Known as the `Immortal Health Elixir` by the Chinese and originating in the Far East around 2,000 years ago, kombucha is a beverage with tremendous health benefits extending to your heart, your brain and (especially) your gut.
Due to the fermentation process involved in creating kombucha, it contains a large number of living healthy bacteria known as probiotics. These bacteria line your digestive tract and support your immune system, as they absorb nutrients and fight infection and illness.
Since 80 percent of your immune system is located in your gut, and the digestive system is the second largest part of your neurological system, it is no surprise that the gut is considered our `second brain`
If you already eat a whole foods based diet, drinking kombucha regularly is a great addition that can help you maintain peak immune health, which trickles down into an impressive number of benefits for your overall health.
What is Kombucha?
Kombucha is a fermented drink that is popular for its purported health benefits – a good source of probiotics.
The sweetened green or black tea is fermented with a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast, otherwise known as a SCOBY (Symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast)
During the fermentation process, the yeast in the SCOBY breaks down the sugar in the tea and releases probiotic bacteria.
Many people believe that kombucha helps treat all sorts of chronic health problems.
However, human studies on the effects of kombucha are few and the evidence for it is health effects limited.
In contrast, there is ample evidence for the benefits of tea and probiotics, both of which are found in kombucha.
At specific concentrations, the probiotic bacteria found in Kombucha can help balance the gut micro biome in humans and improve digestion. It is rich in tea polyphenols and acetic acid, which have both been shown to suppress the growth of undesirable bacteria and yeasts.
Other health benefits of Kombucha:
- Disease prevention
There is evidence that fermented drinks contain powerful antio