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What is kombucha? 

Kombucha is a nutrient-packed powerhouse of probiotics. It’s a refreshing, powerful living health drink that’s downright delicious, too. But how do we make it?  

First, we take sweetened, 100 per cent natural oolong tea and a ‘SCOBY’, aka a ‘Symbiotic Colony Of Live Bacteria and Yeast’ (And yep, now you know exactly where the weird name comes from!). Then we brew the two together for 40 days. 

Most kombuchas only ferment for around 7 to 30 days, but we like to give Nexba Kombucha a bit of extra time. That way, we know for sure that our SCOBY has digested all the sugar in the tea, so the result is totally sugar free and only the nutritious stuff is still left. 

Finally, once we have our brew, we add our Naturally Sugar Free blend and all-natural flavours and millions of extra probiotics for all your good gut feels. 

We hunted high and low for the best probiotics in the business and discovered Bacillus Coagulans. These little beauties are specially built to survive the journey from your mouth to your gut. So, you can guarantee you’re getting all the good gut goodness possible, with every single sip. Now try saying that tongue teaser out loud! 

New to ‘booch? We’ll let you in on a secret. Not all kombucha has to taste like vinegar. In fact, we’ve perfected our recipe over the years, so it tastes just as good as a classic soft drink. Trust us, you’d never know it was actually good for you! Just ask our army of kombucha converts. 

What is kombucha good for? 

Because kombucha is fermented, it’s a great for your gut health. The fermentation process allows for good bacteria, antioxidants and probiotics to grow in the drink before making its way into your mouth and down into your gut 

These good bacteria boost your gut health by balancing out the bad bacteria, which allows your gut to absorb nutrients better. Boosting your gut health by upping your probiotic intake helps all aspects of your body, from your mental health, brain function, skinsleep health and immunity (to name a few)! 

Kombucha is an awesome better-for-you choice for every day. Whether you’re trying to replace your daily sugary soft drink, looking to cut down on alcohol or trying to find a sugar-free fizzy drink the kids can enjoy, kombucha is a healthy and tasty option that can actually contribute to better overall physical and mental health 

How often should you drink kombucha? 

How much kombucha you can drink and how often you drink it depends on several factors, from the type of kombucha to your own personal medical conditions. Homemade kombucha can have higher levels of caffeine, alcohol and sugar than store-bought kombucha, so best to eer on the side of caution when it comes to homemade booch 

Sugar is a big watch-out for kombucha tooSome kombuchas on the market contain sugar, artificial ingredientsartificial sweeteners and flavours, which aren’t the best ingredients to be drinking on a daily basis. If you’re keen to get your daily dose of booch, look for natural, sugar-free and no-added-sugar kombuchas. Nexba Kombucha is totally natural and sugar-free, which means it’s safe to drink every day! 

Because Nexba Kombuchas are made by fermenting real oolong tea, there is a teeny tiny amount of trace elements of caffeine in each bottle. But don’t stress! The amount of caffeine inside our Naturally Sugar Free Kombuchas is about the same amount as a decaf coffee which is no more than 4 mg (while a standard shot of coffee is 90mg), so you don’t have to worry about any post-booch jitters.    

So long as your kombucha of choice is natural, alcohol-free, low in caffeine and sugar-free, it’s safe to drink as often as you like. Drinking kombucha daily will increase the number of probiotics in your gut, (500 million per 330ml serve, to be exact!) which has lasting health benefits including boosted energy, immunity and reduced inflammation.  

While it’s perfectly safe to drink Nexba natural and sugar free kombucha every day, everyone is different. If your body loves a Nexba Kombucha every day, then go for it! The best approach is to listen to your body and do what’s right for you. When in doubt, head to your GP for professional health advice.  

What is the best time to drink Kombucha? 

Thankfully, we see no reason why kombucha can’t be enjoyed at any time of the day when you need a little pick-me-up or just feel like sipping something tasty. Kombucha can be a great alternative to coffee or tea to start your day off right and studies have shown that drinking kombucha on an empty stomach in the morning can help jumpstart your digestive system so that it can perform well throughout the day. Want an extra gut-health boost? Follow your morning kombucha with a probiotic-rich meal like this Apple Pie Overnight Oats recipe to give you lasting energy and improved digestion.  

If you prefer to drink kombucha at lunch or in the evening, there’s good news: it’s a super healthy option for those times of the day too! Drinking a naturally sugar free kombucha before, during and after meals will aid digestion and is overall much better-for-you choice than sugary soft drinks or alcohol. So, take note of how your body feels when you drink booch and stick with what works for you. At the end of the day, kombucha is a healthy beverage option no matter when you decide to drink it.  

