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Should You Be Drinking Kombucha Every Day?

 

In Asia it has been known as the “elixir of immortality” for more than 2000 years. It is considered a traditional and ritual drink for cultures of its region. Prodigious qualities for health are assigned to it .

At the same time it also raises concerns as it is a fermented drink . What is evident is that Kombucha tea is increasingly present in the market. You want to know why? Keep reading.

What is Kombucha?

Kombucha is a fermented drink based on black or green tea and sugar (which can come from different sources, such as fruit, honey …). This drink is exposed to fermentation by a gelatinous microbial colony. This was known in its region of origin as the “mushroom of immortality . Upon reaching Europe in the 20th century, it was discovered that the fungus that ferments it is actually a symbiotic colony, similar to the one that ferments bread. It is composed of bacteria and yeast that make up the ” kombucha fungus” or SCOBY in English ( Symbiotic Culture of Bactera and Yeast , or symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts in Spanish).

Once it has been fermented, Kombucha becomes a drink with a gaseous touch. There are even those who have started to take it as a substitute for soft drinks or carbonated drinks, since you can find it in different flavors. But why is this drink so popular?

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What are the nutritional values ​​of Kombucha?

Nutritional information can vary a lot, depending on whether it is a commercialized or homemade drink, its preparation, the quality of the products … Although, in summary, we could reduce it to this:

– Vitamins B (B1, B2, B3, B6, B12), C, D, E and K

– Folic acid

– Enzymes (amylase, catalase, coagulant enzyme, invertase, protease, sucrase …)

– Essential organic acids (acetic acid, gluconic acid, glucuronic acid, lactic acid, usnic acid …)

– Minerals (calcium, fluoride, iron, manganese, magnesium, potassium, zinc, …)

– Yeasts

– Caffeine

– Alcohol (between 0.5% and 2%)

Pay attention to the sugar levels! For Kombucha, between 2 and 7% sugar is used, that can reach 21 grams of sugar for every 300 milliliters of Kombucha. If you are making your own Kombucha at home, try to use as little sugar as possible.

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The 5 prodigious properties of Kombucha

kombucha properties

1. Protects the digestive system and metabolic functions

Thanks to its high content of probiotics, amino acids, enzymes and B vitamins, Kombucha helps balance the digestive system and protects it from problems and diseases. This drink contains (good) bacteria that protect the digestive system from harmful pathogens.

In addition, one of the properties of Kombucha enzymes is that they facilitate the absorption of nutrients, making them lighter.

2. Maintains a healthy intestinal flora

The combination of probiotics and enzymes found in Kombucha teas contribute to the detoxification ( detox ) of the body and help improve liver function considerably. The healthy bacteria (in the form of probiotics) in Kombucha balance the intestinal flora, and not only that …

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3. Strengthens the immune system

Indeed, not only that. The probiotics in this tea also boost the immune system and prevent disease. In fact, it is clear that the immune system goes hand in hand with gut health.

Similarly, its antioxidant properties help reduce inflammation at the root of a disease. For this reason, Kombucha has recently been linked to the prevention of some types of cancer.

4. Relieves joint pain

Due to the high levels of glucosamine, the production of hyaluronic acid is increased, making it possible to maintain healthy joints . These components help protect the cartilage structure and thus reduce joint pain in diseases such as arthritis. In this regard there are contrary opinions on the market.

5. Improves mental health

This tea can also be very beneficial for your mental health . It contains an important variety of B vitamins (especially B12) that are responsible for: increasing energy levels and mental well-being, protecting heart health, reducing stress and anxiety, improving memory and quality of sleep, among others things.

Remember: Kombucha Tea is not miraculous

We do not mean that this drink is the ultimate resource to start having a healthy life and body. It is a first step, since its properties help to achieve it. They do their bit to bring you the state of health you want to have.

Does Kombucha tea have negative effects or contraindications?

This question is quite common today. It is questioned that the popularity of this drink comes from a new fad rather than its health benefits.

These are the main concerns that Kombucha consumption raises:

  • Kombucha tea can be obtained commercially or by brewing it manually at home. Both options have an adverse effect. If you decide to make your own Kombucha tea , you have to maintain STRICT hygiene . Being a fermented drink, the fungus with which this tea is made can absorb during the fermentation process elements that are harmful to your health, such as harmful bacteria and fungi . In these cases, it would not be recommended for people with depressed immune systems. If you have chosen to buy commercially made Kombucha , it is possible that the drink has been sterilizedpreviously to pass the appropriate controls. It is true that you get rid of any danger of intoxication, but you also lose the powers of the original probiotics , which are a great beneficial factor of this drink.
  • It has some aspects that make part of its consumers doubt: it has caffeine (the equivalent of a black tea), it has sugar (2-7%) and it has alcohol (0.5-2%).

Now it’s in your hand

You already know the properties and contraindications of Kambucha. Keep in mind that there are those who understand more with this drink and those who understand less, like everything. Now it is up to you to decide if you want to try it first hand to see for yourself. Will you tell us?

We will be waiting for you in the comments.

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