Kombucha, a new FAD or everlasting benefit? I’m sure you’ve tried a kombucha or at least seen someone drinking one. Although for many, it is an acquired taste but don’t let that hold you back from trying it out for yourself. Is kombucha really beneficial or another exploitation of consumerism? I genuinely feel that kombucha does have benefits. Although it cannot solely solve all your health problems, it can definitely benefit your overall health. Kombucha health benefits are directly linked to its probiotics.
Kombucha can be referred to as the gut detox drink. There is no doubt that the principal benefit of kombucha is linked to its probiotic content. Probiotics are real living bacteria that are extremely healthy for your gut. The way this works is through the ability of the probiotics to balance the good and bad bacteria. Certain foods, medications, and antibiotic distort the bacteria in your gut, and probiotics help bring your gut to equilibrium. Essentially kombucha promotes a healthy gut. This has the potential to ease gastric inflammation that is involved in irritable bowel, diarrhea, and even skin conditions like acne or eczema. Kombucha is your stomachs best friend; it promotes digestion and aids in immune function.
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There is tea in kombucha, so it wreaks some of its benefits. The prominent one being the antioxidants. An antioxidant is a substance that can prevent and slow down cellular damage. Our cells produce waste and by-products from processing food and from different environmental stressors. Some of these are referred to as free radicals, and antioxidants’ job is to counter these free radicals to prevent or slow damage in the body. “Oxidative stress has been linked to heart disease, cancer, arthritis, stroke, respiratory diseases, immune deficiency, emphysema, Parkinson's disease, and other inflammatory or ischemic conditions.” ¹ Not only is there antioxidants, but there is also Vitamin C in kombucha, another warrior in fighting disease and inflammation. Vitamin C is a key player in the immune system; it is necessary for your immune cells to function properly. There is a reason foods, and drinks get fortified with vitamin C; it is vital to your health. Put down that Emergen C once in a while and get yourself a kombucha.
What better way to promote recovery after your workout than having a healthy gut that is able to absorb more nutrients at a more efficient pace! Kombucha also contains glucosamine, which is known for relieving joint pain, stiffness, and swelling. There is a true mind-gut connection. Not only will it help post workout, but it can also boost your overall energy. Your gut bacteria will also be regulated, and you'll get a nice rush of nutrition that will keep your mind and body satisfied. Kombucha also contains vitamins B1, B6, and B12. All those are linked to fighting depression, boosting mood, and promoting focus.² One simple way in which kombucha can help you lose weight is by substituting it for your sodas and juices because soft drinks and juices are filled with calories, sugars, and carbs causing you to be bloated and gain weight. There is also a correlation between poor gut health with weight gain and obesity. Drop those artificial drinks and pick up a kombucha once in a while.Next time you find yourself at a grocery or convenience store, think about grabbing a kombucha. How often do we think about gut health as a mediator for overall good health? It can benefit you more than you think. Many times, we miss the importance of a healthy gut or don’t think about it when we are sick. Try out a kombucha and take advantage of its benefits. You can even incorporate drinking kombucha into your mindfulness journey.
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