Kombucha: Should you drink it?

I’ll start off this post by saying that I drink kombucha and I love it. I was super stoked to see the new Sobeys that opened up near me stocked many different brands of kombucha – some are even local! This automatically made this my new grocery store of choice.

What is kombucha? (Affectionately known as “booch” in my house)

It’s tea with sugar in it that is fermented with a SCOBY (which stands for Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast). I know, sounds appetizing eh? And get this, the SCOBY is alive and grows a twin every time it’s used in a brew.  It looks like a big slimy mushroom. Am I winning you over yet? Hear me out, there’s some good benefits to booch, and it’s actually pretty tasty.

Why should I drink it? 

Kombucha has many different health benefits. Here are a few:

  • Can help with digestion and gut health (making the little bacteria in your gut happy and healthy)
  • It’s immune boosting and anti-oxidant rich (it may help you kick that cold!)
  • Helps your liver out (sometimes your liver needs a bit of  detox love!)
  • It can help reduce joint pain (booch has glucorinic acid in it which the body can convert to glucosamine, which helps joint pain)

These 4 reasons are reason enough for me to drink it. But in practical terms, kombucha is a great fizzy alternative if you’re craving a pop or beer. You’re thinking, beer? Seriously? But yeah. Months ago, I’d find some beer bottles in my man’s man cave, and now I’m finding empty kombucha bottles! So yeah – it’s pretty good and can give your the fizzy kick you need.

What to watch out for: Sugar intake. Some flavours are really tasty, but keep stock of how much sugar you’re taking in each day to accommodate for the fancy flavours (e.e Guava Goddess). I typically stick to the unflavoured booch, or flavours like ginger that don’t have as much sugar in it. This way I can enjoy more!

How much should you drink? Start out with 4 oz a day, and see how you feel. Some people react a bit to it (bloating etc..) so start slow and listen to your body.

I used to make my own homemade kombucha – but that’s a whole separate blog post. For now, I’m buying a few bottles here and there and getting a yummy fizzy pick me up that’s good for my body!

 

Author: Jackie

Jackie is a certified holistic nutritionist (with the Alive Academy out of Richmond, B.C.) in her spare time. Full-time she works in an office (like many of you!) and is always looking for ways to make her busy life happy and healthy. She is a mom to 2 lovely daughters, and a wife to a picky-eater husband who always keeps her on her toes when she is creating healthy recipes.

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