Kombucha is a fermented tea that has been used medicinally for well over 2,000 years. It has been reported to help improve or cure arthritis, cancer, autoimmune conditions as well as improve overall vitality in otherwise healthy people. It is said the ancient Chinese called it the “Immortal Health Elixir” because of the health benefits it gave to people who consumed it.
This wonderful product has started to gain popularity in the West after centuries of use in Asian and Russian cultures. Although Kombucha has many, many beneficial properties, which are discussed here, I will talk specifically about 3 that make it especially good for people in western cultures to use.
Kombucha tea contains beneficial microorganisms that help regulate the digestive process. Due to antibiotic use, poor food choices and the ever-expanding list of toxins in our food, water and air many people have a digestive tract overridden with candida and bacteria that harm rather than help the body. Other sources of probiotics are unpasteurized sauerkraut, coconut milk keifer and yogurt. Also, probiotic supplements can help re-establish the proper gut flora. Having the correct balance of bacteria in the gut allows for better absorption of nutrients, proper elimination of waste and prevents the overgrowth of harmful bacteria.
Kombucha has an abundance of active enzymes. This helps reduce the workload on the pancreas by naturally providing the body a boost in digestion. When drank without food the enzymes go to work cleaning up cellular debris which helps the body clean house. End result is you can feel much better!
Glucosamines are a nutrient that triggers the production of substances which prevent the deterioration of cartilage and joints. They also reduce pain associated with arthritis. The glucosamines enable connective tissue to absorb water which helps the tissues retain elasticity, strength and overall function. Glucosamines have been shown to be comparable to NSAIDS (think Advil) in their ability to reduce joint pain.
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