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7 Health Benefits of Kombucha

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If you've ever had kombucha, you already know how incredibly delicious it is. It's an excellent transition away from pop since it has a similar taste without all of the refined sugar, artificial colours and artificial flavours. 

But what you're about to discover is that kombucha is chock full of incredible health benefits! I've personally been brewing my own kombucha and drinking it for over 2 years. That may not sound like very long, but the improvements I've experienced in my digestion and gut health are extremely notable! You know how people say "it's nothing to write home about"? The improvements I've experienced would be "something to write home about"!

I used to be bloated all the time, to the point where I just thought it was normal. Gas might as well have been my middle name! If there was a workout at my CrossFit gym that involved running, I would deliberately hang around the back of the pack so I wouldn't "crop dust" anyone behind me. Yup, real cute. Aside from that, I've noticed significant improvements in the health and clarity of my skin!

Now before I continue, I don't want to misconstrue kombucha as this secret elixir that solves all of your problems in life. Eating wholesome, healthy foods and eliminating any troubling/food sensitivity foods is just as important. But what I'm trying to say is that by incorporating fermented foods (or drinks) like kombucha, you can take your health to the next level.

It's a big reason why I partnered up with my Joyous Health family to bring you the newest JOYOUS U course, DIY Kombucha Online – because I want you all to experience the many benefits of drinking kombucha too!

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I'll share more details about what the course entails at the end of this post, but first, let's get to all of the joyous benefits that kombucha (aka "booch") has to offer.

7 Health Benefits of Kombucha

1. SUPPORTS BODY'S NATURAL DETOXIFICATION SYSTEM

Like Joy, I believe that detoxing should be a daily habit, by moving your body on the regular and eating detox-supportive foods rather than a quick (and restrictive) 21-day fix. Drinking kombucha is one of those daily habits that can help to support your body's natural detoxification system. That's because it's loaded with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes and antioxidants that naturally help your body to detox, including:

  • Gluconic acid – helps to bind to toxins and expel them from the body
  • Glucuronic acid – provides the body with extra glucuronidation capacities (detox process often involved in metabolism of drugs, pollutants, bilirubin and fatty acid derivatives) to take the load off of the liver 
  • Glucaric acid – boosts the efficiency of liver detoxifying pathways
  • Polyphenols - antioxidants found in green and black tea that help to protect the liver (your master detoxifying organ) from oxidative stress and damage induced by acetaminophen (pain medication) overuse and support the health of your microbiome
2. IMPROVED DIGESTION (BYE BYE, GAS AND BLOATING!)

Much like other fermented foods such as kimchi , sauerkraut , miso paste and tempeh, kombucha is a fermented food that is rich in probiotics/beneficial bacteria. Probiotic-rich foods help to proliferate good bacteria in the gut and crowd out bad bacteria that may be contributing to adverse digestive symptoms such as gas, bloating and indigestion. 

Organic acids and enzymes found in kombucha can also help to break down foods and assist in nutrient absorption. If you struggle with weakened digestion, or feel like food kind of just "sits" in your stomach, kombucha can be super beneficial to you! Some research has also shown kombucha's ability to prevent and heal stomach ulcers.

Caution: If you are new to drinking kombucha, start off slow. If you drink too much at once and your gut isn't used to all of the good bacteria, it can actually do the opposite andcause bloating.

I would recommend starting with half a cup a day (4oz) and working your way up to a maximum of 1 cup (8oz) a day. Incorporating other fermented foods on the regular too (not just kombucha) will also help to prime your gut with this good bacteria.

3. BOOSTED IMMUNITY

Your gut is home to approximately 70% of your immune system which means, when you are supporting the gut with probiotics and probotic-rich foods like kombucha, we are also supporting the immune system ! We're taught to ward off sickness by reaching for the classic cup of orange juice, but in actuality, drinking that OJ is actually going to do the complete opposite of supporting your immune system because sugar wears down your immunity (especially if it contains added sugar!).

Eating a nutrient-rich diet, taking a daily Vitamin D and probiotic supplement as well as eating fermented foods and drinks like kombucha can be one of the best ways to support your immunity!

4. SUPPORTS THE GUT DURING & AFTER STRESS

While we can support our immune system by supporting the gut, there are also a number of things that can wear down our immune system, including stress.

If you've ever gotten sick after a super stressful period (think exam season in school), you've experienced this first hand. That's why it's super important to take preventative measures and support the gut at all times by eating fermented foods, like kombucha, on top of a healthy diet, your daily Vitamin D and probiotics. Keep in mind, the beneficial bacteria from fermented foods is considered to be "transient" which means, you consume it and then you poop it out which is why it's super important to be consuming ferments on the daily.

