The Benefits of Kombucha
You’ve heard of it, wondered what the weird, fizzy, vinegary beverage is, and why it’s made with a giant, goopy, fungus-looking thing. Or if you’re like me – you’re convinced it’s a true health elixir and you’re obsessed. I’m talking about kombucha. Kombucha, or fermented sweet tea, is a beverage brewed through the process of fermentation with the help of a SCOBY (a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast), and is said to have dozens of benefits. I can definitely attest to many of them myself, as an obsessive kombucha drinker. While I don’t recommend using this as a cure-all, I am quite the evangelist for it as a supplement to my regular diet due to the results I’ve experienced with it. Whether you home brew or buy at your local Whole Foods or grocery store, getting all the goodness of kombucha can benefit you in various ways.
Probiotics and Enzymes
Kombucha is full of probiotics (from that colony of bacteria) that help support a healthy gut – approximately 1 billion organisms of Bacillus coagulans GBI-30 6086. The gut needs good bacteria, and this is where that comes from. A healthy gut can support immune health and digestion, improve metabolism among a host of other things.
Boost of Energy
Many kombucha aficionados, like myself, tout kombucha for the boost of energy it provides. Whether a plus to having a healthy gut, or other factors, I definitely feel energized and lighter after having a little booch.
A Healthy Alternative to Sodas
If you’re a soda drinker (admit, you love the fizz!), kombucha’s carbonation and bubbles are as close as it gets to soda without actually being sugar-laden soda. You can even get an array of fruity, refreshing flavors with a tiny fraction of the grams of sugar in an actual soda.
It’s said that 70% of your immune system is in your gut, so a healthy gut is going to benefit you head-to-toe, including your skin. Again, I don’t think kombucha should be seen as a cure-all and I recommend consulting your physician or dermatologist about any specific issues you’re concerned over. But I do see clarity in my skin, a noticeable change, when I’m regularly drinking kombucha. I feel more radiant and notice a lot less redness from my rosacea.
How to Get Your Hands on Kombucha:
Picking up a few bottles (or a whole growler or gallon) of kombucha at your local Whole Foods or grocery store is an option. My current favorite makers are Health-Ade and Holy Kombucha.
But if you’re as hooked as I am, it can be an expensive habit. Brewing kombucha at home is not as difficult as you might think and saves you quite a bit of money. You’ll need to get your hands on a SCOBY (either from a friend or ordering from a credible seller), glass gallon jars for fermenting, black tea and/or green tea, sugar, and a few other small items that are probably already in your kitchen. This video and this one, are great resources and what I used to start brewing my own. Now that I’ve gotten the hang of it, I’ve altered the recipe slightly for my taste, and you can do the same.
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