Attention coffee and energy drink junkies! There's a new drink in town and you're going to love it.
By now, I'm sure you've heard this mysterious word before since it's beginning to become a bit of a trend these days. But, I'll venture to guess that many of you still don't really know what it is or what all the fuss is about.
First of all, kombucha is a fermented beverage that is made from live strains of bacteria and yeast that is typically mixed with either green or black tea, sugar (in small amounts) and added natural flavors. Now before you see the words "bacteria" and "yeast" and completely check out, stick with me for a minute.
You are probably already eating foods that contain live cultures. Don't believe me? Do you eat any of these?
- Miso soup
- Cottage Cheese
- Dark chocolate
Then, you're eating some live cultures. But that's not something to be grossed out at! Prebiotic and probiotic foods are incredibly good for the body, so if anything, you could probably stand to eat MORE of these types of foods!
Ok, back to the kombucha. Not only is it good for digestion and immune system function, but it can also:
- Help restore balance in the gut by healing candida overgrowth
- Heal and prevent ulcers
- Help detoxify the body
- Reduce inflammation (which is at the heart of many diseases including cancer)
- Prevent infections by destroying bad bacteria
- Naturally lower triglycerides and cholesterol
- Increase vitamin B levels (which helps with energy levels and concentration)
- Minimize the effects of anxiety
- Help maintain healthy liver and kidney function
I bet you can't say all that about your coffee, can you?
Plus, since kombucha does have a very low level of caffeine, it can still give you that energy boost you're looking for - but in a much healthier, more natural package! I have been able to drink kombucha for quite awhile now, even as my adrenals have been healing from adrenal fatigue. Whereas I can only drink decaf coffee once in awhile in order to prevent feelings of shakiness and anxiety that would come from caffeinated coffee, I am able to drink kombucha without any reaction.
I do recommend, however, that you pay attention to the sugar content on the kombucha and choose a brand with a low amount. Some of my favorites are Kevita*, Humm and Lenny Boy, which all contain under 10g each. And come in some awesome flavors like Lemon Ginger, Lavenderade, Pomegranate Lemonade and my personal favorite, Mint Condition (Lenny Boy) - which reminds me of a mojito. Yum!
Since your body may have to adjust to kombucha when you first start drinking it, start out small with just a few ounces at a time. Then, as you become comfortable with it, you can drink up to 8-16 ounces of it every day for maximum health benefits and a little natural kick!
Until next time... keep your worries tiny and your dreams BIG!