Okay, so the latest craze is kombucha (especially here in Southern California). Ever heard of it? Well, if you haven’t, here’s what you need to know: Kombucha is a slightly sweetened black or green tea blend – fermented and effervescent – commonly used to aid in digestion or other health benefits.
And why should we care? Well here’s the health benefits:
1. It boosts your immune system.
Many brands of kombucha contain Vitamic C, antioxidents, and other minerals that can improve your health. (And even fight cancer!)
2. It assists with digestion.
The naturally-fermented, probiotic-filled beverage helps with an upset stomach, digestive issues, and overall tummy health. (Tip: Look for ginger blends, as ginger is a natural digestive aid!)
3. It acts as a detox.
Hungover? Feeling ill? Ate a giant, crappy meal? (Or even out drinking and want a healthier option?). Some studies show that kombucha can help with anything from liver detoxification, pancreatic function, and nutrient absorption, to the killing of bad bacteria!
4. It can help ease joint pain.
Kombucha is loaded with glucosamine, an amino sugar that increases acid production – which, in simple terms, helps persevere collagen and prevent pain!
5. It’s low in sugar.
One of my biggest personal pushes this year is to reduce my sugar intake, even natural sugars. Kombucha is a great option because a normal glass has roughly 14 grams of sugar (as opposed to ciders or sodas which can have up to 50+ grams of sugar per a 16 ounce glass!
6. It’s low-cal.
Hey, if you’re going to enjoy a good beverage (or get drunk with alcoholic kombucha), why not get do so without all the extra calories? The average pint has only 70! A regular soda? About 200. Yikes.
7. It can give you natural energy.
I’m not a big coffee drinker, and soda’s not my thing, but when I need energy kombucha is an awesome go-to. It has antioxidants, probiotics, and vitamins that can give you that natural boost you need.
8. It can help with your weight loss goals.
Low-cal, low-sugar, and also contains acetic acid and polyphenols, which are proven to help with weight loss. How neat is that?
Thanks, Synergy180 for the post inspiration!
Featured Image Credit: Brooke Lark