We’re a little kombucha-obsessed at I Quit Sugar HQ at the moment. You may have caught our posts last week on gut health and the benefits of eating fermented foods – well, it doesn’t stop there. After an enthralling three-hour kombucha workshop with US fermentation guru, Sandor Katz, we all caught the fermentation bug!
What is kombucha?
Sarah explains kombucha really well here. Essentially it’s a fermented tea-based beverage that uses a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast), or “mother” (creepy right?! Just us?) as a starter culture to produce a probiotic and gut-healing beverage.
Health benefits of kombucha
Kombucha is an adaptogen, which means it brings the body back into balance so that it can heal itself, rather than focusing on one particular ailment or organ.
Sarah has been enjoying kombucha daily since she whipped up her first batch a few weeks ago. She says:
“I’ve been having about 100mls in the mornings when I wake. Because I don’t eat before I exercise, I’m finding the kombucha gives me an extra little burst of energy. I’m also having a similar amount in the evenings after dinner, to help with digestion. It also helps hit the spot if I’m craving something sweet.”
“Due to its detoxifying effect, it is important that you drink plenty of water along with your kombucha to support the flushing of toxins. Other beneficial compounds in kombucha include B vitamins and an abundance of bacteria and yeast, which promote a healthy balance of gut flora. In this way, kombucha is a natural, food-based probiotic, which helps to restore and maintain a healthy gut, and considering that all disease begins in the gut, this is pretty significant!”
It’s good for your gut:
1. Kombucha contains naturally fermenting probiotics that help maintain healthy gut flora by increasing the number of beneficial organisms.
2. It preserves nutrients and breaks them down into an easily digestible form, which allows you to absorb them better.
3. It enhances the absorption of minerals, particularly calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, phosphorous and copper.
4. Healthy gut flora improves digestion, fights candida overgrowth, improves mental clarity and stabilizes moods.
5. A healthy gut can also be attributed to reducing or eliminating depression an anxiety.
6. Kombucha contains numerous strains of yeasts and up to 20 different bacterial species (and possibly many more!).
It detoxifies the body:
7. The enzymes and bacterial acids in kombucha ease the burden on the liver by reducing pancreatic load.
8. Kombucha contains glucuronic acid, which binds to toxins and increases their excretion through the kidney or intestines.
9. In 1951, a popular Russian study found that the daily consumption of kombucha was correlated with an extremely high resistance to cancer.
10. It contains vitamin C, a potent detoxifier.
It supports the nervous system:
11. Kombucha contains vitamin B, which has been associated with reducing blood pressure and supporting the nervous system.
It’s anti-ageing and supports the joints:
12. Kombucha contains glucosamines, which are vital for the treatment and prevention of arthritis.
13. Kombucha allegedly eliminates grey hair, increases sex drive and improves eyesight.
14. Kombucha concentrates the antioxidants found in tea. Antioxidants not only fight the environmental toxins known as free radicals, which contribute to illness and disease, but help slow the aging process.
15. Theoretically, powerful antioxidant nutrients can prevent and lessen wrinkles by promoting skin elasticity.
16. Kombucha is anti-microbial due to it’s acetic and organic acids, proteins, enzymes and bacteriocins. It exerts anti-microbial activity against pathogenic bacteria like E coli and Salmonella. Incidentally, green tea kombucha has a high anti-microbial effect than when made with black tea.
It decreases sugar cravings
17. Emmet from Remedy told us that customers often comment that kombucha reduces their sugar cravings. “My take on this is that kombucha provides a natural energy boost and is therefore a handy antidote for when cravings kick in. It’s also a great way to break the soft drinks habit.”
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