9 Impressive Health Benefits Of Drinking Kombucha Tea

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Have you ever tried kombucha tea? Next to drinking water with lemon kombucha is my new favorite drink!

The health benefits associated with drinking kombucha are quite impressive. Rich in probiotics it is highly beneficial for the digestive system. It also boosts the immune system, increases energy, kills cancer cells and helps prevent many diseases.

What Is Kombucha?

Kombucha is a fermented sweet tea that has been around for 2,000 years. The Chinese refer to it as “The Immortal Health Elixir.” It is made by combining sugar and black or green tea. Most of the sugar is eaten up during the fermentation process resulting in an end product with very little sugar.

Unpasteurized, organic kombucha contains a large number of probiotics or healthy bacteria. It is also rich in a variety of antioxidants.

You may have heard it called kombucha mushroom, however, there are no mushrooms in kombucha. This is a fairly common misconception due to the SCOBY, or Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast. The SCOBY is added to tea and sugar to transform the tea into a healthful probiotic drink.

The SCOBY resembles a flat disc. It floats at the top of the sweet tea container, sealing air out from the tea. You can get a SCOBY from someone who makes homemade kombucha, or you can also buy them online.

Kombucha tastes a little sweet with a bit of tang due to the acidity created by the fermentation process. There are many flavors available depending on the fruit and natural flavors added during a second fermentation. This second fermentation gives the tea a bubbly fizz, much like soda.

You can buy the tea at most health food stores and many supermarkets for about $3 to $4. You can also make it at home. I make a batch of homemade kombucha weekly. Personally, my favorite flavors are strawberry, mango and peach, or different combinations of these three fruits.

(Look for an upcoming article about how I make my homemade kombucha.)

Related: 7 Reasons To Take Probiotics

Kombucha Nutrition Facts

Many people have concerns about the sugar content, but as noted above, the end product has minimal sugar due to fermentation. Here is a nutritional breakdown of one 8-ounce serving of kombucha:

  • 30 calories
  • 7 grams carbohydrate
  • 2 grams sugar
  • 10 milligrams sodium
  • 20% DV of vitamins B2, B6, B12, thiamine and niacin
  • 25% DV of Folic Acid
  • 10 mg Glucuronic Acid
  • 25 mg Lactic Acid
  • 30 mg acetic acid
  • 100 mg EGCG

Health Benefits Of Drinking Kombucha

1. Boosts The Immune System

A large number of bacteria found in probiotic-rich kombucha line the digestive tract (1). An impressive 80% of our immune system is located in the gut, otherwise known as the second brain.

2. Can Kill Harmful Bacteria

Kombucha has powerful antibacterial properties against Candida yeasts and unhealthy bacteria which cause infection (2).

3. May Protect Against Cancer

Studies found that kombucha has properties, such as tea polyphenols, that block cancer cell growth and even cause cancer cell death (3).

4. May Reduce Risk Of Heart Disease

A 2012 study showed kombucha improves LDL and HDL cholesterol, both markers of heart disease (4 ). Also, people who drink green tea, found in kombucha made with green tea, lower their risk for heart disease up to 31% (5).

5. Rich In Antioxidants

Antioxidants combat free radicals which damage cells (6).

6. May Reduce Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms

Research suggests kombucha may reduce diabetes symptoms, especially related to liver and kidney function (7).

7. Provides Detoxification

Kombucha is rich in Glucaric acid which helps the liver detox the body naturally (8).

8. Improves The Gut And Digestion

Not only does the high probiotic count improve gut health, but Kombucha was also shown to heal and prevent stomach ulcers (9).

9. May Improve Joint Health

Kombucha is rich in glucosamines which are compounds found to lubricate and protect the joints. More specifically, Glucosamine causes hyaluronic acid production which can reduce joint pain associated with arthritis (10).

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Kombucha Precautions

Most people who drink kombucha don’t have any issues and enjoy the health benefits mentioned above. Still, it is important to note some precautions.

