Kombucha may help prevent and treat constipation, as it contains probiotics that may promote gut health and help with dehydration.
This article reviews the potential benefits of kombucha for constipation, possible downsides, other remedies for constipation, and frequently asked questions.
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The probiotics found in kombucha may also help with preventing constipation.
What the research shows
However, as with other benefits associated with probiotics, no studies have looked specifically at kombucha and constipation prevention. It is unclear how effective it would be or how much a person would need to drink to gain similar benefits found in probiotic studies.
Hydration helps with several aspects of a person’s health, including bowel movements. Sufficient fluid in the digestive tract can help stool and food pass through the intestines, which
Drinking kombucha can help keep a person hydrated, particularly if it increases the amount of fluid a person drinks each day. Adult males need about
Several factors can affect a person’s hydration needs, including age and weight. A person may wish to talk with a doctor about how much they should aim to drink each day.
People should not get all of their daily fluids from kombucha. However, they may wish to use the drink to help them reach their daily fluid goals.
Kombucha may not be a good choice of drink for everyone. However, research has not yet studied the effects in great depth.
Possible downsides of drinking kombucha in large quantities can include the following:
- Digestive upset: Drinking too much kombucha may lead to digestive upset. Research still needs to explore this in greater depth.
- Added sugars: Kombucha typically contains added sugars, which can have negative health effects in large quantities. No studies have yet researched this area.
- Bacterial exposure: Various bacteria and yeasts may grow in unpasteurized, homemade drinks. Therefore there is a risk of exposure to infections. This may also lead to contamination across products. At present, there is no research to demonstrate this correlation.
- Acidity: Kombucha’s natural acidity may promote tooth decay. The acidity develops during the fermentation process. Rinsing the mouth or drinking water after consuming kombucha may help reduce erosion. However, studies have yet to prove this.
- Liver toxicity: A
small area of researchsuggests that kombucha could adversely affect liver health. However, as the evidence only comes from a few case reports, it is not yet conclusive.
- Caffeine intake: Kombucha contains caffeine, which may pose a risk to people sensitive to caffeine. Research still needs to explore this.
There are several home remedies and natural products that may help prevent or treat constipation.
A person may wish to speak with a doctor before trying new supplements, making drastic changes to their diet, or if they do not find relief from constipation after trying home remedies.
Possible options that may help are:
- eating more fiber
- drinking more water
- regular exercise, such as yoga
- eating prunes or drinking prune juice
- avoiding dairy products
- drinking coffee
- following a low FODMAP diet
Below are some frequently asked questions.
Is kombucha good for constipation?
Kombucha may help prevent constipation by providing hydration and probiotics. Both may help a person maintain regular bowel movements and aid digestion in general.
Does kombucha help with bloating and constipation?
Is kombucha good for intestinal issues?
Kombucha may be helpful for intestinal issues. It provides probiotics that can help with digestive health overall.
Kombucha may help with constipation by providing hydration and probiotics that promote gut health. Both may help a person pass stool more easily and regularly.
A person may wish to consider talking with a doctor before adding kombucha to their diet, particularly if they want to try it for constipation relief. A doctor may be able to provide additional treatment options or suggestions that may work well for the person.