The drink where it is supposedly be great for your gut biome. It is sold in every health food store these days. Kombucha is created out of “SCOBY”, which stands for Symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. When this is fermented the SCOBY turns slightly sweetened tea into a fermented tea. Kombucha is claimed to help boost immunity, improve digestion and help with just about every disease.
It is important to take care of your gut biome. When there is dis-ease within the gut, many other problems can arise. Anything from obesity, depression, ADD/ADHD, all the way to cancer. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), gut bacteria produce an array of neurochemicals that the brain uses for the regulation of physiological and mental processes, including memory, learning and mood. In fact, 95% of the body’s supply of serotonin is produced by gut bacteria, according to the APA. Autism is another piece that is currently being researched.
So how do we alter and/or change our current gut biome? Eating fermented foods, probiotics and antioxidants from fairly traditional foods such as yogurt, kombucha, kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi…YUM!! If you haven’t tried these, it would be a great start to begin incorporating some kind of fermented food into your daily diet. And I just really love this:
“As life expectancy continues to increase, it is important that we understand how best to maintain good health. Never has this been more relevant than in respect of our resident microbiota. Understanding the complex relationship among what we choose to eat, activity levels and gut microbiota richness is essential.
Developing new ways to manipulate the beneficial properties of our microbiota by finding ways to integrate health-promoting properties into modern living should be the goal.”
So, even if you think fermented foods are gross, I suggest you start acquiring a taste for them. Putting some sauerkraut on your burger or chicken sausage, some kefir in the morning or kimchi on your salad. Your gut will thank you!