Gut Health: Kombucha

Did you know that there is a connection between the health of your gut and the rest of your body? At present, there are a number of research studies and documentaries stating the importance of healthy bacteria in our gut.

Enter fermented foods …

Fermented foods can support and introduce healthy bacterial species into our bodies which has many advantages including improved health and immunity.

Kombucha is a fermented beverage consisting of black tea and sugar (from various sources, including cane sugar, fruit or honey) that’s used as a functional probiotic food. It contains a colony of bacteria and yeast that are responsible for initiating the fermentation process once combined with sugar.

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Kombucha Tea

After fermentation, kombucha becomes carbonated and contains vinegar, B vitamins, enzymes, probiotics and a high concentration of acid (acetic, gluconic and lactic). These bacteria are known as “cellulose-producing bacteria,” meaning they produce cellulose, which acts as a shield to cells.

Interested yet? Where to buy kombucha can get a little complicated, but it’s generally available for $3-5 at natural health food stores and some grocery outlets. Others make it at home.

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