Even if you love something, the stress from that thing can be very tough on the body. Never fear, Kombucha is here to take the edge off!

Yes, Kombucha benefits the body by helping to reduce the effects of stress, however, before we can understand how it works, first we must understand stress.

What Is Stress?

Stress is one of the body’s valuable defense mechanisms. When a threat is perceived, a snap decision must be made – fight or flight. Specific chemicals & hormones (adrenaline & cortisol, if you must know) are released to increase the heart rate, sharpen the senses and prepare the muscles for quick action.

This is exactly what you need when surviving in the wild but for the modern man, who now confronts multiple stressors on a daily basis – most of them non-life threatening, this overreaction is detrimental to one’s health.

When the “high” of the stress hormones fades, the body is left depleted. As this depletion occurs several times, the body is left fatigued, mentally muddled and depressed. It also creates a host of symptoms that adversely affect the body.

5 Ways Kombucha Relieves Stress.

1. Kombucha acts as an adaptogen.

An adaptogen is classified as an herb or plant derivative (fermented tea in this case) and must meet these conditions: a) nontoxic, b) benefits the entire physiology rather than a specific part, and c) normalizes and balances the body.

Ginseng, Reishi mushrooms, and Ashwagandha are other adaptogenic herbs recognized in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda as tonics that strengthen the human organism as a whole.

Adaptogens are also high in antioxidants, which eliminate free radicals that can cause oxidative stress ←– yet another type of stress that Kombucha protects against!

2. Kombucha calms IBS, kills ulcers & soothes eczema.

Several of the physical ailments and conditions listed above can be eased when Kombucha is applied, either as a beverage or Kombucha cultures applied topically. It makes perfect sense that Kombucha helps with so many different symptoms – asthma, IBS, eczema, yeast infection, ulcers – when you realize that their root cause is the same – stress! Kombucha tea does not cure any of these things, but rather brings your body back into balance so that it may heal itself.

For example, Kombucha is known to kill h. Pylori, the bacteria that cause ulcers, on contact. (Roussin, 1995) It also regulates the digestive system by increasing the acidity of the gut.

The curative skin properties of Kombucha come from the nanostructures of cellulose in the SCOBY itself and the pH of the tea, which has a softening effect.

3. Kombucha contains B Vitamins & Vitamin C known to decrease stress.

Kombucha contains vitamins B1 (thiamine), B6 & B12 – all of which are known to help the body fight depression, stabilize mood and improve concentration.  It also contains Vitamin C which suppresses the release of cortisol (remember, one of the stress hormones). Higher levels of cortisol in the blood contribute to hypertension, depression and impaired mental clarity.

Moreover, these vitamins in Kombucha are bio-available and in living form making them the easiest for your body to assimilate and use.  Often the minerals in supplements are not assimilable by the body because they lack the co-factors or other enzymes that are found in whole foods needed to catalyze the absorption process.

4. Switching to Kombucha in the morning reduces caffeine and sugar intake.

Many people have upgraded from coffee to Kombucha as their go-to morning eye-opener. As mentioned in Kombucha and Caffeine Explained, the L-Theanine in tea counteracts the harmful effects of caffeine. (see Kombucha Recipe for a list of ingredients)

The rollercoaster ride of jittery high and then depressed low that comes from drinking coffee and sugar is replaced with focused, calm energy.

5. Kombucha contains low amounts of alcohol that have a beneficial effect on the body.

Naturally occurring low levels of alcohol in Kombucha increase feelings of well being and decrease stress. Several studies show that moderate consumption of alcohol has many positive benefits to the body.  Kombucha normally contains between .3-2% alcohol, a natural by-product of the fermentation process.  This low level of alcohol serves a variety of health purposes, including boosting mood and imparting a pleasant, relaxed feeling.

Alcohol has been used medicinally for millennia. In my opinion, because Kombucha’s alcohol levels are so low, it is the best way to consume micro amounts of beneficial alcohol (warning: pdf!) as the body receives the benefits without getting intoxicated, requiring further detox of the liver.