How Much is Too Much Kombucha?
The Power Of Drinking Kombucha
Kombucha is a healthy alternative to sugary beverages as it’s low in sugar, filled with living cultures, organic acids and antioxidants that support the immune system. It has been around for centuries but recently has become popular because of its delicious flavour and gut-healthy potencies. Kombucha is chock-full of living cultures, healthy bacteria, polyphenols (antioxidants) and organic acids known to help with digestive and support the immune system.
How Often Can You Drink Kombucha?
When it comes to how much kombucha you should drink in a day, you should follow your gut. Everyone’s limit is different. There’s no exact amount that you can or cannot consume. Kombucha is a food and not a medication or supplement!
Pro tip: If you’re a new kombucha drinker, we recommend drinking small amounts at first to give your gut a chance to adapt to all the new potent living cultures.
If you want to learn more about the age-old question, “what is the best time to drink kombucha?” read our post on The Best Time to Drink Kombucha. (Spoiler alert: it’s always a good time!)
Can You Drink Too Much Kombucha?
There is no scientific research that shows how much kombucha could be enjoyed in a day. At RISE, some members of our team are known to drink up to a litre a day! If you don’t know how your body might react to kombucha, start with small volumes of 4 ounces of kombucha per day. The next day, up it to 6 oz, and the day after that, try 10 oz. Switch to RISE Kombucha’s 1g line if you feel you’re overdoing it.
Signs Of Too Much Kombucha
Feeling bloated and overconsumption of caffeine can be two signs that the amount of kombucha you’re drinking in a day has hit its limit. Consuming too much can also lead to excess sugar and calorie intake and side effects like digestive distress. If you experience any of these signs, ask yourself:
- So, are you used to living cultures? Kombucha is packed with them, and they can cause some GI distress and discomfort for those who aren’t used to it. Drink a little at first until you get adjusted!
- Kombucha contains relatively low amounts of sugar, but it plays a significant role in the fermentation process. Keep in mind: just because something contains fewer grams of the sweet stuff, you may choose to drink less if you don’t usually consume much sugar.
- Kombucha contains about 10 mg of caffeine per 8 ounces. For those sensitive to it, kombucha can cause jitters, nausea, nervousness and digestive distress. For more information visit our FAQ.
- Alcohol sensitivities are common, and homemade kombucha can have up to 3% alcohol. If you’re sensitive or allergic to alcoholic beverages, check the ABV before drinking. RISE Kombucha has developed a proprietary technique to guarantee that alcohol volume remains below 0.5% throughout the product’s shelf life, if kept at 4 degrees Celsius.
- Kombucha is unpasteurized and can pose a risk to pregnant women. Kombucha also poses risks for breastfeeding mothers because it could contain alcohol that would pass through breastmilk into the baby’s system. It’s always better to check with a doctor before consuming.
How To Maximize Your Enjoyment Of Kombucha
Now that you’ve got the down-low on how much kombucha you can drink in a day, let’s get to the fun stuff! Here are a few tips for enjoying every sip of RISE Kombucha until the last drop.
Make Sure It Is Refrigerated
Kombucha is best served cold and demands refrigeration. When kept at room temperature, the live cultures become more active, resulting in excess carbonation, fermentation, a tart taste, and alcohol production. Kombucha should be kept at around 4°C – anything below will force the living cultures into hibernation. To learn more, read our post about Kombucha Expiry.
Listen To Your Gut
Like all good things in life, moderation is key. If you feel like your body isn’t reacting well to the amount of kombucha you’re ingesting, cut back on your intake. It’s as simple as that!
- Start with a small amount, roughly 4 oz. of kombucha per day
- The next day, up it to 6 oz.
- The day after that, try 10 oz.
Switch To Low Sugar
If you feel that you are consuming too much sugar in a day, switch to a low-sugar kombucha from our 1g line. There’s no additional sugar added, as the yeast ferments with fruit juices. Each bottle contains just 1 gram of sugar per serving and is packed with flavour.
Try Different Flavours
Unfavourable symptoms may be coming from a specific flavour, ingredients, or a homemade kombucha that has not been appropriately prepared. Lucky for you, RISE Kombucha has a wide variety of flavours for you to try, including our newest additions: Lime & Matcha and Peach & Mango!