Kombucha – The Elixir of Life
Ever heard of Kombucha?
Possibly not, although cultures have been drinking this fermented beverage for at least 2000 years. Once hailed by Japanese samurai warriors as a source of chi as well as having a history of long spread therapeutic use throughout Russia, India and Japan, this so-called ‘Elixir of Life’ has been known to promote longevity, well-being and even energy in battle! Today, Kombucha is becoming increasingly popular amongst the health conscious, the physically active and use of this drink has been known to aid and even cure a number of bowel conditions.
So what is Kombucha?
Kombucha is developed from what is known as a SCOBY. This stands for Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and yeast, and this synergetic blend of multiple species of yeast, and pro-biotic (healthy) bacteria in the presence of sugar and loose leaf tea produces a vigorous, tasty and super-refreshing health-tonic! However, if you’re not into brewing it yourself, there are multiple brands of high-quality Kombucha both in our store, and online to take your pick from.
The vast majority of the health benefits of this drink can be attributed to the fact that it is fermented, and full of pro-biotic bacteria. Inside our bodies, we have a whole menagerie of different types of pro-biotic (good) bacteria, which aid us in digestion, immunity, skin health and in many more ways. The mind boggling thing is that there are more of these healthy bacteria in our bodies than our own cells. This reflects and is indicative of the profound but elusive role they play in our lives. Fermented foods introduce many species of friendly bacteria into our gut, where they begin to work their magic. These helpful organisms begin to help balance the production of stomach acid and produce acetylcholine – a neurotransmitter aiding in nervous impulse transmission which both in term dramatically aid digestion. These bacteria are also instrumental in contributing to the well-being of your immune system – as much as 70-80% of your immunity is located in your gut .
In a fascinating recent discovery, this gut-culture I have been referencing to has also been shown to be linked to the brain in dramatic ways, with the gut being shown to ‘have a steady ability to communicate via the nervous system, hormones, and the immune system’ . This has tremendous ramifications for the importance of pro-biotics, as making them a consistent addition to your diet has also been shown to stave off depression, anxiety, and has been known to even reduce stress!!
It is important to ingest many different types of pro-biotic foods, such as kimchi, sauerkraut, tempeh and of course Kombucha, as we are constantly loosing good bacteria – and need to keep their levels topped up. There are many other threats to our valuable gut-biome, such as high levels of refined sugar in your diet, or courses of anti-biotics – and it is for this reason that drinking Kombucha daily is highly recommended.
As well as the pro-biotic bacteria associated with Kombucha, there are numerous other health benefits to be gained from consuming it daily. The high levels of different B-vitamins are immeasurably important in cell-synthesis, releasing energy from our food, and in general metabolic processes. Kombucha also contains a multitude of antioxidants – important in protection cells from oxidative stress, and some studies have shown this to be 4.96 times greater in Kombucha than the antioxidants present in a cup of the same infused tea.  Also Kombucha has been shown to contain high amounts of gluconic acid – which is linked to decreases in inflammation, improvement in energy levels and more!
Finally, research has been conducted which proves that Kombucha can aid in the treatment of leaky gut, IBS, Candida, heartburn, and even stomach ulcers. This miracle brew has fantastic benefits when taken every day – improving mood, energy levels and alleviation of any digestive issues.
In conclusion, based on the myriad of reasons Kombucha can improve your health in a multitude of ways. I hope Kombucha works for you, as over time it has became my overall favourite healthy item to incorporate into my diet and my lifestyle. Try drinking one first thing in the morning instead of coffee for a refreshing, invigorating and glowing start to your day!
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- Antioxidant and Antibacterial Activity of Kombucha Beverages Prepared using Banana Peel, Common Nettles and Black Tea Infusions. (2016). APPLIED FOOD BIOTECHNOLOGY, 3(2), pp.125-130 
- The Gut-Brain Connection, Mental Illness and Disease, Psychology Today, https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evolutionary-psychiatry/201404/the-gut-brain-connection-mental-illness-and-disease 
Written by Jack Lavelle