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Kombucha: what is it and is it healthy for you?

You've probably heard about kombucha since it's been all the rage lately, but what is it really? 

Kombucha is a beverage that's made from fermented tea, along with a combination of bacteria and yeast. However, don't be grossed out by the bacteria and yeast part because you can't even taste it! In fact, kombucha has been around for thousands of years; it first originated in China and was known as "The Tea of Immortality" (that sounds great, we'd like some!). Now, it's often referred to as "The Magic Elixir." But is this drink as good as people say? 

The answer: YES! 

Kombucha has many health benefits that help support your body 

1. It's packed with antioxidants
Antioxidants are substances that fight free radicals, harmful molecules that can damage your body's cells. Luckily, kombucha contains powerful antioxidants that prevent cell damage to keep your body healthy. This could potentionally lower your risk of developing certain cancers! 

2. A great source of probiotics
During the fermentation process of kombucha, a large amount of probiotic bacteria is produced. These probiotics keep your gut healthy and can even improve your body's digestion, inflammation and help promote weight loss. 

3. Kills the bad bacteria in your body
Kombucha works in your favor and kills the bacteria that's harmful to your body. This drink is filled with the substance, acetic acid, which has been shown to kill dangerous microorganisms in your body. 

4. It can reduce your risk of developing heart disease
Heart disease is the world's number one killer, but luckily for you, studies have found that kombucha can lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and improve your HDL (good) cholestrol levels: two very important signifiers of heart disease. 

5. It may help manage type 2 diabetes 
In one recent study conducted on rats, kombucha slowed down the digestion of carbs, which helps reduce your body's blood sugar levels. 

Let us know your thoughts on kombucha down below!

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by Jamie Denton | 6/13/2018
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