Everyone and their mom seems to be sick lately. Mainly with sore throats, fever, chills and a few stomach aches.
I tell our athletes that they should be taking a good probiotic year round and in the winter months unless you live in Florida and can get outside one hour or so a day, also take some liquid Vitamin D. Other than that, take your fish oil, magnesium, multi-vitamin, eat well and get plenty of sleep.
Yesterday I ran across a pretty great article talking about the benefits of kombucha. If you have been afraid to try it previously, just do it. Now I’m not going to lie to you and tell you it’s the best thing you’ll ever drink. BUT it is definitely do-able and the health benefits out weigh the mediocre taste.
Health Benefits of Kombucha
Kombucha Health Benefit #1: Boosts the Immune System
Got allergies? Are you run down frequently with colds? You can build up your immunity naturally by consuming more fermented foods and drinks.
Our immune system is in our gut. Most of us have grown up on antibiotics and other drugs that kill off our beneficial bacteria. The result? Kombucha’s fermentation process encourages the growth of beneficial bacteria. Probiotics are good for your gut, and good for immunity.
Kombucha is also rich in antioxidants, which help to strengthen immunity.
Kombucha Health Benefit #2: Natural Detoxifier
Kombucha has probiotics and enzymes that promote detoxification. One of the main jobs of the good bacteria in your gut is to detoxify. By adding more beneficial bacteria to your gut, you’re getting the job done faster.
Kombucha contains glucuronic acid, a compound used by the liver to promote detoxification. Regular consumption of kombucha tea supports liver function.
Kombucha Health Benefit #3: Rich in Vitamins and Enzymes
In addition to beneficial bacteria, kombucha contains B vitamins and enzymes.
B vitamins provide support for the body’s metabolic functions including overall energy, utilization of carbohydrates, heart health, and healthy hair, skin, and nails. Adequate intake of B vitamins can reduce stress, anxiety and depression, boost memory, and relieve PMS.
Most of us don’t get enough enzymes these days because we don’t eat enough raw food. The role of digestive enzymes is to break down the foods that we eat into smaller compounds so the nutrients can be more easily absorbed into the bloodstream.
Kombucha Health Benefit #4: Energy Boost
Everyone needs more energy these days, which is why so many of us are reaching for coffee, tea, sugar, caffeinated sodas, and “energy drinks”.
Kombucha is the original energy drink. This is not an artificial jolt of caffeine or sugar — but a natural energy booster. Because kombucha helps the body detoxify, there is less burden on your system, and as a result, you get more energy. As stated above, kombucha is also rich in B vitamins, which gives the body energy.
Kombucha Health Benefit #5: Increased Metabolism
Enzymes boost metabolism. In addition, all the beneficial bacterial and enzymes in the kombucha help your body work better and take the burden off of it’s functioning.
Kombucha Health Benefit #6: PMS Relief
Kombucha helps to relieve PMS. How? B vitamins help to break down and flush out excess estrogen from the body (a condition called estrogen dominance). This can help to reduce PMS symptoms.
Kombucha Health Benefit #7: Relief from Arthritis and Joint Pain
I was diagnosed with arthritis when I was in my 20s. I cured myself by going on an elimination diet (elimination of all possible allergens) and taking therapeutic grade probiotics. It took about 2 years, but I fully recovered.
Arthritis is an immune disorder. Scroll back up to Kombucha Health Benefit # 1 — kombucha is rich in probiotic bacteria which help to rebuild healthy gut flora, and strengthen immunity.
Courtesy of - http://www.cheeseslave.com/kombucha-health-benefits/
A once or twice a week dose of kombucha along with tons and tons of hot tea with honey and extra rest should be enough to ward off any sickness you feel coming on.
Below is a pic of my favorite. And you can now find it at WF and Kroger