Probiotics are producing a lot of buzz for good reason: Populating your gut with these beneficial bacteria is essential for maintaining a healthy immune system, proper brain function, clear skin, and a functioning digestive system. While many of us choose to get our daily dose of probiotics from foods, such as yogurt and kimchi, kombucha is a solid and oft-overlooked go-to.
The probiotic drink is concocted by fermenting sweetened tea (usually a blend of green and black teas) with a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast, also known as SCOBY. Concerned about the added sugars? Kombucha requires a dash of the sweet stuff because the yeast feeds on the sugar in order to ferment the mixture. The amount of sugar present in kombucha will continue to reduce the longer it is left to ferment.
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I've become quite evangelical about kombucha. It may seem extreme, but I have one a day, sometimes more. It's not a low-calorie or diet food, but I've incorporated it into my life because it works so well for me. There are many ways to get probiotics into your diet (I've also recently become obsessed with yogurt, Noosa brand mostly, because yogurt tends to be high in probiotics), but kombucha has saved my life. I usually drink it in the morning, and it makes me feel a million times better. (Side note: it's also great when you're hungover!)
I don't discriminate, but my favorite brand is Health-Ade. Sometimes I opt for GT's. Health-Ade has a spicy cayenne flavor that I cannot get enough of and a grape flavor that I find heavenly. I have come to be completely obsessed with not just the positive effects on my bloat, but also the taste.