Friday, June 28, 2013

Benefits of Kombucha Tea

Kombucha tea with unsweetened cranberry
I've been learning so much about bacteria in our bodies—how important it is to our health and ways to get more good bacteria into our system. In What's the Scoop on Probiotics and Prebiotics? I mentioned Kombucha tea as a great way to enrich your microbiome. That post followed What's Bugging You?a serious discussion about the state of an unhealthy gastrointestinal (GI) tract due to an imbalance of good vs bad bacteria.

Kombucha is a fermented tea consumed for over 2000 years all around the world. It has been extensively studied and applied to several medical issues in Russia, Germany, China and other places. Many make their own Kombucha tea, but I'm happy to see it offered in the grocery stores by several companies. Its natural carbonation makes it a refreshing drink and perfect replacement for sugar-laden soft drinks that can ravage your health.

Why is drinking Kombucha tea, an all natural health beverage teeming with healthy bacteria and amino acids, a good thing? There are a host of healing properties* attributed to Kombucha tea:

  • Probioticshealthy bacteria
  • Alkalize the bodybalances internal pH
  • Detoxify the liverhappy liver = happy mood
  • Increase metabolismrev-up your internal engine
  • Improve digestionkeep your system moving
  • Rebuild connective tissuehelps with arthritis, gout, asthma, rheumatism
  • Cancer prevention
  • Alleviate constipation
  • Boost energyhelps with chronic fatigue
    Benefits of Kombucha Tea
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Relieve headaches & migraines
  • Reduce kidney stones
  • High in antioxidantsdestroys free-radicals
  • High in polyphenols
  • Improve eyesight
  • Heal eczemaapply topically to soften skin
  • Prevent atherosclerosis
  • Heal ulcerskills h.pylori on contact
  • Help clear up candida & yeast infections
  • Aid healthy cell regeneration
  • Reduce gray hair
  • Lower glucose levelsprevents spikes
The probiotics in Kombucha tea re-establish the natural ecology of the gut (GI tract). Since the majority of your immune system exists in the gut, it's important to keep it healthy. That requires a rich diversity of healthy, good-for-you bacteria that you can get from eating fermented foods and drink. The body is equipped to heal itself, but only if it is treated well and given the proper nutrients.

What new healthy food did you try this week?

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*Source: Down Dog Kombucha


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