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The Best Time to Drink Kombucha

If you’re into health and fitness, kombucha may already be your go-to beverage. The sparkling fermented tea has taken the world by storm, ending up in the hands of every fitness-focused person wanting to improve their dietary health. We believe that kombucha is for everyone and a great part of a balanced lifestyle.

Because kombucha is so unique, it’s easy to understand why so many questions circle the brew. We primarily find ourselves answering the age-old question: “what is the best time to drink kombucha?”

The truth is, there is no right or wrong time to drink kombucha. The best time depends on your desired outcome, and for that reason, there is no clear-cut answer.

Kombucha can be enjoyed any time of day, from first thing in the morning to after a workout, or even after an indulgent late-night meal. In this post, we’ll give you the lowdown on what might work best for you.

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Drinking Kombucha for Digestion

To give your digestive system a kickstart, some health professionals advise drinking kombucha on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning. Consuming on an empty stomach means that the living cultures can reach the large intestine more efficiently and better aid with digestion throughout the day.

For those with a sensitive stomach, we suggest building up your tolerance gradually. Slowly introduce kombucha into your morning routine by drinking it with breakfast to start.


Drinking Kombucha for Energy

We are all familiar with the mid-afternoon lull. To restore some much-needed energy, many of us reach for a sugary chocolate bar or over-caffeinated energy drink, why not upgrade your desk with RISE kombucha?

Kombucha, having low caffeine content, can still give you that much-needed energy boost without the crash, making it an excellent afternoon pick-me-up. In addition, kombucha can reduce grogginess and keep your sugar cravings at bay.

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Drinking Kombucha FAQ

Does it Really Matter What Time of Day You Drink Kombucha?

You can enjoy kombucha at any time of day, either on its own or paired with a meal.

Ultimately, the best time to drink kombucha depends on your preference or intentions, and how it makes you feel. The best way to start enjoying kombucha is to slowly introduce it into your routine.

How Often Should You Drink Kombucha?

There is no scientific research that points to how much kombucha should be consumed per day. At RISE – after years of consuming kombucha – some members of our team drink up to a litre a day!

If you are unsure how your body might react to kombucha, start with small volumes of 4 oz per day. The next day, up it to 6 oz, and the day after that, try 10oz.

Should I Drink Kombucha in the Morning?

Yes! If you are a little groggy in the morning and it takes you a while to get going, a glass of kombucha can give you a natural boost. Since it’s made from tea, it contains caffeine and is a great source of energy to start the day.

In fact, due to its low caffeine content, kombucha is a perfect substitute for coffee. You can enjoy the boost to get you moving, without facing the dreaded crash! Drinking kombucha in the morning has also been found to balance gut bacteria, helping digestion throughout the day.

So, next time you’re preparing a coffee pot to pair with your morning toast, reach for RISE kombucha instead!

What are the Benefits of Drinking Kombucha on an Empty Stomach?

Drinking kombucha on an empty stomach is the best way to maximize the potency of the living cultures found within. With your stomach clear of any food, the living cultures can pass through your stomach quicker and reach your large intestines to clear harmful bacteria and improve function.

If you are new to kombucha, the influx of living cultures, antioxidants and organic acids as soon as you wake up might be too much. Start off slow and see if your body agrees with it. Eventually, you’ll find your sweet spot.

Should I Drink Kombucha at Night Before Bed?

After a long, hard day, pouring yourself a glass of wine or beer can be tempting! Kombucha is starting to make a name for being an alternative to alcohol. The beverage has a slightly acidic taste that cleanses the palate and complements food, much like wine. There is an array of sophisticated flavours to explore, and plenty of tasty kombucha mocktail recipes for you to enjoy!

Remember, kombucha does contain caffeine. Although it is much less than a standard cup of coffee, you should avoid drinking kombucha just before bed if you are particularly sensitive to caffeine.

How Much Kombucha Should I Drink Per Day?

If you are new to kombucha, you should begin drinking a small amount per day to see how your body reacts. If you like the taste, you can gradually increase the amount you consume.

Should I Drink Kombucha With a Meal?

Kombucha can be enjoyed before, during, or after a meal – it’s the perfect accompaniment to a meal instead of wine, beer, or soda! Drinking kombucha before or during a meal is thought to aid digestion and make you full faster.

Kombucha & Gut Health?

Food and drink that go through natural fermentation gain microbial properties. These living cultures improve digestion and are beneficial to gut health. Just like other fermented foods like kimchi, kefir, and yogurt, kombucha can positively impact gut health. 

Can You Drink Kombucha at Work?

Yes! Swapping your workplace sugary treats and bottomless coffee with kombucha is a simple, health-boosting switch! The low caffeine, maximum taste beverage can help you during your mid-afternoon slump and give you a much-needed pick-me-up.

There are some traces of alcohol in a bottle of kombucha, but it isn’t enough to make you tipsy at your desk. Every bottle of RISE Kombucha contains less than 0.5% alc/vol – a level that won’t start a party in the office.

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