Kombucha dates back to 221 BC and has been hailed as the miracle elixir ever since. It has been used for thousands of years all over the world and is now a staple of any wellness woman’s diet.
Kombucha tea benefits can be diverse.
Originally coming from China and dating back all the way to 221 BC (!!!!) the tea has been called Stomach Treasure, Long Life Elixir, and Immortality Tea. It also has ancient roots in Japan and has been used in Eastern Europe and Russia. The history and story of Kombucha is totally fascinating and I definitely suggest reading more if you need some convincing of Kombucha’s health benefits.
What is Kombucha?
Kombucha is a fermented tea also known as mushroom tea.
What is that Scoby you talk of?
A Scoby or symbiotic culture of bacteria is a living home for bacteria and yeast. It looks like a slimy pancake and can be numerous sizes. Also known as the “Mother” it has the capacity to grow numerous batches as it produces a “daughter” or new scoby with each brew.
Is it safe:
Compared to the rest of things typical Americans eat? Yes. Like any living food you have to watch out for mold. Typically a black scoby will signify this, in which case you will need to dump the whole brew and start over. I haven’t run into this as the Kombucha mother is like any Mother, resilient as hell.
Where can I find Kombucha:
Any health food store will likely now have a variety of bottles and flavors. You can also brew your own Kombucha at home!
What are the health benefits of drinking Kombucha?
- Loaded with Probiotics- Kombucha contains two strains of gut rebuilding bacteria called acetobacer xylinoides and acetobacter ketogenum, lactobacillus and saccharomyces. Sound funny? They are no joke for your gut and will aid in getting that gut in good shape. Those amazing probiotics will aid your digestion and promote gut health.
- Support Immune system function- If you don’t know this by now then I obviously haven’t been annoying enough writing it throughout my posts. 80% of your health is dependent on your GI tract aka gut. By adding the good bacteria back into your gut you are helping to rebalance your immune system. If you have any sort of autoimmune issue and you are a fan of fermented anything Kombucha may be for you!
- Antioxidants galore Polyphenols, Amino acids, Vitamins B2 and B6, Vitamin C, glucoronic acid, gluconic, actetic acid, lactic acid and active enzymes are the bounty that are found in this fermented tea.
- Antimicrobial properties- Thanks to the higher concentration of antioxidants these properties are so great that they can combat dangerous free radicals known to cause cell and liver damage.
- Cell shielding- Gluconic, Lactic and Acetic acid are cellulose producing bacteria which is needed to shield our cells. If you are suffering from inflammation or other autoimmune issues your cells have been in their own war zone and would benefit from a bit of shield rebuilding.
- Reduces inflammation- Back to those power antioxidants again helping to detoxify our bodies and reduce inflammation!
- Helps manage diabetes- Shown to help regulate your blood sugar while helping to support liver and kidney function. Quite a few animal studies have been done revealing Kombucha’s healing action on the pancreas of diabetic individuals and guarding of the liver and kidney functions by reducing concentration or urea and unfavorable activities occurring in the plasma membrane.
- Liver detoxifyer- Also high in glucaric acid this increases the efficiency of your liver’s detoxification pathways.
While on any type of healthy eating plan, cleanse, or wellness reboot, adding a few sips of Kombucha in your diet can only benefit your efforts. There are a ton of store-bought brands you can enjoy if you are on the go but if you are into saving money then again brewing your own Kombucha at home is incredibly easy and well worth it.
Kombucha has been taking over the wellness community for a while now and with those amazing health benefits shows no sign of slowing down. You can mix Kombucha with wine, alcoholic drinks or even ferment longer to make your very own Kombucha wine! May you and your gut enjoy!
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