The Benefits of Kombucha

Iced tea, iced coffee, boba tea, and green smoothies—what’s next? Kombucha. Kombucha originated as an ancient Chinese drink that was known as the “The Tea of Immortality.” It has been used for fighting degenerative diseases and illnesses for several centuries across China, Eastern Europe and Japan, but is only now beginning to grow in popularity.

What is kombucha?

Kombucha is a probiotic rich drink made by fermenting sweet tea with a culture of bacteria and yeast called SCOBY, a.k.a. “symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast”. SCOBY is sometimes referred to as “the mother and the mushroom” due to its reproductive rate and mushroom-like shape. It is delicious, refreshing, and loaded with benefits – PLUS it’s also vegan and gluten-free friendly!

What are the health benefits from drinking kombucha?

  1. Antioxidant Powerhouse Kombucha provides a wide variety healthy antioxidants that help our body fight chronic disease and illness like flu, cold, and fever.

  2. Liver detoxification Consuming kombucha once a day may help detoxify your liver and improve the overall health of your skin. Liver detoxification improves liver function, decreases abdominal bloating and pain, and improves digestion and bladder function.

  3. Pancreatic support Kombucha may also help improve the functioning of your pancreas, which may help protect you from diseases and illnesses like pancreatic cancer, acidity, shooting pains, abdominal spasms, brain swelling, and numbness.

  4. Immune system support Because of its high antioxidant levels, kombucha is a great beverage for protecting and boosting your immune system, reducing your risk of cold and flu.

  5. Joint support Kombucha tea contains compounds like glucosamines that have been shown to improve the health of your joints. Glucosamines increase the hyaluronic acid in your body, which helps protect and strengthen your joints by lubricating them. Kombucha tea may also help relieve joint pain.

  6. Curb soda and sweet cravings Kombucha is sweet and lightly carbonated, satisfying the craving for a soda or other unhealthy beverage without the added sugar or calories.

  7. Probiotic support Because of the process of fermentation required to produce kombucha, the drink is rich in probiotics that provide your body with healthy bacteria. These probiotics can help reduce bloating, weight and inflammation and help improve your digestive system.

  8. Similar benefits to green tea Kombucha and green tea are composed of the same bioactive compounds and have the same chemical properties, making kombucha similar in benefits to green tea.

  9. Metabolism and weight loss Similar to green tea, a daily cup of kombucha tea may help you lose some of that unwanted weight. It increases your metabolism and helps you in burning calories at a faster rate. It may be most effective for dealing with that stubborn belly fat.

  10. Antibacterial properties Kombucha is rich in tea polyphenols and acetic acid, which have both been shown to suppress the growth of undesirable bacteria and yeasts.

So it's safe to say that kombucha deserves a place in your refrigerator - but how do you choose a good kombucha? When it comes to choosing the best kombucha, it’s best to look at the ingredients. Choose organic, unpasteurized or raw kombucha. Avoid excessive sugar.

Look for natural ingredients, such as fruits and herbs. No stevia or other artificial sweeteners.

Check the bacteria. Make sure that either acetobacter and gluconobacter are present on the ingredients label.

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