What are the Benefits of Kombucha?
Have you tried drinking kombucha yet? Here at Wonder Drink, we are passionate about kombucha, and with good reason. This delicious fermented tea not only tastes great but also has so many health benefits. The popularity of kombucha has accelerated in recent years, as an increasing number of people realize that there is a crucial connection between fermented products and health. The growing awareness of nutrition and the importance of gut health to overall health and wellbeing mean that kombucha is not just another superfood fad but an excellent addition to a healthy lifestyle.
Right now, you may be wondering exactly what kombucha is and how it can benefit your health. In this blog post, we will explore and discuss the impressive health benefits that kombucha can offer you in more detail—feeling intrigued? Read on to discover more about what kombucha is and why it can be so beneficial to your health.
What is Kombucha?
The simplest way to describe kombucha is as a fermented, effervescent tea. Kombucha has an earthy flavor thanks to it being made from tea, but there is also a sour taste to kombucha, which is created through the fermentation process. The earthiness of kombucha combined with the sour, fermented flavor gives kombucha its distinctive taste. But, the fermentation process does far more than bring a unique taste to kombucha, it also helps to create the acids that are essential to the health benefits of the drink.
While tea can provide many health benefits of its own, kombucha benefits exceed these and bring so much more to the drink. Tea is naturally rich in high levels of polyphenols, which are a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants help protect the cells in the body against harmful free radicals and reduce inflammation levels in the body. High levels of inflammation are believed to cause many different conditions, so keeping inflammation levels low can help to improve over all health.
Although tea is already a source of potent polyphenols, its benefits are increased further through the fermentation process used to create kombucha. Fermenting the tea increases the number of polyphenols that it contains, which boosts the antioxidant levels of kombucha. The fermentation process also helps to provide additional health benefits through the creation of organic acids. These organic acids help to promote gut health and are the primary benefit of drinking kombucha.
What Ingredients are in Kombucha?
Making kombucha follows a distinct process, and when Wonder Drink produces kombucha, the process of making the drink has been designed and perfected to deliver the most benefits possible.
The foundation ingredient at the heart of kombucha is sweetened tea. The tea that is used to make kombucha is usually either black tea or green tea.
Our prebiotic kombucha contains an organic plant-based prebiotic fiber called xylo-oligosaccharides (XOS). The XOS nourishes the bacteria in the gut, but it is able to do this selectively. Instead of simply nourishing all bacteria in the gut, XOS is able to nourish the good bacteria only. This means that the healthy bacteria receives the nourishment it needs to grow, but the unhealthy bacteria does not receive any benefit from the XOS.
At Wonder Drink, the process of creating kombucha does not end there. Our drinks are then given fantastic flavors to make them even more delicious. Flavors range from fruity combinations such as Tropical Mango and Apple Mint through to the smooth flavors of Green Tea & Lemon, so whatever your tastes, you are sure to find a flavor of Wonder Drink kombucha that you love.
Why Drink Kombucha?
So, now you know what kombucha is, how it is made, and we have touched on some of the beneficial ingredients that it contains. But, before you give it a try, you may want to know the exact health benefits that it provides.
As well as being a far more nutritious option than drinking soda, kombucha can also play a beneficial role in maintaining a healthy gut. The health of your digestive system is believed to play an essential role in your general health. The health of your gut can influence everything from your immune system through to your absorption of vitamins and minerals from the food that you eat.
The relationship between gut health and its impact on general health may have been spoken about a lot in recent years, but it can still be a slightly confusing concept to understand. In simple terms, a healthy gut has more good bacteria and less bad bacteria. However, getting the balance between good bacteria and bad bacteria right can be tricky to achieve. Focusing on improving the balance of bacteria in your gut could help you to improve your health, and this could be supported by consuming fermented foods and drinks. Kefir and kombucha may be products that you may not have heard of just a few years ago, but now the connection between consuming certain fermented foods and gut health is becoming better known. As the reputed health benefits of fermented foods gains more attention these products are enjoying an increased popularity.
