Every year, the amount of health and wellness trends seems to grow. This may be because our culture has become increasingly interested in health and wellness, or because we have more channels and outlets to hear about every new trend people are trying.
One trend you might have heard of is kombucha. Kombucha is a fermented and sweetened tea that is said to have originated in China more than 2,000 years ago. The first recorded use of kombucha was in China in 221 B.C.
While it has taken thousands of years to gain traction in the U.S., kombucha is now one of the most popular trends around. It is said to have many benefits because of its probiotic properties.
Noticing this increasingly emerging trend, the “Fit This In” team members dedicated the first episode of their podcast to trying “The Tea of Immortality” to see if kombucha is something they’d recommend to a friend.
Before taking a stab at kombucha, “Fit This In” started considering all of the benefits proponents of the drink say it can provide.
Fans claim kombucha:
- Promotes disease prevention
- Supports a healthy gut
- May improve mental health
- Protects the lungs
- Fights bacteria
- Helps manage diabetes
- Benefits the cardiovascular system
- Helps maintain a healthy liver
Listen to the first episode of the health and fitness podcast “Fit This In,” as the panelists give their takes on kombucha after trying it for the first time.
After hearing their takes on the trend, if you think kombucha is worth a try, here are a few things to keep in mind to make sure you choose the right kind.
- Make sure it’s certified organic
- The ingredients list should be short and easy to understand
- Check the vitamin listings. If the label doesn’t list vitamin B, the tea might have been pasteurized with heat, which ruins some of the vitamins
- Look at the color and the bubbles. Kombucha is naturally a light tan color, and it should smell like a sweet vinegar. Bubbles also are considered to be a sign of a healthy fermentation
Despite the increasing number of people including kombucha in their diets, there is still room for more studies to be conducted to prove kombucha works in the way people claim it does.
In recent years, there have been reports of adverse effects, such as stomach upset, infections, and allergic reactions in kombucha tea drinkers, according to Mayo Clinic. This could be because of homemade brewing in unsterile conditions, which is why you should always be thorough when making a kombucha purchase.
As with any new wellness trend, it is important to talk to your doctor before trying kombucha to make sure it is right for you.