The C&TH Guide To Kombucha
When it comes to feeling good, gut health plays a major role in maintaining our overall wellbeing. Home to both good and bad bacteria, imbalances can lead to poor digestion, bloating, fatigue and inflammation. As we all know, over-consumption of antibiotics, alcohol and processed foods can strip our intestines of its healthy bacteria, reducing our ability to absorb nutrients and allowing unhealthy bacteria to thrive. Following a balanced diet, exercising regularly and getting a good night’s sleep will all contribute to good gut health, however there is something else you can do. Camilla Hewitt explains how kombucha can help…
The C&TH Guide to Kombucha
In terms of feeding your gut from the outside in, fermented food and drinks are an inexpensive and effective way to start. In the current climate they will not only restock your internal ecosystem but also fortify your immune system. One of the most popular and readily available options is kombucha. Unlike other fermented foods, such as sauerkraut, kimchi and kefir which are often fairly tart and tangy, the refreshingly fruity flavours of kombucha make it a much more appealing option.
What is Kombucha?
Kombucha is fermented green or black tea thought to have originated two thousand years ago. When properly brewed it is a slightly fizzy soft drink that is low in sugar. As kombucha naturally contains probiotics (aka beneficial bacteria), healthy organic acids and antioxidants, introducing it into your diet could aid digestion, increase energy, support joint health and reduce blood sugar levels.
Not sure where to start? MOMO gave us some tips for kombucha first-timers…
- Start with around half a bottle per day, introducing more good bacteria and healthy organic acids should be done gradually.
- Keep it cold, kombucha contains living probiotics and will start fermenting again if kept out of the refrigerator.
- Kombucha is a raw, living product and it is completely normal for it to contain bits of beneficial yeast and bacteria. These are safe to drink and the sign of a healthy, unfiltered brew.
- Never shake the bottle, gently invert to mix and open with care.
If you already know all the facts and you’re looking for fun ways to incorporate kombucha into your mealtimes there are lots of recipes online, from zingy salad dressings to sour noodle soups. Our favourite find: kombucha soaked overnight oats. Combining MOMO’s new Rasberry & Hisbiscus flavour with coconut yoghurt, chia seeds and oats will kick-start your day with a bowl brimming full of gut-friendly bacteria.
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