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Drink Kombucha

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Description

Kombucha is a tea made from the fermentation of some yeast, bacteria and a bit of sugar. It has probiotic properties and can help improve digestion. There is a popular belief that it is extracted from mushrooms, but this is not the case.

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Possible Benefits

  • May improve digestion
  • May improve gut health
  • May improve immunity 
  • May reduce cholesterol level 
  • Is an antioxidant 
  • May fight oxidative stress
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How to Do It

Purchase kombucha tea bags. 

Add the tea bag into a cup of hot water and wait 2 minutes before drinking.

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Why it works

  • Kombucha contains several enzymes that help optimize the digestive process: invertase, protease, catalase, and amylase. 
  • As a fermented drink, it contains probiotics, such as Gluconobacter oxydans, which benefit intestinal health. 
  • Its high content of vitamin C strengthens the immune system.
  • Kombucha is high in polyphenols which contain antioxidant properties that help maintain the health of the body's cells.
  • As it contains flavonoids, it helps strengthen the immune system.
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Time Commitment

2-5 minutes

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Suggested Frequency

2 times per week

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Time of Day

Any 

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Possible Side Effects

Upset stomach, nausea, vomiting

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Tips

  • Homemade tea fermentation is not recommended. It can be toxic.
  • You can add a little sugar to improve its acidic taste. 
  • Some people drink it to improve hangover symptoms and help the body recover.
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Supporting Studies and Articles

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  1. Kombucha Beverage from Green, Black and Rooibos Teas: A Comparative Study Looking at Microbiology, Chemistry and Antioxidant Activity. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6356548/
  2. Kombucha: a novel model system for cooperation and conflict in a complex multi-species microbial ecosystem. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6730531/
  3. Current evidence on physiological activity and expected health effects of kombucha fermented beverage. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24192111/
  4. Chemical Profile and Antioxidant Activity of the Kombucha Beverage Derived from White, Green, Black and Red Tea. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7278673/
  5. Understanding Kombucha Tea Fermentation: A Review. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29508944/
  6. Evaluation of physicochemical properties and antioxidant activities of kombucha “Tea Fungus” during extended periods of fermentation. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5980301/
  7. A review on health benefits of kombucha nutritional compounds and metabolites. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19476337.2017.1410499
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 Health  AntiAging  Digestion  Immunity
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