Super Foods

Posted November 12, 2017

Guest Blogger: Rachael Todd

Miss United States 2017
Certified Health Coach and Yoga Instructor, Certified in Positive Psychology

This series is written to increase the detoxification effects of Planet Beach services. It is focused on nutritional ingredients that you can add into your daily regime to take the already incredible results even further.

At Planet Beach you will find services that strive to ultimately make you feel better and look better, but they do this by reducing inflammation in the body. Utilizing red light therapy, the meditation booth, the hydration station, the HOTWORX infrared sauna and more, these powerful treatments are ancient technologies that are available to you.

In addition to utilizing services at Planet Beach that are based on ancient treatments and traditions, you can enhance your results with superior nutrition.

This month’s new food to incorporate is…


First things first, so many of my clients want to address their digestive tract, or more like their digestive issues. What I have found is an entire generation of people who were overprescribed antibiotics. This has created a disrupted environment in the gut, or as medical professionals and resesearchers are now calling your microbiome.

How does this apply to detoxification?

Your digestive system, your gut, and, essentially, your microbiome are responsible for carrying out the detoxification process, along with your liver and kidneys. If this system is overloaded with toxins and unable to function properly, it is not detoxifying your body to the best of it’s ability.

When the microbiome becomes overrun or depleted, overall health is affected. The GI Tract is the body’s engine, and microbes are the worker bees that operate the machinery so that digestion and toxin removal can happen.

What is kombucha?

Kombucha is a fermented beverage consisting of black tea and sugar (from various sources, including cane sugar, fruit or honey) that’s used as a functional, probiotic food. It contains a colony of bacteria and yeast that are responsible for initiating the fermentation process once combined with sugar.

After fermentation, kombucha becomes carbonated and contains vinegar, B vitamins, enzymes, probiotics and a high concentration of acid. These bacteria are known as “cellulose-producing bacteria,” meaning they produce cellulose, which acts as a shield to cells.

The sugar-tea solution is fermented by bacteria and yeast commonly known as a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast). Although it’s usually made with black tea, kombucha can also be made with green teas.

Known as the “Immortal Health Elixir” by the Chinese and originating in the Far East around 2,000 years ago, kombucha is a beverage with tremendous health benefits extending to your heart, your brain and (especially) your gut.

Due to the fermentation process involved in creating kombucha, it contains a large number of healthy bacteria known as probiotics. These bacteria line your digestive tract and support your immune system, as they absorb nutrients and fight infection and illness.

Since 80 percent of your immune system is located in your gut, and the digestive system is the second largest part of your neurological system, it’s no surprise that the gut is considered the “second brain.”

Drinking kombucha every day can help you to maintain peak immune health, which trickles down into an impressive number of benefits for your overall health.

6 Benefits of Kombucha

1. Kombucha Contains Probiotics
True kombucha contains a significant amount of live probiotic strains including Lactobacillus. Lactobacillus is a genus of friendly bacteria that encourage normal digestion, soothe the digestive tract, and promote easy bowel movements. If your gut needs to be tamed, probiotics of the Lactobacillus variety (and there are many species of Lactobacillus — Lactobacillus RhamnosusLactobacillus GasseriLactobacillus Brevis…) may help.

2. Kombucha Contains Antioxidants
The human body requires and uses oxygen to carry out its normal processes and metabolic byproducts like free radicals are unavoidable. Free radicals lead to oxidative stress and can damage cells. Antioxidants are like a fire extinguisher; they’re the body’s defense. Kombucha has demonstrated an ability to help defend against free radical damage.

3. Kombucha Supports the Immune System
The immune system is an integral component of the body’s ability to heal, defend, and maintain itself. Without complete, proper nutrition, or if toxin exposure becomes too great, the immune system may be stifled. There are a number of ways to support normal immune system function and, between its healthful probiotics and rich nutrient content, kombucha seems to be one of them.

4. Kombucha May Help Ulcers Heal
Although digestion is a complex series of events, it’s a process your body can and wants to carry out efficiently and without issue. In a perfect world, nobody would ever experience any sort of digestive upset. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world and peptic ulcers, also known as gastric ulcers, are a common problem experienced by many. They are sores in the lining of the digestive tract that are both painful and disruptive. Some studies suggest that kombucha may aid in healing ulcers due to its antioxidant activity and ability to protect the stomach lining.

5. Nutritional Support Against Cancer?
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S and almost 600,000 Americans die of cancer every year. Although there are over 100 different types of cancers, it can, in general, be described as a group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body. We have to be clear that kombucha isn’t a treatment or preventative measure for cancer. But, some research has resulted in opinions that kombucha may have something to offer with respect to resistance against cancer. It’s an interesting concept and hopefully more research will yield more information.

6. Kombucha Supports Normal Body Weight
Maintaining a healthy body weight is one way to support overall wellness and good health. Unfortunately, many people struggle to stay at an ideal weight. In fact, approximately 70 percent of Americans are either overweight or obese. This leads to many health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. Kombucha isn’t a weight loss beverage but some research has shown that when it’s part of an overall strategy it may help promote a normal body weight.

About Rachael:

Rachael Todd joined the Planet Beach family as a Cover Model in 2015 and is our original HOTWORX Virtual Instructor. After being crowned Miss Florida 2009, Ms. Todd has successfully made a career for herself as a full time runway, advertising, and fitness model, as well as a corporate spokesperson for companies like Lexus, Disney, Samsung, Nike, and Loreal. She is also a certified health coach and yoga instructor, and appreciates the opportunity to help others increase their wellbeing, resilience, optimism, and motivation through Positive Psychology.

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