By Therese Lemura.
Healthy gut flora is essential for overall good health.
Keeping a healthy gut flora and strong immune system means a diet rich in probiotics is recommended. Kombucha, as well as foods like plain yoghurt, kefir and sauerkraut should be considered.
Kombucha is made by adding a culture of bacteria and yeast to a mixture of tea, sugar or honey and sometimes other flavorings.
Kombucha is a delicious healing and detoxifying drink that you can make yourself. Its cost is insignificant, as it is made from only a little tea and sugar. It has a reputation for healing hundreds of different ailments, and is renowned as an anti-ageing treatment and secret to retaining youthful looks. It is an effective for removing heavy metals and a wide range of other toxins from your body.
It contains a variety of vitamins, minerals and enzymes, and has been prized by traditional cultures for its health-promoting properties for centuries.
You might be surprised to find how much JUST ONE GLASS A DAY offers in the way of health and well-being.
Just a few of its benefits include:
- Increased energy levels
- Better digestion
- Antibiotic properties
- Skin improvements-elasticity
- Alkaline balance
- Improved mood
- Liver detoxification and support
- Eliminating candida (yeast)
- Immune support
- Detoxification support
- Weight loss-While drinking Kombucha tea on its own, without making any diet or lifestyle changes, won’t help you lose weight, it may help support weight loss efforts by improving digestion, and metabolism.
Drink an organic variety that doesn’t contain a large amount of sugar. Health food stores tend to be the best place to look.
Kombucha and fructose
Sucrose (table sugar) consists of a glucose and a fructose molecule linked together. The bacteria and yeasts in kombucha prefer to feed on glucose rather than fructose. They convert the glucose into glucuronic acid and a variety of other acids, all with anti-bacterial and other beneficial properties. They convert fructose into acetic acid (vinegar).
Because of this preference for glucose, most of the glucose is used up quickly. The sugar that remains in your kombucha is mostly fructose. In a strong and vinegary kombucha most of the fructose is also consumed.
Unlike most other sugars, fructose can only be metabolised in your body through your liver. You should limit the amount of fructose that you consume, especially if your liver is not as healthy as it could be. This means avoiding fruit juice, large quantities of sweet fruit, and of course most processed foods.
As a Probiotic
Kombucha encourages the growth of beneficial bifida bacteria in your intestines, particularly those that produce lactic acid. Bifida are sometimes found in live yoghurt. Kombucha produces two organic acids, lactic acid and acetic acid, which accelerate this pro-biotic effect. Lactic acid is essential for healthy digestive action, and for energy production by the liver. Acetic acid is an antiseptic and inhibitor of pathogenic bacteria.
Kombucha is easy and inexpensive to make. There are starter kits and recipes to follow.