Kombucha - Maybe this sounds a little weird, maybe you've never heard of it, or maybe you've been skeptical to try it. I've been doing a little research on it, and I now incorporate this into my diet on a weekly basis. It's packed with so many nutritional and health benefits and I encourage everyone to give it a try!
Kombucha is made from green or black tea that has been fermented by a symbiotic colony of bacteria. It is used for a variety of health benefits because it is rich in antioxidants, probiotics, enzymes, amino acids, and vitamins. It is sometimes called a "magic elixir" because of all its health benefits. So here is short list of some of those benefits and how they can help you!
1. Detoxification - I get a lot of questions about nutrition, and I am frequently asked about detox products/diets, and honestly, if you just eat healthy and drink plenty of water, your body is programmed to do that on it's own! No need for those fad products!! However, there are certain nutrients that help with detoxing your liver - Kombucha helps with this because it's packed with the nutrition (glucaric acid) your body needs to help with "detoxing." Just think of it as promoting healthy liver function! There has been research studies providing evidence of cancer prevention as well due to the detoxing properties. I could go into all the science details of this, but I'll save you...
2. Gut health - Kombucha is fermented by good bacteria - so it helps keep your gut flora healthy and balanced - which in turn makes for healthy digestion!
3. Joint care - This is due to the glucosamines found in the drink. You can buy glucosamines on the shelf in a drug store - Bi-Flex, for example - to help with arthritis and joint pain. As I always say - It's much better to get your nutrition from nutrient dense foods as opposed to supplements. Again, I can get into all the fun, biochemical details of this process, but I won't! But if you are suffering from joint pain - or even trying to prevent joint pain, give kombucha a try!
4. Immunity - Kombucha is rich in antioxidants, so it helps build and protect your immune system and helps boost energy levels!
Since kombucha is fermented, it's got a little fizz to it - it's a much better option than drinking a soda when you want that fizziness! It's low in calories and the calories that are in the beverage do come from sugars, hence, the fermentation process. A serving, about 8 oz. depending on the brand you buy, ranges between 30 and 50 calories. Kombucha can be found locally made and at most grocery stores. There are several different brands and flavors. I try to pick up a new flavor and brand every time I buy it, but I haven't picked a favorite yet!