Health Benefits of Kombucha Tea

Benefits of Kombucha
Have you heard of it or have you already tasted it? Kombucha! It is a fermented drink full of antioxidants, living bacteria and yeasts that contribute to a strong immune system and optimal digestion. An absolute must for your detox treatment because of the detoxifying properties. By drinking kombucha every day, you can keep your immune system healthy. But how can a drink of (green) tea and sugar fit in your detox treatment? I'll tell you more about it!

What is Kombucha?

Kombucha is known in China as the "Immortal Health Elixir" (elixir of immortal health) and originated around 2,000 years ago. Kombucha is a fermented drink that consists of black or green tea and sugar (such as cane sugar, fruit or honey). Fermentation is a process through the use of bacteria, fungi and yeast to make a food. The sugar-tea solution is fermented for 7 to 10 days by bacteria and yeasts, known as a "SCOBY" (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeasts). Contrary to what is often claimed, a SCOBY is not a kombucha mushroom.
With yeast you may think of alcohol, but kombucha is not alcoholic. The added sugars are almost completely and sometimes completely converted by the fermentation process, so that it contains 5 grams to no carbohydrates per 100 ml. Sometimes extra flavors are added to the drink such as ginger, lemon or mint. I thought the taste took some getting used to, I had it taste to various friends and the opinions were divided. I found it refreshing, a natural thirst quencher, a bit sour and delicious on a summer day!

8 health benefits of Kombucha in your detox treatment

# 1 Detoxifies your body

Research from the University of Latvia in 2014 claims that drinking kombucha tea is beneficial for many infections and diseases "due to four important properties: detoxification, anti-oxidation, stimulating power and promoting depressive immunity." This drink contributes to natural detoxification by gluconic acid, which binds toxins and helps to excrete them.

# 2 Improves your digestion

The combination of organic acids, enzymes and probiotics in kombucha, promotes your digestion and relieves stomach complaints. Probiotics, sometimes also called good gut bacteria, can help with a healthy gut flora. Your body has three to five kilos of useful bacteria and microbes. But these microbes can become exhausted by stress, alcohol consumption, antibiotics and other harmful organisms. That is why detoxing is so important!) Kombucha can help to supplement healthy gut bacteria.

# 3 Protects your lungs

An unexpected benefit is a possible treatment method for silicosis, a lung disease that is caused by repeated exposure to silica particles . Chinese scientists discovered that inhalation of kombucha can be a way to treat these and other lung diseases .

# 4 Improves your mental health

The B vitamins in kombucha, especially vitamins B1, B6 and B12, fight depression, stabilize your mood and it improves your concentration. Vitamin C inhibits the release of stress hormone cortisol.
Kombucha also contains naturally occurring trace amounts of alcohol, which can reduce stress and enhance positive feelings. Despite the extremely low alcohol content, kombucha is safe for pregnant women to drink (check with a doctor).

# 5 Reduces heart disease

Kombucha seems beneficial to the heart, although research is scarce. In animal studies, kombucha helps to lower triglyceride levels and regulates natural cholesterol.

# 6 Losing weight

When our healthy microbes in the gut are exhausted, it can lead to obesity and diabetes. The natural acids and antioxidant properties in kombucha can promote fat loss . Kombucha, like apple cider vinegar, increases metabolism when you drink it before meals.

# 7 Antibacterial

Strange, it is full of bacteria and yet does it work antibacterially? But it is true - because of the bacteria in kombucha, bad bacteria are destroyed by drinking the living cultures. Laboratory studies have shown that kombucha has antibacterial effects against staphylococci (skin bacteria), E. coli , two strains of salmonella and Campylobacter jejuni .

# 8 Improved sports performance

According to athletics enthusiasts, kombucha increases energy levels during exercise and helps with recovery after training, thereby alleviating joint pain. Olympic athletes in the Soviet Union reportedly drank up to one liter of kombucha daily to prevent the lactic acid levels from accumulating.

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