The short answer is yes.
It’s become common knowledge that kombucha is great for increasing your gut health, but what does kombucha do for your skin and hair?
There are a few things, and they are thanks to some hardworking, microscopic good stuff that go by the name of probiotics, amino acids and antioxidants.
So, let’s have a deeper look at what is in kombucha and why you should grab yourself a bottle of kombucha for skin care and hair growth…
Let’s start with probiotics.
Many of you have asked us, “Is kombucha a probiotic?” as probiotics are fast becoming a household name for gut repair.
To break this question down a little, we have to look at how kombucha is made. Kombucha is a fermented tea drink made with a SCOBY. SCOBY stands for Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast. Fancy words, but basically it means that good bacteria and yeast are in a happy relationship with the tea brew. As the tea ferments, the SCOBY grows and creates more of these good bacteria AKA probiotics.
Our gut microbiome is the epicentre of our overall health and wellbeing, and impacts your body right across the spectrum - from mental disorders to healthy hair. Probiotics help to support and shape the health of our gut microbiome by increasing the levels of healthy bacteria, which then has a flow on effect across your entire system. Research is now starting to show greater links between gut health and skin related disorders such as acne, rosacea and eczema.
Ok, so we know they’re in there, but how much probiotics is in kombucha?
Each bottle of our Two Boys Brew kombucha has over 6 billion CFUs (colony forming units). It’s something we’re pretty proud of!
Next cab off the rank - Amino Acids.
Amino Acids are building blocks for the body. They are instrumental in protein formation and assist the body to perform certain functions. Two particular proteins supported by amino acids are collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin are the proteins responsible for keeping your complexion looking soft and supple, and encouraging hair and nail growth. If hair loss is an issue for you, adding some kombucha into your diet may help turn things around.
And last but not least, the mini superheroes - antioxidants.
Day to day life exposes your hair and skin to oxidative stress (AKA free radicals) from air pollution, pesticides, alcohol, tobacco and fried foods. Antioxidants are the substances that work to neutralise the harmful effects caused by free radicals in the body and help to prevent the formation of oxidative stress. Antioxidants work in maintaining the connective tissues of hair follicles and protect the scalp cells in the blood vessels which promotes healthy hair growth.
You can find out more of the sciency stuff about the chemical profile and antioxidant activity in kombucha here.
A healthy gut supported by probiotics, antioxidants and amino acids = Healthier, happier skin and luscious hair.
Probiotics, amino acids and antioxidants are all naturally occurring in real kombucha.
Two Boys Brew Kombucha = Looking good and feeling great!