What is Kombucha?
Kombucha is a naturally carbonated, fermented tea. As you may know, fermented foods are very good for you.
While pasteurization and irradiation kill bacteria and yeast, fermentation actually uses live bacteria and yeast, as well as a sugar source, to create its end products, which include naturally fermented sauerkraut, kimchi, sourdough bread, beer and wine, yogurt, and yes, kombucha. Kombucha is not as fermented as wine or beer — it only has a tiny percentage of alcohol.
While kombucha is sold at many health food stores and grocery stores, it can be inexpensively made at home using organic black tea, sugar, and a starter culture called a SCOBY.
Kombucha Has A Long History
Kombucha is an ancient drink, made for centuries and celebrated for its many health benefits. It is said to have originated in China during the Tsin dynasty, where it was nicknamed the “elixir of life.” Kombucha then made its way to Russia, and eventually to the United States.
Let’s look at some of the health benefits of kombucha…
Health Benefits of Kombucha
1: Boosts the Immune System
Do you have allergies? Are you run down frequently with colds? You can build up your immunity naturally by consuming more fermented foods and drinks.
Our immune system is in our gut. Most of us have grown up on antibiotics and other drugs that kill off our beneficial bacteria. Kombucha’s fermentation process encourages the growth of beneficial bacteria. Probiotics are good for your gut and good for immunity.
Kombucha is also rich in antioxidants, which help to strengthen immunity.
2: Natural Detoxifier
Kombucha has probiotics and enzymes that promote detoxification. One of the main jobs of the good bacteria in your gut is to detoxify. By adding more beneficial bacteria to your gut, you’re getting the job done faster.
Kombucha promotes detoxification. Regular consumption of kombucha tea also supports liver function.
3: Rich in Vitamins and Enzymes
In addition to beneficial bacteria, kombucha contains B vitamins and enzymes.
B vitamins provide support for the body’s metabolic functions including overall energy, utilization of carbohydrates, heart health, and healthy hair, skin, and nails. Adequate intake of B vitamins can reduce stress, anxiety and depression, boost memory, and relieve PMS.
Most of us don’t get enough enzymes because we don’t eat enough raw food. The role of digestive enzymes is to break down the foods that we eat into smaller compounds so the nutrients can be more easily absorbed into the bloodstream.
4: Energy Boost
Everyone needs more energy these days, which is why so many of us are reaching for coffee, tea, sugar, caffeinated sodas, and so-called "energy drinks."
Kombucha is the original energy drink. This is not an artificial jolt of caffeine or sugar, but a natural energy booster. Because kombucha helps the body detoxify, there is less burden on your system, and as a result, you get more energy. As mentioned earlier, kombucha is also rich in B vitamins, which gives the body energy.
5: Increased Metabolism
Enzymes boost metabolism. In addition, all the beneficial bacterial and enzymes in the kombucha help your body work better and take the burden off of it’s functioning.
6: PMS Relief
Kombucha helps to relieve PMS. B vitamins help to break down and flush out excess estrogen from the body (a condition known as estrogen dominance). This can help to reduce PMS symptoms.
7: Relief from Arthritis and Joint Pain
Arthritis is an immune disorder. As mentioned earlier in Health Benefit 1, kombucha is rich in probiotic bacteria which help to rebuild healthy gut flora, and strengthen immunity.
Where to Find kombucha starters and kombucha brewing kits
Kombucha kits are available at Mother's Market and are available online.
How to make your own kombucha
Visit website: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/make-kombucha