Precautions when drinking homemade kombucha

Brewing kombucha at home without sterile conditions can lead to potential contaminations. Since kombucha is a living entity, its composition adapts and changes according to its environment. Thus, maintaining and conserving your colony requires a series of specific hygienic measures. During its fermentation, there are risks of contamination by harmful bacteria and fungi, such as aspergillus . If you decide to brew kombucha at home, it is essential to be well-informed about the correct process, how to care for the scoby or “mother,” proper steeping time, and how to monitor the pH to maintain a favorable environment. However, commercial kombucha follows strict health protocols, reducing the risk of fungal or bacterial poisoning to almost zero. In the case of Mun Kombucha, in addition to the corresponding Health Registry, we voluntarily have the strictest food certification: the IFS Food.

May cause digestive upset

Not all people react the same way to kombucha. Despite its potential digestive benefits , some may feel slight discomfort when incorporating it into their diet. This is largely due to its acidic nature and high probiotic content. Those who are not used to fermented foods may face temporary symptoms such as flatulence, nausea or stomach discomfort. If you decide to venture into the world of kombucha, we recommend doing it gradually. A small glass at the beginning, preferably on an empty stomach, can be a good starting point. Over time, and as your system adapts, you can increase the amount. In this article you will find more information on how and when to drink kombucha.

Contraindications if you suffer from SIBO

Now, kombucha is not a drink suitable for everyone . If you suspect you have or have been diagnosed with SIBO, a digestive pathology that consists of the overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine, we recommend that you treat this dysbiosis before consuming kombucha solutions. From here, you can incorporate kombucha into your diet without any problem.

Contraindications of drinking kombucha in pregnant or nursing mothers

On the other hand, we do not recommend consumption to pregnant women who have never consumed the drink or to nursing infants . The fact is that kombucha is a drink that, to preserve its probiotic properties, is not pasteurized. During these periods of life, pregnancy and lactation, specialists recommend not consuming unpasteurized products. In our case, we go further and point out that the drink contains a little theine and that, during fermentation, kombucha also produces a little alcohol (in the case of MUN KOMBUCHA less than 1.2%). The main problem in consuming kombucha would be the fact that it is a very detoxifying drink, so the toxins - dietary, environmental, heavy metals, etc. - that circulate through the mother's body could pass to her. blood supply and from here to the fetus or the suckling baby.

Contraindications of drinking kombucha in children

In the case of children , with an immune system in continuous development, we do not bet on the everywhere consumption of kombucha. Our proposal is that, if they are curious to try it, it is offered in small doses or even mixed with water, ice or carbonated water. Remember that it may contain traces of caffeine and alcohol.

Contraindications to drinking kombucha in case of digestive problems

The convenience of consuming kombucha in case you have digestive system problems is not an easy question to answer. Although the world fame of this drink came after it cured a Japanese emperor of the intestinal problems he had, we cannot firmly state that it works for all individuals and symptoms.

Most of the time, digestive ailments have their origin in dysbiosis or imbalances in the intestinal flora. If probiotics are regularly consumed, including kombucha, many of the problems will be solved more easily, because the microbiota will be prepared to deal with them.

Let's talk about specific conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome, gas or gastritis. In some cases, the consumption of a highly probiotic drink, rich in fructans and with natural bubbles, could aggravate symptoms due to patients' intolerance to any of these components. Various diets to find a solution to these ailments, such as FODMAP, advise against incorporating kombucha into the diet.

In the case of gastroenteritis or diarrhea, the support of previous consumption of different probiotics will make our microbiota more prepared to overcome these episodes. While these last, the contribution of probiotic microorganisms could also have a positive impact on improvement.

Our advice is to consult with the health specialist who is treating the patient with these problems, indicating the intention to consume kombucha, taking into account that it is an important contribution of natural probiotics, as well as enzymes and organic acids. If the option is to consume kombucha, we would bet on starting with a small amount to see how it feels and if the symptoms improve.

Contraindications of drinking kombucha in diabetics

The fact that one of the ingredients that kombucha contains is sugar usually worries potential consumers with diabetes who have the important mission of exhaustively reviewing the amount of sugar contained in the products they consume. First of all, then, it is important to make it clear that sugar is essential for the production of kombucha, since it is the fuel that the microorganisms - bacteria and yeasts - that carry out the fermentation, use during the process.

Not all kombuchas are the same. And a person with diabetes must take this into account. It is best to inspect the labels and choose the one that contains the least possible residual sugar. The sugar in kombuchas depends on the system with which they were made and the fermentation time to which they were subjected. The longer the time, the less sugar.

In the case of MUN KOMBUCHA, the sugar in our products has always worried us. We make kombucha with the least residual sugar of all those on the market. Our varieties range between 0.1 and 1.8 grams per 100 milliliters. In some flavors, up to 18 times less sugar than other kombuchas found in stores. The impact on blood glucose of this consumption would be practically nil.

Although there are still no published studies on the benefits of consuming kombucha in humans with diabetes, this paper points out the analysis carried out in mice that confirmed consumption of this fermented tea could reduce hyperglycemia by regulating the intestinal microbiota.

We talked about kombucha consumption and diabetes with Dr. Rosy Yañéz, a specialist in the field. You can catch up on our chat here.

Contraindications of drinking kombucha in celiac patients

If you are looking for a kombucha that is gluten free you should not have any problems. In the case of MUN KOMBUCHA, all our raw materials are free of gluten and traces, and we also carry out periodic controls on the finished product to corroborate the absence of gluten.

Contraindications to drinking kombucha with candidiasis

The consumption of kombucha in case of suffering from candidiasis should be consulted with the health professional who accompanies you in this ailment. Taking into account that this fermented tea seems to have antibacterial properties, especially against bacteria that cause infections and candida yeasts, it could help improve the latter condition. On the one hand, the antimicrobial effects of kombucha would suppress the growth of these yeasts. Kombucha would also be beneficial by considerably improving the microbiota, thanks to the contribution of natural probiotics it represents.

MUN KOMBUCHA would also be the ideal kombucha for consumption during this ailment, since it hardly contains sugar, one of the main foods to eliminate in case of suffering from candidiasis.

No todo son contraindicaciones: los numerosos beneficios de la kombucha

A pesar de las precauciones que se deben considerar al beber kombucha, no podemos pasar por alto los múltiples beneficios asociados con su consumo regular y seguro. Esta milenaria bebida fermentada ha sido celebrada por sus propiedades promotoras de la salud, que incluyen la mejora de la digestión, el fortalecimiento del sistema inmunológico y la desintoxicación natural del cuerpo.

Además, su contenido de vitaminas, enzimas y minerales la convierte en una fuente nutritiva para el bienestar general. Si quieres saber más sobre los beneficios de la kombucha, lee este artículo. Al optar por una kombucha de producción controlada y certificada, no solo te proteges contra posibles riesgos, sino que también abres la puerta a un mundo de beneficios saludables y sabor auténtico.