Kombucha is a zingy, probiotic-rich drink brimming with a variety of healing properties.
Although seemingly new, Kombucha has been around for over 2,000 years. In China, where some say it originated from, they even referred to it as "The Tea of Immortality".
What is Kombucha made from?
It is made from a blend of tea, sugar and a SCOBY. Its taste can be enhanced by adding fruits, juices, spices and other extracts. The end result is a naturally carbonated, fizzy drink brimming with a wide variety of health benefits.
SCOBY is an acronym: Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast. SCOBY is the living bacteria and yeast that transform sweet tea into the tangy, fizzy Kombucha we know and love.
5 Benefits of Kombucha
1. It Supports A Healthy Gut
Just like yogurt, kefir and kimchi, Kombucha is brimming with healthy probiotic bacteria. The idea of bacteria can sound a little scary but fear not, not all bacteria is bad. Probiotic bacteria are similar to healthful bacteria that are found in the gut. Consuming probiotics found in Kombucha may:
- Help maintain healthy gut flora by increasing the number of beneficial organisms
- Increases the body's ability to absorb minerals like calcium, iron, zinc and mageniusm
- It can help with digestion, bloating and discomfort
2. Improves Mental State
Kombucha's benefits aren't just limited to the body. Kombucha is high in Vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is known to increase energy levels and contribute to overall mental wellbeing.
Recent studies suggest that our gut, rather than our brain, is the driver of mood and overall mental health. Because Kombucha is full of probiotics, antioxidants and vitamins, drinking it daily is an easy way to take care of your gut – and brain.
Kombucha helps to ease the burden on the liver thanks to the enzymes and bacteria it contains. The antioxidants in Kombucha (it contains Vitamin C) may protect the liver from oxidative stress and damage.
4. Boosts Immunity
Kombucha is naturally high in antioxidants. If you're looking for ways to prevent winter colds and the flu try drinking Kombucha every day as it will help you to maintain peak immune health.
5. Supports Healthy Joints
Kombucha contains glucosamines, which are crucial in the treatment and prevention of arthritis. Even if that's not a concern for you, the glucosamines in Kombucha will help to manage any joint pain you may get and increase mobility and flexibility.
Kombucha has been enjoyed around the world for thousands of years. Enjoy daily and reap the benefits of this tangy, fermented, probiotic rich elixir.