I'll be the first to admit it, I'm addicted to Kombucha. Straight up, A-D-D-I-C-T-E-D. I buy it at my local grocery, brew my own,andscavenge for it at the farmers market.So, as you can imagine, when I heard there was a tap room for my favorite localKombucha,Fab Ferments, I knew I had to make the trip out there.Let me just say the drivewas 100% worth it, but now thatI've had Kombuchaon tapI'm not sure ifI can EVERgo back to drinkingbottles.It was nothing short of a fizzy filled dream.For those of you whoare like what heck is abooch;Kombucha isbasically a flavoredfermented tea drink thatcarries a range of health benefits andpacks abubbly punch.The taste has been compared toasaneffervescentapple cider vinegar like concoction, weirdlydelicious.
The lovely owners ofFab Ferments, Jordan andJennifer, have apassion forresourcinglocal,organic, andfresh produce in everything they use. They don't believe in using anyartificial dyes, food coloring, orpreservativesin their Kombuchabrewing process,but would rather use the cleanest and most delicious ingredients possible to promote the highest level ofhealing. You can not only taste the difference in theirtea, but you can feel it down to your core.They aim to beapart of a little something they call,the real foodrevolution.Health is at the forefront of everything they do, and for good reason.
This trip was especially eye opening for me because it got me thinkingabout the variety of positive health benefitsKombucha has tooffer, from your heart and brain all the way to yourgut.That's right, dagut.From now on whenever you hear the word gut or gut health I want you to think acne, becausethey are both SO closely tied together. As soon as I found Kombucha can aid in repairing thegut, I wondered if it could help to clearskin as well, here's why:
Does Great Skin Start in theGut?
There is a harmony of good and bad bacteria that live within your gut andwhen this balance is disturbed it can wreakabsolutehavoc on your skin.Who would've thought that an organso far away from your face has the ability toaffect the quality of your skin?This balanceis extremely sensitiveandcan easily get thrown off bythe slightestthings like stress,lack ofsleep,poordiet, and antibiotics.
Kind of ironic that the thingwe are most often prescribed for acne, antibiotics, canactually cause acne in the long run- but we will dig deeper into that another time.Overusing antibiotics can throw off the balance in your gut because it tends to kill off all of the good bacteria, leaving you with only bad bacteria which makes your immune system moresusceptible to things likedisease and inflammation.When bad bacteriabeginto takeover it canalsocause digestion issues and abuildup of toxins which, of course,eventuallyfind their way outof your bodyby purging through the skin.
Kombucha and The Gut
Kombucha is packed full of probiotics,lactic acid, anddigestive enzymes that help to restoreorderin your intestinal trackby puttinggoodbacteria back into your gut. Italso works toprotect your gutand prevent harmful bacteria from taking over.According to theJournal of Food Microbiology, the specific strains of probiotics usually found in Kombuchaare Acetobacter, Lactobacillus, Saccharomyces,Gluconacetobacter,andZygozaccharomyces.The amount and type of good bacteria can differ depending on the batch due to variances in the brewing process.So not only does it taste delicious butit's got the total ability to restore the balance of bacteria in your system and reduce inflammation, which is prettyfreakin cool if you ask me.
So How Does Kombucha Affect Acne?
Okay, so now that weare aware of the connection betweengut health and skin, can drinking kombucha, a probiotic filled beverage, help with the treatmentofacne? From personal experience I can tell you that it 100% improves the clarity of my skin, and if I go without itevenfor a few weeks I start breaking out in spots again.For me, this is regardless of regularprobiotic and digestive enzyme consumption. Of course,I'mbiased because I amcrazy hookedonboochaBUTIreally just thinkthere's something special aboutit.Tobe honest, I havebecomesodependent on it that I actually brew my own at home,it'sa great dealcheaper and the probiotic count is usually higher than store bought Kombucha (ifyou're interested inbeing a crazy kombucha lady like me you canpurchase your own kithere.)
That's just one (lovely)person'sopinion, so what do the facts say? According toone Korean study,patients who drank a lactobacillus fermented beverage experiencedinflammatory acne reduction by 40% and total pimple count by 23%. Not to mention,anothercontrolled study found that 54% of acnesufferers suffer from bad bacteria overgrowth in their small intestine. 54%. The reason this number is so important is because having an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in your gut doesn't show itself in noticeable symptoms. You could be a little more tired,achy, have gas, or be breaking out but not know that you have an imbalance and pin these symptoms on something that you ate or other stressful events going on in your life.
So, half of us acne sufferers are ritualistically using creams, lotions, and potions in attempt to treat our acne but we're not targeting the source to prevent it from happening in the first place. Seems crazy but I feel like we've been conditioned in this day and age to put our faith in prescription creams and medicine, and anything that is natural is considered weird or out of the ordinary. Take aminute to soak that in, it's fine to rely on synthetic manmade treatments for clear skin, but taboo to treat them naturally and holistically?If you think about it, that’s pretty backwards.
Why not give Kombucha a try?
If you take anything away from this article have it be that your whole bodyis connected, think of it as awell-oiled machine,and if one thing is out of whack it can throw your whole system off.You can't just focus on healing externally, you have to heal internally as well for your body to function properly.Kombucha hasvarious health benefits andnumerous claims (such as mine) from helping acne all the way to preventing cancer. Itboosts yourmood,energy, and metabolism, improves digestion, detoxifies thebody, and boosts immunity all by increasing thenumber of good bacteria in your gut.PLUSITS DELICIOUS, so what do you have to lose? Grab a bottle ofbooch and start chugging away!
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