Many of you are probably familiar with kombucha, having walked past supermarket fridges and seen them filled with these colourful beverage bottles.
For some, their love for delicious kombucha was formed from their first sip. For others, it could be an acquired taste. Regardless of how you discovered kombucha, you’ll be glad to hear that it is a great healthy beverage!
Kombucha is a fizzy fermented beverage made by fermenting black or green tea. With tea as the base, kombucha also possesses many of the health benefits that tea has.
Fermented foods and beverages are rich in healthy microbes that help promote a well balanced gut microbiome. A healthy gut leads to lower inflammation, strengthening your immune system.
Making kombucha is easily achieved at home with quality SCOBY starter. The SCOBY, which stands for Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast, contributes to why kombucha is such an amazing drink.
Here are five reasons to consume kombucha:
1) High in probiotics
Like fermented foods such as kimchi, kombucha is high in lactic-acid bacteria, promoting excellent probiotic function and a healthy gut. According to a 2021 Utrecht University study, 70 to 80 per cent of immune cells are found in the gut. Hence a healthy gut boosted by a probiotic-rich diet helps strengthen our immune system.
2) Reduce and prevent constipation
Following on from the earlier benefit, because of its probiotic nature, kombucha helps with digestion, which leads to better bowel movement.
3) Rich with antimicrobial activities
Kombucha is rich in beneficial acetic acid, which also contributes to its flavour.
4) Antioxidant properties
Because of its black or green tea base, kombucha contains polyphenols, making the drink high in antioxidants. Antioxidants reduce the number of free radicals, which cause cell damage, inflammation, and cancer, in our body.
5) Healthy fizzy alternative to soft drink
The fizziness of kombucha comes from the carbon dioxide produced by the fermentation process. This is the same gas that contributes to the fizziness of soft drinks.
So, how much is enough?
Listen to your body to decide how much kombucha you should consume a day! Too much or too little of anything may not be beneficial to you.
Drinking kombucha is probably one of the healthiest ways you can improve your diet. Not only is kombucha tasty, but it can also provide so many health benefits. If you are looking for some of the best kombuchas in Singapore, try Elixr Inc. If you are interested in making your own kombucha at home, we also offer a specially curated kombucha starter kit that comes with everything you need. Check out https://www.elixrinc.com/collections/kombucha to find out what we have to offer.