The last several months have introduced a new health issue for me –– an uncomfortable gut. All of a sudden, I found it difficult to digest my food without stomach pain, gas, and bloating. I though the culprit must have been meat, but even after weeks of going without it, my gut was still unhappy. So, I began incorporating a few things to my daily diet that has helped. First up –– Kombucha.
GT's Gingerade Kombucha:
I have wanted to try Kombucha for a while, but once heard it has a very displeasing taste, so I never tried. But, then, recently, I started doing a little bit of research. Once I found out how Kombucha is made, I realized there is no way it could taste as badly as I'd heard! Kombucha can be made with as little as 4 ingredients: water, black tea, turbinado sugar, and a SCOBY. That's it!
So, I picked up a bottle of GT's Gingerade Kombucha, made with added ginger. With it's natural fizz, brought on by the fermentation process, this flavor is refreshing and slightly sweet. However, it does contain 6 grams of sugar, so be careful. Still, after drinking one Kombucha a day for a week, I did find my stomach calmer.
The secret is the fermentation. All fermented foods and drinks can help you process and digest food faster and easier. This includes kimchi, sauerkraut, and yogurt.
According to Dr. Axe, the greatest reason kombucha supports digestion is because of its high levels of beneficial acid, probiotics, amino acids and enzymes. Some research has shown kombucha’s ability to prevent and heal stomach ulcers. Kombucha can also help heal candida from overpopulating within the gut by restoring balance to the digestive system, with live probiotic cultures that help the gut to repopulate with good bacteria while crowding out the candida yeast.Although kombucha does contain bacteria, these are not harmful pathogen bacteria. Instead, they are the beneficial kind (called apathogens) that compete with “bad” pathogen bacteria in the gut and digestive tract.