Kombucha is a natural, organic, fermented tea that originated in Russia during the early 19th century. It is said to be a magical elixir that, when ingested, produces amazing benefits for all people, especially athletes. Source of Energy: According to WebMD.com, Kombucha contains essential B vitamins, helping to extract more energy and nutrients from ingesting other foods. The combination of B vitamins coupled with utilizing other foods helps to ease muscle soreness and assist in the body's ability to recover more rapidly post-workout.Strengthened Immune System: Kombucha contains glucuronic acid, which helps to strengthen cells, helping to prevent some forms of cancer and also protecting joints from wear and tear. According to Gokombucha.com, it also contains probiotics, live, and active cultures that ward off bad bacteria and help sustain good bacteria. Be aware that there are two types of Kombucha: pasteurized and unpasteurized. The unpasteurized Kombucha contains probiotics.Antioxidants: Kombucha is made from a base of either black or green tea. The antioxidant benefits are derived from the black/green tea base.Detoxifies: Kombucha balances the body's ph and aids in increasing blood circulation to detoxify the liver and kidneys, as well as helping to release impurities in the blood, which is courtesy of glucuronic acid in the Kombucha.If you are an athlete and haven't tried Kombucha, you should. Kombucha helps to cleanse, energize, and boost athletic performance, and it also promotes a better sense of well-being for athletes.Heather M. Johnson-Emerson is an amateur NPC bikini competitor and is also an aerobics instructor. Some of her articles include "Bodybuilding For Women: Helpful Hints for Women to Get Started in Bikini Competitions" and "Five Ways To Revamp Your Workout Routine". For more health and fitness articles, visit Heather M. Johnson-Emerson's contributor page.Note: This article was written by a Yahoo! contributor. Sign up here to start publishing your own sports content.