When I first saw this drink, there were 10 empty bottles of it sitting on the desk of a friend. It peaked my curiosity as I couldn't imagine anything being THAT delicious. Well, I decided to investigate for myself and here are some of my findings online...
Kombucha originates from Northeast China. It traveled to Russia before making its way to Germany, followed by the rest of Europe and eventually, the United States. It comes with a ton of health benefits, and while every individual reacts to it differently, if consumed for the right reasons it can make you feel great.
10 things you need to know about kombucha
Aids in Digestion. The probiotics, yeasts, and enzymes in kombucha help your digestive system break down food and absorb nutrients. Probiotics help achieve balance in your digestive system through promoting healthy gut flora, which aid in digestion, maintaining a healthy PH balance, and nutrient absorption. Your digestive system has a really tough job to do. Fermented food and drinks that are considered to be “pre-digested,” which lessens the amount of digestive fluid your pancreas has to secrete, thereby giving the ol’ pancreas a break. For all these reasons, kombucha helps alleviate certain stomach and digestive problems, such as Crohn’s Disease, Celiac Disease, Candida, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Boosts your immune system – Kombucha is a natural antibiotic.Probiotics fight bad bacteria and create an environment where bad bacteria cannot grow. One of the bi-products of fermentation is acetic acid. This acid creates a sort of sterility, to the extent you could actually use it to clean your kitchen or bathroom. Little or no bad bacteria means no infection, which means you stay healthy with a strong immune system.
Full of C and B-Vitamins! In case you were wondering what my all-time favorite Vitamins are, they would be B Vitamins. Vitamin B is useful in curbing sugar cravings, easing stress, reducing the risk of heart disease, aiding with a raging case of PMS, and helping you remember stuff.
Strengthens the walls in your gut. Kombucha contains Butyric acid, which strengths the gut wall, kills parasites, and protects against yeast infections.
Gives you a nice little buzz. True story. With fermentation comes alcohol. Kombucha contains a small amount of alcohol in it, and you can 200% get a small buzz off of it if you brew it at home. Uhhh…talk to a doctor before drinking kombucha if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
Alleviates stomach and digestive problems. Kombucha is acidic, but it also helps achieve a favorable PH balance in your gut by either increasing or decreasing the amount of stomach acid in your system. This balance can aid many uncomfortable digestive issues. Kombucha is also full of enzymes which help break down foods that are difficult to digest
Detoxifying. Kombucha is full of antioxidants, which help cleanse the liver and help prevent cancer.
Keeps your joints healthy. Glucosamine is naturally present in kombucha, which helps keep your joints healthy and prevents arthritis. This is especially helpful for athletes and those who have a history of arthritis in their family.
May contribute to weight loss. Many people have reported kombucha has helped them to lose weight. Folks say it helps manage hunger, contributing to weight loss. I haven’t experienced this first-hand, so I can’t attest to it.
Delicious! …well you'll have to decide that one for yourself. Some say it has a vinegary taste but if you brew your own, it can also be flavored to your taste. It is also naturally carbonated, so soda drinkers find it an excellent replacement.