While you may have heard of probiotics, prebiotics may be something that you are not so familiar with. While probiotics are living bacteria, prebiotics are not live bacteria; and instead, their role is to nourish the friendly bacteria living in your gut. Although probiotics are essential to your digestive system's health, consuming foods that contain probiotics does not provide you with any guarantee of how many of the probiotics will be present by the time you come to drink or eat them. This is because live probiotics could die off at any stage of the production and packaging process or even while sitting on the shelf at the grocery store. So, while you may believe that consuming probiotic foods and drinks are helping your gut, you could be missing out on the benefits of the probiotics without even realizing. To avoid this issue and to ensure that everyone gets maximum benefits from drinking their products, Wonder Drink produces beverages that are high in prebiotics. As the prebiotics are not live, their role is not to add to the bacteria in your gut but instead to feed the existing bacteria. To ensure that the good bacteria can thrive, at Wonder Drink, we use a specially-formulated prebiotic in our Prebiotic Kombucha. Using prebiotics from organic plant fiber, our kombucha nourishes good bacteria only and does not encourage the growth of bad bacteria. So, you can be reassured that our kombucha contains the bacteria you need and avoids unhelpful bacteria.
To recap, there are a couple of main reasons kombucha could benefit your health. Firstly, the acids created during the fermentation process, such as acetic acid and lactic acid, help to encourage the good bacteria in your gut to thrive. Secondly, the naturally occurring polyphenols that occur in tea produce antioxidants to help prevent free radicals from developing. When the tea is fermented, even more antioxidants are produced.
Can Kombucha Help an Upset Stomach?
Kombucha can play a useful role in encouraging gut health. If you are looking for ways to improve your digestive system's general health, then kombucha could help. Kombucha helps to promote healthy microbes to create the ideal environment for beneficial bacteria to thrive and antimicrobial properties to fight against unhealthy bacteria. Having a healthy, balanced gut could help you to avoid developing stomach upsets and other digestive issues in the first place.
Everyone's gut contains different levels of microbes, and the balance between good bacteria and bad bacteria varies from person to person. So, if you have an upset stomach, you could find that drinking kombucha helps you, but it may be advisable to speak with a doctor to clarify which treatment would work best for your particular illness.
How Much Kombucha Can You Drink in a Day?
Swapping your regular soda for a can of Wonder Drink kombucha is an excellent way to cut down your refined sugar consumption and enjoy the health benefits of this fermented drink. Regular soda drinks are typically low in nutritional content and high in sugars, which results in the consumption of empty calories. Wonder Drink kombucha drinks are slightly sweet and sparkling with great-tasting flavors available, which makes them an ideal soda replacement. But, you may be wondering how much kombucha can I drink each day? You don't need to drink kombucha all day long to enjoy its benefits. Instead, just one or two cans could help to get your gut feeling healthy and help you to feel great. Recommendations for how much kombucha you should drink per day vary, and as everyone has different levels of bacteria in their gut, the right amount can vary from person to person.
Does Kombucha Contain Alcohol?
Many people immediately think of alcohol when they think of fermented products. Alcohol is a natural by-product of the fermentation process, but Wonder Drink kombucha is non-alcoholic. Due to the two-step fermentation process that we use to produce our drinks, we are able to stop fermentation as soon as all the beneficial acids have been created. Controlling the process at this point enables us to capture all the goodness of healthy bacteria without the alcohol. Our kombucha is always non-alcoholic and contains less than 5% alcohol by volume in each can. This means that you are free to enjoy kombucha without worrying about it containing a high alcohol content.
Is Kombucha Suitable for a Vegan Diet?
