March 28, 2018 3:44 pm Leave your thoughts
It all started in a kitchen in Battersea. There, at the kitchen table, was Daniel, working in property, but feeling a little bit stressed and anxious. Outside the window, bumbling around the herb patch in the tiny garden, were the bees, apparently pretty unconcerned with the rising/falling market and the rentable value of their hives.
Daniel started to think. He wasn’t feeling great. He had skin issues. His anxiety was getting worse. To soothe himself inside and out, he began drinking lemon water with a drop of honey. Feeling a little better, he started to venture into the garden, adding snippets of the herbs grown in his little patch.
Daniel’s health improved – and he decided to spread his wings. Chucking in the property business, he began to forage further afield, sourcing other ingredients to make a wider range of health-giving drinks.
Like a bee with a nose for the very best flowers, he ended up on the Naturally Good Food website! We were delighted to be able to help out. At NGF, we too buzz all around the natural world, seeking out the very best, wholly natural, health-giving foodstuffs for our customers. We’ve got the big, bulky stuff, like sacks of oats and grains. But we’ve also got the tiny, powdery, just-a-dash kind of things – organic herbs and spices, sugars, extracts, superfood powders – that Daniel required. He chose what he needed and continued his experiments.
And thus, Bumblezest was born!
Bumblezest is a range of drinks – and it’s perhaps the future of soft drinks as well. Bumblezest drinks are far from the sugar-laden, luridly-coloured soft drinks peddled by the major manufacturers. They’re beautifully crafted, wonderfully packaged little works of (drinkable) art. They contain a carefully selected mix of potent ingredients, all with a particular health and taste purpose. The flavours intermingle perfectly, giving a proper grown-up taste. They’re designed to restore, revive, boost and soothe.
These drinks are ahead of the curve. Low in sugar (containing just a drop of honey, stevia or maple syrup), they also dispense with plastic waste. They’re packaged in concentrated form in little glass bottles with metal screw-tops, and come with instructions to drink them through steel straws (also protecting tooth enamel). They’re produced in the UK, in a carbon-neutral manner.
What’s in Bumblezest?
These are natural drinks, with absolutely nothing artificial. There are no preservatives, no additives, no colours (despite which, they’re wonderfully vibrant to look at) and nothing derived from GMOs (genetically modified organisms). It’s the top-notch flavours that provide all the taste you need.
Some of the drinks are particularly suitable for those looking for a protein boost. Others are 100% vegan. Each drink is designed to be diluted or mixed: for each, on the website, there are some fantastic mocktail suggestions.
These are superfood drinks, but they’re also super-tasty. They’re to be swallowed with a sigh of satisfaction, rather than a grimace!
Here’s how it all works
Let’s take a look at some of the ingredients used by Bumblezest – and in many cases, sourced from Naturally Good Food – to see how the drinks work, both for taste and for health.
Marine collagen: perhaps the most unusual ingredient in some of the drinks is the hydrolysed marine collagen. This is derived from ethically sourced wild fish and is made up of small chain peptides and amino acids. It adds no noticeable taste and is easily absorbed. According to Bumblezest: ‘it promotes hair, nail and skin growth, and also stimulates cellular restoration, preservation and longevity’.
Ginger: stimulating and hot, ginger encourages the secretion of digestive enzymes. It’s a natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory and boosts immunity.
Turmeric: thanks to its active compound curcumin, turmeric helps reduce inflammation, flushes out toxins and stimulates the metabolism. It’s a pretty amazing superfood and gives a particularly vibrant colour to the drink.
Cinnamon: cinnamon is high in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Black pepper: this is great when mixed with turmeric, because it aids the absorption of curcumin. It too has antibacterial and antioxidant properties.
Honey: honey is perfect for sore throats (and of course, delicious at all times). It’s a great source of antioxidants, phytonutrients and minerals, and promotes the growth of good bacteria in the intestine.
Lemon: lemon is naturally high in Vitamin C (necessary for collagen absorption) and in bioflavinods, which help counter free radicals. As Bumblezest puts it: ‘lemon stimulates digestion, increases circulation and promotes alkalinity’.
Stevia: this natural sweetener is up to 400 times as sweet as sugar, but contains no calories.
Cacao: cacao improves mood, stimulates the central nervous system, relaxes muscles and boosts energy. It’s also a powerful source of antioxidants.
Maca: the secret weapon of the Incan warriors, maca boosts energy and endurance. It’s rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, plant sterols and fatty acids and contains four unique alkaloids.
Cayenne pepper: the active compound of this ingredient, capsaicin, warms the body, boosts the metabolic and immune systems, alleviates congestion in the body and is a great source of antioxidants.
Chamomile: with calming and soothing properties, chamomile is a natural relaxant.
Lavender: the perfect partner to chamomile, lavender helps relieve symptoms of mild anxiety.
Spirulina: possibly the most nutrient-dense food on the planet, spirulina contains vitamins A, K1, K2, and B12, along with iron, manganese and chromium. It has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Mint: this ingredient brings a freshness of taste, to invigorate and stimulate!
Pink Himalayan salt: this salt helps keep you hydrated. It ‘detoxifies’ the body and creates the right balance of electrolytes.
Maple syrup: a great natural sweetener that’s rich in vitamins and minerals.
Apple cider vinegar: made with ‘the mother’, apple cider vinegar stimulates the digestive juices, aiding digestion and the absorption of minerals.
Milk thistle: this ingredient contains silymarin and silybin, antioxidants that help protect the liver from the effects of alcohol.
Activated charcoal: another unusual ingredient, this ‘rids the body of unwanted materials, may help stop flatulence and supports a balanced, cleansed body’, according to Bumblezest. It captures toxins and chemicals, carrying these safely through the digestive system.
Want to know more? Click here to visit the Bumblezest website. Here, you’ll find nutritional information and full ingredients lists for all their drinks, along with mixing suggestions and FAQ on health, taste, packaging and environmental issues.apple cider vinegar, black pepper, Bumblezest, cacao, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, collagen, Environmental, ginger, healthy soft drinks, honey, low sugar soft drinks, low waste, maca, maple syrup, natural soft drinks, no plastic, pink himalayan salt, soft drinks, spirulina, Stevia, turmeric
This post was written by Yzanne