Everything You Need to Know About Kombucha a.k.a. Why I Haven’t Gone a Day Without This Babe Since I Started My Journey Towards Anorexia Recovery
Happy Thursday!!!! 🙂
Almost the weekend, so exciting! Right? I KNOW! FriYAY is just around the corner!! And although I’m sure you already have 94824820942 errands to run this weekend, I figured I’d give you another one!
GO STOCK UP ON SOME KOMBUCHA!!!!! WHY, YOU ASK?
Let me explain!
First & foremost, for those of you who are new-ish to the whole Kombucha thing; let me explain what it is! In a nutshell, Kombucha is a fermented beverage of black tea & sugar (from various sources, including cane sugar, fruit or honey!).
It contains LOADS of bacteria & yeast that are responsible for initiating the fermentation process once combined with sugar. Once it’s fermented, Kombucha becomes carbonated & contains vinegar, B-vitamins, enzymes, PROBIOTICS & a high concentration of acid (acetic, gluconic & lactic), all of which can provide MANY HEALTH BENEFITS! If I had to summarize them (before getting into all the dirty deets), I would say that the four main health properties of this babe of a drink are:
Out of fear of sounding too scientific, I won’t get too into the nutritional composition of kombucha, BUT, all you munchkins need to know is the SCOBY or Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria & Yeast is the collection of microbes responsible for turning sweet tea into a probiotic beverage. Essentially, it is a living colony of beneficial organisms that turn sugar into healthful acids & probiotics. SCOBY is pretty much a rubbery disc that covers the surface of the brewing liquid to seal it off from the air, allowing fermentation to happen in an air-free environment. OKAY, I CAN GO ON FOR DAYS, BUT I’M DONE. This is what too much research will do to you.
OKAY, so now that we’ve got that good old boring scientific stuff covered, let’s get into the nitty-gritty OF ALL HER BENEFITS STAT! So as I mentioned before, the nutrients contained in Kombucha are wonderful at supporting the body in SO MANY WAYS! HOW SO?
The detoxifying capacity of Kombucha is HUGE. In fact, it has the ability to counteract LIVER CELL TOXICITY. Research has shown that this is most probably due to Kombucha’s antioxidant activity & could be beneficial against liver diseases, where oxidative stress is known to play a crucial role.
Not only do the antioxidants in this baby help with liver detoxification, BUT ALSO, the babe is high in glucaric acid, which is super beneficial to the liver & aids its NATURAL detoxification.
Naturally, the antioxidant capacity of black tea counteracts free radicals that create craziness in the digestive system. BUT, the main reason why it is known that Kombucha supports digestive health is due to its really high levels of beneficial acid, probiotics & enzymes! In fact, SOME (not all) research has shown that Kombucha may be able to prevent & heal leaky gut & stomach ulcers!!!
AND, because Kombucha also helps restore balance to the digestive system, it can also help heal candida yeast from overpopulating within the gut! This is because it contains live probiotic cultures that help the gut to repopulate with GOOD BACTERIA, while throwing out the candida yeast! BTW, yes I am aware, Kombucha does contain bacteria, BUT THESE ARE NOT HARMFUL PATHOGEN BACTERIA, instead, they are the beneficial kind (and if you care, are called “apathogens”) & they compete with “bad” pathogen bacteria in the gut & digestive tract!
(BTW, for those of you who are unfamiliar, candida yeast is a type of harmful yeast that is the most common cause of fungal infections worldwide. And when our mucus barriers are disrupted or our immune systems are comprised, candida can invade & cause disease).
OH & on the topic of probiotics, did you munchkins know that probiotics can actually also help with mental clarity, mood stability, & reducing the symptoms of depression and anxiety?!?!?!?
OKAY, I AM NOT SAYING KOMBUCHA IS MAGIC, BUT LIKE… IT COMES PRETTY CLOSE. NO?
Kombucha also has this INSANE ability to energize us! HOW SO? This is due to the formation of iron that is released from the black tea during the fermentation process. Kombucha also contains very small amounts of caffeine & b-vitamins, which can also contribute to energizing the body.
