Last week I shared that the Easter bunny brought my family an uninvited guest…a mega, knock-you-on-your-bootie kind of flu virus. Ugghhh. Today, one week later I am still feeling the ill effects of this nasty Super Bug.
In these last few days of desperation, I have turned to my nutrition knowledge in the hopes of finding something/anything that would help me (and my family) to feel better…quickly!
Actually, what I found to be most helpful was the Kombucha tea that I picked up at Whole Foods last Monday before the flu bug set up camp at our house. I have been drinking Kombucha for a while now and love the many health benefits the drink has to offer. To my surprise, when I say the word Kombucha here in Logan County, I get a ‘komboo-what?’ kind of look.
This morning, disappointed to still be feeling ‘less than par’, I packed up and headed into Bellefontaine to get me a couple bottles of Kombucha. Guess what. It is not to be found. Disappointed, I returned home and am now compelled to share with you the wonderful health benefits of Komubucha tea.
What is Kombucha? Kombucha is a living health drink which has been used for thousands of years to help stimulate the metabolism and maintain a healthy immune system. Recently, Kombucha has become even more well-known for its ability to increase the effectiveness of natural detoxification processes and replenish vital organic acids and enzymes required by the body for optimal health.
The first recorded use of Kombucha was in 221 B.C. during the Chinese empire of the Tsin-Dynasty. They called it “The Immortal Health Elixir”. I like the modern day version better..."Antioxidant Moonshine". lol
In the early 1950's, Soviet scientists were researching the large increase in cancer that had occurred after World War II. They sent two teams of researchers to two districts in the region of Perm on the Kama River of the Ural Mountains where there were hardly any incidences of cancer occurring. They discovered that despite living in an area highly contaminated by lead, asbestos and mercury, these people were experiencing minimal illness. Investigating further, they found that almost all the households were drinking “tea kvass” the Russian word for Kombucha.
Why the sudden interest in this tonic that has been used for hundreds of years? Perhaps it is something to do with the many health benefits that tens of thousands of people have experienced due to their consumption of Kombucha. Even President Reagan used Kombucha to halt the spread of his cancer in 1987.
Kombucha has been known to have the following effects:
Strengthens at a Cellular level
Prevents Acid Reflux
Assists With Weight Loss
Strengthens and restores hair
Beautifies the skin
Removes toxicity from the body
Eases the pain of arthritis
Cures your hangover
Heck, with a list like this...what do we have to lose!
Kombucha contains beneficial bacteria in the form of Lactobacillus Acidophilus, as well as dozens of other probiotic strains. By ingesting Kombucha, we can increase the amounts of good bacteria to maintain a healthy digestive tract. Kombucha has been known to possess anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal components which all aid in better health.
When Kombucha first enters the digestive system it coats the stomach with digestive enzymes and live probiotic organisms. The healing elements of the live Kombucha culture immediately begin breaking down undigested foods, toxicity, and wastes produced by pathogenic bacteria that often interferes with our normal digestive processes. Kombucha breaks down these harmful substances before they are able to enter the blood stream, and converts them into a form which can easily be disposed of by the body. This is exactly what I needed to rid myself of the unwanted Easter Super Bug!
The live, active cultures present in Kombucha remain dormant until they come into contact with the sugars in the digestive system. Kombucha thrives on these excess sugars and binds to toxins commonly found in the diet, clearing the way for the body to absorb the full nutrient content of the foods we eat. While the probiotics in Kombucha are detoxifying the digestive system, they are also producing organic acids and B Vitamins which speed the cleansing process.
The boost of probiotic strains provided by Kombucha helps to flush out harmful bacteria and pathogens by regulating the level of acidity in the digestive tract. In other words, drinking Kombucha lets your body heal itself. By regularly consuming Kombucha, we can attain all our longevity goals, transform our health and beauty from the inside out, and have the best day ever!
(Kombucha is a little pricey when purchased at larger stores like Whole Foods. It can easily be made at home for a fraction of the cost and since I am finding it hard to find Kombucha in our small, quaint rural area….I will soon be offering Kombucha classes. Watch my blog for upcoming class information.) Kombucha lesson…over.
"Let food be thy medicine."