The latest in a long line of superfoods that has attracted public attention and is being sold in health food shops up and down the country is Kombucha, which is huge right now.
The effectiveness of Kombucha is highly debated, unlike goji berries, acai berries, and other fruit and vegetable based superfoods. There are people who claim that it isn’t useful and people who claim that it’s healthy.
What is the true truth? We are going to offer our own opinions on Kombucha in this guide.
We are approaching this from a neutral point of view in order to get to the bottom of it. We love tea and can’t resist a good superfood, but we don’t sell Kombucha, we are not invested in it.
We can take an unbiased approach to discussing the benefits of Kombucha because of the balance of that.
It’s possible to drink the ultimate healthy drink.
What is Kombucha?
A tea drink made using a specific culture is called kombucha.
It is said to produce an array of health benefits, but commercial Kombucha can also be loaded with sugars and flavorings, because in its natural form it is highly acidic and bitter.
There are millions of American households that choose to make their own Kombucha, but this isn’t always the best option.
The Risks of Kombucha
If the Kombucha is left to ferment, it will create a toxic product that will make you sick, and it needs to be made in a sterile environment.
It is also alcoholic, something that many drinkers forget, and if you ferment it at home it will have a higher alcohol content than if you buy a commercial variety.
The truth is that it is very difficult to get this process wrong, as a lot of the foods we eat and the liquids we drink are ferment.
If you have ever made wine or beer, you will understand where we are coming from.
If you practice common sense when it comes to making and storing the drink, and you don’t just throw it together in a used bottle and then stick it in a mold-infested corner of your home, then you should be okay.
There should be few to no side effects if you are consuming a properly made Kombucha.
The studies looked at Korean and Japanese cultures that consume large amounts of ferment foods, and they found no evidence that a diet rich in ferment foods led to an increased risk of stomach cancer.
It shouldn’t be an issue if you’re drinking a cup of Kombucha occasionally. It is cause for concern if you are drinking several cups a day in addition to sauerkraut, kimchi, and other fermentable foods.
If you have stomach problems, you should approach Kombucha with caution, as it can make the problem worse.
The Benefits of Kombucha
There is no shortage of articles looking at the benefits of Kombucha and these are supported by peer-reviewed research.
It looks good on the surface and the claims are hard to ignore, but once you dig a little deeper, you will discover two things.
There have been no worthwhile human studies on the effects of Kombucha.
All of the studies done on this drink are animal studies, and while these effects can translate into humans, that isn’t always the case.
Positive human studies have been conducted on the ingredients of the drink, as opposed to the drink itself.
There are a lot of studies on the benefits of tea, but people who claim that Kombucha is healthy are focusing on its unique bacterial composition as opposed to its tea content.
There are some good news. The lack of human studies doesn’t mean that Kombucha isn’t healthy, but rather that we don’t really know how healthy it is.
It begins to get promising if you look at the things that we know.
Firstly, we know that fermented foods improve overall health. Many health experts recommend adding these foods to your diet in order to improve gut health, which can then impact on other aspects of your health.
Your gut is the foundation of your health and inflammation and disorder in this part of your body can lead to ill health everywhere else.
If you have ever gone from being constipated to having a healthy gut, you will understand how much a difference it can make on everything from your energy levels and sleep patterns to your focus and clarity.
Secondly, we know that tea is one of the healthiest superfoods around. It is loaded with healthy nutrients and is one of the best sources of antioxidants in the world, helping to prevent an array of chronic diseases and to improve your short term health as well.
Studies have shown that tea drinkers live longer and are healthier, and there are very few negatives when it comes to consuming this substance.
Conclusion: Kombucha May be Healthy
There isn’t a lot of proof and the evidence that does exists concerns aspects of the drink as opposed to the drink itself.
With relative certainty, we can say that green tea and sauerkraut can work wonders for your health, but we can’t say with any degree of certainty if that applies when you combine those things in the form of Kombucha.
If we had to make an educated guess, we would say that occasional consumption of safe Kombucha is healthy, but that it is better to focus on un-fermented tea if you really want a healthy drink.
It is important that you eat a balanced diet because tea will not offset the damage done by processed foods.
And as always, if you don’t have the time, money or inclination to eat pounds of fruit and vegetables a day, then get yourself a tub of Detox Organics instead.
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