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5 Reasons to Drink Kombucha Every Day

 

With increased popularity, kombucha has made a big splash in the world of beverages. We all know that it’s a drink that a healthy gut craves, but that’s it? Are you aware of the other benefits it could bring? Or are you simply following the hype and buying it because others tell you it's healthy?

Without further ado, let’s dive into the benefits of this popular probiotic fizzy drink that will tell you why you should sip on it every day!

 

 

1. Digestion & Gut Booster

Kombucha contains live probiotic cultures that fight against bad bacteria and provide your gut with healthy bacteria. High levels of probiotics in kombucha, along with beneficial acid and enzymes, help keep your digestive system running smoothly and keep things humming!

2. Immune Booster

Despite the fact that kombucha isn't a first-line option for treating chronic diseases, it can complement a healthy diet, lifestyle, and medication regimen. Kombucha serves as the backbone of your immune system. Thanks to its rich antioxidant content, it supports our immunity, protects against cell damage and inflammatory diseases such as arthritis.

3. Heart-Health Booster

According to research, the risk of developing heart diseases decreases as kombucha helps in reducing bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides while increasing good cholesterol (HDL). If you need to alter your eating habits to get bad cholesterol down, sipping on some kombucha every day may help with that process!

4. Mood Booster

Healthy gut microbiota is essential to good mental health. Studies showed that consuming kombucha enhances one’s mood and improves one’s state of mind. Although it’s not a foolproof way to combat or prevent depression, every little bit helps.

5. Weight Loss Aid

Why do most people not lose weight despite limiting their calorie intake? This has to do with blood sugar levels. By stabilizing carbohydrate metabolism, kombucha can give a steady release of glucose to the blood. This prevents fluctuations and a sharp decline in your blood sugar levels, thereby, stopping you from overindulging in high-carb foods. That’s how drinking Kombucha can control your total calorie intake and help you lose weight. You can substitute Kombucha for your morning cup of tea or coffee to reduce cravings at bay until lunchtime.

heartFriendly Tip

Savor the Benefits, But Don’t Go Excessive.
The amount of sugar in kombucha can vary depending on the fermentation process. Take about 1 tablespoon (4g) of kombucha powder/ 1 cup of kombucha per day to reap the benefits. Avoid those brands with added sugars or artificial flavors by checking the product labels.

Sooo, if you ask is kombucha worth the hype? Well, yeah, it kind of is. Especially if you’re choosing it over drinks like diet sodas or carbonated drinks, kombucha is surely a health upgrade. Sip away, ’boochers!

 

Written by: Foo Jia Qi 
BSc (Hons) Nutrition With Wellness 
UCSI University

Reviewed by: Jasmine Lim
Love Earth Organic Nutritionist
Bachelor of Science Degree in
Dietetics (major) & Food Science (minor)
Iowa State University, USA

 

References

Higuera, V. (2019). 10 Potential Benefits of Kombucha. https://www.everydayhealth.com/diet-nutrition/potential-benefits-kombucha/

Leech, J. (2018). 8 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Kombucha Tea. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/8-benefits-of-kombucha-tea#TOC_TITLE_HDR_9

Lobo, R. O., & Shenoy, C. K. (2014). Myocardial Potency of Bio-Tea Against Isoproterenol Induced Myocardial Damage in Rats. Journal of Food Science and Technology, 52(7), 4491–4498. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13197-014-1492-6

Selhub, E. M., Logan, A. C., & Bested, A. C. (2014). Fermented Foods, Microbiota, and Mental Health: Ancient Practice Meets Nutritional Psychiatry. Journal of Physiological Anthropology, 33(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/1880-6805-33-2