If improving your gut health is on your to-do list, then hit your local store, grab a bottle of kombucha and sip your sins away.

Kombucha (pronounced kom-boo-cha, and affectionately known as ‘booch’) has become a staple in the fridges of wellness gurus and the fists of picnicking hipsters. Made from fermented tea, this magical health elixir has earned itself a sparkling reputation as a tonic that helps with everything from gut trouble and diabetes to depression, high cholesterol, and even cancer.

Before getting into the good things booch can do for your body, it’s good to understand exactly what it’s made from. Essentially, kombucha is a sweetened green or black tea that gets fermented using a culture known as a SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) for one or two weeks.

When we actually unpack all the different components in the drink, there are some pretty promising health pros to this drink – the least of which being that you can now replace any sugary soft drinks with it and still get your dose of fizz!

Here are 5 great health benefits of the ever-wholesome booch:

 

It’s full of probiotics for your gut

Just like kimchi, sauerkraut and yoghurt – kombucha is full of probiotics which are the good bacteria that help your gut health thrive. This good bacteria works to aid immunity, digestion and balancing the bad bacteria we want to kindly leave our bodies.

 

Bye bye bad bacteria

On that note, booch also contains a property called acetic acid – an antimicrobial agent that’s found apple cider vinegar. This magic natural acid fights to get rid of bad bugs that enter our bodies throughout the day.

 

It has powerful antioxidants

Drinking green tea is one of the best things you can do for your body. Because it has bioactive compounds, such as polyphenols, it realises powerful antioxidants in the body. Kombucha that’s made from green tea retains a lot of the plant benefits of green tea, and therefore has much the same benefits.

 

Improves digestion

The wonderful mix of organic acids, enzymes, and probiotics in kombucha work to promote healthy digestion, and can even soothe an upset tummy.

 

It gives you more energy

Many people don’t know that kombucha actually contains small amounts of caffeine. But not only that, it also contains energizing B vitamins and iron, which ramps up hemoglobin in the blood, therefore increasing oxygen flow.