BUT HOW DOES THIS FORMATION OF IRON WORK, you ask? Let me explain! Through a process called “chelation”, the iron released helps boost blood haemoglobin, improving oxygen supply to tissues & stimulating the energy-producing process at the cellular level.
THE RESULT? A SUPER-DUPER ENERGIZED INDIVIDUAL!
ALSO, given that Kombucha supports healthy gut bacteria & digestion, IT ALSO helps the body assimilate food more easily & provides quick and easy energy, SANS CAFFEINE!!! WINNING!
The overall effect that Kombucha has to modulate our immune system is best seen in its ability to CONTROL FREE RADCIALS due to its antioxidant content. In fact, clinically proven to decrease oxidative stress & related immune-suppression, a powerful antioxidant known as DSL was discovered during the fermentation process (AND get this… IT’S NOT FOUND IN BLACK TEA ALONE!).
Research has therefore shown that the DSL & vitamin C present in kombucha are the main reasons why this baby protects against cell damage, inflammatory diseases, tumours & depression of the immune system.
AND OF COURSE, THE PROBIOTICS FOUND IN THIS BABE ALSO HELP WITH IMMUNE SYSTEM HEALTH OVERALL!
Kombucha can ALSO help heal, repair & prevent joint damage. In fact, it is loaded with GLUCOSAMINES, which increase hyaluronic acid production. This supports the preservation of COLLAGEN & prevents arthritic pain. In the same way it will support joint collagen… wait for it… KOMBUCHA ALSO SUPPORTS COLLAGEN OF THE ENTIRE BOD & REDUCES THE APPEARANCE OF WRINKLES ON THE SKIN. Free skincare, YET AGAIN! Buh-bye Sephora (NOT ACTUALLY. I LOVE YOU!).
CANCER PREVENTION & RECOVERY
Some research has also shown that consuming glucaric acid, which is found in kombucha, can help reduce the risk of cancer in humans!
(Not a goal of mine, AT ALL ATM. But… comes with the package! So embrace it, munchkins)
Research has ALSO indicated that Kombucha helps improve metabolism & limit fat accumulation! It has a very high concentration of acetic acid (just like our baby, apple cider vinegar) & polyphenols, which have been proven to help increase weight loss!
MORE NUTRITIOUS ALTERNATIVE TO SODA!
Kombucha is also a great alternative to sugar-filled drinks, such as soda! In fact, it is naturally carbonated, meaning that the secondary fermentation process NATURALLY produces bubbles & carbonation. Sodas, on the other hand, are artificially carbonated by forcing carbonation into the liquid.
Not only that, but, kombucha is also an attractive alternative to OTHER CARBONATED BEVERAGES & provides probiotics & nutrients, which are not present in soda, NOT TO MENTION SHE ALSO CONTAINS LESS SUGAR THAN SOFT DRINKS! And, the sugar in Kombucha is simply the food for the beneficial bacteria & is largely consumed during the fermentation process. So yeah, once again, WINNING!
FAVOURITES & HOW OFTEN TO DEVOUR THIS BABY?
NOW, as for which ones are my fave & where to get them!
My top two Kombucha brands right now are Kevita & GT’s.
You can get Kevita at Tau (DDO, Saint-Denis or Laval), some Provigos & some Metros (I’ve been told that the one on Sherbrooke has it!).
FAVE FLAVOUR? LEMON CAYENNE!
As for GT’s, you can get it at Tau or Health Tree!
FAVE FLAVOUR? DIVINE GRAPE!
Let me know if you munchkins spot these babies (or discover any other delish brands) anywhere else in & around Montreal!!
As for how often you can drink it?
I RELIGIOUSLY drink one bottle of this baby per day & I have seen ONLY POSITIVE & FREAKING AMAZING RESULTS! Obviously, everybody’s body is different and reacts differently to certain things. This is why making healthier lifestyle choices is all about trial & error!
So, if you are a first-timer, I would start out by trying half a bottle per day for about 2 weeks & gage out the effects (positive or negative) & then decide for yourselves what works best for you!
ENJOY MY LOVES
PLEASE DON’T HESITATE IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS ABOUT THE BUCH BEFORE TRYING IT OUT!