At the very least kombucha is an energizing and healthy beverage, low in sugar compared with soft drinks and fruit juices. Anecdotal evidence supports that kombucha can help detoxify the liver, improve digestion, increase energy, improve complexion, cure hangovers and headaches which is enough on its own.
Packed with a healthy dose of immune-boosting probiotics which are beneficial in keeping the intestines healthy and aiding in digestion and improving overall intestinal function.
Due to the fermentation process involved in creating kombucha, it is packed with a healthy dose of immune-boosting healthy bacteria known as probiotics. These bacteria line your digestive tract and support your immune system, as they absorb nutrients and fight infection and illness.
Since 80 percent of our immune system is located in your gut, and the digestive system is the second largest part of your neurological system, it’s no surprise that the gut is considered the “second brain.”
The gut-brain connection translates to happy gut, happy brain. Serotonin is our happy hormone that influences our mood and behaviour, sleep and appetite. A deficiency in serotonin can contribute to depression, anxiety, mood swings, sugar cravings and sleep disturbances. Therefore if the majority of our serotonin receptors reside in our gut then maintaining a healthy balance of good bacteria is a no-brainer!
The message here is that if your gut health is in bad shape, there could be inflammation and therefore your brain function will also be compromised. This could be evident in your mood and motivation, memory retention and concentration, your hormones can go silly if your gut is not healthy.
Our food choices and the health of our guts have the power to cause damage to our health.
Drinking kombucha every day can help you to maintain peak immune health, which trickles down into an impressive number of benefits starting in your gut and for your overall health.
Credit: Sally Joseph – Love Your Gut, Katherine Green – DIY Kombucha