Kombucha: What is it and why does it help me?

Kombucha has been around for centuries, but only fairly recently become mainstream.  Go into any grocery store now and you can find kombucha.

Have you been avoiding it because you aren’t sure what it is?   Let me clear some of that up for you now.

Kombucha tea is formed by a fermentation process with bacteria, yeast, and natural sugars.  This creates a functional, probiotic food product.  Once fermented, kombucha becomes naturally effervescent and contains vinegar, B vitamins, enzymes, probiotics, and a high concentration of acid (acetic, gluconic, and lactic).  The bacteria produced in the process are a bacteria that assist to shield our cells.

The probiotics in kombucha include gluconacetobacter, acetobacter, lactobacillus, and zygosaccaromyces.

Now that you know what it is, now the question is what does it do for your body?

Detoxification: Enzymes and bacterial acids aid in natural detoxification.  Gluconic acid may bind to toxins to help expel them from the body.  This detoxification helps to prevent diseases in the body.

Improves digestion, supports a healthy gut: The combination of organic acids, enzymes, and probiotics may promote healthy digestion.  Probiotics can help deter and provide relief from problems like IBS, diarrhea, and constipation.

Immune system stimulation: The healthy gut bacteria may help stimulate the immune system.  Probiotics can enhance our natural defenses against harmful microbes and some forms of illnesses.

Joint protection: Glucosamaine is also found in kombucha, which has been found to protect against arthritis and cartilage damage.

Cancer prevention: Recent research has been showing the live microorganisms in some kombuchas can reinforce our natural defences agains some forms of cancer and free radicals.

Cholesterol reduction: Research has also suggested that kombucha may help maintain cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

Energy: Naturally occurring caffeine, B vitamins, and iron all help to sustain our energy levels.

Weight loss: When healthy microbes are depleted, obesity and diabetes can result.  The natural acids and antioxidant properties can help to prevent weight gain and promote fat loss.

Mood enhancer: B vitamins may help battle depression, stabilize mood, and enhance concentration.  Vitamin C in kombucha inhibits the release of the stress hormone cortisol.

Antibacterial agent: Consuming the good bacteria in kombucha destroys the bad bacteria responsible for infections.

Helpful in managing diabetes: The antioxidants seem to help alleviate diabetes symptoms, especially in terms of the liver and kidney functions.

When it comes to brands to purchase,  you have to be careful.  Many brands add more sugar to the mix when they are adding in flavors.  Steer clear of those and find ones that the only added ingredients are the fruit and/or flavors added to it.  The brand that I personally consume is GT's Synergy.  All the varieties taste great and no added sugar in them.

So there you have it.  Kombucha in a nutshell.  Have more questions about this?  Email brianne@getyourfixpt.com.


Resources:

http://www.wideopeneats.com/10-health-benefits-kombucha/

https://draxe.com/7-reasons-drink-kombucha-everyday/

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319630.php

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/8-benefits-of-kombucha-tea

https://www.webmd.com/diet/the-truth-about-kombucha

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/consumer-health/expert-answers/kombucha-tea/faq-20058126

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