Kombucha has become a bit of the super-food nerds beverage of choice and is slowly being adopted by many others as an additional healthy addition to the diet.
Kombucha tea is a fermented drink made with tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast. Although it’s sometimes referred to as kombucha mushroom tea, kombucha is not a mushroom — it’s a colony of bacteria and yeast. Kombucha tea is made by adding the colony to sugar and tea, and allowing the mix to ferment.
The drink itself is really easy to make and is a cost-effective way of introducing healing bacteria into the body.
Here’s 10 reasons you should be drinking kombucha today:
1. Digestive support
When Kombucha first enters the digestive system it coats the stomach with digestive enzymes and live probiotic organisms. These healing elements of the live Kombucha culture immediately begin breaking down undigested foods, toxicity, and wastes produced by pathogenic bacteria that often interferes with our normal digestive processes.
Kombucha breaks down these harmful substances before they are able to enter the blood stream, and converts them into a form which can easily be disposed of by the body. The live, active cultures present in Kombucha remain dormant until they come into contact with the sugars in the digestive system.
Kombucha thrives on these excess sugars and binds to toxins commonly found in the diet, clearing the way for the body to absorb the full nutrient content of the foods we eat.
2. Vitamin B Powerhouse!
While the probiotics in Kombucha are detoxifying the digestive system, they are also producing organic acids and B Vitamins which speed the cleansing process, creating a wealth of rejuvenating effects throughout the body.
B Vitamins found in Kombucha: B1 – Thiamine B2 – Riboflavin B3 – Niacin B6 – Pyridoxine B9 – Folic Acid B12 – Cobalmin
3. Probiotic Benefits
The boost of probiotic strains provided by Kombucha helps to flush out harmful bacteria and pathogens by regulating the level of acidity in the digestive tract. By regularly consuming Kombucha, we can attain all our longevity goals, transform our health and beauty from the inside out, and have the best day ever
4. Detoxification acids
Kombucha has a list of extraordinary detoxification acids and enzymes which your body produces and/or uses to detox your system, reducing your pancreatic load and easing the burden on your liver.
Enzymes contained in Kombucha: Bromelain Papain Organic
Acids contained in Kombucha: Glucuronic Acid Hyaluronic Acid Lactic Acid Malic Acid Chondroitin sulfate Tannic Acid Usnic Acid
5. Joint support
Kombucha contains glucosamines, which are vital for the treatment and prevention of arthritis.
Kombucha’s ability to invigorate people is credited to the formation of iron that is released from the black tea during the fermentation process. It also contains some caffeine (although in very small amounts) and b-vitamins, which can energise the body.
7. Cancer Prevention
Kombucha is also beneficial for cancer prevention and recovery. A study published in Cancer Letters found that consuming glucaric acid found in kombucha reduced the risk of cancer in humans.
President Reagan even reportedly drank kombucha daily as part of his regimen to battle stomach cancer.
8. Supports the healing of leaky gut and kills off candida (yeast infection)
The antioxidants and enzymes in kombucha help to keep the bacteria in the digestive system balanced and assist in the healing of leaky gut syndrome and yeast overgrowth in the gut.
9. It tastes delicious
While a plain black or green tea base leaves kombucha tasting delicious already, there are so many other options you can flavour your kombucha tea with, which can add extra vitamins and nutrients, including any of the following:
Blueberries and raspberries • Blueberries and cinnamon • Blueberries and fresh or candied ginger • Strawberries and fresh or candied ginger • Strawberries and basil • Cherries and almond extract • Fresh peaches or pears, puréed • Fresh mango • Pears and almond extract • Goji berries • Pineapple • Cranberry juice • Pear juice • Pomegranate-blueberry juice • Apple juice and cinnamon • Grape juice
10. It’s really cheap to make
Once you buy your SCOBY and starter culture, you can make over two litres of kombucha for und $1. Considering that most of the 300ml bottles are over $4 each to purchase in a health food store. This is a pretty price conscious way of adding an amazing probiotic functional medicine to your diet and your lifestyle.
When adopting kombucha into part of your healing regime, it’s important to rememeber that as with any supplemental or functional medicine, it’s good to start slowly.
As kombucha is filled with bacteria, if you do drink too much to begin with, you can experience ‘die off’ a term used to reference the death of a bulk of bacteria in the gut at the same time. This can leave you feeling sick or lethargic. I recommend drinking 100ml per day.