  • Due to the acid in kombucha, it is best to drink it one sitting and swish with fresh water after drinking.
  • Pregnant or nursing moms are advised not to drink kombucha.
  • The fermentation process used to make kombucha produces alcohol in very small amounts (0.5% to 1.0% for store-bought brands, and slightly more in homemade kombucha). To put this in perspective this amount is comparable to the alcohol content of an over-ripe banana.
  • It contains small amounts of caffeine and sugar.
  • If you make homemade kombucha be extremely careful because when it is not made correctly the bacteria can get contaminated causing serious health problems. If you’re concerned you may want to stick with the store-bought variety. (Look for an upcoming post about how to safely make kombucha.)

Have you tried Kombucha? What did you think?

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8 Reasons To Start Oil Pulling For Better Health

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Oil pulling is trendy and everyone is talking about it. But it’s not just a passing fad.

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that’s been around for ages and has multiple benefits. There are many reasons to start oil pulling, and I’d like to share some of them with you today:

8 Reasons To Start Oil Pulling For Better Health:

1. Detoxifies the body

Our mouths are home to a variety of bacteria and harmful toxins. Examples of common toxins include pollution, pesticides, preservatives added to prepackaged foods, harmful bacteria and yeasts inside the body, chronic infections, stress and negative thinking.

Many people also have amalgam fillings in their teeth which are composed of about 50% mercury.

If the toxins build up in our bodies they can cause extensive damage and disease. Oil pulling helps “pull” the toxins out and eliminates them from our system.

Related: 15 Simple Strategies To Detox Naturally

2. Freshens breath

Halitosis is a by-product released by bacteria in the mouth. Oil pulling helps get rid of these bacteria, giving you fresh, clean breath.

3. Whitens teeth

In my experience oil pulling is an amazingly effective teeth whitener! It works just as well, if not better, as commercial teeth whiteners (such as Crest Whitestrips) which are full of bleach and other toxic ingredients that often taste terrible and cause tooth sensitivity.

4. Helps the body manage hormonal changes more efficiently

When the body has fewer toxins to clean out, it can spend more energy on other important functions such as balancing your hormones.

5. Helps prevent headaches and migraines

A major cause of headaches is an overload of toxins in the body. Oil pulling helps naturally cleanse the body of these harmful toxins, preventing future headaches and migraines.

Related: Migraine Buddy: THE App For People With Migraines

6. Removes plaque

Oil pulling helps reduce harmful bacteria (Streptococcus mutans) which cause plaque that cause cavities (1).

7. Improves skin conditions

Removing toxins from the body has a positive impact on the skin too. It can help clear acne and other skin conditions.

8. Heals bleeding gums

Oil pulling reduces inflammation overall and helps reverse gingivitis, which is inflammation of the gums.

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Which Oil Should I Use For Oil Pulling?

I use coconut oil for daily oil pulling. You might like to try coconut oil too due to its many health benefits.

A reader recently asked me if there is a type of coconut oil that doesn’t have the coconut oil flavor. It’s important to note that virgin coconut oil generally has a mild flavor but if you don’t want to try this you may want to try expeller pressed refined coconut oil.

Although expeller pressed oil is refined it has the same health benefits as virgin coconut oil. And the refining process used to make the expeller pressed is all-natural so it is not harmful to you like other refined products can be.

Also, know that you don’t have to use coconut oil to do oil pulling.

You do want a high-quality, pure, organic plant-based oil. Coconut oil is one many people use, but you can also use sunflower, olive, sesame, walnut, avocado, black cumin seed and others.

If you’ve never done oil pulling before, you may want to read How To Do Oil Pulling For Better Health. It explains exactly what to do.

I hope this list of 8 reasons to start oil pulling for better health encourage you to try it for yourself and reap the health benefits!

Here is our favorite coconut oil. It’s high quality and affordable:

Related: 81 Uses For Coconut Oil


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7 Reasons To Take Probiotics

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Probiotics are the “good bacteria”.

Consequently, there are several compelling reasons to take probiotics. But, they are probably best known for impacting the health of our digestive tract.

I first heard about probiotics supplements 2 years ago.

