Kombucha has many health benefits. It’s not just a delicious alternative to soda, it’s a health tonic.
I started drinking the kombucha six years ago when I learned about all the health benefits.
Kombucha is so much better than soda. Why have a fizzy drink with aspartame and caramel coloring when you can have a drink rich in B vitamins and probiotic bacteria that helps to heal your gut and build your immunity?
What is Kombucha?
Kombucha is a naturally carbonated, fermented tea. As you may know, fermented foods are very good for you.
While pasteurization and irradiation kill bacteria and yeast, fermentation actually uses live bacteria and yeast, as well as a sugar source, to create its end products, which include naturally fermented sauerkraut, kimchi, sourdough bread, beer and wine, yogurt, and yes, kombucha. Kombucha is not as fermented as wine or beer — it only has a tiny percentage of alcohol.
While kombucha is sold at many health food stores and grocery stores, it can be made at home for pennies using organic black tea, sugar, and a starter culture called a SCOBY (which you can find here).
Kombucha Has A Long History
Kombucha is an ancient drink, made for centuries and celebrated for its many health benefits. It is said to have originated in China during the Tsin dynasty, where it was nicknamed the “elixir of life.” Kombucha then made its way to Russia, and eventually to the United States.
Let’s look at some of the health benefits of kombucha…
Health Benefits of Kombucha
Kombucha Health Benefit #1: Boosts the Immune System
Got allergies? Are you run down frequently with colds? You can build up your immunity naturally by consuming more fermented foods and drinks.
Our immune system is in our gut. Most of us have grown up on antibiotics and other drugs that kill off our beneficial bacteria. The result? Kombucha’s fermentation process encourages the growth of beneficial bacteria. Probiotics are good for your gut, and good for immunity.
Kombucha is also rich in antioxidants, which help to strengthen immunity.
Kombucha Health Benefit #2: Natural Detoxifier
Kombucha has probiotics and enzymes that promote detoxification. One of the main jobs of the good bacteria in your gut is to detoxify. By adding more beneficial bacteria to your gut, you’re getting the job done faster.
Kombucha promotes detoxification. Regular consumption of kombucha tea also supports liver function.
Kombucha Health Benefit #3: Rich in Vitamins and Enzymes
In addition to beneficial bacteria, kombucha contains B vitamins and enzymes.
B vitamins provide support for the body’s metabolic functions including overall energy, utilization of carbohydrates, heart health, and healthy hair, skin, and nails. Adequate intake of B vitamins can reduce stress, anxiety and depression, boost memory, and relieve PMS.
Most of us don’t get enough enzymes these days because we don’t eat enough raw food. The role of digestive enzymes is to break down the foods that we eat into smaller compounds so the nutrients can be more easily absorbed into the bloodstream.
Kombucha Health Benefit #4: Energy Boost
Everyone needs more energy these days, which is why so many of us are reaching for coffee, tea, sugar, caffeinated sodas, and “energy drinks”.
Kombucha is the original energy drink. This is not an artificial jolt of caffeine or sugar — but a natural energy booster. Because kombucha helps the body detoxify, there is less burden on your system, and as a result, you get more energy. As stated above, kombucha is also rich in B vitamins, which gives the body energy.
Kombucha Health Benefit #5: Increased Metabolism
Enzymes boost metabolism. In addition, all the beneficial bacterial and enzymes in the kombucha help your body work better and take the burden off of it’s functioning.
Kombucha Health Benefit #6: PMS Relief
Kombucha helps to relieve PMS. How? B vitamins help to break down and flush out excess estrogen from the body (a condition called estrogen dominance). This can help to reduce PMS symptoms.
Kombucha Health Benefit #7: Relief from Arthritis and Joint Pain
I was diagnosed with arthritis when I was in my 20s. I cured myself by going on an elimination diet (elimination of all possible allergens) and taking therapeutic grade probiotics. It took about 2 years, but I fully recovered.
Arthritis is an immune disorder. Scroll back up to Kombucha Health Benefit # 1 — kombucha is rich in probiotic bacteria which help to rebuild healthy gut flora, and strengthen immunity.
Where to Find Kombucha Starters and Kombucha Brewing Kits
Want to make kombucha at home? It’s easy!
Want to Learn More About Kombucha?
Want to know more about kombucha, its health benefits, and how to make it?
Books About the Health Benefits of Kombucha
All About Kombucha: A Beginner’s Book of the History, Health Benefits, and Classic Recipes to Make Fermented Kombucha Tea
Culture Your Life: Kefir and Kombucha for Every Day Nourishment
Kombucha Simplified: The ultimate guide to kombucha tea, its health benefits, and how to brew at home.
True Brews: How to Craft Fermented Cider, Beer, Wine, Sake, Soda, Mead, Kefir, and Kombucha at Home
Kombucha! The Amazing Probiotic Tea that Cleanses, Heals, Energizes, and Detoxifies
How to Make Kombucha
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How To Brew Kombucha With This Easy Step By Step Tutorial from Whole Lifestyle Nutrition
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