Do you follow a vegan diet? If so, you will be pleased to hear our kombucha is entirely suitable for vegans. As our kombucha is made from tea, yeast, bacteria, plant-based prebiotic fiber, and natural flavorings, you will find no animal products within our drinks. Instead, all you will get is a vegan-friendly, delicious drink that contains friendly bacteria produced by the natural acids and antioxidant-rich polyphenols derived from the tea during the fermentation process. The great news is that our drinks are also gluten-free, non-GMO, and certified as organic by the USDA, so you have the peace of mind of knowing that you are enjoying a naturally healthy beverage.
Why Choose Wonder Drink Kombucha?
One of the crucial things to remember when shopping for kombucha is that not all kombucha is the same. As the beverage gains increased popularity among the general public, more and more brands are producing their own varieties of kombucha drinks. With so much choice available, shopping for kombucha becomes a little confusing. To make sure that you are buying the highest quality kombucha with the most nutritional value, it is essential to understand what you are looking for and what the benefits of the drink are. Buying any kombucha without checking the ingredients or production method could see you drinking an inferior quality product that offers you few if any, health benefits.
Here at Wonder Drink, we take pride in producing our kombucha to the highest standard using the best quality ingredients. This ensures that you always get a great-tasting beverage that could provide you with an array of health benefits. Here are some of the reasons that Wonder Drink kombucha is different from your average kombucha drink:
- We have over 20 years experience of producing kombucha and are always innovating and developing new ideas to ensure that you enjoy the very best product.
- Our recipe uses prebiotics created from organic plant fiber known as xylo-oligosaccharides (XOS). The XOS only nourishes the good bacteria in your gut, so it does not encourage the growth of unwanted bacteria.
- Unlike other kombucha drinks, ours are available in convenient 12-ounce cans, which makes them perfect for drinking wherever you are, whether out and about or chilling at home.
- Are you worried about the alcohol content in most kombucha beverages? There's no need to worry with Wonder Drink. The process that we use to create our kombucha follows a unique method to create a non-alcoholic beverage. The two-step process stops the fermentation process as soon as the perfect amount of organic acids have been produced. Inactivating the fermentation process at this point enables our kombucha never to exceed 0.5% alcohol by volume.
- At Wonder Drink, we are proud to say that our kombucha has U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Organic certification. Earning USDA Organic certification means that our products meet the strict guidelines required to be given the label of organic. This means that you can trust that our beverages are genuinely organic and naturally delicious.
- You can be further reassured that our kombucha is free of hidden nasties as all of our beverages are non-GMO, meaning they are free from genetically engineered ingredients.
- Following a gluten-free diet can sometimes be difficult, and it can be hard to find delicious foods and drinks that are packed with flavor. With Wonder Drink kombucha, there is no need to miss out on the flavorful taste of our beverages. Our kombucha is gluten-free, which means that you won't miss out on the potentially beneficial properties of our drink.
- Our kombucha is made using vegan-friendly ingredients, with no animal by-products.
- Our latest addition to the Wonder Drink family is the new Prebiotic Plus range with three flavors to choose from. Each new flavor features all the same prebiotic goodness but with special added ingredients to provide an extra boost to your kombucha.
At Wonder Drink, we are proud to say that our Prebiotic Kombucha is the first and only prebiotic kombucha that actively benefits the health of your gut. Along with the power of prebiotics, Prebiotic Kombucha also contains polyphenols and natural acids to offer further benefits. These tasty kombucha beverages come in a choice of three delicious fruity flavors; Apple Mint, Ginger Peach, Tropical Mango and our most loved flavors, Asian Pear & Ginger and Green Tea & Lemon.
With these varieties and flavors to select from, you will be wondering which one of our sparkling kombucha drinks to try first.
Where Can I Buy Wonder Drink Kombucha?
Our popular Wonder Drink kombuchas are loved by customers everywhere, which is why they are available to buy from a wide choice of retail outlets. From grocery stores to health food retailers, you will find somewhere near you to buy our drinks. Alternatively, why not stock up on our kombuchas to enjoy either at home or on the go and order directly from us on our online shop
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