Health & Fitness

Kombucha 

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I’m constantly drinking a fizzy, probiotic drink called kombucha. I am so obsessed that even when I’m travelling internationally, I try to track down the local kombucha. Why am I so set on drinking one daily? It’s simple: about 70% of your immune system lives in your gut and kombucha pumps your body with probiotics to keep your digestive track in top condition so that your internal organs function properly.Kombucha detoxifies your organs by protecting it against oxidative stress – the process that occurs when too many free radicals chemically interact with your cells and try to take over your body by damaging them. This can lead to diseases such as diabetes, cancer, chronic fatigue, and even Alzheimer’s. Kombucha helps control these free radicals so that your body can protect itself with antioxidant properties. Free radicals are not only forming in your bodies – they also come from the environment around you (car exhaust, ultraviolet rays, toxins from the foods you consume, etc). You can’t prevent them from forming, but you can take some measures like drinking probiotic beverages.Kombucha keeps your liver in top condition. The liver is a critical player in your body’s metabolic processes. It prevents and can heal leaky gut, a condition which unleashes toxins and undigested food into your bloodstream. This can lead to serious problems with digestion so kombucha helps breaking down those foods. It even can boost your energy (which is why you should drink this in the morning or afternoon).I love the organic brand GT’s. They have unique flavors, are easily available in Whole Foods, and have no added sugars or artificial ingredients. I always choose a flavor with two grams of sugar per serving (like the Gingerade). They’re gluten-free, non-gmo and have electrolytes and enzymes. I encourage you to research kombucha, and if you’re ready to try this probiotic-packed drink. But I’m warning you: you’ll want one every day!

 *Note: There is a low level of natural alcohol (less than .05%) in these drinks due to the process of fermentation, but it’s so minimal that there are no age restrictions on who can drink this beverage. If some companies have more than .05% (which is more rare), they have to disclose that on the label.