Health

Is kombucha really good for us?

If you keep hearing or seeing the word kombucha all over the place, you aren’t alone!

It’s over 1000 years old, making it a traditional type drink with many healing benefits as is derived from fermenting sweetened tea.

No not sweet tea, sweetened tea. Fermenting this allows the yeast to convert the sugar in the tea to alcohol. The bacteria found then converts the alcohol to organic acids, leaving you with kombucha!

Soft drink lovers, this could be your new drink of choice, keep reading!

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Top benefits of kombucha

Good for the gut

It is said that the gut is connected to the brain, therefore when stress arises, blood flow to this region is impacted and your immune system goes down.

Kombucha can help! Great for gut health, the natural fermentation processes probiotics that help maintain a healthy gut flora by increasing the number of beneficial organisms.

It contains a live culture of bacteria and yeast, which can act as a probiotic.

Probiotics are live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit to the host. Studies have shown probiotics can improve digestion, help protect against disease and enhance immune function.

Low in sugar

Choice Australia found that someone with a coke-a-day habit, swapping it for a kombucha could reduce their annual added sugar consumption by as much as 12.7kg!

As we all know, even though it can be hard to kick the soft drink addiction, sugary drinks provide excess kilojoules which can cause weight gain!

Eventually excess sugary drinks can also lead to major health problems such as type-2 diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer, as stated by Choice.

The positivity of kombucha becoming more readily available in supermarkets and on shelves is great for a lower sugar alternative, which can make a real difference to your health.

The bulk of the sugar in this drink is consumed by yeast during the fermentation process, with the amount remaining depending on how long it’s left to ferment.

Not only a swap for soft drinks, you can also swap your alcohol out for a glass of kombucha. Although the alcohol level is extremely low, after fermentation process, there is only traces left, you can be left with a similar texture to cider or sparkling wine, without the calories!

 

Fights against disease

In the Journals of Food Research International, it states that kombucha can improve resistance against cancer, prevent cardiovascular diseases, promote digestive functions, stimulate the immune system, reduce inflammatory problems.

Calling on all kindergarten mums, the antioxidants and vitamin C present in kombucha help to protect the immune system! If you feel the flu coming on, sip on kombucha to start the fight. If you can’t get your little one to swallow a probiotic, serve them some kombucha (the flavours are great) as an alternative to keep their immune system up!

These probiotic bacteria can improve many aspects of health, including digestion and inflammation. Kombucha contains high levels of beneficial acids and enzymes which are also helpful in healing heartburn, leaky gut and stomach ulcers. Is there anything it can’t do?

Try apple cider vinegar as another drink to consistently detoxify your insides.

A guide to buying kombucha

  • Watch the sugar!

If kombucha is listed to have more than 4sugars on the nutrition facts label, it may contain added sugar following the fermentation process.

  • Choose glass packaging over plastic

Make sure to buy kombucha that has been packaged in glass, as plastic can become degraded due to the live cultures.

  • Check the label

Always read the ingredients label, looking for all natural and living (live) ingredients.

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written by:

Katie Fowler

Katie is a yoga loving writer from Sydney's northern beaches. With a flair for healthy baking you can find her scouring Instagram for the latest take on raw brownies and trolling Pinterest for interior design inspiration!