Taking care of our bodies, minds and souls is essential - we all strive for general well-being. Even if we tend to sometimes neglect our health, fall's lower temperatures, rain and viruses remind us of it soon enoguh. In autumn it's especially crucial we take care of our immune system, make sure it stays effective and strong, so we have to aid it in any way we can. Can kombucha help us achieve these goals? We think it can! Here's why and how.
Basic immune system care tips
You probably already know it and you just need to get reminded again: the most effective way you can help your immune system stay strong and effective is by avoiding stressful situations. Daily stress is probably one of the main reasons our immune system sometimes "fails" and we and up sick, feeling weak, fatigued, overwhelmed or depressed.
Here are some basic immune system care (and reducing stress) tips:
Eat plenty of fresh, local, sesonal and high-quality foods (such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes etc.). What you probably didn't know is that our microbiome (which is the genetic material of all the microbes that live on and inside the human body) loves fibre, legumes and fermented foods.
Fermented and fibre rich food are especially good for your gut microbiome, which plays a very important role in your health by helping control digestion and benefiting your immune system and many other aspects of health.
Did you know 70 % of human immune system is housed in the gut? 70 percent! That's why the gut is often referred to as "the immune system cradle". And fermented foods, full of beneficial living organisms, help our gut stay clean and working.
sufficient vitamins and minerals intake
Vitamins, crucial for effective and healthy immune system, are vitamin B, C, A, D and E, folic acid, iron, selenium and zinc, all found in various foods.
Working out increases your blood flow and circulation, helping the white blood cells travel, seek and destroy any unwanted guests faster..
Stress hormones, such as cortisol, have negative effects on your immune system, so keeping it under control is crucial.
reduce alcohol consumption
Many researches confirmed lower efficiency of white blood cells (fighting different infections) with those who regularly consume alcoholic beverages.
Put down your phone at least half an hour before you go to bed. Sleep at least 7-8 hours in a dark, well ventilated room where nothing interrupts your sleep cycle. This way your body will regenerate properly.
How can kombucha help your immune system?
So, what does kombucha have to do with immune system, health and preventing colds?
kombucha is a fermented drink, rich in good, gut-friendly microbes (same living organisms can be found in kombucha and your gut). And we already said a few thing about our gut microbiome and how 70 % of our immune system is made in the gut. When everything is OK and the conditins in the gut are normal, the immune system promotes the growth of beneficial microbes and helps maintain a stable microbial community in your gut. In return, a healthy microbiota produces molecular signals that suppport the development od immune cells and contrubute to regulated immune response
Kombucha is rich in probiotics - combination of live beneficial bacteria and/or yeasts that naturally live in your body. Probiotics help your digestion, boost etabolism and clean your gut. Clean gut, inhabited with good microbes, can absorb every crucial nutrient from food easier (keep in mind that nowadays a lot of food we consume is already poor in nutrients).
kombucha is a good source ofvitamins B1, B6, B12 and C, all of which help reduce stress and improve sleep:
vitamins B1, B6 in B12 are known to help the body fight depression, stabilize mood and improve concentration;
vitamin C suppresses the release of cortisol (stress hormone) - higher levels of cortisol in the blood contribute to hypertension, depression, and impaired mental clarity
kombucha is a detox for your body. Toxicans enter our bodies daily form many different sources (air, water, food ... & the one they make as a natural by-product of several metabolic processes).. Regardless the way they get there, they need to be reduced, of we want our body to function optimally. Gluconic and glucuronic acids, both found in kombucha, bond with toxins in the liver, making them water soluble - meaning they can get flushed out of the body through the urine
kombucha is a source of antioxidants, which are famous for destroying free radicals, which are known to cause cell damage
kombucha is an adaptogen - adaptogens are plants or plant derivatives (fermented tea in the case of kombucha) that normalize and balance the body, benefiting the entire phisiology, not only a specific organ or system
kombucha is a low-calorie, low-sugar naturally fizzy (carbonated) drink, which can reduce (and even replace) caffeine and sugar intake. Komubcha is refreshing, it energizes your whole body, tastes great and is good for your gut!
Enjoy kombucha and stay strong!
As you can see, drinking kombucha has several beneficial effects on your body, as it provides:
cleaner gut, where 70 % of our immune system houses,
intake of important vitamins, minerals, enzymes and antioxidants etc,
But thank goodnes, kombucha isn't just good for your body - it's good for your tastebuds, too. ;)
Kombucha is tasty, refreshink, sparkling fermented black tea, in AYATANA's case brewed from the best organic ingredients, combined into innovative taste combos (such as retro cola or mojito).
"Health drinks" have never been so good!
So make sure you order yours today.
By drinking kombucha regularly you may help your immune system stay strong, guarding you from viruses and flus.