Kombucha! Kind of like healthy fizzy drink but just SO GOOD FOR YOU!
What is Kombucha?
Kombucha is an “ancient fermented tea beverage” that has a natural effervescence (bubbly carbonation) that is full of probiotics, antioxidants, B vitamins and so much more. It is made from tea, sugar, a SCOBY, and a starter dose of Kombucha from a previous batch.
I thought we were supposed to avoid that! Yes, the formula for making kombucha requires sugar, but the sugar is used to feed the SCOBY (bacteria). The sugar is mostly used up in the fermentation process so don’t worry, it has very little (if any) sugar in the final product.
What is a SCOBY?
A SCOBY is an acronym for Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria and Yeast. In short, it is beneficial bacteria and yeasts that work synergistically together to produce a certain type of ferment. It is used to ferment the tea.
Why should I drink it?
Kombucha is known for being a great source of probiotics (healthy bacteria) for the intestines, with loads of vitamins, and detoxification properties to cleanse the body and support a healthy immune system.
Healing properties of Kombucha:
- Probiotics – healthy bacteria
- Alkalize the body – balances internal pH
- Detoxify the liver – happy liver = happy mood
- Increase metabolism – rev your internal engine
- Kills pylori
- Certain acids present are considered candida-cides
- Improve digestion – keep your system moving
- Rebuild connective tissue – helps with arthritis, gout, asthma, rheumatism
- Cancer prevention
- Alleviate constipation
- Boost energy – helps with chronic fatigue
- Reduce blood pressure
- Relieve headaches & migraines
- Reduce kidney stones
- High in antioxidants – destroy free-radicals that cause cancer
- High in polyphenols
- Improve eyesight
- Heal excema – can be applied topically to soften the skin
- Prevent artheriosclerosis
- Speed healing of ulcers
- Help clear up candida & yeast infections
- Aid healthy cell regeneration
- Reduce gray hair
- Lower glucose levels – prevents spiking from eating.
(List provided by Kombucha Kamp- www.kombuchakamp.com)
You can buy kombucha at most supermarkets and gourmet grocers now and The Source Bulk Foods also sell their homemade kombucha on tap!