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What the func(tional beverage)?!

What does it all mean?

Adaptogens... collagen-enhancing... gut-health... what do these terms mean, and why do I feel like an absolute goddess when I drink beverages that write those words on the can?! For a little help (okay, a lot of help), we called in some experts, namely, Michelle Tirmandi, holistic nutritonist and co-founder of Kite, makers of organic beverages made with - you guessed it - adaptogens.

Shannon: Adaptogens is very much a hot word these days when it comes to bevys. But what are they really?
Michelle: Adaptogens are a specific class of plants (herbs, leaves, roots, etc.), as well as mushrooms, with properties that help the body to restore balance and adapt to stress. They've been used for thousands of years in different medical systems around the world, including traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda. Some of the most popular adaptogens include ashwagandha, ginseng, astragalus, schisandra, licorice, maca, tulsi (holy basil), moringa, rhodiola, and more. Each adaptogen has different qualities to restore and regenerate, like:

  • Promoting relaxation
  • Diminishing fatigue
  • Uplift and regulate mood
  • Anti-oxidant and immune protection
  • Support with clarity, learning and memory

Shannon: That all sounds pretty great. Why do our bodies need boosts in these areas?
Michelle: Our current lifestyles are overwhelmingly stressful, with chronic stress adding damaging consequences to our health and well-being. One simple and natural way to help us cope and become more resilient to stress is to harness the natural wisdom of plants to support our bodies. Adaptogens are great because they can be consumed in so many ways; supplements, in food, or in herbal tea infusions (like Kite!).

Shannon: I'm sold! If I'm new to drinking adaptogenic beverages, which one should I start with? What can I expect the flavour profile to be like?

Michelle: When we describe Kite to someone who's never tried it, we usually say that it's akin to a strongly brewed herbal tea. We steep the teas for several hours to extract all the goodness of the plants, then we carbonate them for a tasty, sparkly brew. Besides our brewing method, which sets Kite apart from other adaptogen beverages, we hear a lot of feedback about the potent flavours of each: Rise (lemon), Align (hibiscus), and Unwind (orange), which is due to botanical flavour extracts and avoiding "natural flavours." Despite having zero sugar or sweeteners, Kite also has a sweetness to it, which is attributed to the natural components in the plants.

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Kite Sparkling Tea With Adaptogens - Align
Kite Sparkling Tea With Adaptogens - Align

Kite Sparkling Tea - Align - Tulsi Hibiscus

When it comes to functional drinks, we trust the women of Kite. They've steeped organic tulsi leaves with tangy hibiscus for a sparkling botanical brew that's as ruby red as Dorothy's slippers, and also brings you home (but in like, a way that's more your tastebuds feeling at home in a refreshing way?). Think of it like liquid yoga as you nourish and Align with every sip! (You get it.)

For a little light reading on adaptogenic bevys and what the heck they are, check out our chat with Kite's own Michelle Tirmandi, because she sure knows a lot.

Goes well with:
Child's pose
Meetings that end early
The Weeknd
HBO marathons
Neighbourhood strolls

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Size
: 355 ML

Very real customer reviews:
"My new roadie for leaving the house. Not that I ever brought alcoholic roadies, because that would be illegal. Do cops read product reviews? They don't, right?" - Garth W.


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Kite Sparkling Tea - Rise - Moringa Lemon
Kite Sparkling Tea - Rise - Moringa Lemon

Kite Sparkling Tea - Rise - Moringa Lemon

When it comes to functional drinks, we trust the women of Kite. They've steeped organic moringa with green tea and lemon for a sparkling botanical brew that's refreshing, crisp, and many other good words. Think of it like a zesty pick-me-up, each sip helping to Rise you up to whatever life throws your way! (You get it.)

For a little light reading on adaptogenic bevys and what the heck they are, check out our chat with Kite's own Michelle Tirmandi, because she sure knows a lot.

Goes well with:
Downward dog
Running late
Really good books
Episodes of Succession
Guac 'n' chips

Need to know info:
Size: 355 ML

Very real customer reviews:
"My new roadie for leaving the house. Not that I ever brought alcoholic roadies, because that would be illegal. Do cops read product reviews? They don't, right?" - Garth W.


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Kite Sparkling Tea - Unwind - Ashwagandha Orange
Kite Sparkling Tea - Unwind - Ashwagandha Orange

Kite Sparkling Tea - Unwind - Ashwagandha Orange

When it comes to functional drinks, we trust the women of Kite. They've steeped organic ashwagandha root with bright citrus orange for a sparkling botanical brew that's tasty, yet sophisticated, like a fancy restaurant that you can actually afford. Think of it like a remedy for your overwhelmed life, restoring balance as you Unwind with every sip! (You get it.)

For a little light reading on adaptogenic bevys and what the heck they are, check out our chat with Kite's own Michelle Tirmandi, because she sure knows a lot.

Goes well with:

Tree pose
Beach visits
Messy buns
Post-workout chills
Non-workout chills

Need to know info:
Weight: 355 ML

Very real customer reviews:
"My new roadie for leaving the house. Not that I ever brought alcoholic roadies, because that would be illegal. Do cops read product reviews? They don't, right?" - Garth W.


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