For the Vegan | for the woman | for the gut
Kombucha is a form of black tea and BUCKET LOADS of sugar that is fermented using a combination of (SCOBY), short for Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria & Yeast. Originating in China as an “Immortal Health Elixir”, it is a derivative of Chinese Medicine and has been used for over 2,000 years for medicinal purposes. It has many health benefits like preventing and fighting cancers, arthritis, and other degenerative diseases. There are a few beneficial nutrients and acids that makeup Kombucha, such as, B vitamins, antioxidants and glucaric acids. It is known to be a great probiotic source, making it beneficial for a vegan's (and a Non-Vegans) nutrient absorption!
In this short article I will be addressing a few practical ways this simple probiotic drink can contribute to your overall health.
1. Aids in Digestion & Gut Health:
- Due to the living colony of bacteria and yeast in this "fungus" infested drink, it serves as a natural probiotic, which is vital for a vegan & non-vegans nutrient uptake in the small intestines.
- If the body is lacking sufficient normal gut flora it could cause lack of nutrient absorption in the intestines. Then you’d be eating mostly for energy and less for nutrition; the food will literally go in and out of you.
- Due to the quality of soil in this day & age, the vegan diet doesn’t offer ample sources of natural probiotics unless it is a kefir vegan yogurt or an abundance of fermented foods, for e.g. pickles, sauerkraut and kimchi. So make friends with these little bacterias (or you can always take a probiotic supplement)!
2. Gut Bacteria Benefits:
- The body can function best when gut flora is balanced in the small intestines.
- Normal gut bacteria participate in the biosynthesis of vitamins. Because humans are unable to produce many vitamins, they must be externally obtained. Fortunately, probiotic bacteria are able to synthesize some of the vitamins that have been ingested - vitamin K and most of the water‐soluble B vitamins, such as biotin, cobalamin, folates, nicotinic acid, panthotenic acid, pyridoxine, riboflavin, and thiamine, in humans (Biosynthesis of Vitamins by Probiotic Bacteria).
- Probiotic bacteria helps degrade potentially harmful substances and destroy toxic chemicals in the gut, e.g. pesticides and BPA.
- Gut bacteria provides protection from pathogens by competing for available space and nutrients. There is a war being waged in your gut. The classic narrative of Good vs. Evil. Probiotics help cultivate the good bacteria so that nutritional victory may be obtained.
- Breaks down macromolecules: fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. Because probiotics promote health in the digestive system, digestive enzyme proteins are able to facilitate the breakdown of macromolecules.
- Our normal microbiota partners play a significant role in maintaining a healthy body and avoiding diseases.
3. Helps Prevent Yeast Infections & Bacterial vaginosis:
- Are you experiencing frequent yeast infections? Perhaps you are lacking sufficient colonization of "good bacteria" to help combat the pathogenic "bad bacteria".
- Intestinal microflora is a positive asset that critically influences the immune system; normalized gut flora can boost your bodies immunity and ward off bacterial and fungal vaginal infections.
- The SCOBY in the Kombucha drink is made up of various strains of bacteria that can help ward off harmful bacteria, prevent them from thriving and help the vagina maintain an optimal PH level.
I quickly noticed a difference in both my gut and vaginal health from consuming 1 cup of Kombucha a day. Try drinking Kombucha if you're experiencing digestive issues, suffering from malnutrition despite eating a nutrient dense diet and or seeking improvement in your vaginal health.
I’ll end on this note,
Stay Healthy, Stay Curious & DRANK TONS OF KOMBUCHA!