The ancient Chinese discovered the health benefits of kombucha tea more than 2000 years ago. They considered it to be so powerful that they referred to it as an “immortal health elixir.” Kombucha has been steadily gaining popularity in recent years for its effectiveness in reducing certain health risks as well as promoting overall well-being.
Kombucha is a raw, fermented and naturally carbonated tea. It is made by fermenting tea and sugar with a culture of bacteria and yeasts. The taste can range, depending upon the type of tea, from a sparkling apple cider to champagne. Some brands tend to have a slight vinegar taste. Kombucha has recently gained popularity due to its many health benefits. Listed below are some of those benefits:
Kombucha Detoxifies The Body
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Because it contains much of the bacteria and enzymes needed for detoxification, it helps to unburden the liver and reduces the load on the pancreas. Due to its ability to detoxify the body, kombucha can aid in the prevention as well as the treatment of cancer.
It Improves Digestion
Kombucha is probiotic and contributes to a healthy digestive flora in the gut that helps break down foods and aids absorption.
Kombucha Reduces The Risk Of Arthritis
It contains high amounts of glucosamines, which help maintain the lubrication and flexibility of the joints.
It Can Help You Lose Weight
The better food is digested, the greater the chance of releasing excess weight. For many people, Kombucha tends to have an appetite suppressant quality as well.
It Helps Reduce Stress Levels
Kombucha contains theanine, which promotes alpha wave production in the brain and also increases serotonin levels. Kombucha contains acids which have a calming effect on the body, which aids depression and anxiety disorders. It can also assist in overcoming sleep disorders and improve the overall quality of sleep.
It Boosts The Immune System
Kombucha helps to cleanse and detoxify the liver, thus helping to restore the body to its natural state.
It Increases Energy Levels
Kombucha has a natural supply of vitamin B6 along with other B vitamins. Many advocates of kombucha also report younger looking skin and the reduction or elimination of skin conditions, such as eczema. Others report healthier hair. Since kombucha has an alkalizing effect on the body, these claims could very well hold merit.
Kombucha can be purchased through most health food stores as well as some mainstream grocery stores. It is available “plain” or with added flavours, such as pomegranate. The important thing to keep in mind is to stay as close to the natural, raw kombucha as possible to achieve the most optimal benefits from it.
The popularity of Kombucha is due in part to the many medicinal properties it is believed to possess. There are anecdotal reports of it being effective against cancer and various other ailments, and many advocates believe it aids in detoxifying and cleansing the liver, but no clinical studies have been performed to verify or debunk these claims.
Whether or not Kombucha can help cure cancer or help an ailing liver remains to be seen, but it does contain many pro-biotic cultures which are believed to aid in digestion, active enzymes, and anti-oxidants which are believed to be anti-cancer agents. Unfortunately, if a person is home brewing the drink there is no way to find out the quantity of these unless a sample is sent to a lab, so there is no way of knowing if the proper dose is being consumed.
Kombucha can be brewed at home, and there are several ways to do it, although the preferred method is with sugar and tea. Almost any beverage containing caffeine and sugar will allow the culture to grow, although the taste could be less than delicious, and possibly unpalatable.