More and more, people are discovering the strong link between their overall health and gut health. Gastrointestinal health plays a huge role in the development in all kinds of diseases. As Hippocrates said thousands of years ago, “All disease begins in the gut.” But what did he mean – and how can you get a healthier gut?
The good bacteria in your intestines are responsible for the critical function of both the digestive system and the immune system. Gut bacteria can affect the body’s vitamin and mineral absorbency, hormone regulation, immune response, ability to eliminate toxins, and overall mental health state. In fact, the gut has been recently called the body’s second brain because of its constant communication with our brain in the regulation of the immune system.
One of the most delicious – and trendy – ways to add probiotics to your diet is by drinking an unpasteurized, fermented tea called kombucha. It is made by adding bacteria and yeast to sugar and black tea and allowing the brew to ferment. The Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast (the SCOBY) is a living colony of microbes that turn the sugar into healthful acids and probiotics within the tea. The particles you see floating around in the drink are colonies of this healthy bacteria.
Now, kombucha is not medicine, but like eating your vegetables, it does help promote overall good health by providing your body what it needs to heal itself. Kombucha aids immune system regulation through its antioxidant content. These antioxidants counteract free radicals that can create imbalances in the digestive system, and can also counteract liver cell toxicity. Kombuca also contains high levels of beneficial acids, probiotics, and enzymes that can aid in healing the GI tract and inflammatory conditions that originate with a permeable intestinal lining (like leaky gut syndrome).
If you’re just starting off with kombucha I suggest the Gingerberry or Trilogy flavors from GT’s Synergy Kombucha. They are a little more fruity and have a less overpowering vinegar-y taste.
Still don’t love it? It’s not for everyone, but you can still get your probiotics elsewhere! Eating a diet full of naturally occurring probiotic foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir, and yogurt can help balance the levels of good bacteria in your gut.
After drinking kombucha a few times a week for about a year now, I can say that probiotics are definitely worth the hype, both in taste and overall health benefits.
Cheers to a happy digestive system!
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