Though it originated over 2,000 years ago in China, kombucha continues to become more and more popular these days and you see it in every grocery store now. There’s a reason for this and we’ll give you several reasons why to make it a part of your diet if you haven’t already.
So what exactly is kombucha? It’s basically the fermentation of sweetened tea with a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast, also known as a SCOBY. Known as the “tea of life”, this fermented tea is transformed into a nutrient-rich drink charged with enzymes, minerals, vitamins, polyphenols and amino and organic acids. Some of these include acetic acid, glucuronic acid, gluconic acid, fructose, usnic acid, oxalic acid, lactic acid, Vitamin C, B1,B2, B3, B6, B9 and B12.
Aside from its unique refreshing taste, many athletes make kombucha a regular part of their diet and here are some reasons why you should too:
- Increased Energy & Enhanced athletic performance
Kombucha is nutrient rich with energy-boosting B vitamins, as well as iron. There’s even a small amount of caffeine for a gentle picker upper. Many people tout its post-workout recovery and joint pain relieving effects.
This beverage increases your metabolism especially when consumed before meals making you feel more energized and ultimately more active. Its antioxidants and natural acids have been found to promote fat loss.
Intake of this tea helps in fighting various viral and bacterial infections. It’s rich in antioxidants and naturally occurring probiotics that help us defend against harmful microbes and illnesses.
Various sorts of B vitamins, amino acids, methylxanthine alkaloids and vitamin C are in kombucha, which are key to a healthy nervous system. These inhibit the release of the stress hormone cortisol, battle depression, balance mood, enhance concentration and help mitigate sleeping disorders.
Glucosamine in kombucha promotes the production of hyaluronic acid which reduces arthritic pain and helps maintain cartilage structure. Some cases have found notable effects and it is has been referred to as a great joint lubricator.
This drink is loaded with power antioxidants, enzymes and bacterial acids that aid in natural detoxification and ease the burden normally placed on the liver and pancreas.
It works as a probiotic replenishing your system with good gut bacteria and provides relief from chronic constipation, diarrhea and IBS. Probiotics are also tied to mental health.
Other key benefits including promotion of healthy cholesterol levels, improved heart health, reduced risk of diabetes, heals gastric ulcers, reduces asthma, improves eyesight, guards against inflammatory diseases, maintains cellular health, helps to retain the natural color of the hair, keeps the skin firm and has anti-microbial effects.
Lastly, this delicious elixir definitely leaves you feeling rejuvenated with the feeling of overall health and vigor. The alkalizing effect it has on your body will naturally help you keep your energy levels up. Give it a try!