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Quick, SMILE. Great, now you are fully prepared to learn about the benefits of drinking kombucha mushroom tea (and other uses later). OK – So what exactly are the health benefits of kombucha? I’m sure many of you were brought to GetKombucha.com to learn more about kombucha benefits because you heard about all the amazing health benefits. Whether it was your friend who lost some weight, stories printed on commercial bottles claiming that it helped with cancer treatment, or recently the attention kombucha is getting in the media as a natural source of energy.
The Benefits of Kombucha
Everyone wants to know… what are some benefits of drinking kombucha? I know for myself it was pretty apparent that it was helping my digestion and acid reflux, but the interesting thing was that several other kombucha drinkers were experiencing different kombucha health benefits. There was a trend, but I wanted to know exactly what these were and what were the most common benefits amongst REAL kombucha tea drinkers. For me, it is more important talking to other kombucha drinkers than just relying on what a dude in a lab coat analyzed from a petri dish (not knocking labs or lab coats for that matter as science is really cool to back up your hunches and lab coats are damn sexy if accessorized correctly.. what?)
Kombucha Improves Your Digestion
Kombucha is a probiotic which contributes to healthy digestive flora in your gut that can help break down foods and absorb the good stuff while evacuating the bad stuff easier. Kombucha also is a alkalize forming food when ingested. Kombucha also contains sever beneficial organic acids that have been attributed to better digestion. (side note, if you want a double dose of digestion… trying making chai kombucha! With chai kombucha benefits from both the gentle digestive herbs like cardamom and ginger, but with an upgraded delivery method thanks to kombucha!)
Kombucha Helps You Lose Weight
Going one step further with the digestive benefits of kombucha, the better we can digest our food (both absorb and evacuate), the better chance we have at losing excess weight. This weight loss is usually experienced only for people that are overweight. In fact, we have seen the opposite in people that are underweight, as kombucha will also help these people absorb their food easier. A final thought though on the real reason why so many drinkers have reported weight loss, is that these drinkers are replacing their sugary sodas, coffees, and other soft drinks with delicious, organic Kombucha and water. That alone will show a huge success in weight loss.
Kombucha Reduces Your Stress Levels
Kombucha is usually made with tea, which contains the component: Theanine. Theanine promotes alpha wave (the in the zone waves) production in the brain as well as increases serotonin levels. Many other kombucha drinkers also mention that if you drink a little kombucha at night you will sleep better. For me, I have not experienced this on a consistent basis (sigh). Now, you could take a theanine supplement or simply drink tea (the green kinds usually have the highest amount of theanine), but as I have discussed before, kombucha will “supercharge” any individual component due to its synergistic delivery system.
Kombucha Gives You More Energy
As mentioned above, kombucha is usually made with tea which means that in addition to the happy relaxed effects of theanine, it also contains the happy “in the zone” effects of caffeine. Typically the drink has about a third the amount of caffeine that is found in coffee, and through the fermentation process, the amount of caffeine decreases even more, however I would imagine that the caffeine does contribute to the reported energy. However there are several other things going on. Kombucha also has a natural supply of Vitamin B6 as well as other B Vitamins.
Kombucha also cleanses and detoxes the liver, so another explanation could be that it is not “giving” you energy, but rather “restoring” your body to its natural state, which is an abundant energetic body. Finally, the small amount of sugar that is found in kombucha is already broken down (sucrose gets broken down into glucose and fructose during the fermentation process). When consumed after exercise or high-stress levels, it will act like a Gatorade on steroids… uh, except that it is all natural and the vital minerals that kombucha also provides (we tend to sweat these out), are from natural sources like tea, etc instead of synthetics.
Kombucha Increases Your Immune System.
So, hopefully, by now, you are beginning to see a synergy going on. Let’s put it all together because words like Immune System and Detox have been overused in my opinion to just say to cover all bases, but if you are digesting your food better, cleaning out your liver, reducing the amount of sugar intake due to drinking kombucha over soda, juice, etc, lowering your stress levels and getting micronutrients delivered in a supercharged way — obviously you are going to be and feel healthier. Harvard has recently done some studies on this topic and weigh in with probiotic and building an immune system:
Another interesting observation is that I tend to get sick less during cold and flu season… now to be fair I live in California so it usually isn’t so cold here, but I am curious to see what the direct effect is of kombucha’s probiotics on people who have been taking antibiotics their whole life (perhaps we will be doing another survey soon!).
