7 health benefits of kombucha
Kombucha – historically known as the ‘elixir of life’ – is the drink on everyone’s lips recently. Commonly regarded as ‘just another health fad’, this ancient drink has actually passed the test of time – for the last 2000 years! Why? ‘Cause it’s a true probiotic powerhouse and total whole-body health hack.
We got the inside scoop from the experts behind Tea Gardens Kombucha – makers of organic, sugar free bottles of ‘buch – on the immune boosting, digestion aiding, vitamin loaded, joint strengthening tonic that is kombucha.
Boots your immune system
Those who love to look for natural health remedies will love the fact that kombucha is actually a natural antibiotic. This is because of the process of fermentation and its by-products, one of which is acetic acid, which creates a kind of sterile environment which inhibits the growth of unhealthy bacteria.
The probiotics also fight the bad bacteria, so while pharmaceutical antibiotics kill off all the bacteria in our systems – kombucha leaves the good and kills the bad. No bad bacteria means no infections – which equals a healthy, happy immune system!
Helps with digestion
Speaking of probiotics, kombucha is full of healthy bacteria that do a lot of good for our bodily functions. One of the primary benefits is that these probiotics, yeasts, and enzymes help with digestion by breaking down food for better nutrient absorption.
They also promote growth of healthy gut flora, which help us digest our food better and maintain a healthy gut PH level. Your gut also gets a break, as it doesn’t have to work as hard to break down fermented foods (because the bacteria have already done some of the work!).
Loaded with B and C vitamins
Kombucha is loaded with vitamins B and C, both of which are essential for optimum health. Vitamin B helps ease stress levels, curb sugar cravings, lower your risk of heart disease, and helps memory functions.
It’s clear that B vitamins are pretty powerful, but those C vitamins present in kombucha have their own set of benefits. Among them are increasing the health of our immune system, reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and playing an important part in eye health. We C you, vitamin C!
It can help with stomach issues
Kombucha is easily digested because the fermentation has actually helped pre-digest some of the enzymes, meaning that your pancreas doesn’t need to work as hard or secrete as much digestive fluid. It also helps achieve a healthy PH balance in the gut and promotes the growth of healthy bacteria. The beverage has been known to help those suffering with stomach issues such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, Celiac Disease, and Candida overgrowth.
It strengthens your stomach walls
Another component of kombucha is a substance called Butyric Acid, which is another by-product of the fermentation process. Butyric Acid is known to have antimicrobial and anti-carcinogenic properties as well as being known to strengthen the walls of your gut, kill parasites and protect against yeast infections. It’s an interesting substance that promotes overall digestive health from the inside out.
It helps with joint health
You may have heard of the amino sugar called Glucosamine, you may even give it to your elderly pets (or family members) to help with stiff or sore joints. Another amazing fact about kombucha is that it contains naturally occurring glucosamine which means this drink can help keep your joints healthy and moving correctly and even prevent against arthritis. This is an especially appealing aspect for athletes who need to keep their bodies in top shape for as long as possible.
It’s full of antioxidants
It’s no secret that antioxidants are good for you. They neutralize free radicals in our bodies, which can cause cell damage relating to cardiovascular disease, cancer and other ailments. The best sources of antioxidants are fruits and vegetables but kombucha is also full of these hard-working compounds which means that kombucha actually has detoxifying properties, which can help cleanse the liver and prevent cancer.
Converted kombucha fan? We are. If you’re a new ‘buch fan, every time you pick up a bottle make sure you’re asking: Are the ingredients organic? Does it have natural flavours? Is it low sugar? Are the alcohol values below 0.5%?
Don’t feel like doing the research? Take the guess work out – Tea Garden’s Kombucha is all of the above – and comes in 6 exotic delicious flavours. #winning!