It’s the first day of National Nutrition Week; nutritionnourishment will be posting daily with up-to-date information regarding health and wellness for the mind, body and spirit. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page as well, where you’ll find inspiring quotes, links to recent research, healthy eating hints and tips to kick start your healthy overhaul! Today’s blog post, I’ll be introducing you to Kombucha, a fermented tea drink packed with probiotics and nutrients to feed your gut bacteria. Later in the week I’ll be posting a recipe on making your own perfect homemade Kombucha, so you can reap the benefits in the comfort and ease of your own home!
Originating in the far east china around 2000 years ago, kombucha is a beverage with significant health benefits such as weight loss, increased energy, cleansing, detox, improved digestion and reduction in joint pain. Kombucha is a fermented beverage of tea, usually black, and sugar that’s used as a functional food. It contains a colony of bacteria and yeast commonly known as SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast), that are responsible for initiating the fermentation process once combined with sugar. After being fermented, kombucha becomes carbonated and contains vinegar, B-vitamins, enzymes, probiotics and a high concentration of acid (acetic, gluconic and lactic).
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The detoxifying capacity of kombucha is immense, a perfect example is its ability to counteract liver cell toxicity. In one study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food 2014, researchers found the liver cells were protected from oxidative injury and actually maintained their normal physiology, in spite of being exposed to a toxin. According to the researchers this was “properly due to its antioxidant activity and could be beneficial against liver diseases, where oxidative stress is know to play a crucial role.”
Naturally, the antioxidant prowess of this ancient tea fights free radicals that create mayhem in the digestive system, however, the greatest reason kombucha supports digestion is because of its high levels of beneficial acid, probiotics and enzymes.
Kombucha may have the competence to prevent and heal leaky gut and stomach ulcers, heartburn and GERD. Kombucha can also help heal candidia yeast from overpopulating within the guy because it helps restore balance in the digestive system. It is a great way to fight candida as it contain live probiotic cultures that help the guy to repopulate with good bacteria while crowding out the candida yeast. Kombucha does have bacteria. But these are not a harmful pathogen, instead a beneficial kind that compete with ‘bad’ bacteria in the gut and digestive tract.
Kombucha’s capacity to invigorate people is credited to the formation of iron that is released from the black tea, or white/green tea, during the fermentation process. It contains some caffeine, in small amounts, and B-vitamins, which can energise the body. Through a special process know as ‘chelation’, the iron released helps boost blood haemoglobin, improving oxygen supply to tissues and stimulating the energy-producing process at a cellular level.
The overall efefct kombucha has to modulate the immune system is best seen in its ability to control free radicals through antioxidant measure. Clinically proven to decrease oxidative stress and related immuno-suppression, a powerful antioxidant know as D-saccharic acid-1, 4-lactone (DSL) was discovered during the kombucha fermentation process that’s not found in tea alone. Scientists suspect that DSL and the vitamin C present are the main secrets in protecting against cell damage, inflammatory disease, tumours and overall depression of the immune system. Also, we know te probiotics found in kombucha support the immune system.
Kombucha can help heal, repair and prevent joint damage in a number of ways. Firstly the elixir is loaded with glucosamines, which increase synovial hyaluronic acids production. This supports the preservation of collagen and prevents arthritic pain. In the same way it supports joint collagen, and reduces the appearance of wrinkles in the skin.
Kombucha is also profitable for cancer prevention and recovery. A study published in Cancer Letters found that consuming glucaric acid found in kombucha reduced the risk of cancers in humans.
Data from a study in 2005 showed evidence that kombucha improves metabolism and limits fat/lipid accumulation. Though we need to see more studies before we can confirm these results, it makes sense that kombucha supports weight loss since it’s high in acetic acids (like apple cider vinegar is) and polyphenols, which are proven to help increase weight loss.
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