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8 Reasons to Drink Kombucha for Your Body, According to a Nutritionist

An expert spills the tea on the trendy beverage.

Kombucha is trendy, and recommended by this expect bigtime. Kayla Varney (@consciouslykay) is a health and wellness influencer with over 250,000 followers on TikTok and 87,000 on Instagram who regularly shares all of her holistic health secrets. "As a holistic nutritionist, I absolutely love kombucha, and here's why," she says in the clip. Should you be drinking the fermented beverage? The Diet Diva, Tara Collingwood, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD/N, ACSM-CPT, a Board Certified Sports Dietitian, spills the tea on the popular drink. 

Kombucha Is a Great Source of Probiotics

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"Number one, it's fermented, making it a great source of probiotics, which can be amazing for gut health," says Varney. "Yes, fermented foods like kombucha are known to be excellent for gut health to promote good bacteria flora in the gut," agrees Collingwood. 

It May Help with Weight Loss and Reduce Belly Fat


"Number two, it can help with weight loss and reducing belly fat," claims Varney. "There is no solid research proving that kombucha reduces belly fat or produces weight loss on its own," Collingwood says. 

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It May Improve Cholesterol and Aid in Blood Sugar Control


"Number three, it can improve cholesterol levels and aid blood sugar control," says Varney. "There are a few animal studies showing a reduction in cholesterol levels, but there is not solid evidence in humans," Collingwood explains. "In terms of blood sugar control, there are a few studies in humans that do show benefits when it comes to blood glucose levels." 

It Can Help with Your Liver


"Number four, it contains antioxidants and can reduce liver toxicity," claims Varney. "Kombucha does contain a good amount of antioxidants and may have some benefits for the liver," agrees Collingwood. 

It Has Antimicrobial Properties


"Number five, it has antimicrobial properties and can help suppress the growth of bacteria and yeast," claims Varney. "The acetic acid in kombucha is similar to vinegar in its ability to act as an antimicrobial agent," explains Collingwood. "There are test tube studies that are promising, but more human studies are needed before we can really make major claims."

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It Can Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease


"Number six, it can reduce the risk of heart disease," claims Varney. "Number seven, it can help manage type two diabetes. And number eight, it actually may help protect against cancer," Varney concludes. "There are properties in kombucha that we know might be beneficial for these diseases, but we cannot say that they will prevent or cure at all," says Varney. "Drinking kombucha may indeed reduce risk of these diseases but more human studies are necessary to make any claims."

💪🔥Body Booster: Try adding a Kombucha into your drink rotation, and reap the many health benefits. 

Leah Groth
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