Many people have heard of Kombucha but what is it? It’s a beverage produced by fermenting sweet tea with a culture of yeast and bacteria. Mmmmmmm Kombucha…..it may not sound very appetizing but it’s actually quite delicious. I have to admit though that it is a bit of an acquired taste. But it’s worth getting used to and I’m going to tell you why!
Benefits of Kombucha
It improves digestion.
Kombucha is packed with probiotics. Probiotics help to balance the good bacteria in your gut. When good bacteria are in check you’re able to absorb and digest nutrients better.
A great source of antioxidants.
Antioxidants fight free radicals in your body. Free radicals are a by-product of cellular metabolism that actually damage your cells. Kombucha, especially when made from green tea, seems to have powerful antioxidant effects on the liver. Unfortunately there are no human studies done on this but rat studies show promising results.
Boosts your immune system.
Kombucha is a natural antibiotic due to the fermentation process. One of the by-products of the fermentation process is acetic acid. Acetic acid creates a kind of sterile environment which inhibits the growth of unhealthy bacteria. Unlike pharmaceutical antibiotics, Kombucha also contains probiotics. This means it kills the bad bacteria while building up the good bacteria in your gut!
Kombucha is loaded with C and B vitamins.
Vitamin C helps increase the strength of your immune system, reduce the risk of cardio vascular disease and plays an important part in eye health. Vitamin B helps curb sugar cravings, eases stress levels and helps with memory.
Helps protect your joints.
Kombucha contains natural occurring glucosamine! Glucosamine is involved in building tendons, ligaments, cartilage and synovial fluid which is the fluid that surrounds the joint.
So there you have it! If you haven’t tried Kombucha I highly recommend that you do!