Kombucha refers to tea that has been fermented by adding a colony of yeast and bacteria (aka, a SCOBY) to it.
Kombucha contains sugar, because that's what feeds the yeast. Similar to alcohol. In fact, most brews contain 0.5% of alcohol. That familiar carbonation makes it a brilliant alternative to beer or soft drinks / soda. It goes down brilliant after a hot day.
And science has kombucha's back. Which in part, is why sales continue to boom. The components in kombucha have been shown to promote health and recovery through four main processes: detoxification, antioxidation, increasing energy, and improving immunity. All that from one little SCOBY!
I decided to do some digging around on Kombucha and see what the the literature says. The following is a list of benefits associated with the regular consumption of Kombucha tea:
1. Improved Gut Health
Dairy free and high in probiotics, kombucha tea may be able to improve digestive health and reduce the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome by restoring good bacteria in the gut. That gut bacteria also improves nutrient absorption that may have been hampered due to IBS and other digestive diseases.
The antioxidant levels found in kombucha tea have been shown to be particularly beneficial for healing gastrointestinal ulceration.
2. Improves And Prevents Diabetes Onset
Kombucha contains hypoglycemic and antilipidemic properties, which may be able to reduce levels of glucose and lipids in the blood.
Research shows that kombucha tea improved and stabilized blood sugar levels during diabetic conditions. It may also be able to improve liver toxicity and protect liver-kidney functioning.
3. Boosts The Immune System
Immunity starts in the gut. As kombucha tea is so good for your gut, it also acts like an immune enhancer by making sure all areas of the digestive tract are healthy and running smoothly.
Kombucha is high in antioxidants that provide protective and healing properties. Research shows that kombucha may be beneficial in treating DNA damage and oxidative stress, which can improve immunity and prevent the onset of chronic diseases.
4. Restores pH Levels
Kombucha is able to clears toxins from tissues because of its natural detoxification process. It is high in antioxidants, which bind to free radicals in the body and demobilize their harmful properties that may be causing toxicity or acidosis.
Side effects of toxicity or acidosis may include weight gain (especially around the abdominal area), digestive issues, skin problems such as acne, bad breath, joint pain, fatigue, headaches, and inflammation.
5. Promotes Weight Loss
What happens when toxins leave the body? Weight loss! When toxins build up in tissues and other body parts, they can’t do their job. Toxins create a sort of interference that prevents important messages from being communicated within your body.
Toxin removal is like taking out the trash in your body. Detoxification also allows the body to return to normal functioning, meaning all those problems you had before with bloating and weight gain should start to diminish.
6. Increases Energy
Especially when paired with a caffeinated tea, such as black or green, Kombucha tea may increase energy and metabolism. As the antioxidants in Kombucha tea work to detox your system, you should also see an increase in energy and overall well-being.
7. May Decrease Cancer Risks
Kombucha tea’s strong detoxification and antioxidant properties may work together to reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases such as cancer.
Diseases tend to build up in environments that contain lots of toxins, which may cause inflammation and irritation. Kombucha may help clear these toxins and reduce the risk for an unhealthy environment in which diseases thrive.
8. Aids In Joint Health
Kombucha tea contains glucosamine, a chemical that is found in joint fluid, which may be able to prevent and treat arthritis.
9. Improves Mental Health
Probiotics found in Kombucha tea are not only beneficial for your gut: they are also linked to a healthy brain!
10. Heals Wounds
Research indicates that drinking Kombucha tea may be able to increase wound healing time by restoring normal function and structure in damaged tissue.
Kombucha is dang good for you. And the word is spreading. If you're really interested in it, then make your own. It's easy, cheap and a fun project. There's tonnes of recipes out there, but we'll start you off with a little YouTube action:
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