Kombucha: Treasure of the Orient

A lesser protected secret of ancient China, “The Tea of Immortality” or Kombucha came into existence around 221 BC. The Chinese, who were famed for their unquenchable quest for longevity elixirs, did not disappoint with this particular invention.

Famed to have been found in the wine bags of Genghis Khan’s army and revived Nobel laureate Alexsander Solzhenitsyn during exile, this wonderful potion has seen mention in several legends.

Originally brewed using tea, cane sugar and some special strains of probiotic microbes, Kombucha is the slightly effervescent drink produced after the brew is left to ferment for a couple of weeks.

In the 21st century, we no longer have to rely on the legend. Scientific evidence along with personal anecdote has converted thousands of people to regular drinkers of this mystic brew.

What is Kombucha?

The reddish fermented alkaline drink Kombucha has several health benefits ranging from improved digestion to a stronger immune system.

Kombucha is formed when the starter microbes act on the sweet tea, creating a colony and converting the sugar to various other nutritious compounds.

Filled to the brim with more than 50 organic acids, probiotics, enzymes and vitamins, this obscure treasure of the Orient is an organic health supplement that makes you feel like superman!

Why is Kombucha so amazing?

1. Kombucha supercharges your digestive processes.

The good bacteria in your gut help you digest food, absorb the good part and evacuate the bad. Kombucha boosts the numbers of these good bacteria, allowing you to digest and absorb the nutrients in your food much better and more easily while subsequently aiding the detoxification process as well. Kombucha is also an alkali forming drink, which balances the pH in your stomach and prevents acidity while simultaneously improving fat emulsification.

2. It helps you lose weight.

Most of the sugar that is added to the Kombucha brew is broken down, making it a much lower calorie alternative to sugary sodas. Swapping your daily intake of sodas, frappes and other sweet beverages with Kombucha will lead to fast and healthy weight loss. On top of that, improved digestion means your body can efficiently process the food that you eat, leading to better utilisation of calories and less hunger.

3. It detoxifies your liver.

Kombucha promotes alkalinity in the gut, thereby reducing the chance of acidity. It also aids bile in the emulsification of fat.  In addition, Kombucha contains Gluconic acid, which breaks down to Caprylic acid, a powerful anti-fungal which immensely helps people suffering from Candida. Gluconic acid also works in the liver, helping it get rid of heavy metals. It’s important to note that all this happens only as long as you drink enough water! This study https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29055172 notes that Kombucha is an effective antioxidant that has a positive impact on cancer survivors.

4. Keeps you feeling good throughout the day

Kombucha is made with tea, which contains the compound theanine which in turn improves alpha wave activity (that “in the zone” feeling) in the brain and leads to better concentration, increased productivity and lower serotonin levels. Serotonin is the happiness neurotransmitter. Lowering it literally lowers one’s stress level and even improves sleep quality. In other words, theanine keeps you feeling good.Normal tea contains theanine too. Kombucha helps absorb this better due to its special synergistic delivery method. 

Studies have also shown that our gut houses nearly 95% of the serotonin and our gut microbes create neurotransmitters related to improving mood. Kombucha + a Gut health Program can put one’s Gut Health back on track for feeling awesome!

This study https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28964516 notes and recommends Kombucha as an effective antihypertensive agent.

5. Kombucha increases your immunity.

By now you get a picture of how Kombucha improves the body’s overall functioning. It’s easy to understand that if your body digests food better, removes wastes easier, is free of toxins and well rested, your immunity will go up too.

There is a definite link between probiotics and increased immune function. Harvard has done some studies to this effect recently:

There are hundreds of different species of bacteria in your digestive tract, which do a bang-up job helping you digest your food. Now researchers, including some at Harvard Medical School, are finding evidence of a relationship between such “good” bacteria and the immune system. For instance, it is now known that certain bacteria in the gut influence the development of aspects of the immune system, such as correcting deficiencies and increasing the numbers of certain T cells. Probiotics are good bacteria, such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, that can safely dwell in your digestive tract. You’ll now find probiotics listed on the labels of dairy products, drinks, cereals, energy bars, and other foods. Ingredients touted as “prebiotics,” which claim to be nutrients that feed the good bacteria, are also cropping up in commercially marketed foods.

Recent technological advances have provided everyday people the ability to sequence the DNA of microbes inside their gut to see how they interact with the immune system. These tests are now extremely affordable and provide a host of insights not readily available at your traditional doctors office.

6. Helps you feel fighting fit all day.

Along with the theanine in tea, it contains caffeine which puts you in a chirpy, positive mood.

No worries about feeling hyper, though, Kombucha only has about a third of the caffeine typically found in coffee, so it puts you in the “happy zone”. It also has an abundant supply of Vitamin B complex, especially Vitamin B6 that is essential to metabolising energy in cells.

As you go about your day with a clean liver, plenty of water, electrolytes and micronutrients in your system, you’re bound to feel invincible!  

7. Kombucha relieves constipation.

Gluconic and Acetic acids aid in the evacuation of waste through the urinary and digestive tracts. It is always recommended to drink an equal amount of water right after drinking Kombucha. In addition to the recommended 8 glasses a day, (variable vastly depending on physical activity and climate) this water helps hydrate the digestive tract and improves bowel movements. Strains found in probiotics like those in Kombucha have also shown in clinical studies to remove constipation symptoms. 

8. Kombucha puts an end to hangovers.

Kombucha cleanses the liver. It contains glucose and electrolytes which help you recover after a night of heavy drinking. The water that you drink after it helps hydrate the body as well. The best part is, you can infuse your favourite drink with Kombucha! Talk about win-win!

9. It gives you the skin of a teenager.

Clean liver = glowing clear skin! You can clean your skin from the inside just by drinking Kombucha. In addition, it is also an astringent that aids in controlling the amount of oil on your skin. It is recommended to use different cultures of Kombucha for topical application and consumption. This would make it completely safe as it leaves no chance of contamination. This study https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29152918 proves that Kombucha contains substances which have significant anti-aging properties on the skin and even recommends it as an anti ageing formula. “Tea of Immortality” indeed!

10. It makes your hair look dense and lustrous.

Applying Kombucha to the hair as a rinse reduces dandruff, thickens and restores it. The positive effects of ingesting Kombucha on the liver prevent hair from greying prematurely. Some users have noticed that Kombucha grew back their hair, although most register that it has strengthened and conditioned it.

To put it plainly, Kombucha lets your body relax and repair itself. The stress of everyday life, not to mention pollution and bad dietary choices affect our bodies and make us feel less than 100%.

Kombucha allows this to be reversed to a point. Many users have compared the effects of the brew to apple cider vinegar, though these two substances are very different (plus Kombucha tastes way better!). For most, it’s a five-minute vacation in the middle of their day.

Your body serves you 24x7x365. Cut it some slack, try Kombucha.

Disclaimer: The above article is sponsored by Thyrve, the world’s first Gut Health Program that incorporates microbiome testing and personalized probiotics to ensure a healthier gut, happier life, and a brighter future.