I had recently learned I have Sjogren’s syndrome and mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD). These are both chronic autoimmune conditions.

When I was first diagnosed with Sjogren’s and MCTD my body was worn down from fighting untreated Lyme disease.

If I realized the importance of probiotics to health, I would have started taking them a long time ago.

So, whether you’re dealing with a chronic illness, or you’re completely healthy, you may want to consider taking probiotics. They can help practically anyone.

The Impact Of GMOs

GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, are used to make processed foods. Unfortunately, GMOs destroy probiotics or the “good bacteria”.

It’s vital to replenish probiotics in our bodies because we eat these foods.

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7 Reasons To Take Probiotics

  1. They can help prevent autoimmunity and allergic reactions (1).
  2. Probiotics are effective in treating diarrhea, which is caused by taking antibiotics.
  3. They can help reduce anxiety and depression. Dr. Gershon refers to the gut as our “second brain”.
  4. Probiotics have been proven to destroy harmful bacteria (Helicobacter pylori ) which cause ulcers. They can also reduce the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS.
  5. They can lower cholesterol, which could help prevent cardiovascular disease (2).
  6. Probiotics can also lower the number of cancer-causing enzymes.

The Takeaway

Because of these benefits, you might like to consider taking a high-quality probiotic daily.

Take them in the morning an hour before breakfast, on an empty stomach. Or you can take them two hours after eating dinner.

Also, you can learn more about probiotics here: What Are Probiotics And Where Can I Find Them?


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22 Essential Tips To Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

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Many people experience weight gain during the holidays. With the return of colder weather, comfy sweaters and family gatherings it’s easy to pack on a few pounds. Please tell me I’m not alone here.

But you can still enjoy the holidays and avoid holiday weight gain by following these essential tips.

22 Tips To Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

1. Eat a protein-rich snack before you go out.

If you arrive at a holiday party famished you’re likely to overeat. Avoid mindless snacking by choosing a healthy snack, such as the one of the following:

  • Greek yogurt and berries
  • a handful of healthy fat-rich nuts, such as almonds, pecans, cashews, or walnuts
  • an apple with peanut butter, or other nut butter
  • a protein shake, like My Favorite Peanut Butter Protein Shake
  • hard-boiled eggs
  • string cheese
  • jerky
  • hummus and veggies

For more healthy snack options, check out Top 20 Best Healthy Snacks.

2. Stay active.

Many families enjoy sitting around and watching parades, Christmas music specials or ballgames during the holidays.

While there’s certainly nothing wrong with these traditions, all this inactivity can lead to weight gain. This is especially true if we’re also eating too much rich food (1)

Rather than lounging around all day, consider:

  • taking a family walk, either outside or inside a mall
  • going ice skating
  • building a snowman with your kids
  • going sledding

These activities will burn calories and keep you fit while giving you the opportunity to bond with loved ones.

3. Pay attention to portion sizes

With all the delicious foods prepared during the holidays, it can be tempting to overeat. But, people who eat larger portion sizes tend to gain weight more than those who don’t (2). Makes sense, right?

Read food labels to discern correct portion sizes. Use measuring cups and spoons to measure your food.

4. Get adequate sleep.

Did you know that not getting enough sleep can lead to weight gain and a slowed metabolism (3, 4)? When we don’t sleep enough we tend to eat more and exercise less. Our hunger hormone levels increase and this raises calorie intake.

Read 16 Quick Tips To Help You Sleep Better Tonight for helpful sleeping advice.

5. Don’t hang out near the food at a party.

If you linger by the delicious dishes and desserts, the temptation to indulge is greater. But if you step away from the food and focus more on talking to people you’ll save calories, and you just might have more fun.

This tip reminds me of the phrase, “Out of sight, out of mind”. The same thought applies to your pantry at home. Throw out the junk food so it’s not there tempting you to eat it.

6. Keep stress under control.

The holidays are stressful sometimes. There are people to see, presents to buy and wrap and recipes to make. But it’s important to keep our stress levels under control.

When we are chronically stressed, our levels of cortisone go up. This can cause us to eat more and gain weight (5).

