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What is the deal with kombucha

You might have heard about the growing kombucha tea trend. Celebrities like Kournety Kardaisan are all about the trend. If you are wondering what exactly is kombucha, let our nutrition counseling experts give you the 101 on everything you need to know about the trendiest tea.

What is kombucha?

According to Mayo Clinic, kombucha is a tea created with tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast. It’s sometimes referred to as mushroom tea, however it doesn’t contain mushroom. The tea and sugar are mixed together with the bacteria and yeast to ferment.

Where did kombucha originate?

Kombucha tea is said to have originated somewhere in the Far East, particularly in Asia. The first record of kombucha documented was during the Tsin Dynasty, 221 BC. During this time it was not known as kombucha, but “The Tea of Immortality.”

It got its name in Japan in 415 AD from a Korean physician named Kombu who treated the Emperor Inyko. The word “cha” means tea. Kombucha started to spread from Russia to the West. It regained interest after WWII when a doctor, Rudolph Skelnar, started to use Kombucha to treat patients with cancer, high blood pressure and diabetes.

The benefits of kombucha.

Not only is kombucha tea fizzy and yummy, but it’s also packed with a ton of health benefits. Just like many tea’s though, it should only be drank in moderation. If you have any concerns about trying kombucha, you can also contact our nutrition counseling experts to find out if adding it to your diet is okay. Check out some of the benefits for kombucha:

It contains antioxidants.

Kombucha contains antioxidants that can help detoxify your liver. A recent study has shown that drinking kombucha reduce toxins from your liver by 70 percent.

It contains probiotics.

When it comes to probiotics, kombucha is full of them. Probiotics are a healthy form of bacteria that help improve your digestive system and can even help you lose weight.

It can kill bacteria.

Not only does kombucha contain healthy bacteria, but it can also kill harmful forms of bacteria. During the fermentation of kombucha, it makes one main substance known as acetic acid. This acid can kill bad bacteria.

It can help protect against cancer.

Kombucha is still used to fight against cancer.  A study found that this tea has tea polyphenols and antioxidants that can prevent cancerous cells from forming and spreading. Further studies are still needed.

It can reduce heart disease.

Studies have concluded that people who are avid green tea drinkers have a 31 percent lower risk of getting heart disease. This find can also be contributed to kombucha since it can be made from green tea.

On your next grocery store visit be sure to grab kombuchas bottle to give it a try. Do not forget you can always give our nutrition counseling experts at Wisniewski Chiropractic a call to discuss any diet changes you need to make for a healthier and faster recovery.

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We’re Wisniewski Chiropractic, part of the Thrive Wellness network. Nearing our third year in our current location, we’re excited to continue bringing you personalized care and support for your wellness journey. Dr. Wisniewski is an expert in chiropractic care. We believe in healthcare that relies less on medication and more on  prevention through the use of proper diet, exercise and patient education. Our chiropractic services follow a three-part plan: relieve your pain first, address the root cause, and make a plan for your future wellness.