The #1 Best Beverage for a Leaner Body

Water is the purest, most natural, and most essential drink for good health and weight loss. You just can't beat the oldest thirst quencher on the planet if your goal is slimming your belly.

But there's another ancient drink that you might categorize as the #1 best beverage for a leaner body if you take H2O out of the equation: kombucha, which has been around since about 221 BC.

Kombucha is made from true teas like green tea or black tea, sugar, and yeast that is fermented into a rubbery mass called SCOBY for Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast. SCOBY yields a beverage

"Outside of water, kombucha is among the best drinks for a leaner body," says registered dietitian Laura Poe Mathes, RD, who specializes in improving gut health.

"Kombucha's beneficial probiotics support your microbiome, which has been linked to lower risk of obesity."

The gut microbiome is made up of trillions of helpful and unhealthy microbes that reside in your intestinal tract. More

And more research is showing that the makeup of your gut flora influences your immune system, brain health, and metabolism in significant ways.

And several studies in animals and humans have found that the mix of microbes in the guts of overweight and obese people are usually very different from that of normal weight people.

Obese people tend to have a less diverse mix of gut microbes than leaner people. overweight people who gain weight easily have a less diverse microbiota than overweight people who don't gain weight

Replacing drinks high in sugar, like soda, with lower-sugar, probiotic alternatives like kombucha is incredibly important to support gut health and a lean body.