Kombucha is an “ancient fermented tea beverage” which is lightly effervescent and is full of probiotics, antioxidants, B vitamins and so much more. Tea of Life Raw Kombucha is produced by fermenting organic green and black tea and natural infusions* with a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY) – beneficial live cultures. It has roots in China, specifically the Qin Dynasty in 220 BCE with proven records of it travelling to Russia – eventually thriving to the health-conscious hippy communities of the 1970’s.
The SCOBY is fed – not sweetened – with sugar and after a significant amount of fermentation time, there are trace amounts of sugar left. The sugars are converted to healthy polyphenols and other beneficial acids during the fermentation process. Kombucha is safe to drink for most recovering from alcohol dependence – some say it actually helps with recovery.
As for caffeine, during the fermentation process the caffeine molecules are altered so it is not as potent as freshly brewed black tea.
To summarize; Tea of Life Raw Kombucha is a health tonic and is also referred to as an Elixir of Life!
Don’ts: Reduce refined carbohydrate intake to increase the detoxifying process. Kombucha will make you crave less tea, coffee and alkohol.
Kombucha has several health benefits which are great for expecting mothers:
- Increased energy levels
- Regulation of bowel movements
- Detoxifying to the body
- Helps maximize nutrient absorption [because it’s probiotic]
Pregnant women have reported that kombucha has helped them when they were feeling tiered, lacking energy and struggling with constipation (common during pregnancy).
Nutrient absorption is also key during pregnancy and kombucha helps aid the process of absordbing vitamins and nutrients into the diet.
However, there are some precautions to take, especially if you have never drunk kombucha before:
- Start slowly: Don’t drink more than 100ml per day and drink lots of water. Initially people may experience some side-effects as kombucha balances inter-flora – during this process, ‘bad’ bacteria is eliminated from the system which can cause headaches, fatigue etc.
- When breastfeeding, make sure you are hydrated (regardless of whether drinking kombucha or not)! Toxins are excreted through skin, sweat, urine, tears and even breast milk if you are not well hydrated.
- Lastly, while the increase in energy benefits you, your baby may not need the extra boost of energy – likewise when it comes bowel movements. Kombucha can cause overly-loose stools in your baby and you don’t want to risk dehydrating her/him. So, if her/his stools start becoming abnormal when you drink kombucha, stop drinking kombucha.
** Please consult your doctor first!