Beware Kombucha Lovers: Please Read

Beware Kombucha Lovers: Please Read

Robin Foroutan and Stephanie Mandel by Robin Foroutan and Stephanie Mandel

Beware Kombucha Lovers: Please Read

September 12, 2018

 

Naturally fermented foods are all the rage, and for good reason - but they’re not all the same! Fermented vegetables (kimchi, sauerkraut, pickles) and dairy foods (kefir, yogurt) are fermented with naturally-occurring bacteria, like lactobacillus acidophilus.

KOMBUCHA MAY HAVE TOO MUCH YEAST
 

Kombucha, on the other hand, is mostly fermented with naturally-occurring yeast. For some people, this is not a problem. But for a large number of people who already have an overabundance of yeast in their system - to the point of imbalance - regularly drinking kombucha is a common mistake.

AND TOO MUCH SUGAR

Many bottled kombucha beverages also contain a hefty amount of added sugar, so always check the nutrition label before you buy.

 

YOU MIGHT HAVE YEAST OVERGROWTH IF YOU:

  • Have taken lots of antibiotics over the years (even those for skin)
  • Eat a diet high in sugar, refined carbohydrates or even very high in fruit
  • Have a weakened immune system or a parasite
  • Drink a lot of alcohol
  • Take oral contraceptives
  • Have diabetes
  • Have high-stress levels

SYMPTOMS OF YEAST OVERGROWTH:

  • Cravings for sugar and carbs
  • Recurrent genital yeast infections
  • Gas and bloating
  • Brain fog
  • Fatigue, especially after meals
  • White coating on tongue or thrush
  • Skin and nail fungal infections
  • Recurrent urinary tract infections
  • Chronic or recurrent sinus infections
  • Recurrent bouts of SIBO

 


CHOOSE ALTERNATIVES TO KOMBUCHA
There are many probiotic-rich alternatives to kombucha. Try fermented drinks like coconut kefir or other probiotic beverages that don't contain yeast. Miso, kimchi, and sauerkraut are also great alternatives that are rich in natural probiotics.

 THINK YOU MIGHT HAVE A YEAST ISSUE?

Schedule a session with one of our nutrition experts today to help you individually balance your diet and your digestive tract.

 


WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK

This guide was written by Dr. Morrison and the health and nutrition experts at The Morrison Center. Our team is dedicated to helping you achieve optimal health through the treatment and prevention of disease.

THE TEAM

JEFFREY A. MORRISON, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Morrison is an award-winning medical doctor, a leader in the field of Integrative Medicine, and champion of a nutritional approach to healthcare

ROBIN FOROUTAN, MS, RDN, HHC

Robin is a registered dietitian nutritionist specializing in Integrative Medicine, Functional Medicine and holistic healing modalities. She helps her clients address complicated conditions and return to wellness.

STEPHANIE MANDEL, NC, HEALTH COACH

Stephanie is a Holistic Nutrition Consultant and Emotional Freedom Technique practitioner with a passion for helping her clients fulfill their potential through both emotional and physical optimization.



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