Top 5 Kombucha Health Benefits

By now, you've probably met some people who say they drink kombucha for it's many health benefits. They may have even convinced you to try it yourself.

But you are probably still left with some questions. What health benefits are they talking about?

It's been called the “wonder drink” and even the “elixir of health” in some parts of the world. You are probably thinking to yourself, surely it's not as magical as people make it out to be.

You are right.

Kombucha is not a cure-all as people have claimed it to be, but that doesn't mean that it can't restore parts of your health.

So, let's take a look at some of the possible health benefits of drinking kombucha tea…

 

Kombucha Health Benefit #1: Restores Gut and Digestive Health

My husband's kombucha healing story starts here. Just a couple of years ago, he was to the point that he was suffering from heartburn, gas, bloating, and indigestion daily.

We discovered that through drinking kombucha regularly, his digestive issues were vanishing. Today, he is a very different person, with ZERO gastro intestinal complaints.

Kombucha is beneficial for digestive health because is contains probiotics. It is fermented with the aid of a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast). When you drink kombucha, you are actually drinking living beneficial bacteria that help body digest food, absorb more nutrients, and fight the overgrowth of harmful bacteria in the body, including yeast.

Because of this, kombucha is also beneficial for battling candida and yeast overgrowth.

Want to learn more about digestive health? Read: 5 Ways to Heal Your Gut After Antibiotics

Kombucha Health Benefit #2: Detoxes Your Body

Kombucha is a powerful way to detox the body. So powerful in fact that those who are new to drinking kombucha should take it slow. Start with 1-2 tablespoons a day until you know your body can handle it.

By drinking kombucha regularly to rid your body of toxins, you are making the job easier on your pancreas and liver. I'm sure your pancreas and liver will thank you later in life.

Kombucha is also high in Glucaric acid, which has been shown to be beneficial in cancer prevention in recent studies.

It is normal to experience some digestive upset when you first begin drinking kombucha, especially if you are knew to detoxifying foods and strong probiotics. This is the detox process at work. Again, take it slow and listen to your body as to when you should drink more or less.

Kombucha Health Benefit #3: Boosts Your Immune System

Kombucha contains vitamins and enzymes that our bodies need to maintain a healthy immune system. It is especially high in vitamin B12, with one glass containing as much as 20% of the recommended daily amount for an adult.

Vitamin B12 is found in animal foods and naturally fermented foods, and is a requirement for the healthy functioning of several processes in our bodies.

Benefits of Vitamin B12:

  • Needed to convert carbohydrates into glucose.
  • Helps to regulate the nervous system.
  • Helps to improve cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, and protects against stroke.
  • Essential for healthy skin, hair, and nails.
  • Helps protect against certain cancers.

Kombucha Health Benefit #4: Natural Energy Drink

Kombucha has long been known as a “natural energy drink” for several reasons. For one, the B vitamins it contains give the body a good boost of energy.

The second reason that kombucha can provide immediate energy is it's detoxifying effect on the body. By eliminating the body of excess toxins, you will feel better, and therefore have more energy.

Get rid of the coffee and energy drinks. Drink kombucha, which can make you healthier AND make you feel energized.

Kombucha Health Benefit #5: Natural Anti-inflammatory

Kombucha is a rich source of glucosamines, which have been found to be beneficial in reducing the pain and inflammation of arthritis and can even be beneficial in reducing migraine headaches.

Glucosamines also increase the production of synovial hyaluronic acid, which can preserve cartilage and act similarly to NSAIDs in reducing pain and inflammation in the body.

Learn How to Make Your Own Kombucha Tea

Did you know that you can learn how to make your own kombucha?

Kombucha tea in the store cost anywhere from $3-$5 a bottle. A bit pricey if you ask me. But, you can learn to make your own kombucha at home for about 10 to 15 cents per gallon.

The best part? It's super easy!

Click here to learn how to make your own kombucha tea. (includes a video)

Vanessa Pruitt, PLMHP, MS

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