Seemingly “just another hipster trend”, kombucha is proving to be far more healthy than it is trendy. On top of its quirky taste, it boasts an extensive list of health benefits, ensuring this super drink lives up to the name it’s now made for itself in the Western World.

What is it?

Kombucha is an ancient drink that was originally consumed in China over 2,000 years ago for its detoxifying properties. Now, therest of the world hascaught on and are putting their own spin on the fermented beverage, with the most well-known Australian kombucha brand, Remedy launching in 2012.

In short, kombucha is a fermented drink made with tea, bacteria and yeast. You may note on the label of a kombucha bottle the words “live culture”. Yes, that’s correct, you’re consuming a living organism! The live cultures found in kombucha are comprised of living bacteria and yeast that exist symbiotically. But before you turn away, it’s important to note that live cultures ensure the best fermentation experience can take place, resulting in the most beneficial health results.

The benefits

The home doctor experts at House Call Doctorexplain there is a lot of research into how kombucha may benefitgut health. Deemed a probiotic due to its ‘fermented state’, the beverage provides your gut with healthy bacteriawith antioxidant abilitieswhich some claim improves digestion and inflammation.And we all know when your second brain (aka yourgut) is healthy, the rest of your body tends to follow suit.

Here are some further potential benefits that researchers have suggested:

  • A reduced risk of heart disease
  • Management of type 2 diabetes
  • Lowering of cancer risk
  • Better mental health (mood, stress levels)
  • Assistance with weightless and food cravings
  • Management of liver health

Keep in mind that some kombuchas on the market have added sugar such as fruit juice, which will contribute to your overall sugar intake. Do your research and the read the labels to ensure you’re reaping the benefits!