Kombucha: 8 Health Benefits

Kombucha tea in a teapot More people are drinking kombucha, the fermented black or green tea, as a tasty source of healthy probiotics. Like yogurt or kefir, kombucha contains live beneficial bacteria that promote healthy digestion, detoxification, and assimilation of nutrients.
Those who have added kombucha to their diets have reported having increased energy and stamina, and greater resistance to colds and flus. Some have found that drinking this improves sleep while decreasing fatigue, candidiasis, and other “gut” ailments.

The ancient Chinese discovered the health benefits of drinking kombucha tea more than 2000 years ago. It has recently gained renewed popularity due to its many natural health benefits.

Here are 8 health benefits of Kombucha:

  1. Aids Digestion and Gut Health – Kombucha is a naturally fermented probiotic, its living colony of bacteria and yeast contributes to a healthy digestive flora in the gut, improved digestion and nutrient absorption as it helps break down foods and aids absorption. It also fights candida, harmful yeast overgrowth.
  2. Detoxification – It detoxifies your body. The natural bacteria and enzymes help release and eliminate toxins in the liver and promote proper pancreas function.
  3. Reduces Your Cancer Risk – Kombucha is a rich source of Glucaric acid, and recent studies have shown that glucaric acid helps prevent cancer and the growth of abnormal cells.
  4. Joint Health – It contains glucosamines which prevent and treat all forms of arthritis. Glucosamines increase synovial hyaluronic acid production which preserves cartilage and prevents arthritic pain. Hyaluronic acid promotes healthy connective tissue and maintains tissue structure, moisture, lubrication and flexibility.
  5. Boosts Immunity – It is high in antioxidants which boost both your immune system and energy levels. Drinking kombucha and the live cultures it contains destroys bad bacteria responsible for many infections. It has been found to have natural antibacterial effects against staph, E. coli, Shigella sonnei and salmonella.
  6. Weight Loss – As kombucha supports healthy gut bacteria and digestion, it helps the body digest and process food more easily and provides quick energy. Improved elimination removes waste products, promoting a cleaner and healthier digestive tract. The increased energy related to improved nutrient absorption and available B vitamins, allows you to be more active and burn more calories throughout the day. It also has an appetite suppressant effect as well.
  7. Calming Effect – Kombucha contains theanine, which promotes alpha wave production in the brain and also increases serotonin levels, thereby reducing stress. It improves the quality of sleep and may reduce the effects of depression and anxiety disorders.
  8. Improved Skin, Hair and Nails – Many who use kombucha report tighter and younger looking skin and the reduction of skin conditions, such as eczema. It increases collagen production and the increased antioxidants it contains improve the health and appearance of your skin, hair and nails.

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