Think again; Kombucha isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Our TCM Doctor Peter Haxell explains exactly what Kombucha is. Debunking the common perception this drink is brilliant for all and everyone. However, this drink may not be right for you… at all.
“Kombucha is a fermented tea drink that uses sugar and yeast in the fermentation process. Whilst most of the sugar is consumed by yeast during this fermentation process, there is still some left over. While this varies from company to company on how much sugar is contained, make sure you check the label. Ideally, it should be less than 3g sugar per 100ml. Some varieties have added fruit juice after fermentation to increase the sugar content to an unhealthy level.
Due to its sugar content and the fact that it is usually served or bought chilled, it’s not the most ideal drink for those suffering with digestive issues from a Chinese medicine perspective. Cold temperature injures the warmth and metabolism of the digestive tract, as does sugar.
If you suffer from food intolerance, IBS, PMS, poor skin or any gut issues in general – this would indicate that your system is compromised. Therefore, making Kombucha a drink for you that may just be far more damaging than you’d realise – because a compromised gut doesn’t always fare well with this drink.
A lot of the benefits from Kombucha can be obtained by continuing to drink green or black tea and adding fermented foods such as kimchi or sauerkraurt. If you suffer from bloating, fluid retention, tiredness or loose stools – simply swap out the kombucha for something warm and well-cooked. Why? This is what enables the gut to function and digest food more easily – this is what allows a healthy gut to maintain and thrive”.
Yours in reality,
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