There are things in this universe that have been around for centuries, but no one really knows about them until they become mainstream. Hence the term, mainstream. Everyone knows about this or has at least heard of it and knows one of two things: you either only know it’s a tea or you know everything about it.
When you want to achieve the health benefits outlined in this tell-all on kombucha, it’s important to consider your source. Improperly made kombucha could have an alcohol content of up to 3% and, if contaminated, can contain bacteria and fungus that actually be detrimental to your health.
Even from a reputable source, you won’t see any additional health benefits after consuming 12 ounces of kombucha daily. So beware of going overboard.
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Kombucha is a fermented aromatic sweetened black or green tea drink that is commonly consumed for its purported health benefits. It’s made by placing a mixture of bacteria and yeast into sweetened black or green tea. A glassful of bacteria doesn’t exactly sound appetizing, but that is where kombucha gets its nutritious punch
The bacteria and yeast mixture is called a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY) which sits in the tea for a couple of weeks before the kombucha is ready. What’s left is a slightly sweet, slightly tart carbonated tea.
Kombucha may be a healthy addition to your diet, but most of the hype hasn’t been proven. This tart tea drink is rich in B vitamins, antioxidants, and probiotics that may benefit your health. Without large studies, it’s hard to say for sure if kombucha is definitely good for you. But since there haven’t been any negative responses, can’t say the opposite either.
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Because kombucha is fermented, it offers the same health benefits as other fermented foods like yogurt and sauerkraut. The bacteria and yeast in kombucha contain probiotics to improve our intestinal health. Probiotics introduce and help propagate healthy bacteria in your gastrointestinal (GI) tract, improving regularity and overall digestion. Kombucha’s mixture of many different strains of critters can help balance our gut bacteria if it’s lacking or out of balance.
One of the byproducts of kombucha-making is acetic acid, which has significant antimicrobial and antibacterial effects. This means that kombucha can help you fight off infections like colds, sinus infections, or even the flu.
The tea (black or green) used to make kombucha is full of antioxidants that are released in the fermentation process. These powerful antioxidants, alongside the probiotics this beverage boasts, provide a protective effect against chronic illnesses like heart disease and arthritis.
There is some interesting evidence to suggest that kombucha could benefit heart health. In one study done on animals, kombucha consumption was tied with lower levels of bad cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood while increasing good cholesterol levels.
The active compounds found in kombucha have been shown to boost energy. This, in addition to the caffeine kombucha, may contain, plus the B vitamins it boasts results in a spike of energy for you, making this drink a great afternoon pick-me-up.
While kombucha may help energize you, it can also keep you calm (when green tea-based). The compound l-theanine found in green tea has been shown to help increase mood while helping to keep you relaxed and balanced.
Kombucha was found to suppress blood sugar spikes in animal studies. This could help those with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar by preventing spikes. Also, if kombucha is made with green tea, it’s more likely that the fizzy drink could help control blood sugar by preventing the inflammatory disease diabetes.
When made with green tea, kombucha can be a great source of catechins. Studies are emerging that catechins may even have a protective effect against sunburn! The free radical-fighting power of kombucha can also slow the effects of aging on the skin.
Kombucha is full of polyphenols, an active ingredient that’s also a potent anti-inflammatory agent. This means that kombucha can help fight many types of chronic diseases caused by prolonged inflammation.
The catechins found in kombucha made with green tea are great for boosting memory. These catechins along with the anti-inflammatory polyphenol compounds in kombucha will keep your brain health in tip-top shape.
By now we should all be aware of the benefits of CBD, so it only makes sense to combine two natural beneficial ingredients to make some sort of super CBD tea. Put them together and you’ve got a beverage that can improve health through multiple pathways: both the endocannabinoid system and the gut microbiome, which influences a host of other bodily processes.
Think of CBD as a tonic for your ECS and kombucha as a tonic for your gut. A holistic health approach suggests that the same things that cause an imbalance in one would cause an imbalance in the other. Why not kill two birds with one stone and heal both with CBD kombucha?
Kombucha’s list of potential health benefits touches on many of the same areas as CBD. CBD has been linked with potentially improving a range of health troubles from chronic pain to mental health. It comes directly from the cannabis plant, predominantly hemp, and has found its way into all types of products.
Adding CBD to kombucha is a natural match for a double dose of rejuvenation with all-natural ingredients. Whether you buy it or make it yourself, the slightly sour, slightly sweet drink will be an excellent addition to your wellness routine.
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Breathe in, breathe out… It’s time to chill with Tranquil: Kombucha CBD. Featuring 25 mg of CBD from Oregon-grown hemp in each 14 oz bottle, explore three tasty options as you sip your way to a calmer day: Tranquil Herbs, Tranquil Berries, and Tranquil Ginger.
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The warming, aromatic spiciness of chai is a great match for the mild earthiness of Chaga Chai. The nutrient-dense Chaga is sustainably grown and harvested from the woods of New England. This CBD extract does not alter the taste, allowing the full flavors of chai and Chaga to drift to the forefront. Chaga is known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial effects.
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Restore with mKombucha Turmeric Ginger and 20 mg broad-spectrum CBD known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Combined with black pepper and lemon, this blend is inspired by ayurvedic tradition and wisdom. Fueling the infinite potential with functional elixirs that celebrate the medicinal power of plants and embody their gift of flavor.
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Love kombucha as much as we do? Then this Upstart CBD Kombucha Lemon Lavender will be your daily go-to. It’s packed with 25 mg of full-spectrum CBD, lavender and lemon, and Colorado goodness. If you’ve ever had Upstart Kombucha, then you know the quality of their product. If not, then this is your chance to try Upstart’s great kombucha and all-natural CBD.
CBD has been helping many people for some time now and so has kombucha, so it only makes sense to put the two together. Now that you have a grasp on the miracle tea that is kombucha, go ahead and try it out for yourself to see what all the fuss is about.