Ever wondered what kombucha is? Ever tried kombucha before? If the answer is no, then you will be hankering to try some after reading this blog. We have teamed up with GUTsy Captain to tell us exactly what kombucha is and the health benefits it has on our guts…
1. What is Kombucha?
Kombucha is originally from China and has been known locally for centuries as the ‘Immortal Health Elixir’. It’s a green tea, fermented with organic raw cane sugar and a culture of live bacteria and yeast, which forms what is known as a SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) to produce a drink full of live bacteria and enzymes for your gut.
2. What is the difference between kombucha and water kefir?
GUTsy Captain have a range of water keﬁr, which is a light, delicious and refreshing fruit drink, fermented with water keﬁr grains. It’s made using carefully selected high quality, natural and organic ingredients and Gutsy’s own culture of water keﬁr grains.
3. When is the best time to consume kombucha and water kefir?
The best time to drink these fermented foods is in the morning, on an empty stomach. This is so that you can assure that the bacteria remain alive at the end of the digestive process. Regardless of that, you can drink them any time during the day because they will still have good effects on the body.
4. What are probiotics and how do they work? Are probiotics healthy?
Probiotics are bacteria naturally present in the human body, especially in the gut. Basically, they create communities in gut walls, reproduce themselves and function as a barrier for bad bacteria, toxins and other strange particles that enter the body.
They also help produce a lot of substances that help bowel movements and aid digesting fibres. This in turn helps with stomach bloating. Probiotics also produce short chain fatty acids, helping to produce hormones, as well as protecting our immune system. Therefore, they are indeed very healthy for us!
5. What is the connection between Gut health and overall wellbeing?
The gut is considered a second brain because we produce lots of hormones, including serotonin and melatonin (the hormones of happiness and sleepiness) in the gut. It is the organ that decides what is absorbed to the blood and what it depletes from the body. Essentially, it can control a lot of physiological processes that are fundamental for our energy, immune function, humour, weight management, sleep and so on.
At Auro, we believe that nutrition, movement and sleep form the foundation to a healthy, happy life. Gut health can often be overlooked when speaking about diet and nutrition, so we hope this blog shines light on the importance of ensuring your gut is happy! Grab your kombucha from GUTsy captain and start your free trial with Auro today.