The ‘Immortal Health Elixir’

For  years I was addicted to coffee. I drank two to three cups every day to get myself going. Nearly two years ago I stopped drinking it all together. It wasn’t planned. It happened naturally after a brief fast. During my fast I switched to drinking warm lemon water every morning. By the time the fast was over, I lost my taste for it. I didn’t want to be done with it, but since I’d struggled for so long to get off it I took the first opportunity I had to break the addiction.

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Since then I’ve been an avid tea drinker. I vacillate between green tea and black tea. My primary choice in the beginning was green tea. I always experienced such powerful results from it – high energy, clear skin, reduced menstrual cramps and bloating, improved digestion, etc.

It wasn’t until I realized I could mimic my coffee experience by adding almond milk and agave to my black tea. I know it’s not the ideal way to consume black tea, but I needed something to trick my palette. I was getting my “coffee” without consuming the real thing.

We always hear about the tremendous benefits of drinking tea, especially green tea. There are also plenty of benefits to black. Recently, I’ve been learning about the benefits of another tea – Kombucha.

Kombucha is a naturally carbonated fermented tea. It is typically produced in sweetened green, white or black tea. It has been used for more than 2,000 years to improve health and fight against infection and chronic disease. In fact, because of its health benefits, the Ancient Chinese refer to it as the “Immortal Health Elixir.” It only came to the U.S. in the 1990’s. Though there has been rich anecdotal history and research in other countries that document the benefits of this tea, there have been very few studies done in the U.S. Nevertheless, it has shown to promote numerous health benefits.

1. Kombucha is primarily lauded for its ability to detox the body. It’s loaded with enzymes and organic acids that help detoxify the body. This reduces the load on the pancreas, liver and kidneys, and helps the body rid itself of unwanted wastes and destroys cancer cells.

2. Kombucha promotes gut health and improves digestion. It is loaded with probiotic bacteria and yeast that make their way into the gut and ward off parasites and pathogens. This has a myriad of benefits such as fighting candida (harmful yeast) overgrowth, mental clarity, and mood stability.

3. Kombucha  is low glycemic and non-inflammatory.

4. Kombucha improves joint function. It contains glucosamines, which are a strong preventive and treatment for all types of arthritis. Glucosamines help preserve cartilage structure and prevent joint degeneration.

So, these are just a few of the many benefits of Kombucha. It can be bought in natural foods stores like Whole Foods. I’ve also found it in Kroger. If you’re more hands on, you can actually make it yourself for a fraction of the cost to buy a bottle.

Finally, with daily consumption you can start to see health benefits within one week, including boosts in your energy level. For more chronic illnesses you can see results within one year.

Question: Have you ever tried Kombucha tea or experienced its healing effects?

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