Focus on activities that reduce stress, such as exercise and deep breathing techniques. And for more about reducing stress read 5 Simple Ways To Relieve Stress And Relax.

Also, I found a great app that helps you focus on reducing stress. It’s called Calm.

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Sharing healthy foods at holiday gatherings is fun!

7.  Prepare a healthy dish to share.

Bringing a healthy dish to holiday gatherings can give you something healthy to eat even if everything else is rich or sugar-laden. This can help you keep your healthy eating goals in check.

It also gives others the opportunity to try a delicious and healthful recipe!

8. Use a smaller plate.

Using large plates often leads us to consume more calories. If not kept in check, this can lead to weight gain (6). Using a small plate helps you control portion sizes and reduce overeating.

9. Avoid processed food.

This includes most foods in packages, boxes or bags. Processed foods are often stripped of nutrients. And most have added unhealthy fats, sugar and preservatives.

10. Keep a food diary.

Write down everything you eat or use an app to help you.

If you’re like me, I often underestimate how much I eat in a day.  Keeping a food diary helps me stay on track with my goals and be more aware of what I’m putting in my mouth.

My favorite tracking app is MyFitnessPal. You may want to try it.

11. Weigh yourself weekly.

Okay, so there are conflicting viewpoints when it comes to weighing yourself. Some people weigh a few times a week. Some never.

It’s good to keep in mind that weight fluctuations are normal day-to-day. But, many people find it helps them stay accountable and makes them more aware of their progress if they weigh weekly (7).

12. Watch your beverage and alcohol intake.

Soda, juice, alcohol and other beverages are full of empty calories and sugar. These factors contribute to weight gain (8).

The best thing to drink? You guessed it….water! (See number 16.)

13. Take smaller bites and chew your food thoroughly.

Eliminate distractions, such as electronics, and eat mindfully, savoring each delicious bite (9).

14. Keep a consistent workout routine.

Stick to your regular fitness routine as much as possible. Consistent training produces better results. Are you lacking motivation? Reading 3 Ways To Get Motivated And Stay Motivated To Work Out can help.

And that leads me to tip, #15.

15. Stay positive even if you get off track.

Don’t beat yourself up or stress about it. Simply restart your commitment a healthy life and get back on track. Simply focus on your health and fitness goals and keep moving forward with your plan.

It might help to use Motivational Quotes And Power Phrases.

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Lemon water is refreshing and healthy.

16. Drink a glass of water before meals and snacks.

Sometimes we think we’re hungry when our body simply needs water. Drinking water fills us up and helps prevent overeating (10).

Read 9 Surprising Benefits Of Lemon Water to learn more.

17. Leave a few bites of food on your plate.

Are you a member of the “clean plate club”? It’s okay to admit it, I used to think I had to clean my plate too.

Try leaving a few bites of food on your plate. You probably won’t even miss them and the calories you’ve saved add up and can help prevent weight gain.

18. Eat loads of veggies.

Filling up with plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits can help prevent obesity (11). They’re filled with vital nutrients and vitamins as well as healthy fiber.

19. Lift weights.

Building muscle is one of the best ways to increase your metabolism and burn more calories.

A great way to build muscle is by doing a kettlebell workout. You can check out 20 Reasons To Try A Kettlebell Workout to learn more.

20. Fill up on fiber.

Eating more fiber fills you up faster which can prevent you from eating as much and gaining weight (12).

Fiber-rich foods include:

  • fruits
  • vegetables
  • nuts
  • seeds
  • legumes
  • whole grains.

21. Buddy up.

Find a friend who has similar health goals and give each other accountability. Having someone to work out or swap health recipes with can help you stay on track.

22. Avoid sugar and simple carbs.

Eating too much sugar is a common cause of weight gain and obesity (13).

When you come face to face with the desserts this holiday season, focus on selecting only your favorites and leaving the rest. This will save you from sugar overload and help keep your blood sugar in a manageable range.

For more on the dangers of sugar check out 20 Reasons Why Refined Sugar Is Bad For Your Health.

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What are ways you try to stay healthy during the holidays?

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