Yoga & Wellness

Say YES to Kombucha!–The Elixir of Health

Immortal Health Elixir is the name that was given to kombucha by the Chinese and originating in the Far East around 2,000 years ago. It has been known from the ancient times as a beverage with tremendous health benefits for heart, brain, and gut. So what is kombucha exactly?

It is a fermented beverage consisting of black tea and sugar (from various sources, including cane sugar, fruit or honey) that is used as a functional, probiotic food. It contains a colony of bacteria and yeast that are responsible for initiating the fermentation process once combined with sugar. Due to the fermentation process involved in creating kombucha, it contains a large number of healthy bacteria known as probiotics. Drinking kombucha every day can help you to maintain peak immune health, which trickles down into an impressive number of benefits for your over- all health. So let’s see what kombucha can do for you:

Support a Healthy Gut
Antioxidants in this ancient tea counteract free radicals that create mayhem in the digestive system. The greatest reason kombucha supports digestion is because of its high levels of beneficial acid, probiotics, amino acids, and enzymes. Kombucha can also help heal candida from overpopulating within the gut by restoring balance to the digestive system, with live probiotic cultures that help the gut to repopulate with good bacteria while crowding out the candida yeast. Although kombucha does contain bacteria, these are not harmful pathogen bacteria. Instead, they are the beneficial kind that competes with “bad” pathogen bacteria in the gut and digestive tract.

Boost Immune System
Kombucha is naturally high in antioxidants and supportive of the immune system. Again, there is no magic pill or silver bullet when it comes to immune function- it is best to sup- port the body in its natural immune process. It contains a compound called DSL that has amazing antioxidant properties.

Help Improve Mental State
Kombucha doesn’t just help your digestion; it might be able to protect your mind, too. One way it can accomplish this is by the B vitamins it contains. B vitamins, particularly vitamin B12, are known to increase energy levels and contribute to overall mental well-being. Its high vitamin B12 content is one reason supplements sometimes contain dry kombucha products.

Kombucha Is Simple to Make Yourself!
We recommend you give it a shot because brewing your own unpasteurized kombucha is rewarding when you consider the cost of purchasing store-bought bottles. You can find many recipes online, but bare in mind that once your homemade kombucha is complete it is best to store it in a clear glass bottle or jar with a tightly fitted lid, preferably not metal. Plastic bottles may swell or harden and color from dyed jars can get into the drink.

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