Can Kombucha Cure a Hangover?
Chances are you have heard one thing or another about the health benefits of kombucha, but have you heard it can cure a hangover? Today we are going to explore the world of kombucha and determine whether it should be your new go-to hangover cure!
For those of you who don’t know what kombucha is, it is a fermented tea drink. It has been increasingly popular in the US over the past several years and claims various health benefits such as improved digestion, detoxification, increased energy, boosted immune system, defense against cancer-causing agents, and more. Sounds pretty great, but can it function as a hangover remedy? We’ll break it down below:
Various scientific studies have shown that kombucha contains a high amount of antioxidants, which aid the body in detoxification of harmful compounds. In fact, a recent study found that KT (kombucha tea) can efficiently act in both preventative healthcare and recovery due to four main properties: detoxification, antioxidation, energizing potencies, and promotion of depressed immunity. Sounds like we have our verdict on detoxification: drinking kombucha regularly may support your liver in detoxification and recovery after drinking!
Stomach Aches & Nausea
Many of us suffer from stomach aches and nausea after a drinking binge as well. Can kombucha help with this?
Well, lucky for us kombucha is loaded with probiotics, and probiotics are essential to strong gut health! Probiotics can also reduce inflammation, meaning your stomach and digestive tract might have less of a reaction to the alcohol than they would have if you didn’t drink kombucha tea! This would help with both the stomach aches and nausea, and quicker detoxification offered by antioxidants found in kombucha would likely help as well!
Headaches & Dehydration
Many symptoms of a hangover might actually result from dehydration, and many of us get hangover headaches whether they are related to hydration or not. So, what does kombucha have to offer us in this space?
As it turns out, many headaches and migraines might be closely tied to gut health! Since kombucha has a load of probiotics to offer, it can quite possibly help to prevent or at least lessen headaches resulting from a hangover. The study cited above found that individuals regularly taking probiotics (such as those found in kombucha) saw a reduction in both the frequency and severity and headaches and migraines.
Kombucha is also fairly high in electrolytes, which are essential to rehydrating! Additionally, kombucha is low in sugar unlike Gatorade and other sports drinks high in electrolytes. This means you might be able to get the hydrating benefits without the damage caused by added sugars! So, kombucha may help to alleviate symptoms of dehydration resulting from a hangover as well.
Overall, the evidence indicates kombucha offers amazing support for hangover recovery! Results will likely be best for those who regularly drink kombucha and therefore build up their health and ability to fight off a hangover; still, it appears there are benefits to be gained either way. Next time you are hurting from a night of drinking, try grabbing a bottle of kombucha and see what it can do for you! If you want to get really into it and save some money, you can even grab a kombucha home-brewing kit, which allows you to make kombucha by the gallon at home!
Thanks for joining us on this evaluation of kombucha as a hangover cure. We hope you’ve been inspired to get ahead of your next hangover. If you have tried drinking kombucha to alleviate a hangover before or plan to try it in the future, let us know how it works for you in the comments below!