Kombucha has become an increasingly popular drink choice over the past few years. The rise of kombucha is in part due to the associated health benefits, but also because it just tastes great. It has a delicious fizz making it the perfect healthy alternative to soft drinks. It’s not new, kombucha has been around for thousands of years, but with the increasing prevalence of people experiencing gut health disturbances, this healing probiotic beverage has become talk of the town.
In case you’re not familiar with kombucha, it is a fermented drink consisting of tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast. It may not sound too appetising but trust us, it works. Given its vast popularity, I don’t think there are too many people in need of convincing.
Here are the top 5 reasons we think everyone should be drinking kombucha every day.
1. Gut health
The most commonly cited health benefit associated with kombucha is that it supports gut health. This is because it’s a good source of probiotics - it is loaded with beneficial bacteria we need to keep our gut happy. By nurturing our gut with probiotic and nutrient rich foods, we, in turn, support our digestive system, enhance our bodies innate capacity to eliminate toxins and we are better able fight off infection and harmful bacteria.
Our Nexba kombucha range is made with 100% natural oolong tea leaves and contains 500 million live probiotics! We use a unique strain of probiotics that (unlike many) actually survive the journey from mouth to gut. Studies have demonstrated that 85% of the probiotics reach your stomach intact.
TIP: If you are finding that your probiotics aren’t working as well as they should, you should consider taking a prebiotic supplement. Prebiotics can make your probiotics more effective as they assist with absorption. Speak to a health care professional to find out which prebiotic is best for you.
2. Aids detoxification
Kombucha supports liver health, one of the body’s main detoxification organs. This is predominately because of the antioxidant value of kombucha. Antioxidants are substances that fight free radicals*. By supporting our liver function with antioxidant rich foods and drinks, we are better able to eliminate toxins from our body.
*Free radicals are unstable, electrically charged molecules in the cells, that can react with other molecules (like DNA) and damage them.” (HealthLine).
3. Boost energy
Kombucha contains an abundance of B vitamins, which have been shown to boost energy. As well, kombucha is predominately made from green or black tea which means it does contain a small amount of caffeine. The health benefits, however, make kombucha a much more beneficial way to get your caffeine hit than your usual cup of coffee. For people who are particularly sensitive to caffeine we recommend drinking kombucha in the morning or early afternoon.
4. Boosts immunity
All bodily functions are interconnected meaning that by supporting our gut health, digestion and liver function, we in turn support our overall wellbeing. When other systems in the body are working optimally, our immunity is also improved.
In summary, the inclusion of probiotic and antioxidant rich food and beverages (such as kombucha!) supports our body in its natural immune process.
If you are interested to learn more about how all systems are interconnected, read our article on the gut-brain connection.
5. It’s seriously delicious
Last but certainly not least, a key reason to drink kombucha is the taste! It has that delicious fizzy flavour we all know and love but is far superior in nutritional value to commercial soft drink alternatives. Unlike soft drinks, kombucha is naturally carbonated during the fermentation process which is what produces the bubbles.
Our Nexba kombucha range comes in a variety of flavours including Cinnamon and Lime, Elderflower and Lemon, Mixed Berry, Rose Lemonade and Apple, Pear and Ginger. They are delicious on their own or if you’re feeling creative, you can try one of our kombucha recipes.
Worried about the cost of kombucha? You’ll be pleasantly surprised to find out that it’s actually really cheap to make. Once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty simple too. Check out our blog post on making kombucha at home to get started!
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