CHAPTER TWO
HEALTH BENEFITS


*Note: I am not a healthcare professional. This website is not intended to give medical advice. Much of the research below is anecdotal, and only intended to inform readers of popular health beliefs concerning kombucha.

Health Benefits of Kombucha


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Some people choose to drink kombucha because they enjoy the pleasant taste and it is a nice alternative to juice or soda. Besides being fizzy and delicious, did you know that kombucha actually improves your health when you drink it?

Health experts believe that kombucha fortifies and improves the health of its drinkers, but I like to believe that kombucha loves me and makes me happy (I don’t get out much!). In this section, my goal is to help you see why kombucha is a scientific way that you can boost your health and improve overall wellness.


Researchers Have Found the Benefits of Kombucha



At this point, additional research needs to be done before we can fully understand the numerous ways that kombucha can improve your health. A few research studies have shown the scientific evidence, but the main proof lies in the thousands of people who have reported positive health benefits even though they weren’t participating in a structured research study.


Researchers have found that the main reason that kombucha is beneficial for health is because of the probiotic benefits that are available from the health drink.

It has been said that 80% of modern health problems are connected with the health of your gut, so balancing your gut with probiotics can have a direct impact on the overall health and wellness of the rest of your body.


In the beginning of the 20th century, Russian researchers studied kombucha for the potential anti-cancer properties. They found that there were some regions of the country with unusually low cancer rates, and ultimately hypothesized that the kombucha tea consumption was one factor helping to decrease cancer rates. After a series of experiments, their hypothesis was verified. Other research studies have been done around the world as well.


Some people wonder why the kombucha research is limited in the United States, and the main reason is because large pharmaceutical companies can’t profit very much when consumers can make their own kombucha at home. So, there hasn’t been much funding for this research, since the big corporations are more interested in funding research for their high-profit medications.

Kombucha for Detoxification


Did you know that toxins can build up in your body, and many of these toxins happen because of normal daily activities? When high levels of toxins are present within your body, the natural detoxification functions can start to get bogged down: the liver, kidneys, skin, and digestive system. Kombucha can help by relieving some of this toxic load, because it offers bacterial acids and healthy enzymes that decreases the burden on your liver and pancreas.

When your body is toxic, the immune and detoxification systems are working hard to get rid of the toxins. As a result, these systems are overworked and unable to keep up with the other requirements… such as fighting off disease and illness. So, a toxic body might be more prone to getting sick.

If you want to boost your health, then you need to detoxify your body. Drinking kombucha daily can be a beneficial way to increase detoxification functions. At the same time, it is important that you also decrease exposure to common toxins in household cleaners, beauty products, and more.

Kombucha for Digestion


Numerous people around the world complain about common digestive issues: acid reflux, stomach pains, constipation, diarrhea, and more. Your digestive function depends on the balanced levels of “good” bacteria in the digestive system, because these good compounds fight off the “bad” bacteria. If there aren’t enough good probiotics to keep the gut balanced, then you will likely experience a number of digestive issues.

If you are having digestive issues, then it is possible that free radicals are causing issues in your digestive tract. The antioxidant benefits of kombucha can be beneficial to counteract the free radical activity and decrease the damage that is occurring.

It has also been found that kombucha can decrease the symptoms of leaky gut, which is a serious digestive problem that impacts many aspects of overall health. Other reports have shown that kombucha improves the balance of stomach acid and decreases a number of symptoms related to digestive disorders.

Kombucha for Immunity


Did you know that many of your natural immune functions are based in your gut? Balancing your gut health will have a direct impact on the function of your immune system. If you want to fight off disease and illness, then you need to treat the root problem: gut health. Too often, people get caught up in treating the symptoms of the disease instead of the root cause, causing temporary instead of long-term relief.

Kombucha is a great source of vitamin C, and this vitamin is important to boost the immune system and reduce the impact of inflammatory diseases. Additionally, the antioxidant benefits help by reducing free radical damage that can lead to a number of overall health problems.

Kombucha for Weight Loss


If you are tired of fighting the battle of the bulge, then you need to consider the weight loss benefits that are available from kombucha. By improving digestion, it has a domino effect to improve your metabolism and make it easier for you to lose weight.

Many people are familiar with the fact that apple cider vinegar can help with weight loss because of the acetic acid content. Similarly, kombucha is a great source of acetic acid, which could potentially make it easier for you to lose weight.

Additionally, the improved digestive benefits help your body to absorb more nutrients from the food that you eat, which provides your body with more vitamins and minerals that are needed for optimal health. By increasing the absorption of these nutrients, it is possible to decrease your hunger and cravings because the body is getting what it needs.

Kombucha for Joint Repair


Is it possible that this powerful drink can actually help to reduce joint pain and discomfort? Many people with arthritis are told that the only way to experience relief from their joint pain is with pain medications. What many mainstream medical doctors don’t realize is that kombucha can actually treat and prevent all types of arthritis.

Kombucha contains glucosamines, which have a domino effect within your body to improve joint health. These compounds are beneficial to preserve the structure of cartilage in the joints, and some people have said that the relief is comparable to taking NSAIDs. This natural process from the glucosamines in kombucha maintains flexibility in the joints, improves joint lubrication, and at the same time the tissue structure within the joint is maintained.

Improve Your Health and Save Money


As you can see, there are many benefits to drinking kombucha on a daily basis. It is possible to enjoy these benefits and save money at the same time, because you can make this health drink at home. Keep reading to learn how to make kombucha so that you can boost your health and feel better!






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