Gut-Health: How Good Kombucha Is for Your Gut
No life form has ever lived without bacteria – every life form lives with a microbial community. We are 10:1 with microorganisms to our human cells with bacteria. This is why fermented drinks have started to become increasingly popular and consumed around the world for their benefits to the human body. Kombucha is a fermented, fizzy, sweet and sour tea that has been consumed for thousands of years. Since the kombucha drink contains a culture of bacteria and yeast, the addition of these bacteria and yeast causes fermentation which provides additional probiotic benefits as well as the nutritional value of the tea. Kombucha also needs the transformational action of intentional anaerobic microorganisms. You also need an acquired taste to be able to have it regularly.
Kombucha is rich in probiotics because it contains live cultures, which contain lactic acid bacteria which are one of the strains of bacteria beneficial to the gut. The other benefit of kombucha is that the live bacterial cultures present in foods that are not heated after fermentation are extremely beneficial to consume.
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The function of live bacterial cultures is as follows:
- Nutrient uptake
- Digestion of many nutrients
- Synthesize essential nutrients
- Humans cannot reproduce without bacteria
- Producing glycogen supports lactic acid bacteria which make the body acidic to help us reproduce
- Bacteria in our gut – release serotonin which is our happy hormone and release neurochemicals which are helpful for good gut-brain chemistry.
Consuming kombucha or any other fermented drink has many benefits that help the body such as nutritional processing of food or drink in many ways.
– It improves pre-digestion, as foods ferment, compound dense foods are pre-digested by fermenting organisms into elemental forms that the body easily assimilates
-It helps remove toxins from our food that may not be visible to the naked eye, in forms that are benign elements safe to eat or drink
– Fermentation can improve the bioavailability of minerals and vitamins that the body can use for different vital functions in the body.
Kombucha is good for the gut due to many factors that constantly assault or threaten the balance of our gut bacterial culture, such as
- Use of antibiotics or antacids NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
- Drink chlorinated water
Using antibacterial options for hand washing or food washing destroys all bacteria on all levels – good or bad for the body – resulting in gut and hormonal imbalances.
It is important to consciously replenish the bacteria in our gut to help our gut bacteria. Having fermented drinks and regular bowel movements is a huge help for people with chronic digestive issues such as constipation, low stomach acid or acid reflux, or even inflammatory bowel disease or bowel inflammation. , skin, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), and is also great for several other hormonal, mood, and other imbalances because the root cause of every imbalance begins in the gut.
On the contrary, as Kombucha is a fermented sweet tea, it is important to ensure that people with diabetes, insulin resistance and overgrowth of small intestinal bacteria consult a healthcare professional before consuming it regularly. to avoid any adverse effects.
Kombucha is available off the shelves and can be made at home. The process of making kombucha takes about seven to ten days through a series of steps:
1. The first step is to steep the tea. Any tea of choice can be used here such as green tea or black tea
2. The second step is to add SCOBY to the brewed tea. SCOBY is a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast that is used in the production of kombucha, and it is readily available in markets. It is covered and fixed for some time.
3. The third step is fermentation which makes this product a probiotic. This process takes six to seven days for the kombucha to ferment
4. Once the kombucha has been brewed and fermented, the SCOBY should be removed.
About the Author: Janvi Chitalia, Integrative Gut Microbiome Health Coach and Functional Medicine Nutritionist
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