Kombucha is known to provide several health benefits. But what is Kombucha? Kombucha tea is a tea that goes through the fermentation process and contains bacteria. The bacterium grows on the top of the liquid and forms a mushroom-like cloud. After 10 days of fermentation, you remove the cloud of bacteria. After removing the cloud, the liquid on the bottom or Kombucha, is ready to drink. If you drink Kombucha consistently the health benefits can include the management of Type 2 diabetes, reduce heart disease risk and better digestion.
Type 2 Diabetes Management
People with Type 2 Diabetes have a problem with their body’s ability to break down the sugar in foods. These individual’s body cannot use insulin properly. Studies show that drinking Kombucha on a consistent basis can help slow the body’s digestion of carbohydrates. When you slow the digestion of carbohydrates, the sugar from the carbs gets into your body’s bloodstream at a slower rate allowing the sugar level to remain on a more even level. This is important for individuals with diabetes because the slower absorption does not create spikes or crashes in the sugar levels. Keeping your sugar levels consistent and in the normal range allows you to manage your diabetes instead of it managing you.
Reducing the Risk of Heart Disease
Heart disease is on the rise and you need to know the risks if you want to prevent it. Your doctor may have you do blood work so he or she can check your cholesterol levels. Generally, your doctor looks at two markers to determine if you are at risk for heart disease. These markers include HDL and LDL cholesterol. The HDL cholesterol is the “good cholesterol” and the LDL is the “bad cholesterol”. When the body has high LDL cholesterol, the cholesterol can attach to the blood vessel and eventually clog them. The HDL cholesterol carries the LDL cholesterol away to the liver for the body’s disposal. Studies in rats show that drinking Kombucha lowered the bad cholesterol and increased the good cholesterol. These results reduce your risk for heart disease.
Probiotics = Health Benefits
Kombucha contains a rich supply of probiotics due to the fermentation process. Probiotics are live microorganisms that help fight bacteria in the body especially the digestive tract. Since Kombucha tea contains probiotics, the tea provides positive health benefits like a healthier digestive system, possible weight loss and a reduction in inflammation.