Trendy and recommended by influencers and celebrities alike, kombucha has been touted as ‘the’ beverage to improve your health. But, how good for you, is it really? Pretty darn beneficial, if you ask most experts, including Hanna Crum, the co-founder of Kombucha Kamp and co-founder and president of Kombucha Brewers International. As she explains, it may seem like a new phenomenon, but in reality, this bubbly drink has been consumed for thousands of years. In fact, ancient civilizations referred to it as the ‘elixir of life.’
“The fermented brew helps increase energy, aids in digestion, supports healthy liver function, and enhances overall health and wellbeing,” she says. “It doesn’t just taste good; it makes you feel good.”
Here’s what happens to your body when you drink kombucha
Kombucha balances our gut microbiome.
While many associate their stomach and core with digestion and strength, our guts are far more connected to our overall health than we realize. Our gut is the root of holistic wellness since it contributes to immune health, skin, mood, and more, according to Danielle Ryan Broida, RH, a holistic nutritionist and an instructor of mycology.
“The gut is known as the microbiome or mycobiome which is a complex community or ecosystem containing trillions of microorganisms, bacteria and fungi residing in your small and large intestine,” says Broida. “The health of this ecosystem is controlled by having more ‘good’ bacteria than ‘bad’ bacteria. Everything you eat either feeds the good or bad bacteria and fungi down there.”
Kombucha comes into play since it’s a probiotic food, or a form of ‘good’ bacteria, thus, improving our gut health.
“Fermented foods, including kombucha, are rich sources of probiotics, making them a critical component to a healthy gut,” she says.
So, in short: if you regularly drink kombucha, you’re giving your gut an extra boost of nutrients. So stock up on one of these 11 Best Low-Sugar Kombucha Brands You Can Buy.