I got introduced to Kombucha not long ago. I got sick and had to take 2 rounds of antibiotics and if you know me well I don’t like taking medicines so I checked what I could do to cleanse my liver. Antibiotics help fighting infection but also harm good bacteria in your body.
What is Kombucha?
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 huge health benefits extending to your heart, your brain and especially your gut.
Kombucha is a traditional fermented drink made of black tea and sugar and contains a variety of vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Kombucha also contains antioxidants, can kill harmful bacteria and may help fight several diseases
How is it made?
Kombucha is a sweetened tea that is fermented with a SCOBY (a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) to become a nutrient-rich beverage. SCOBY is a collection of microbes responsible for turning sweet tea into a probiotic beverage. Essentially, it is a living colony of beneficial organisms that turn sugar into healthful acids and probiotics.
I know it doesn’t look very appetizing
The fermentation process takes 7-12 days depending on temperature and the strength of the SCOBY. Once fermented, Kombucha becomes slightly effervescent, with a vinegary smell and tart taste
If properly taken care of, a SCOBY can last for many years as it is the parent culture that creates the tea. SCOBYs are often called “Mushrooms” and are the reason Kombucha is sometimes called “Mushroom Tea.”
Kombucha has a high concentration of beneficial enzymes and acids, including Gluconacetobacter, Lactobacillus, Zygosaccharomyces and Acetobacter that helps fighting against liver diseases:
- Improve digestion: It can provide relief from problems like IBS, diarrhea, and constipation. Stress, alcohol abuse and antibiotics can contribute of loss of gut bacteria.
- Boost the immune system: Probiotics can strengthen our natural defenses against harmful microbes and some forms of illnesses.
- Help with joint pain and arthritis: Kombucha help preserve collagen so it can assist with healing, repairing, and preventing joint damage
- Help maintain healthy diabetes and cholesterol
- Increase energy: It contains iron that may increase hemoglobin in the blood, thereby enhancing oxygen flow.
- Improved mood: Kombucha contains B vitamins (mainty B1, B6, B12) that may help battle depression, stabilize mood, and enhance concentration
- Weight loss: When consumed before meal, Kombucha increase metabolism like the apple cider vinegar.
To avoid any negative side effects, it’s recommended that you start by drinking very small amounts of kombucha and work your way to larger quantities.
How do you get Kombucha?
Kombucha has gained popularity and is now available in many stores. You can either buy it or start making your own brewage like I do.
If you decide to make it yourself, you can find a SCOBY disk in health food stores or online for relatively inexpensive amounts or get it from someone you know.
Other Flavoring Ideas and Combinations
Flavoring Ideas and Combinations
- Blueberries and cinnamon
- Berries and fresh or candied ginger
- Strawberries and basil
- Cherries and almond extract
- Pears and almond extract
- Apple juice and cinnamon
- Lemon or lime juice and fresh ginger
- Pineapple juice, coconut water, and coconut extract
Like with any raw/fermented product, those with any health condition or who are pregnant/nursing should check with a doctor before consuming.
I am not a physician or qualified medical professional. The information in this article, including my comments below, are for reference only and are not meant to take the place of medical advice you receive from your doctor.