Kombucha is becoming a household name, not only due to its growing popularity in the beverage industry but because it’s absolutely delicious! What started as something homebrewers did in their basements has made its way into the more mainstream channels in the Canadian market and worldwide. Brewers like ourselves have crafted unique ferments and flavours, making it as varied from brand to brand as wine or beer! You can now find it in grocery stores, fitness studios, cafes and on tap at local breweries! Head over to the Healthy Hooch Kombucha website to find a retail location near you.
The growing popularity of kombucha is largely due to its functionality. Many brands like ours are raw and unpasteurized and full of health benefits. Raw kombucha contains digestive enzymes and probiotics, and both contribute to improving gut health. Gut health is being studied more and more for it’s contribution to our overall health. Below are some more evidence-based kombucha health benefits.
Kombucha Health Benefits
- Contains probiotics & digestive enzymes
- Rich in antioxidants
- Helps digestion
- May improve mental health
- Immune system support
- May aid in weight loss
- Liver Support
- Potential anticancer source
- Functional beverage
1. Contains Probiotics
Probiotics can be found in many fermented foods, just like kombucha! The process of fermentation produces many strains of probiotics (good bacteria). Probiotics help balance the bacteria within our bodies, specifically within our gut. They are important for our overall health and aid in digestion, immunity, and help fight many illnesses and infections.
2. Rich in Antioxidants
Kombucha is rich in antioxidants, especially when made with green tea, known for being a powerful antioxidant. Dietary antioxidants can also be found in a ton of fruits and spices, which can be added to kombucha for flavouring, incorporating extra health benefits along with them. Antioxidants can prevent certain types of cell damage within our bodies from environmental factors like pollution, cigarette smoke, sunlight, pesticides and toxins.
3. Can Help Digestion
Kombucha can aid in digestion because it is rich in probiotics, digestive enzymes and antioxidants. They contribute to food breakdown, increased nutrient absorption, and keeping digestive issues (gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea) at bay.
4. May Improve Mental Health
While there is no study linking kombucha specifically to improving mental health, it does contain probiotics. Probiotics and gut health have been linked to mental health in many studies. It has been shown that probiotics could improve mood, behaviour, stress, anxiety, cognition and symptoms of depression.
Antimicrobial means that it can kill or slow down microorganisms’ growth, such as bacteria, fungus, and viruses. Kombucha has been shown to have antimicrobial properties partly because of its naturally occurring acetic acid (vinegar) content. Kombucha can also help fight several pathogens (bad bacteria) including e.coli, salmonella, staph infections and candida Albicans (a type of yeast).
6. Immune System Support
The probiotics, digestive enzymes, and antioxidants in kombucha can all help support a healthy immune system. Probiotics have been shown to strengthen the immune system in preventing and treating diseases like allergies, viral infections, eczema, and responses to vaccines. Digestive enzymes aid in the breakdown of food and absorption of nutrients which help our bodies regenerate. Antioxidants can help protect the cells of our immune system from damage.
7. May Aid in Weight Loss
While diet and exercise are always the most important factors for a healthy weight, adding kombucha to your diet could also be beneficial. Healthy Hooch Kombucha is low in sugar and calories, the perfect alternative to pops, juices and sugary sports drinks. It has a slightly sweet taste that can curb sugar cravings without compromising on flavour. Kombucha alone hasn’t been proven yet to aid in weight loss, but there have been a number of studies done on probiotics and the role they play in weight loss and prevention of obesity.
8. Liver Support
Kombucha may help prevent liver damage from environmental toxins. Certain medications, alcohol, and chemical pollution in the air around us and the foods we eat can cause liver damage. The liver is essential in filtering out toxins from our blood. Kombucha may also be useful in preventing liver disease and detoxification of the liver due to the powerful antioxidants.
9. Potential Anticancer Source
Kombucha may help prevent certain types of cancer cell growth due to the tea polyphenols in it. Tea polyphenols may stop gene mutation that causes cancer and affect the growth or spread of some cancer cells. Polyphenols are found in many of the fruits, vegetables and beverages we consume. They are a type of antioxidant that helps prevent environmental damage to our body’s cells.
10. Functional Beverage
Kombucha not only tastes great and is low in calories, but it is also a functional beverage! Functional beverages are classified as providing benefits to the human body aside from just their nutritional value. They can help with specific health concerns, such as inflammation, digestive issues, immune system support or improve overall health and wellbeing in our daily lives.
While more human studies are needed on the kombucha health benefit claims, one thing we know for sure at Healthy Hooch Kombucha is that it is a delicious, low calorie, low sugar, alcohol-free alternative to a lot of drinks on the market. It tastes just as good as it makes you feel!
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