Theonista Kombucha and gut health
Issued by Theonista - Aug 31st 2018, 09:11
While there may not be such thing as a cure-all magic potion, there is a range of powerful liquid concoctions from Theonista currently taking the South African functional and health drink category by storm thanks to delicious flavour combinations, low sugar content, and impressive health benefits.
Pronounced kom-boo-chuh, the unique beverage offers overall health-enhancing properties for those looking to drink their way to good health. This drink is a slightly effervescent elixir made from tea, sugar, and living cultures. These active cultures metabolize the sugars and nutrients from tea and the end product is a low sugar and highly nutritious beverage. It is an excellent alternative to alcoholic beverages or sweet cold drinks.
Meghan Werner, founder and brewmistress at Theonista, a gut-loving company, believes you should “Follow your gut” when it comes to your health, immunity and well-being.
Your gastrointestinal tract is lined with microbes collectively called the microbiome, which includes bacteria, fungi, and even viruses. Gut bacteria perform many important functions in the body, including aiding the immune system, producing the feel-good brain chemical serotonin, making energy available to the body from the food we eat and disposing of foreign substances and toxins.
How does it work?
Due to the fermentation process involved in creating kombucha, it contains a large number of healthy bacteria known as probiotics. These bacteria line your digestive tract and support your immune system, as they absorb nutrients and fight infection and illness.
Since 80% of your immune system is located in your gut, and the digestive system is the second largest part of your neurological system, it’s no surprise that the gut is considered the “second brain.” in fact, 90% of the body's serotonin is made in the digestive tract.
Naturally, the antioxidant prowess of this ancient tea counteracts free radicals that create mayhem in the digestive system. However, the greatest reason kombucha supports digestion is because of its high levels of beneficial organic acids, probiotics, amino acids and enzymes.
Added health benefits
Says Meghan Werner, “Like other live fermented foods, kombucha is extremely rich in probiotics and organic acids. There are numerous health benefits associated with kombucha, from improved digestion and increased metabolism to boosted immunity, energy, healthier skin & hair, and detoxification.”
Kombucha can also help heal candida from overpopulating within the gut by restoring balance to the digestive system, with live probiotic cultures that help the gut to repopulate with good bacteria while crowding out the candida yeast.
Meghan comments that “Drinking as little as 100-200ml per day can greatly improve your overall state of health and wellbeing” by starting to create probiotic harmony in your gut.
Although kombucha does contain myriad live cultures and bacteria, these are not harmful pathogen bacteria. Instead, they are the beneficial kind (called “apathogens”) that compete with “bad” pathogen bacteria in the gut and digestive tract.
If you’re battling with any of the following nagging symptoms, you may have an unhealthy gut:
1. Digestive issues like bloating, gas, diarrhoea
2. Food allergies or sensitivities
5. Mood swings, irritability
6. Skin problems like eczema, rosacea
8. Autoimmune disease
9. Frequent Infections
10. Poor memory and concentration, ADD or ADHD
Theonista retail selling prices:
Raw & Natural Kombucha: 330ml R29 // 500mL R39 // 1L R70 African Botanical Kombucha: 330mL R32 Kombucha Home Brew Kit: R375 Kombucha on tap from our Woodstock Brewery: R40/Liter (BYOBottle or buy a reusable 1.87L glass growler from Theonista)
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