Kombucha is a fermented tea beverage with a multitude of healthy benefits for our brain, heart and especially our gut. The gut is the first line of defense against any pathogens that make their way into the body via the mouth. This doesn’t just include the foods you eat, but also germs and bacteria that enter the body by touching your mouth, sharing utensils, licking cooking utensils that have been on the counter, removing a piece of gum with your hands that have touched, well – anything! – the list goes on.
There are countless ways in which foreign invaders can enter your body and wreak havoc on your immune system. Your gut flora are responsible for providing a line of defense again these pathogens and keeping you from getting sick.
A large part of your immune system is located in your gut. It is often referred to as your “second brain”, because there is a direct link to digestion, health, and mood! So maintaining a healthy gut is essential for long-term health and wellness.
That’s where kombucha comes in. Kombucha is a created through the fermentation of sweetened tea with SCOBY (a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast). This SCOBY is a living colony of organisms that works to turn sugars into probiotics and beneficial acids (sometimes referred to as “the mother”). One of these acids is called acetic acid, which acts like an antibiotic in the gut and blocks the growth of unhealthy bacteria. While prescription antibiotics do kill the bad bacteria in your gut, they also destroy the good bacteria as well! This is where kombucha also shines as it provide probiotics to feed the good bacteria. So you’re killing the bad bacteria and keeping the good! All resulting in a happy, healthy gut and body!
Along with providing a defense against bad bacteria, the probiotics in kombucha help to break down the foods we eat to optimize vitamin and nutrient absorption. As mentioned previously, these probiotics also promote the growth of good gut bacteria, which helps keep your gut at a healthy pH level, thus leading to a calmer environment and less GI distress!
Kombucha can help contribute to weight loss as it promotes a healthy lifestyle. When your gut is happy and healthy, you have more energy, less brain fog, and are much more likely to get and remain active. When you feel good on the inside, it reflects on the outside.
Where to Get It
Kombucha is popping up everywhere – in health foods stores, grocery stores, and even gas stations! It come in a variety of flavors too! Try out a few to determine your favorite. You can also make your own at home with a variety of different recipes you can find online.
Cheers to gut heath!