Kombucha is all the rage these days, but how healthy is it? In case you are wondering, here are 8 health benefits of kombucha…
Humans have been enjoying fermented foods for thousands of years, but over the past century or so, as processed and pasteurized foods have become the norm (at least in the Western world), fermented foods have fallen out of favor, and some experts have speculated that a diet lacking in fermented foods may be contributing to the increase in modern diseases and illnesses.
Fermented foods are enjoying a resurgence in popularity in recent years, as more and more information comes to light about how helpful they are for good digestion and a healthy immune system. Many people (including myself) have begun exploring the mysteries of home fermentation and discovering the many benefits of this ancient practice.
Although I have fermented many things over the past several years, only this past summer did I finally foray into making my own kombucha. It has now become one of my favorite fermented foods! Not only is it incredibly easy to make your own, but it is SO much cheaper than buying the expensive stuff at the store, and the more I read about the health benefits of kombucha, the happier I am that I finally took the plunge and tried it for myself.
Below are 8 health benefits of kombucha from TheRoastedRoot.net, and for more on how to make it, check out this post, and this post.
- 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 healthier 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.
- 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 may 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.