Kombucha, commonly known as mushroom tea, is a fermented tea created with a mixture of yeast and bacteria added in a solution of sugar, tea, and sometimes with flavorings like fruit juices.
Kombucha has a slightly sweet tart and effervescence flavor and usually has tiny bacteria remnants floating about. It contains antioxidants, vitamin B, and is highly acidic.
The calorie count per eight ounces is 30, which is drastically lower as compared to other drinks.
Kombucha is available in bottled form everywhere from supermarkets to health food stores. It also comes in many flavors. Furthermore, it can be easily brewed at home. It has to be fermented in a clean jar for about 7- 14 days.
Is Kombucha Beneficial For You?
Kombucha is often regarded as a magic elixir. Many believe it can cure any disease, from digestive problems to cancer and arthritis.
However, a few believe it to be a toxic alcoholic drink. The truth lies somewhere in between.
The claims of Kombucha being able to cure all disease have never actually been proven.
However, studies have shown that this beverage has numerous health benefits because it is rich in probiotics which has been proven to enhance immunity and overall health.
4 Benefits of Kombucha
Kombucha helps in detoxifying your body, which is one of its greatest benefits. Detoxification results in healthy livers and helps in cancer prevention. It is rich with numerous bacterial acids and enzymes our body produces and need to detox the entire system. This reduces the pancreatic load and eases the burden on our liver.
- Joint Care
Since Kombucha includes glucosamines, it helps in preventing and treating joint problems. Glucosamines enhances the production of synovial hyaluronic acid which physiologically functions in the body to help in preserving cartilage structure and preventing arthritic pain.
- Aids Gut Health And Digestion
Since Kombucha is fermented naturally, it is a probiotic drink. Since probiotics are good for gut health, Kombucha provides the same benefits, including mood stability, mental clarity, preventing candida overgrowth and improving digestion.
- Boosts Immune System
Kombucha is anti-oxidant rich which means it helps in enhancing the energy levels and improving the immune system.
Kombucha can’t do miracles, but it does offer many health benefits. It is prudent to include Kombucha in your diet, but ensure that it is properly prepared.
Make Your Own Kombucha
Making your own Kombucha is really easy once you get a SCOBY.
I heard you can harvest the SCOBY from a bottle of store bought Kombucha but I haven’t tried that.
If it’s your first time making it try to find a local friend to give you a SCOBY from their batch.
Most people who make Kombucha always have baby scobies.
The rest of the equipment is easy to get at your local store.
A great resource to learn more about making Kombucha is at KombuchaKamp.com.
You can purchase everything you need to get started at their site or Amazon.
Be sure to get a wide mouth gallon jar like the one pictured below.
The wide mouth is really helpful for getting your SCOBY out if you need to.
Now You Tell Me? Do you like Kombucha? Do you make your own or purchase it?