We've been enamored (okay, obsessed) with kombucha for quite some time, so we're always willing to sing the praises of the black-tea-based libation. But thanks to two recent studies that support the healthy claims kombucha fans have believed for years, there are even more reason to raise a glass of the fermented drink. Whether you prefer to buy it bottled or make your own, there's no wrong way to enjoy this special brew. Cheers! Three reasons to toast this wonder tea:
High in antioxidants that boost the immune system, researchers at India's Jadavpur University discovered kombucha’s liver detoxifying properties, while other studies are still connecting the dots to the brew’s ability to destroy free radicals associated with cancer. Plus, this superdrink is a natural alkalizer, helping you to maintain inner pH levels, harmonizing your body from the inside out to keep you in peak performance mode.
A natural probiotic, the “friendly” bacteria found in kombucha plays a distinct role in improving digestion, keeping things moving throughout the digestive tract and alleviating constipation. While diminishing irritable tummies, a new study found in the June 2012 issue of the Swiss Society of Food Science and Technology claims that it also increases metabolism rates while elevating energy levels, and has even been linked with its ability to heal ulcers as well as candida and yeast infections.
Experiencing body aches or pains after yoga? The fermented drink is said to work as a cure-all for physical ailments as well. Helping to rebuild connective tissue and aid in healthy cell regeneration, kombucha works as a preventative measure and treatment for arthritis, and has been known to relieve headaches and migraines if Plow Pose or Headstand brought too much blood rushing to your noggin.
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