KOMBUCHA, trendy or worth the hype?!

KOMBUCHA, trendy or worth the hype?!

Kombucha…the new trendy drink that is all the rage.  Is it worth the hype? If you are picking the proper one, we think so.

What is KOMBUCHA?  Kombucha is a fermented fizzy tea loaded with probiotics derived from bacteria and yeast.  Sounds yummy, right! 🙂

Kombucha is made from 3 main components:

  • Tea
  • Sugar
  • SCOBY

The SCOBY is where the magic happens.  This blob of goodness got its accronium from:

Symbiotic (both pre and probiotics) Colony Of Bacteria & Yeast

When adding the scoby to the tea and sugar, it creates this high probiotic treat.  Have no fear of the sugar content! It’s what feeds the scoby and the finished product actually has minimal sugar.   With that being said, you will find lots of trendy kombucha bottles out there with added sugars and flavors. Try and stick with a kombucha with minimally added sugars.  When we make our own, we sometimes add lemon, ginger or cayenne.

After fermentation, about 7-10 days, kombucha becomes carbonated and contains vinegar, B vitamins, enzymes, probiotics and a high concentration of healthy acids.  The probiotic bacteria are known as “cellulose-producing bacteria.” That means the bacteria produces cellulose, which acts as a shield to cells. DISEASE PREVENTION!

DIGESTION!  Lots of healthy probiotics equal a healthy gut.   Bacteria line your digestive tract and help support your immune system.   When your gut is healthy, nutrients are absorbed as they should be. This will help fight off infection and illness.  Did you know 80% of your immune system is located in your gut? Healthy gut, healthy immune system, CLEAN CUT LIFE!

KOMBUCHA NUTRITION FACTS:

60 calories
20 milligrams sodium
14 grams carbohydrate
4 grams of sugar
100 micrograms folate (25 percent DV)
.34 grams riboflavin/vitamin B2 (20 percent DV)
.4 milligrams vitamin B6 (20 percent DV)
.3 milligrams thiamine/Vitamin B1 (20 percent DV)
4 milligrams niacin/Vitamin B3 (20 percent DV)
1.2 micrograms vitamin B12 (20 percent DV)

 

Just A Few Great Reasons To Drink Kombucha

  • Disease Prevention:  kombucha helps reduce inflammation at the root of disease.  Creating stronger cells, decreases the risk of disease penetrating.  Some studies have shown kombucha may possibly reduce the risk of certain cancers.
  • Healthy Gut: With the high level of amazing probiotics, kombucha is candida’s enemy.  While getting rid of candida can be tricky, this drink can help cut it down and create a healthy gut.  
  • Possibly Improve Mental Health:  Kombucha is super high in B vitamins, specifically B12 which has shown to improve brain function, energy levels and overall well being.
  • Helps Maintain A Healthy Liver: Since the liver helps to filter and convert harmful compounds, it’s a vital component in digestion and overall health.

 

Want to learn more, watch the video below on how to make your own kombucha.  Don’t be scared! When you brew from scratch, you know exactly what is in it.  Read those labels on your store bought kombucha and be wise to your drink.

Healthy gut, healthy life!

Drink Up!

 

About The Authors:

Lori and Caren created Clean Cut Fitness & Nutrition to help women see there is a true balance when eating clean and living life.  They like wine, tequila, vodka and intermittent fasting! Their 

5 kids combined are always creating havoc but they would not have it any other way.  Balance is their key to success! Their “shrink your body, grow your mind” mentality will help anyone find their Ah-Ha moment and what works in their lifestyle.  Join the #cleancuttribe and create your new lifestyle.  Download your FREE 3 day menu guide here!

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Apple Cider Vinegar… Is It Really A Natural Miracle?

Well, the actual scientific studies say so!   The high content of acetic acid (the GOOD BACTERIA) added to the two-part fermenting process makes this vinegar healthy for your gut.  Most health and weight issues start with poor gut health so:

Probiotic + Apple Cider Vinegar = Healthy Gut, Healthy You

We recommend organic unfiltered brands like Braggs because they contain the “mother”.  This is the stuff that settles to the bottom, the good stuff.  It is the strands of protein, enzymes and that good bacteria.

Here are the proven benefits of Acetic Acid.  The main difference between Apple Cider Vinegar and other vinegars.

  • It helps lower blood sugar
  • Decreases insulin levels –  less insulin sensitive
  • Improves metabolism
  • Reduces fat storage – burns fat
  • Suppresses appetite – by promoting a fullness because it delays stomach emptying

 

We love to give you proof:

In one study, obese people who took 1-2 tablespoons (15–30 ml) of apple cider vinegar daily for 12 weeks lost weight, body fat, belly fat as well as lowered their triglycerides (Triglycerides are a type of fat (lipid) found in your blood).

Once your body has reached capacity for your glycogen, the liver turns these calories  into a triglyceride and stored in fat cells for when they are needed.  If your storage is filled to capacity, your triglycerides become too high and you are at risk of heart disease.

The vinegar also contains an antioxidant called chlorogenic acid which protects your LDL cholesterol levels.  YEY!  This means  it will help regulate your cholesterol levels.

Because apple cider vinegar lowers your blood sugar (glucose) and insulin even if you eat a higher carbohydrate meal it will actually lower those levels as well.

This sounds like a natural miracle to us!!

How to use it

The recommended dose for these health benefits are 1-2 tablespoons (15-30 ml) per day, mixed with water.  You can also add it to food like salad dressing or cook with it.  It’s easier to drink when it’s cold so leave it in the refrigerator.  Make sure you spread it out to 2-3 doses throughout the day.  

It seems to make sense to have it before meals since it will help promote fullness and is in your system ready to take on your food.  Taking it a half hour or so before is best but anytime you can get it in will still have health benefits. Taking more than the recommended dose can be potentially harmful by lowering your blood potassium and creates bones loss.

Start with 1 teaspoon (5 ml) and see how you tolerate it and do not take more than 1 tablespoon at a time because it can make you feel nauseous.

It’s a cheap, simple way when used properly to guard yourself of illness, disease and weight gain so give it a try!!

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