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5. MAINTAINS HEALTHY CHOLESTEROL LEVELS

Animal studies have found kombucha to be effective when it comes to maintaining healthy cholesterol levels by reducing LDL ("bad cholesterol") and increasing HDL ("good cholesterol"). The reason why is because kombucha contains glucoronic acid, a substance that is said to neutralize cholesterol deposits and change them to another compound that is soluble in water.

Increased secretion of bile acids (found in kombucha) can also help to to increase the excretion of cholesterol so as to reduce the ["bad"] cholesterol levels in blood.

And finally, if you are using green tea as a base for your kombucha, you will also benefit from the catechins found within it which can help to reduce the accumulation of cholesterol in the blood and accelerate the elimination of cholesterol (plus free radicals!) through feces.

With all that said, cholesterol isn't always bad. Cholesterol actually plays vital roles in the body such as for brain function. But of course, the balance of cholesterol is important which is why kombucha and other lifestyle factors are helpful for maintenance of healthy cholesterol levels.

6. BOOSTS ENERGY

Trying to break up with coffee but miss the energy boost? Make the switch to kombucha! Kombucha comes with a ton of energy-boosting properties given that it's packed with B vitamins and B vitamins help us to convert food into energy!

While caffeine is used in the brewing process, most of the caffeine is consumed by the SCOBY so essentially, there is little caffeine remaining once your brew is finished (approximately anywhere from 2-25mg whereas a drip coffee would be upwards of 250mg). The same goes for sugar, since the organic cane sugar is a vital nutrient for the SCOBY.

Kombucha is also a rich source of iron which helps to improve blood flow and oxygen levels to your organs and your brain – another way that you might experience the lovely side effect of a little energy boost!

7. PROMOTES A POSITIVE MOOD

Your gut isn't only home to your immune system, it also houses the production of 50-60% of the serotonin and dopamine in your body. These are our "feel good" neurotransmitters that are often thought to be produced in the brain, but in fact, most of their production occurs in the gut. 

The more we can support the gut by drinking kombucha, the more we are supporting the production of those feel-good hormones!

Knowing that kombucha has this effect, it has also been recommended for those that struggle with depression, also because kombucha has an anti-inflammatory effect and it's said there could be a link between depression and inflammation.

But of course, those B vitamins (more specifically B1, B6 and B12) will also give you a natural boost in terms of energy, concentation, memory and mood.

If you want to experience all of the benefits mentioned above (plus so many more) simply by drinking kombucha, I strongly suggest you check out our new online course, DIY Kombucha Online! This course will show you how to brew your own kombucha from start to finish (including how to flavour your kombucha naturally) through several professional videos, a comprehensive guide, 10 unique recipes and access to a private online community to gather brewing inspiration and to troubleshoot any issues you might run into. 

The course officially becomes available on Tuesday September 25th 2018, but if you get on the waitlist now, you can get access to exclusive pricing when the course becomes available. Get on the waitlist by clicking here or the image below.

If you have any questions or comments regarding brewing your own kombucha, I'm your girl! Simply leave your comments below :)

Rachel xx

15 Comments
Dee   •   September 21, 2018

Is there sugar in Kombucha, I take no form of sugar or substitute?

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Joy McCarthy   •   September 22, 2018

Peggy Turner   •   September 22, 2018

How much caffeine is in it?

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Rachel Molenda   •   September 24, 2018

Alex | BigBlueWaves Wellness   •   September 28, 2018

Thanks a lot for sharing, Rachel! This fizzy probiotic-charged drink never seems to amaze. Besides bacteria, it also contains unique probiotic yeasts that keep our gut healthy and immunity on guard. When brewing kombucha, one can increase the amount of healthy organic acids (and reduce the amount of sugar) simply by letting it ferment more. Though the taste will be sharper. Besides all the benefits, brewing kombucha is an amazing experience on its own and I encourage everyone to join your course :) Best wishes!

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Rachel Molenda   •   October 1, 2018
ALEX | BIGBLUEWAVES WELLNESS   •   October 1, 2018

Sarah Somian |.   •   October 1, 2018

Congrats again on the program, Rachel! I know that my first Kombucha experience was a major success thanks to all of your tips! Now others can enjoy it, from all around the World

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Rachel Molenda   •   October 2, 2018

Sarah | Deliciously Vibrant S.   •   October 2, 2018

They sure are and I have been trying to figure out when I would be making my next batch! It has been a while and I feel bad for my SCOBY (in her Scoby Hotel in the fridge for the past few months :p). Hope she's doing okay :/ - haha.

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Rachel M.   •   October 2, 2018

Jessica   •   October 2, 2018

Is kombucha safe during pregnancy?

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Rachel Molenda   •   October 2, 2018

Healthy Kitchen 101   •   October 4, 2018

Wow, I ashamedly admit that I've never heard of kombucha before. It indeed has so many benefits! - Natalie

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Joy McCarthy   •   October 4, 2018

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