Kombucha Relives Constipation
Digestion = Poop Easier; Acetic Acids = Pee Easier. BUT – the missing ingredient in both equations is…. (drum roll, or hand drum, please)… W-A-T-E-R. In fact, water will help all of these reported benefits. A good rule of thumb is to drink equal amounts of water for kombucha. This is in addition to the recommended 8 glasses a day (which by the way is only a general recommendation and would vary greatly based on individual, and of course their diet and lifestyle… more on that on another post). So if you have 16oz of kombucha a day… a rule would have an additional 16oz of h2O a day. And the best time to do it is right after you drink the kombucha.
Kombucha Cures Your Hangovers
I wish I could say this benefit is something I experience every time I drink… haha for me though, drinking less is still the best cure for a hangover — but, if you can follow the kombucha protocol of drinking equal parts kombucha and h2O, kombucha should help… that and a good immune system. The reason why is plenty: kombucha cleanses the liver, it also has glucose and electrolytes which help blood sugar levels for as well as hydration… when drank with h2O! In other articles, we will show you how to infuse the kombucha with your favorite spirit. Hey, if you’re going to drink you mine as well add some stuff to your beverage that makes it taste better and is better for you… can you say Kombucharita?
Kombucha Cleans Your Liver
Kombucha contains gluconic acid which continues to break down to Caprylic acid a potent anti-fungal and can immensely help those suffering from Candidiasis (fancy name for Candida). Gluconic acid also works in the liver, possibly as part of a detoxification pathway and why it is believed Kombucha can help the body detoxify from heavy metals and toxins. I have also found that when taken with milk thistle and other already known and more common liver cleansing herbs it will assist the liver even more. And I know I sound like a broken record (or tape cassette), but all this must be accompanied with water!
Kombucha Makes Your Skin Look Younger And Heals Eczema
When we surveyed we did not have this as a question, but my guess would be it is two-fold, both ingesting kombucha and applying the drink (and/or culture), externally to the skin. When applied to the skin it will act as an astringent cleansing out and balancing oily skin. If you do decide to use the culture, set it a side as your designated external culture and do not use it for making kombucha tea that will be ingested. Drinking kombucha will benefit the skin, in my opinion, from the liver cleansing effects.
My Favorite Kombucha Benefit, Kombucha Strengthens And Restores The Color of Your Hair
Though there were some peps that claimed kombucha grew back their hair, the majority of people that have noticed Kombucha hair benefits was that kombucha restored their hair color and strengthened their hair. Again, this is from both internal and external use. I created an instructional kombucha hair recipe video on how to make a kombucha hair rinse.. to this day it works better than any fancy-schmancy overpriced salon product.
Kombucha Benefits Explained
In other words, drinking kombucha lets your body heal itself. In my opinion, this is the best general answer. However, I would like to add the following. Kombucha, though acidic by itself, is alkalizing to the body when ingested. PH balance is extremely important, and more so than ever when you consider that coffee, caffeine, sugar, and all refined grain products (bread, crackers, cakes, etc.), are all Acidic. I also have read the benefits of Apple Cider vinegar in healing with numerous ailments, one of which being Acid reflux. Kombucha has many vinegar properties (though it is NOT apple cider vinegar if over fermented, it resembles it). If that is true, GREAT, I most certainly would enjoy drinking an iced cold kombucha beverage over apple cider vinegar! There are some other benefits with Kombucha (specific hangover applications, advanced weight loss, curing athletes foot, etc), but you guys are probably Kombucha’d Out today, so we’ll save it for an Advanced Class. Some people may experience some, all, or none of these benefits. Other kombucha tea drinkers have reported some slight kombucha side effects. Here’s a hint; drink MORE WATER!