If you haven’t tried kombucha yet, chances are you’ve at least heard of it or seen it on Insta. This 2,000-year-old Chinese elixir has been huge in health + wellness news recently — made from a combination of black tea + sugar, the mixture is fermented to produce high amounts of healthy probiotics, vitamins, + enzymes. Other than being offered in many yummy flavors, this superdrink has tons of benefits —
If your body is still recovering from the late nights, tan lines, + fruity drinks of Spring Break, think of kombucha as your go-to power drink ; ). Its natural acids + enzymes break down waste in the body, putting a decreased workload on the liver while cleansing your entire system. You’ll be ready to join your #CHAARGies for spin class in no time.
Kombucha may be as effective as over-the-counter drugs at preventing digestive problems such as stomach ulcers thanks to its high probiotic levels. These live cultures fight off harmful yeast in the gut + can improve cramps, bloating + heartburn.
3] JOINT PAIN
Glucosamines are the key ingredient here — they increase production of hyaluronic acid in the body, maintaining cartilage structure + preventing arthritis pain on a level that’s comparable to NSAID // glucocorticoid drugs. For those looking for a natural, non-pharmaceutical way to ease their pain, kombucha may be the way to go.
4] ENERGY BOOST
During the kombucha fermentation process, iron is released from black tea along with small amounts of caffeine + vitamins that may help to energize your body. Free iron in the body boosts hemoglobin in the blood, allowing more oxygen to reach the muscle + tissues that keep you goin’ through all those late-night gym seshes.
5] IMMUNE HEALTH
A powerful antioxidant called DSL + vitamin C are the main reasons that kombucha is known to help protect + maintain your immune system. Fighting off free radicals // protecting the body from cell damage can prevent everything from inflammatory diseases to tumor formation + progression, for an all-around set of health benefits.
Kombucha is only one of many natural ways to keep your body feelin’ fine ; ). If you’re looking to try it, head over to your local health store [or brew your own kombucha at home] + don’t forget to share with us on Insta!
+Alyssa (amatts_inchaarg) // UConn CHAARG