Kombucha is a fermented probiotic drink renowned for its health-giving properties. But just what are the health benefits of drinking kombucha? We asked Louise Avery, owner of the kombucha microbrewery LOIS & THE LIVING TEAS and author of Living Tea, to find out more...
As I cover the health benefits of kombucha, I think it is important to state that everyone's experience is different and where one person will feel reborn, another may notice no changes.
I feel passionately that it has vastly improved my well-being, by helping with symptoms of anxiety and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). I suffer fewer colds, my sinuses have cleared and I genuinely feel energetic and level-tempered... most of the time!
Common reported health benefits include:
Kombucha is known to be a great liver detoxifier, with one study showing a liver cell of kombucha drinker maintaining its physiology despite being inflicted by the toxin, meaning that the damage inflicted by the toxin is limited. It is believed that this is due to high antioxidant activity. Kombucha also cleanses the body of heavy metals by absorbing them and processing them through the body. This is one of the reasons it is important to brew in high-quality vessles such as glass jars.
Kombucha can assist in preventing and healing joint damage. This could be due to the presence of an analgesic (a pain reliever and an anti-arthritic compound) in the brew.
Digestion and Gut Health
High levels of probiotic and enzymes strengthen the gut and ease the digestion process. In extensive tests to treat stomach ulcers and leaky gut syndrome, kombucha is said to be as effective as many of the prescription drugs on the market.
Strengthened Immune System
The probiotics, good bacteria and enzymes contained in kombucha actively balance and heal the gut flora, (micro-organisms present in the digestive tract) directly contributing to the improved health of the immune system.
For more information about this healthy probiotic drink, as well as recipes for brewing your own kombucha at home, check out Louise Avery's book Living Tea.