Kombucha is becoming increasingly popular, but many people are still unaware of the health benefits and risks of this beverage. In this video, Dr. Andrew Rubman, naturopathic physician and author of Bottom Line’s “Nature Doc’s Patient Diary” blog, explains that as a fermented drink, kombucha has probiotic qualities that can improve the stomach’s beneficial bacteria. To take advantage of this benefit without the risks of contamination by other live organisms, Dr. Rubman recommends buying from a major manufacturer that has more stringent quality-control standards than smaller, independent producers. Buying pasteurized kombucha further reduces the risk of contamination. While pasteurization and cold-filtering can slightly reduce the effectiveness of kombucha, Dr. Rubman says that the increase in safety more than makes up for this.

Andrew Rubman, ND, is a teacher as well as a physician, helping his patients make better-informed choices about their healthcare and become better consumers of both traditional and conventional medical options.  He is also a member of the Bottom Line Personal Panel of Experts. For more great tips from Dr. Rubman, check out his other videos and Bottom Line blog “Nature Doc’s Patient Diary” or visit his website, https://southburyclinic.com.