Updated: Nov 23, 2020
KOMBUCHA – The (not so) New Kid On The Nutritional Block!
So what is Kombucha, why is it good for you, and more importantly, why should you drink it?
How can something so ugly be so beneficial. Meet the Scoby.
The origins of Kombucha go back to 221 BC and was first brewed in Northern China and Russia (known as tea kvass). Kombucha is well known and documented to have a highly beneficial effect on fighting degenerative and inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, gout, irritable bowel syndrome, acid-reflux and even cancer.
Whilst we are not promoting Kombucha as a 'cure' for anything, there is lots of anecdotal evidence that it will certainly improve many health conditions. Over recent decades, the food and drinks that we consume have been pumped with additives, preservatives, chemical stabilisers and antibiotics, in order to extend shelf life. We believe that these additives have had a profound effect on our microbiome – did you ever hear of Irritable bowel syndrome or Fibromyalgia 20 years ago?
So what is Kombucha?
Quite simply, it is a fermented sweet tea. The fermentation process begins with the introduction of a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast). The Scoby feeds on the sugar and the caffeine in the tea and produces a delicious sweet/sour beverage which is extraordinarily rich in polyphenols, probiotics, beneficial enzymes, acids and vitamins. These are the building blocks which our microbiome needs to help our bodies function at a premium level.
Why is Kombucha good for you?
You are what you eat right? Rubbish in = Rubbish out, correct? If your diet is high in carbohydrate and sugar and low in protein and fibre, you can’t expect to perform to the best of your ability. Not everyone aspires to be an Olympic athlete but if you want to live a long life, free of ailments, aches and pains, arthritis etc. then it makes sense to fuel your body with the nutrients it needs to keep you in top shape, right? So, what can Kombucha help with? Following is a list of some of the things that it is known to help with:
Kombucha helps to detox the liver, reduces the pancreatic load.
and helps to keep the balance of internal PH levels to maintain a more alkaline environment. It is known that cancer cannot survive in a high oxygen alkaline environment. Our body functions best at a PH of 7.4. When you get up to 7.5 or 7.6 cancer cells just can’t do their thing and will not survive. Part of the cancer cells whole metabolic requirement is acid production, and they can’t produce those acids in an alkaline environment. (Acknowledgement to Dr. Thomas Lodl) Every single person who has cancer has a PH level that is too acidic (Acknowledgement to Dr. Otto Warburg - Nobel Prize Winner)
Beneficial enzymes & acids
The drink is teeming with beneficial enzymes and acids. One of the most important acids contained in Kombucha is Glucuronic which is known to aid arthritic pain and other inflammatory diseases.
Hyaluronic acid, also contained in Kombucha helps to preserve cartilage and maintains tissue structure. Hyaluronic acid acts as a cushion and lubricant in the joints and other tissues. Glucosamines which are a strong preventative for all kinds of arthritis are also a part of the mix.
With it's low PH the product also aids digestion and gut health. Its high content of Probiotics helps the digestive system and fights yeast overgrowth (Candida).
Kombucha is known to aid mood stability and helps fight depression and anxiety
Vitamins. Regular drinking will provide daily microdoses of important B & C vitamins such as B1-B6-B12 and Vitamin C. It also contains a natural source of B12 for vegans bosts a six fold amount of vitamin C than fresh orange juice.
Natural Energy Boost
Kombucha increases blood haemoglobin and improves oxygen flow to the tissues which will increase performance naturally. If you are involved in sports, this can give you a natural boost to your performance without relying on caffeine or sugar which are detrimental to your immune system.
Kombucha is packed full of antioxidants and polyphenols and because it is fermented, it is much more powerful than normal tea. For this reason, drinking small but regular amounts of may help to relieve chronic illnesses caused by stress.
Aren’t bacteria bad for us? No, not necessarily! There are good bacteria and bad bacteria. Most of us have around 2 kilograms of different kinds of bacteria in our gut and Kombucha provides us with good bacteria. Maintaining the balance of good bacteria is vital to our well-being. The gut is a fascinating part of our anatomy, it is where the immune system resides, and it is also home to your enteric system (the second brain in your body). The enteric system is made up of Millions of neurons and is a highly complex mechanism which reports to your central nervous system providing information which allows the nervous system to control breathing, heart rate, the speed at which food is transported through the gut, the production of hormones and mucus production. Ever get ‘butterflies in your stomach?’ or get a ‘gut feeling’ about something? That is your enteric system communicating with your brain. The enteric system has about the same number of neurons that there are in a cat’s brain. It doesn’t ‘think’ like the brain in your skull, but it is a super highway of communication that can directly influence cravings, hunger, performance and mood swings. These are just some of the things that are attributed to Kombucha, but apart from this, it is a really nice refreshing drink and fantastic alternative to sugar and chemical laden so-called soft drinks.
Expect to pay between £2 and £3 per bottle of goodness. If you think that a lot of money then look at the "not so good for you" alternatives. Half a bottle a day is a good of indication of what you should be consuming so helping your internal workings.