Asians have sworn by the health benefits of kombucha for thousands of years. Those who drink Kombucha ingest a variety of bioactive substances that can strengthen our immune system, digestion and even the heart. It is not for nothing that kombucha is also called the elixir of life.
Since kombucha contains the sugars necessary for the fermentation process, you may be wondering how this can affect diabetics. In this article you will find an overview of what diabetes actually is for all those who have always wondered what the types of diabetes mean. And for all diabetics I would like to adequately answer the question of whether it would make sense to include kombucha in their diet.
Types of Diabetes Causes and Effectsn
Diabetes is becoming more and more of a social problem. But what exactly happens with the metabolic disease? The body needs it The hormone insulin, used to move sugar from the blood into the cells of the body . If we eat something, the so-called blood sugar level rises. The pancreas then produces more insulin. This mechanism does not work properly in a diabetic: Either not enough insulin is released or the cells no longer respond properly to the hormone. It creates a Insulin resistance .
This is not without consequences. If the blood sugar level is permanently high, the body tries to excrete the sugar in the urine. Therefore, diabetics often have a stronger urge to urinate and a pronounced feeling of thirst. If this condition is not treated, the blood vessels and nerves suffer. Possible long-term effects include kidney damage, heart attack or eye diseases.
There are different types of diabetes
The reasons for insulin resistance are different: At Type 1 diabetes The body's own defense system destroys the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin . at Type 2 diabetes on the other hand, resistance arises above all through an unhealthy lifestyle and being very overweight . Around 90 percent of all diabetics suffer from this form of the disease. There is also the so-calledGestational diabetes, which affects around two to twelve percent of all pregnant women. In most cases, during the 24th and 28th week of pregnancy, the cells in the body become more sensitive to insulin. This is triggered by hormones that the body produces during this time. After childbirth, the diabetes usually disappears. Type 3 diabetes is a series of sub-forms of diabetes, which, however, occur only rarely and are sometimes difficult to distinguish from the other forms.
Diabetics who suffer from type 1 have to keep insulin into their bodies for the rest of their lives. In type 2 diabetes, this can be prevented if the disease is recognized and treated early enough. It is all the more important to educate that one Lifestyle with lots of exercise and a balanced diet are essential is. For example, we recommend consuming Plenty of fruit, vegetables, high-quality olive oil, nuts and you even guessed it kombuchaha . aside from that sport helps : Ideally, it should be half an hour of endurance training (for example, walking, cycling or swimming) per day.
Kombucha for diabetics: yes or no?
In Asia, the fermented drink Kombucha has been consumed for more than 2,000 years to purify body and soul and to increase well-being, health and beauty. Today we know about the positive effects on our health.
So far, no harmful side effects of the tea drink have been found, it is generally very well tolerated. Kombucha should be drunk with a certain regularity as a preventive measure, but not in large quantities. As a general dosage, I recommend 200 to 500 ml (or 1 bottleKombucha Original = less than 1 BE) to drink throughout the day. Even Kombucha is safe for diabetics to drink . Sugar is used to make the tea drink, but most of it is consumed by the bacteria and yeast in the fermentation process, so that as The only residual sugar that remains is fructose, which diabetics can safely consume en masse .
Of the Residual sugar can for diabetics counted as BE (bread unit) will . Bread units are a measure of the carbohydrate content of a food. People with diabetes who need insulin need this information to calculate their insulin dose. 1 BE corresponds to 12 g of carbohydrates. The longer the tea drink is left to ferment, the lower the residual sugar content, which is beneficial for diabetics. As a diabetic, if you are unsure, please ask your doctor or nutritionist before drinking kombucha.
Kombucha: effect on glucose metabolism
Kombucha can stimulate the carbohydrate metabolism and thus support normal blood sugar levels. A comparison of several studies showed that the consumption of black tea, just like that of green tea, has a blood sugar lowering effect and thus can lower the general risk of diabetes. Derived from this, Kombucha has an effect on glucose absorption, regardless of the tea it contains.
Tip: Kombucha made from green or black tea has a positive effect on glucose absorption and blood sugar levels. Thus, kombucha can reduce the risk of diabetes. Green tea kombucha is even more effective at improving blood sugar levels. It also improves liver and kidney values.
Conclusion: What is certain is that unpasteurized kombucha can do a lot for our immune system, despite the sugar left over after fermentation and due to the high amount of nutrients, the positive effect on our microbiome and the alkaline metabolism. It makes perfect sense to include the fermented tea drink in your daily menu as a preventive measure against diabetes. So, taking into account the BE to be taken into account, diabetics do not have to do without the delicious refreshing drink Kombucha.
Please ask a nutritionist or doctor , if you are not sure how much kombucha per day is good for you and please always pay attention to the Amounts of sugar when buying from Kombucha. The quantities can vary greatly depending on the manufacturer.
What actually is kombucha
Kombucha is a fermented fermented drink that is made with the Support of a culture (tea mushroom).
The so-called tea fungus consists of various microorganisms, bacteria and yeast cultures. It turns tea and sugar into a healthy soft drink. During the fermentation process, bacterial cultures and yeasts metabolize the sugared tea into valuable vitamins, organic acids, right-turning lactic acid bacteria and enzymes, among other things. This creates the unmistakable sweet and sour taste and tingling natural carbon dioxide.
The fermented drink has a long tradition. Hundreds of years ago, Kombucha was valued in Asia and Eastern Europe for its healthy effects as an elixir of life and health giver.
How does Kombucha taste??
Kombucha takes on different flavors depending on how it is made, processed and added ingredients. A raw kombucha that has not been pasteurized tastes sweet and sour, a bit tart than conventional lemonades and very refreshing.
The type of tea used in the production plays a major role in the development of the taste and leads to a more or less intense kombucha. The source of sugar used in fermentation also plays a crucial role.
By adding different fruit juices, the kombucha taste can be changed as required during the second fermentation.
Our Kombucha varieties surprise you with a variety of sweet and sour and ginger-hot to fruity and exotic.
How much sugar does kombucha contain?
The sugar content varies depending on the manufacturer. Each variety of our kombucha contains 3 g of sugar per 100 ml. Kombucha needs carbohydrates for fermentation. Our organic kombucha is fermented to the extent that it contains as little sugar as possible (up to 50% less than comparable products and up to 80% compared to common lemonades) and it is also unpasteurized. This means that it contains many nutrients such as vitamins, healthy yeasts and microorganisms for you and it also tastes delicious. If we let our kombucha ferment to the point that it no longer contains any sugar, it would be too inedible as a soft drink.
What are the ingredients of Kombucha?
Bacteria and yeast strains: Acetobacter xylinum, Acetobacter oxydans, Gluconobacter oxydans, Gluconobacter xylinus, Saccharomyces apiculatus, Saccharomyces cerevisiae (baker's yeast), Saccharomyces ludwigii, Schizosaccharomyces pombe
Vitamins: Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Folic Acid
Organic acids: Malic acid, succinic acid, acetic acid, folic acid, glucuronic acid, gluconic acid, malonic acid, lactic acid, dextrorotatory (L +) lactic acid, oxalic acid, usnic acid, citric acid
Trace elements and minerals: Iron, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, Calcium, Cobalt, Zinc
Secondary plant substances: Flavones, isoflavonoids, polyphenols
Enzymes, amino acids and tannins: including 14 different amino acids
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