process all the oxygen is removed, this way it cannot neutralise the antioxidants. The fermentation process also improves the nutritional availability. The insoluble molecules in the raw materials are converted into shorter, more soluble molecules, as our bodies can only absorb soluble molecules.
The sub word ‘bio’ is in reference to the bioavailability of the fermented food, this usually means that it is in liquid form, as your body can absorb the nutrients and Probiotics faster from a liquid. Better gut health leads to better metabolism
What are the health benefits of supplements in a bio-fermented base?
- Improves digestion: Fermentation breaks down nutrients into more easily digestible forms. When the Probiotics in the bio-fermented liquid proliferates in the gut, digestibility is enhanced.
- Improves the health of the immune system: Bio-fermented liquids, rich in Probiotics, create asignificant stimulation of natural killer cell cytotoxic activity (NKCA) and also granulocyte and monocytes phagocytic activity. This increase in activity of these important ‘fighter’ cells, improves your immunity.
- Anti-inflammatory: Probiotics have been shown exhibit a direct effect in the gut in managing inflammatory processes. While this helps those with IBS & other digestive disorders, these anti-inflammatory properties may also help relieve symptoms associated with inflammatory disease such as osteoarthritis, skin conditions, autoimmune diseases etc.
- Enhances Bioavailability of Nutrients: Bio-fermentation helps create new nutrients and has been shown to improve the availability, digestibility and quantity of some dietary nutrients (though this is most likely directly linked with the improvements of the function of the digestive system which helps with overall absorption of the nutrients ingested).
Select from our Lychee Iced Tea (only $20) or Turmeric with Ginger & Black Perrer, or Olive Leaf Extract
With the wide range of drinks on offer – and a lot of conflicting information in the media – it is difficult to know what is good for you and what isn’t. The Natural Way is here to help you work out the nutritional facts from fiction. Our weight loss program is based on you eating REAL supermarket-available food while being educated ‘good’ and ‘bad’ nutritional choices via our exclusive Healthy Living Lifestyle Program.
Call us on 1300 SLIMMER (1300 754 663) to book your free appointment to find out more. For ‘Stay At Home’ clients, please call Cora on 0458 754 663.
We have been helping people to lose weight since 1979 and we know that we have a program that will suit your taste, lifestyle and budget.