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When it comes to fitness, there are various trends that come and go, but the worthy ones always stay. Kombucha tea is definitely one of them! Essentially a beverage with a tangy and fizzy taste, kombucha is primarily known for its prebiotic and probiotic properties.
It is an ancient beverage that is said to have its roots in south Asia, but it has recently gained popularity for its various health benefits. You will find kombucha drinks at restaurants, as a packaged beverage at supermarkets, and then there are experts who conduct workshops on how you can prepare it yourself!
To put it very simply, kombucha is a fermented tea with powerful probiotic properties that can be extremely beneficial for our health.
It is prepared using bacteria, yeast and sugar added to tea. You can use green tea to add that extra dose of goodness.
Now, the fermentation process can last for up to a week, or more. During this time period, the bacteria-yeast combination will form a pale white layer and it will start floating on top of the tea. The layer looks like a mushroom in terms of colour and texture. Hence, kombucha is often called ‘mushroom tea.’
This layer is called SCOBY which is short for symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. It can be used to prepare another jar of kombucha!
All these processes cause the mixture to get fermented, leading to the production of acetic acid and gases that make it a carbonated beverage.
Well, here are three ways in which kombucha tea can help your health:
Kombucha, especially when made out of green tea, has powerful antioxidant effects that can fight the action of free radicals, which are responsible for cell damage. Healthy cells will help you steer clear of diseases and ensure your body keeps functioning properly. In fact, multiple rat studies published on PubMed Central have concluded that kombucha can be helpful in clearing toxins from the liver.
Not enough can be said about how important it is to take care of our gut health given that it affects all functions of our body. Kombucha packs a punch of probiotics to our diet, which keeps the digestion on track, reduces inflammation, helps the body get rid of toxins and manages weight loss. These effects of consuming probiotic tea can be extremely beneficial for health in the long term.
Kombucha has a generous amount of vitamins, particularly C and B. Regular consumption of this beverage can minimise the chances of deficiencies and the issues caused by them. What’s more, the presence of these vitamins will also improve your immunity, enhance bone health and boost energy levels.
Drinking kombucha is not just safe but also beneficial for your health. It is, however, important to keep in mind that the kombucha you consume should be prepared properly. At the end of the day, it involves fermentation of a complex mix of bacteria and yeast. So, research a little and find out where you can find well-made kombucha around you!