Vitamins and Minerals
Kombucha contains small amounts of vitamins and minerals which are produced by yeast breaking down the sugars during fermentation. These vitamins include vitamin C, B1, B6 and B12.
Polyphenols are compounds that are found in plant material and which may help to keep you healthy and protect against some diseases. Polyphenols may help to reduce blood sugars and they are thought to reduce inflammation, associated with many illnesses. Polyphenols are a class of antioxidants which (as a rule of thumb) are what gives colour to plants. In carrots there is beta carotene, in blueberries there is anthocyanin and in kombucha there are Catechins, Theaflavin and Thearubinigin! These polyphenols play specific roles in our body such as immune defence, reduced cell damage, potential cancer prevention and more!
Anti-Oxidants are molecules that fight or keep in check, free radicals in our bodies. If free radicals become too high then this can lead to serious harm very quickly. However, free radicals can be used by the immune system to fight off diseases and so we just need to maintain a healthy balance between them and anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants do just as they sound, they stop oxidation in the body! We have an internal antioxidant system that is kept active by doing things such as exercise, but needs to be boosted by external sources, hence the foods and drinks we consume! Heightened oxidative states within the body can speed up the progression of Diabetes, Cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s and many other lifestyle related diseases! So drinking kombucha may play a beneficial role in keeping our disease states in check!
Beneficial Acids & Enzymes
In addition to the above, Kombucha is a refreshing drink that is low in sugar and calories. It is suitable for any diet and is completely natural with no additives, preservatives or emulsifiers or e-numbers.
Your natural wellbeing and energy should make you feel tremendous but many of us succumb to foods which are full of toxins, additives and preservatives which are designed to extend shelf life in supermarkets. Over time, these toxins wear us down and so it is not simply a matter of swallowing a few probiotics and we feel great.
Your digestive system is like a garden, it may be overgrown with grasses and weeds and so we need to get rid of these things first. Cut out processed foods, sugar, caffeine, alcohol and dairy products. Cut back on simple carbohydrates which are full of sugars but eat complex carbohydrates. Try and eat less meat and have more of a plant based diet. This has the effect of ‘weeding the garden’ and then we can start planting seeds which are beneficial to you. Kombucha and other fermented foods such as Kimchi, Sauerkraut, Tempeh and Kefir are the seeds to sow in your new garden. You’ll generally feel the difference very quickly, sometimes in just a matter of days but your entire microbiome can be significantly improved in just 3-4 weeks!