The colors of KOMBUCHA! ❤️?????? I haven’t been a Kombucha drinker until this year. I tried Kombucha back in the day and remember it tasting like vinegar! I hated it and didn’t touch it again for years. Just recently, I was reading an article about the benefits of eating fermented foods for your gut. I’ve always known things like yogurt, sauerkraut, miso, kefir, and tempeh promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut and realized Kombucha was an easy way to help me restore gut health! Gut health is SO important, and I know more and more studies are coming out about how poor gut health is not just about bloating, stomach pain, gas or diarrhea, but has also been linked to hormonal imbalances, autoimmune diseases, diabetes …and even depression!
Personally, my favorite kombucha is GT’s Kombucha. I bought a few options from the store and they seemed to have the best ingredients.
Ingredients: GT’s Kombucha* (Kombucha Culture*, Black Tea*, Green Tea*, Kiwi Juice*), Raspberry Juice*, Lemon Juice*, Fresh Pressed Ginger Juice* and 100% Pure Love!!! Please note: Kombucha is a fermented tea that has naturally occurring alcohol.
If you’re interested in improving your gut health, Kombucha is a great way to start! For better gut health, Mind Body Green recommends The 4 R Program.
1. Remove. “The goal is to get rid of things that negatively affect the environment of the gut. Inflammatory foods, such as gluten, dairy, corn, soy, eggs, and sugar, can lead to food sensitivities. I recommend an elimination diet as the starting point to identify which foods are problematic for you, in which you remove the foods for two weeks or more and then add them back in, one at a time, taking note of your body’s response.”
“Replace the good. Add back in the essential ingredients for proper digestion and absorption.”
“Restoring beneficial bacteria to reestablish a healthy balance of good bacteria is critical. This may be accomplished by taking a probiotic supplement that contains beneficial bacteria such as bifidobacteria and lactobacillus species. I recommend anywhere from 25 -100 billion units a day.⠀
“Providing the nutrients necessary to help the gut repair itself is essential. One of my favorites supplements is L-glutamine, an amino acid that helps to rejuvenate the gut wall lining. Other key nutrients include zinc, omega-3 fish oils, vitamin A, C, and E, as well as herbs such as slippery elm and aloe vera.” (Source: mindbodygreen.com)
Are you a Kombucha fan? What’s your favorite flavor and brand?