What are the Benefits of Kombucha?

By Diana Sanchez, Staff Writer

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Kombucha is a growing trend - and it is growing for a reason. If you’re wondering why so many love it, and what the benefits are, you’ve come to the right place.

Kombucha is a fermented tea with a vinegary taste that is an excellent source of probiotics (check out What are Probiotics? to find out more). It is touted to have multiple benefits. While the taste may be something you have to get accustomed to, it can be a great addition to your daily routine.

Benefits of Kombucha

Helps with Constipation

Incorporating kombucha into your diet every day will significantly improve your regularity - so if constipation is something you consistently struggle with, kombucha might be great for you. Be aware though that if you’ve been dealing with constipation and digestive issues for a while, you might experience some temporary side effects in the beginning, like bloating, diarrhea, and other digestive issues. These side effects should subside after a while. 

Reduce Inflammation

Chronic inflammation can be detrimental to your health, as in many cases, chronic inflammation can lead to diabetes, arthritis, and even heart disease. Kombucha contains antioxidants that help reduce the inflammation in your body, helping to reduce the chances of your developing these illnesses.

Can Get Rid of Harmful Bacteria

Kombucha has acetic acid which actually kills harmful bacteria in your digestive system, while also helping your good bacteria to flourish.

Finally…

There is not much scientific evidence for all of the benefits that can come from drinking kombucha. While there have been some studies, most of them have been too small to be very reliable sources of information. Most of the sources of possible benefits of kombucha are anecdotal, so do keep that in mind. It is safe for most people to drink kombucha, so it’s definitely worth giving it a shot if you’d like to improve your digestive health. And the research behind the importance of gut health is substantial.

Do you drink kombucha? What do you think?


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