Can you drink Kombucha on empty stomach? 

In short, yes! Having a bottle of naturally sugar free kombucha on an empty stomach can expose the probiotics to the acidic environment in your stomach without the distraction of food, which allows for more probiotics to make it into your large intestine in-tact.  

In less science-y terms, that means that drinking kombucha on an empty stomach can be hugely beneficial, because the probiotics can get into your gut easily with no food in the way. Drinking kombucha first thing in the morning can help to aid digestion, enhance the detoxification effect, and give your gut health an early boost!   

If you’re new to kombucha or have a sensitive stomach, your gut might be a little reactive to probiotic drinks. If you’d prefer to drink kombucha with food, don’t stress! Drinking a kombucha that’s natural and sugar free will still help with digestion, even if it’s alongside lunch or dinner.  

Nexba uses an added best-in-the-biz probiotic strain called Bacillus Coagulans, which is encased in a hardy, protein-like shell, designed to make it to your gut alive. Because we pack extra of these tough probiotics into Nexba Kombucha, (500 million in every 330ml bottle, to be exact!) you can trust that our crafted kombucha will boost your gut health with, before or after any meal and at any time of day! 

Why does Kombucha make me feel good? 

Kombucha contains probiotics that contribute to your gut health, which is connected to your mood! Research has shown that the gut plays a huge role in your overall physical and mental health and the presence of probiotics helps to keep your whole body running smoothly.   

The connection between gut health, mental health and mood is not new news. In the early 20th century, a clever cookie named George Porter Phillips noticed that his patients who suffered from depression also suffered from digestion issues such as constipation. Phillips prescribed these patients a healthy diet and a fermented drink that contained the probiotic named Lactobacillus to see if targeting the gut could ease the melancholia. 

Amazingly, of the 18 patients Phillips tested, 11 were cured completely and 2 others showed significant improvement, offering some of the first scientific evidence that gut health and mental health are connected. 

More than a century after Phillip’s experiment, we’re now aware that a happier gut can lead to a happier mind. And while we can all experience ‘off’ days, eating well and focusing on gut-friendly food and drinks can help maintain a lighter, brighter mood. 

Did you know that 90% of our serotonin (the key hormone that stabilizes our mood, feelings of well-being, and happiness) is produced in the gut, not the mindTurns out, your happiness literally depends on what you put into your gut!  

Scientists call the pathway that connects your gut to your brain ‘the gut-brain axis, which is like a busy, two-way highway built of neurons (nerve cells). Your brain and gut send messages to each other along this highway using chemical messengers known as neurotransmitters. These messengers influence how you focus and feel, and when your gut’s happy, your brain’s happy too (and vice-versa).   

Drinking kombucha regularly is a great way to keep your body healthy and happy. Plus, drinking something healthy AND tasty always puts you in a good mood!   

What happens in your body when you drink kombucha? 

Drinking your probiotics is an easy and delicious way to improve your gut health. Kombucha is a fermented probiotic beverage that aids with digestion and detoxification and helping to increase energy and immunity.  

Made by fermenting tea and sugar with live cultures (aka a SCOBY – Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeasts), the fermentation process turns a bowl of sweet tea into a biochemical powerhouse. The fermentation process digests the sugar to produce organic acids, vitamins (in particular Vitamin B and Vitamin C), minerals, amino acids and enzymes. And best of all, it also produces a bunch of happy gut buddies in the form of super powerful probiotic microorganisms. 

So, what happens when you drink kombucha? The fermentation process allows for good bacteria, antioxidants, and probiotics to grow in the drink before making its way into your mouth and down into your microbiome (aka your gut). These good bacteria boost your gut health by balancing out the bad bacteria, which allows your gut to absorb nutrients better. Boosting your gut health by upping your probiotic intake helps all aspects of your body, from your mental health, brain function, skinandimmunity (to name a few)! 

Kombucha is also full of antioxidants, which support your liver (one of the body’s main detoxification organs). Antioxidants are substances that fightfree radicals, which are molecules that damage your cells. By boosting your antioxidant intake, you’re supporting the liver to eliminate toxins from your body.  

Kombucha also contains an abundance of B vitamins, which have been shown to boost energy. Because it’s made with tea, kombucha also contains a small amount of caffeine (roughly the same amount as a decaf coffee), which means that it packs a greater nutritional and probiotic punch more than your ordinary morning coffee. Plus, kombucha’s fizzy texture stimulates your body, giving you a natural energy boost. 

Because kombucha is so rich in probiotics, it helps your gut function properly, which boosts your immunity. Once probiotics get into your gut, they can crowd out bad bacteria, produce acids that stop the growth of bad bacteria and stimulate your immune system, keeping inflammation and disease at bay.