Can You Drink Kombucha Every Day?
These days, “miracle cures” seem to be everywhere. This shampoo will make your hair healthier than ever, that protein bar is packed with superfoods, and green juice will turn you into a muscle-bound beast…
One thing that we are pretty sure about, though, is that kombucha is a probiotic-packed powerhouse that deserves a spot on your fridge shelf. This ancient remedy turned modern obsession truly designed to live up to the hype.
What is it that makes kombucha so special?
This unique drink has a fizzy, effervescent texture similar to soda, but much less sweet. It’s typically made from tea, organic honey, and SCOBY, a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast, which all ferments together. Lest that throw you off, let us remind you that fermentation is already a part of a ton of your favorite foods, from yogurt to kimchi.
If something sounds that good, there has to be a catch—so can you really drink kombucha every day? Since we’re the self-proclaimed kombucha experts, we’re going to run through that and a whole lot more. Crack open a can of JuneShine, and let’s get to learning.
The Many Benefits of Kombucha
When you drink kombucha, you’re technically consuming a live drink. The yeast and bacteria that are in kombucha are considered live organisms.
During fermentation, yeast breaks down the sugars in the tea, converting it to glucose. Many other organic compounds are produced in this process as well. Probiotics show up, and these little guys are one of the biggest draws of kombucha for the health community.
Essentially, probiotics are a type of good bacteria that pushes out harmful bacteria in your gut. Evidence suggests that probiotics can improve the overall health of your digestive system, as well as aid in weight loss.
Traditional kombucha also contains a healthy dose of antioxidants, compounds that protect you from oxidation, a process that produces free radicals. Free radicals are reactive molecules that can destroy cells in the body. The more antioxidants you consume, the better equipped your body will be to fight these molecules off.
A Booch a Day?
The saying, “All things in moderation,” applies here. Even though traditional kombucha has a ton of benefits, you should still be aware of how much you’re drinking. As long as you’re responsible with your consumption, you should be safe to drink it every day.
One thing to keep in mind when drinking kombucha is its calorie content. Even though kombucha (and your favorite hard kombucha) are much lower in calories than soda or other alcoholic beverages, the calories are still there.
The occasional kombucha here and there probably won’t affect your calorie intake too much. If you’re drinking a lot every day, though, you may run into some issues. It’s easier to consume calories in drinks than foods since they’re less filling, so you should still be mindful of those liquid calories.
Kombucha is also a carbonated drink, which means drinking a lot of it may cause you to bloat. This tea contains a specific kind of carbohydrate called FODMAPs that cause digestive issues in some people, especially those with IBS. But if a fizzy drink or two has no dire impact on you, then you’re probably fine.
Enjoy kombucha, but make it responsible.
So, Can You Drink Kombucha Daily?
The short answer is yes, as long as you’re responsible about your consumption.
Everybody reacts differently to kombucha. Some people just aren’t able to digest fermented foods well, which is fine. Those people might want to steer clear of the booch until they’re sure what’s causing them problems.
If kombucha is making you feel sick, then don’t drink it—simple as that.
You should also stay away from drinking traditional kombucha if you’re pregnant, since it contains trace amounts of alcohol and some caffeine. Pregnant women are also usually advised to avoid raw and unpasteurized products, which kombucha is.
So, you can drink traditional kombucha every day, as long as you’re smart about it.
Kombucha and You: A Perfect Pair
If you really love traditional booch, you can drink it every day. Just use your common sense on how much you’re consuming, and you’ll be set to go.
If you like kombucha that much, you might also want to add the occasional hard kombucha to your repertoire. A Junie is the perfect drink to have in hand for a day at the beach or hitting the golf course. It’s stellar for a backyard barbecue or a pregame for a night on the town. Low in sugar and high in flavor, it’s a tart, refreshing alternative to sweet, high-calorie options.
Sources:Food and Nutrition FODMAP Diet: What You Need to Know | Hopkins Medicine