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What is Kombucha?

Updated: May 18, 2022

Kombucha is a fermented tea that has become carbonated. Kombucha's origins can be traced back 2,000 years to ancient China. Back then, the recipe was, green or black tea, yeast, and sugar. These days, the process includes a Scoby, otherwise known as a culture of bacteria and yeast. This bacterial blend is what begins the fermentation process, which delivers all the nutrients and flavor to the kombucha.

What are the benefits of Kombucha?

As with other fermented foods like yogurt and kimchi, kombucha is known for promoting healthy digestion by adding helpful gut bacteria to existing gut flora.

Probiotic Benefits

Probiotics can be helpful in aiding digestion, reducing inflammation, and improving weight loss. The Scoby found in kombucha does more than just provide probiotic elements and lactic acid, it also provides carbonation and a trace of alcohol. This blob of bacteria bloom first forms a film during the fermentation process and can act as a "mother" or "starter" for the kombucha process.

Metabolism Boost

While most of the weight loss benefits you may get from kombucha are likely the result of its ability to improve gut health, research has shown that kombucha's concentration of epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) might be capable of giving one’s metabolism a bit of a leg-up.

Mental Helper

There is a direct connection between depression and inflammation. This means that drinking any probiotic beverage with enough anti-inflammatory power might be able to affect not only the body, but the brain as well. Research from a number of studies has shown evidence of this gut-brain connection and indicates that taking probiotic supplements can boost one’s mood and improve one’s state of mind. It’s not ironclad, but when it comes to depression, every little bit helps.

Heart Healthy

Drinking tea has always been synonymous with good health in a number of cultures, and fermenting it can help protect your heart. Researchers experimenting on rats found that those who had been fed kombucha had high levels of HDL and better triglyceride levels than rats who did not, as per Kombucha Research. Their hearts also happened to be less swollen than those who had no kombucha, and they had a lower blood glucose level.

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