I hope everyone is enjoying fall! If you haven't read my post about our new home yet, we now live in Oregon and this is my first fall somewhere other than Florida! I am loving the fallen leaves all over the ground and the crisp cool air!
So in this post I wanted to discuss kombucha. If you don't already know what kombucha is, let me explain. Kombucha is a fermented tea. It's usually made with black tea and is fermented with a SCOBY. A "SCOBY" is a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. This is what ferments the tea. Then fruit is usually added for flavoring.
Kombucha is an acquired taste for most. It's carbonated and depending on how long it's been fermented for, it can have a beer like taste. I personally love kombucha! So much that for a while I was drinking two a day! Kombucha can have great benefits. It is rich with probiotics and enzymes! This can improve digestion, skin conditions, boost the immune system, help detoxify, and more! So why did I stop drinking it?
When I first started drinking kombucha I felt great! I could feel a difference in my digestion and my skin. Since I don't really drink alcohol, I found it to be very refreshing and relaxing to come home after work and have a "cold one". It is safe to say I was hooked! I love it so much I was drinking up to two a day, frequently! But after a while I started noticing some changes.
The very first change was bloating. I experience pretty severe bloating every time I would drink one. I would always blame it on something other than the kombucha. The bloating would get painful at times. I knew all of the benefits kombucha had and I didn't want to stop because I thought it was only doing good and that there was no way something so good for me could cause any problems.
Another change I noticed was my skin. Like I said, in the beginning my skin seemed to become very clear and healthy. But over a long period of time (I have been drinking kombucha for a few years), I noticed I was getting some breakouts. Once again kombucha never crossed my mind. Kombucha can have detoxifying effects which can sometimes cause breakouts. I thought it was a good thing and that I was just detoxing.
Breakouts and severe bloating were the two most noticeable changes that I was experiencing and that was enough for me to want to get to the root of the problem. After looking into everything and still not figuring out why I was having an issue, It finally clicked. I had been drinking kombucha everyday and I was really only bloated after having one. I didn't want to stop but I had to further research it.
I didn't find a lot online but a few things I had read really resonated with me. Because kombucha is a fermented beverage it contains bacteria. This is a good thing as many of us have an imbalance of bacteria in our guts. Probiotics are very important and eating probiotic rich food is crucial for optimal health. With that being said, too much of the one kind of bacteria or yeast can be problematic. Because kombucha is fermented with yeast, it can potentially cause excess candida to grow in the body.
Candida is a problem many people have but don't know they do. Candida is a type of yeast that can easily take over and kill any other good bacteria in its path. An overgrowth of candida in the body can cause symptoms such as, skin issues (the number one symptom), gas and bloating, poor digestion, yeast infections, foggy headed, fatigue and more. Sugar feeds yeast (candida) and surprisingly fermented foods can too. Yes, fermented food is excellent for you and I am not telling you to stop, but if you are experiencing candida symptoms it might be best to take a break.
We are essentially walking bacteria and it is important to keep our micro biome balanced. Antibiotics are one of the number one causes of bacteria imbalances. Antibiotics don't differentiate what bacteria to kill. It destroys just about all of it and leaves a clean slate for bad bacteria and yeast to proliferate. This wasn't an option for me so I took another route.
After a week or so I was feeling better! I wasn't bloating anymore and my skin was already starting to clear up. This taught me an important lesson. Even too much of a good thing can become a problem. Moderation is key here. I'm not saying never drink kombucha or that it's bad for you, I just feel that there should be balance. Notice when your body is trying to tell you something. Do not ignore it and always start by looking at what you do frequently that could be causing an issue.
Now I will enjoy kombucha on few occasions, or share one with my husband from time to time without a problem. I always take a good probiotic, and never consume too much sugar. Be cautious of habits that you form even if they are good ones. Always remember to listen to your body and that just because something has benefits doesn't mean too much of it can't be harmful.
Leave a comment below if this was helpful to you or if you have experienced this problem as well. Hope you enjoyed!