If you haven’t heard of kombucha, it is a fizzy drink made by fermenting sweet tea with mixture of bacteria and yeast. Not only does it have a distinct taste, but it also provides a number of health benefits, including boosting the immune system, increasing digestive health, losing weight, and lessening depression.
This week’s #bebetter52 challenge: Drink kombucha. If you have never tried kombucha, pick up a bottle from your local grocery store and try it out. The drinks have a distinct taste that can take some getting used to, but try to finish at least one bottle this week. Your body will thank you.
Kombucha has been around for over 2,000 years and originated in China. The Chinese referred to Kombucha as the “Immortal Health Elixir” because of the countless health benefits it provides. Many diets use kombucha as a way to detox the body from harmful molecules such as free radicals and to counteract liver cell toxicity. A strong antioxidant known as D-saccharic acid-1, 4-lactone (DSL) is created during the fermentation process and helps maintain a healthy immune and digestive system. Kombucha has many other health benefits including cancer prevention and candida (harmful yeast) overgrowth, joint care, higher energy, detoxification, mental clarity, mood stability, and weight loss. Most of these health benefits are due to the high amount of antioxidants kombucha creates during the fermentation process. A bottle of kombucha a day can do wonders for your body, but this week we will just start with one. Kombucha comes in many flavors such as raspberry, strawberry, guava, ginger, and many more. This week, experiment with kombucha, find the flavors you like and try to make this “Immortal Health Elixir” part of your diet.
For those brave enough to make their own, here's a Kombucha Recipe.