Kombucha has been around for thousands of years and is known to promote health and wellness. I was introduced to Kombucha a few years ago and I love it so much I’m going to start making it myself!
Kombucha is a fermented tea, kind of like a sweet beer or a less sweet apple cider. It can be sweet or not depending on if it is flavored with different fruits. Brewing tea and then fermenting it with a scoby or “the mother” of Kombucha, which is a symbiotic relationship of bacteria and yeast/fungus, is how you make this effervescent, refreshing beverage.
I’m so happy the medical literature has also recognized that Kombucha fermented tea “can efficiently act in health prophylaxis and recovery due to four main properties: detoxification, antioxidation, energizing potencies, and promotion of depressed immunity,” as per a review article in the Journal of Medicinal Food.
5 Reasons You Need to Start Drinking Kombucha Regularly:
1. It has antimicrobial properties! It promotes health and is preventative against metabolic and infective disorders. Move over antibiotics!
2. It’s a detoxifier! …given it’s high level of glucuronic acid, a detoxifier, which is central to the metabolism to rid substances from the body.
3. It is an anti-oxidant! Many studies in the literature are discovering the protective effects of Kombucha during both kidney and liver oxidative stress.
4. It promotes a healthy immune function. As a probiotic, it enhances the immunity and health of the intestinal tract, where a major part of our immune system is located.
5. It’s energizing and makes you feel good! The Chinese herbalist thousands of years ago recommended it for its “Chi” promoting effects, as did health advisors in Germany and Russia for centuries.
Obviously Kombucha is a "superfood."
I can’t wait for the coming days when restaurants and happy hour places have it on tap so that I can have something to drink while everyone else is pounding down the beer (yuck! hehe). So let’s get the word out there! Not all Kombucha contains alcohol, however, it depends on the amount of time it is fermented during the brewing process.
Go out and get some! Or make it yourself as I've included the link to a home start kit. I’m sipping on some right now as I share this message of health and love with you. And I’m feeling pretty tipsy, ha just kidding! It is an acquired taste so to get started a recommend a fruity flavor like a berry. Enjoy, and let me know how you like it!
Vīna I1, Semjonovs P, Linde R, Deniņa I. Current evidence on physiological activity and expected health effects of kombucha fermented beverage. J Med Food. 2014 Feb;17(2):179-88. doi: 10.1089/jmf.2013.0031. Epub 2013 Nov 5.