The bottom line: Probiotics are a key part of a healthy diet, says Neola. And if you want to get them from kombucha, that’s fine. Just know: If you’re going to drink the raw (unpasteurized) version, make sure to buy your kombucha from a reputable company, says Gans. She also suggests pregnant woman and kids steer clear from sipping beverage (there’s a risk of bacteria and kombucha can have trace amounts of alcohol, thanks to the fermentation process). Ready to try it? Here are some brands we love:
GT's Organic Raw Kombucha
Townshend's Brew Dr. Organic Kombucha
B-Tea Raw Organic Kombucha
Kevita Organic Kombucha
Or, try brewing it yourself with a kombucha starter kit like this one.
Remember, too: “Not all kombuchas are created equal,” says Neola. “Some are loaded with added sugars.” So make sure to read your label (and the serving size amount!). And if you’re making your own drink, consider taking a good class beforehand, she suggests.
Not into the drink? Many other foods and drinks are loaded with probiotics and antioxidants, will hydrate you, fend off disease, and keep your immune system strong. Andrews suggests trying these:
sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, and yogurt
For health benefits related to tea
For improved immunity, skin, nails, and hair
a minimally-processed, plant-based, nutrient-dense diet
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