Have you heard of kombucha? If not, it is well time you jumped on this bandwagon and got involved.
I have written about kombucha previously however it is time to once again bring you, my dear readers, back in touch with this deliciously healthy elixir.
What is kombucha?
Kombucha is a fermented tea (usually black tea) that has its origins in ancient China. Made using a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast), the result is slightly carbonated drink brimming with probiotics.
So, why drink the stuff?
Here are a but a few reasons:
- Due to the fermentation process that naturally occurs, kombucha is a wonderful, living probiotic that is great for gut health.
- It is also high in B vitamins, which, along with the bacteria and yeast, promote strong gut flora.
- The drink contains an array of organic acids, which contain mildly detoxifying properties. This may play a role in ridding the body of toxins and chemicals.
- The natural cultures have been reported to boost digestion and metabolism.
- It is distinctly lower in sugar than other drinks (around 2g per serve of 240ml).
- It decreases sugar cravings, providing a natural energy boost.
- The bacteria contained in the SCOBY reportedly prevent diarrhoea.
- It contains high levels of antioxidants, which help to fight free radicals and slow the ageing process.
Kombucha is increasingly found health food stores. It has been available at Whole Foods for some time now. When shopping for kombucha, look for raw varieties, as pasteurisation can kill the cultures that make it so beneficial. Also try to find varieties with no added sugar. While sugar is required to make the drink (sugar is what allows fermentation to occur) there should be no added sugar in the drink itself.
If you’re in the market for a new drink to try, grab a kombucha. While an acquired taste for some, the associated health benefits are definitely worth exploring.
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