Some of you have probably seen the latest craze that has become increasingly popular this year — kombucha. My sister told me about it in the spring, but I didn’t try it until recently and I have to admit I’m hooked. After doing a little research and discussion with some trusted pals, I learned that this beverage is full of tummy-loving goodness.
First of all, what is kombucha?
Kombucha is black tea with natural sugars that are fermented by bacteria. It contains vinegar, enzymes, live probiotics, iron and B-vitamins.
What are the benefits of kombucha?
- Improved digestive health
- Antioxidants to defend the liver and GI tract from oxidative stress + help boost your immune system
- Provide a source of iron – very important for women’s health!
- Supports joint health
- Helps to increase weight loss due to high acidity (just like apple cider vinegar!)
I am a fan of kombucha because it’s a refreshing and easy way to increase my digestive health. Major plus — it tastes kind of like wine 🙂
I started off buying a kombucha drink once a week and it costs around $3.50 (two servings per bottle), but after drinking it for a few weeks I have increased it to 4 kombuchas a week. I have tried several flavors and lemonade is my favorite, along with tart cherry, strawberry and ginger. Kombucha is naturally carbonated, so I recommend opening it over the sink in case it bubbles over a little bit! (lesson learned the hard way 🙂 My favorite brand is GTS kombucha, but I’ll reach for Kevita if it’s on sale. GTS is much more bubbly, and Kevita makes less kombucha flavors and more apple cider tonics.
I have been on a pro-gut + anti-inflammatory kick lately, actively trying to incorporate fermented foods, apple cider vinegar, kombucha and digestive system-friendly fruits like pineapple into my diet. I can honestly say that I have never felt better. I’ve had a sensitive stomach for as long as I can remember, and I can truly feel a difference. Happy belly = Happy Hailey. I encourage you to try this as well if you have found your belly feeling less than stellar lately. I never dreamed of drinking bacteria (uh hello, weird) but the science behind it is too good to pass up. Promoting healthy microbiota is definitely a beneficial health trend that I can support!
Note: Don’t reach for the grapefruit flavors if you are on any medications because it can interfere with the effectiveness (check your prescription and ask your doctor). Also, if you’re nursing or pregnant, check with your doctor before drinking kombucha because it naturally produces alcohols from fermentation.
“Health is not just about what you are eating, its also about what you are thinking and saying.”