Reduce that (belly) Pooch

I know that I’m a feminist, but us females truly do have it hard. Not only do we suffer once a month with that lovely “visitor,” but we also sacrifice our bodies to have children (if we choose to). Because hormones are much higher in females, in any given day of the month, it’s possible for something within our bodies to go bizurk out of nowhere. One in particular being that random day/days of bloating.

It seems like the older I get (sigh), the more I notice my body’s changes. For example: If I don’t get 8-9h of sleep each night, I’m exhausted the next morning, I now have a sweet tooth (wtf), and I am bloatey outside of that unpleasant week of the month. It wasn’t until I started to get my body ready for future kiddos (aka getting off the pill) did I truly notice the amount of bloating I was experiencing. Like any normal person, I started to try out different things in my diet: limiting the amount of salt I eat/drink, less alcohol, less veggies – but it seemed like nothing would work besides doing a bunch of intermittent fasting or drinking liquids. After going to a holistic doctor, he recommended that I start putting probiotics back into my diet to help my digestive system. Besides taking a probiotic pill once a day, I went one step further and researched a different option to kick it up a notch = kombucha.

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What is kombucha? It’s a (usually organic) black fermented tea made with live cultures, yeast, and bacteria (more than 1 billion microorganisms actually). Although it sounds creepy and gross, it’s known for it’s perceived health, digestive, and immunity increasing factors.

Having kombucha explode all over me in the past without even tasting it- I was not that interested in giving the drink another round. However, the more I learned about its crazy good benefits, the more I became inclined to try it. Plus I had my hubby agree to split our first bottle together, in case neither of us liked it.

Kombucha definitely has a STRONG distinct taste that slaps you in the face with flavor. One should not expect any sort of subtly when they take their first sip. Think fizzy vinegar tea with a kick…..times five. The sugar-tea solution is fermented by bacteria and yeast commonly known as aSCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast).

Why would you put yourself thru this awful sounding drink? With such a strong flavor comes strong benefits. Check out what Dr. Axe and other sites claim say to why Kombucha is a good idea:

  • Detoxifies
    • “In one study, the liver cells were protected from oxidative injury and actually maintained their normal physiology, in spite of being exposed to a toxin! According to researchers, this was “probably due to its antioxidant activity and could be beneficial against liver diseases, where oxidative stress is known to play a crucial role.”
  • Helps with Gut Health AND bloating (YASSS)
    • “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 acid, probiotics and enzymes.”
  • Possible Joint Care
    • “Kombucha can help heal, repair and prevent joint damage in a number of ways. Kombucha is loaded with glucosamines, which increase synovial hyaluronic acid production. This supports the preservation of collagen and prevents arthritic pain. In the same way it supports joint collagen, it also supports collagen of the entire body and reduces the appearance of wrinkles on the skin.”
  • Weight Loss , maybe?
    • “Data from a study in 2005 showed evidence that kombucha improves metabolism and limits fat accumulation. Though we need to see more studies before we can confirm these results, it makes sense that kombucha supports weight loss since it’s high in acetic acid (just like apple cider vinegar is) and polyphenols, which are proven to help increase weight loss.”

Although there are big name brands out there, here are some others that I love and that are easy to find in most grocery stores:

Reed’s

Most of you may know this brand because of its love affair with GINGER aka its ginger ale / beer. However, Reed’s has a line of kombucha, along with freeking delicious ginger chews. Clearly I enjoy eating those ANYWHERE (see below). My go to Kombuchas are their Goji Ginger and the Cranberry Ginger. Both fab for deflating that digestive system. (available at most Jewels)

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Bucha

In 2015, American Brewing Company purchased the búcha® Live Kombucha brand and continues to keep its secrets locked up. No one person knows the entire formula, and to brew each búcha® batch, different people go into our controlled mixing rooms at different times to protect the búcha®secrets.  It is the only kombucha with a clean, complex and rounded finish and no nasty vinegar aftertaste. Búcha® offers a smart alternative to the other nutritionally empty sugary beverages. (Warning: not available in IL YET)

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Health-Ade

What makes Health-Ade different from the others? Besdies being organic, GF, vegan, raw, kosher and non-GMO (a mouthful huh?) HA makes everything in UV protected glass and has NINE flavors. Basically HA is squeaky clean. What are my fave flavors? Ginger-Lemon (obsessed with Ginger), the tingy Cayenne-Cleanse, and the earthy Beet. (Warning: I’ve only seen ONE grocery store in Northern IL carry HA)

Photo Courtesy of Health-Ade

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