Kombucha [kum-boo-cha] sounds like more of a dance than it does a health drink, but who knows? Maybe you’ll be dancing after you read this. We’re all about promoting things that are good for you, so we thought we’d jump in on the conversation swirling around this popular tea drink that’s taken over the wellness world.
What Is Kombucha?
What exactly is Kombucha? It’s not anything new, at least to the modernized western world. This ancient Chinese elixir was used for all sorts of health benefits, including fighting inflammation. Today, we know it as a fermented fizzy tea drink made with sugar that has all of the characteristics of a tart apple cider….IF it were poured from an old boot. Ok, to be fair, a lot of people like it but many reviews claim it’s a little vinegar-y and has an unpleasant odor. I guess you could say it’s an acquired taste. The good news is, you can make it yourself with a variety of flavors or pick some up at the local grocery store.
So why all the hype? Kombucha has a special ingredient, and by special ingredient we mean bacteria, that is a probiotic similar to that found in our intestines to help us fight off infections. PLUS, Kombucha provides several other health benefits that we just had to share.
7 Health Benefits Of Kombucha
The specific type of acid produced from fermenting this special tea may actually enhance the function of the liver’s natural detox tract. Say hello to Kombucha, say goodbye to toxic trash.
- Improved Digestion
Probiotics found in Kombucha are considered “healthy bacteria” that help natural gut-health and digestion, so when your tummy is rumbling a little kombucha could go a long way.
- Boosted Immune System
Probiotics help to strengthen the body’s natural defense system against illness and other dangerous microbes that could stimulate cancerous cells. Sipping some Kombucha is like giving your body a natural suit of armor.
- Fights Arthritis
Not only does Kombucha fight inflammation but it can also actually protect cartilage. This happens through the compound glucosamine found in Kombucha that naturally enhances hyaluronic acid which aids in soft tissue protection. Drinking Kombucha really is like drinking liquid armor.
- Lowers Cholesterol
In recent studies with certain animals, Kombucha was able to reduce levels of bad cholesterol while boosting levels of good cholesterol. Our bodies need to maintain healthy cholesterol and blood sugar levels so consuming natural foods and supplements go a long way to keep our body’s running smoothly.
- Energy Booster
Kombucha contains small amounts of caffeine but more importantly, it contains Vitamin B as well as iron. Pumping iron stimulates oxygen flow that naturally increases energy levels. Who says you have to go to the gym to pump iron?
- Weight Loss
A natural antioxidant and metabolism booster, Kombucha has been proven to effectively help with weight loss. With similar properties as apple cider vinegar, Kombucha is a natural choice for effective weight management.
Let’s recap. It smells and it may taste a little tart, but the pros FAR outweigh the cons of this healthy tea drink that people can’t get enough of. No wonder people are going crazy for Kombucha. If you have any questions about natural solutions for fighting inflammation, give us a call and maybe we can talk about it over a cup of Kombucha.