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20 Sep 2016

Diet and Lifestyle Trends: Functional Foods Part 2

Hello friends! Thank you for joining me for part two of this week’s discussion on ‘functional foods’! Let’s talk about Kombucha!

So what exactly is this mysterious new (but also very old) drink, and how do you pronounce it?! Let’s find out together! Say it with me…[kawm-boo-chah] Koooommmbuuuchaaa. It’s actually really fun to say, and amazingly wonderful for you and your health! This fermented tea has actually been consumed for thousands of years, even though it has only recently been popularized by Millenials and health enthusiasts alike.

Kombucha is abundant in probiotics, which are healthy bacterial micro-organisms that can be consumed for their beneficial and medicinal aspects. These probiotics grow during the fermentation cycle and can be helpful with digestion, act as an anti-inflammatory and even aid in weight loss. Since you have the ability to chose which tea you would like to use as your base for Kombucha, green, black or even white tea is a great option. You could also even use the Green tea Matcha that we spoke of earlier, and the benefits you reap from the tea, as well as the probiotics would be compounded!

You can make the tea at home or buy it in the store. Also, if you know someone who likes to make it, you can ask them for some guidance and often times they can help you start by giving you a ‘SCOBY’, which is the starter to each batch of Kombucha. This stands for ‘symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast’. Another idea would be to add some herbs or flowers such as lavender or hibiscus, to your batch for flavoring. Fresh fruits such as raspberries or blueberries might be another option.

Kombucha, like the other ‘functional foods’ you have been reading about, offers a ton of advantages! It acts as a strong detoxicant AND antioxidant, offering you some of the same caretenoids we spoke of above, including beta-carotene and Vitamins C and E. It also helps with the healing of gastric illnesses, especially ulcers, by insulating the mucin content in the stomach. Diabetics can manage and decrease blood sugar levels. It can help people who suffer from anemia open their bodies to better iron absorption from plants, and even prevent the insufficiency of iron. Lastly, Kombucha consists of multiple amino acids that help support a normal metabolism and can help prevent headaches, depression and even anxiety!

Incorporating these phenomenal ‘functional foods’ into your diet could potentially change your health drastically, and are quick and easy to adapt to with their delicious flavors. It all starts with better choices that will lead to feeling better overall! Until next week! Don’t forget to stay positive and LOVE YOUR LIFE!!

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Written By: Heather