All about Kombucha

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With all the sickness going around this winter,this would be a great time to talk about Kombucha.

Hipster or not, love it or hate it, the use of Kombucha as a health drink is on the rise.

If you ever wanted to know EXACTLY what Kombucha is and why so many people love it, read on:

What Exactly is Kombucha??

Kombucha is a fermented tea made out of gelatinous mass called a SCOBY. Scoby is formed out of multiple yeasts, acetic acid and other bacteria, it is also known as Manchurain Mushroom.

So yeah, it’s a fungus…..I know that sounds way gross, but hear me out, SCOBY is made up of good bacteria and is a great source Acidophillus which is great for the gut and the immune system.

Here is more of the good things this drink contains:

  • LACTIC ACID: Found in Kombucha in its most potent form L-lactic(+). Lactic acid is essential for the digestive system.
  • ACETIC ACID: Its main function is to inhibit harmful bacteria. Acetic acid is used as a preservative because of this action. It is also what gives Kombucha that ‘kick’ to its smell and taste.
  • MALIC ACID: Is also used in the body’s detoxification process.
  • OXALIC ACID: Encourages the cellular production of energy and is a natural preservative.
  • GLUCONIC ACID: Is effective against many yeast infections such as Candida and thrush.
  • BUTYRIC ACID: Is produced by the yeasts and when working with gluconic acid, might help combat yeast infections such as Candida.
  • NUCLEIC ACID: Work with the body aiding healthy cell regeneration.
  • AMINO ACID: A group of acids which are the building blocks of protein. Your muscular system is made of proteins.
  • ENZYMES: Are proteins that act as catalysts, speeding the rate at which biochemical reactions proceed.

How is it made?

There are many different ways to brew Kombucha, but generally it is made with a tea,filtered water, sugar and a mature SCOBY.

The SCOBY basically sits on top of the tea and it takes around a week to start maturing. The longer you let it sit the stronger it becomes.

OK so why should I drink it?

Kombucha has a number of wonderful benefits

( none of which have been confirmed by the FDA of course)

Boost the Immune System
Block Free Radicals
Detoxify the body
Strengthen the gut
Fight indigestion
and many other claims depending on who you ask.
I drink it personally because i like the way it tastes AND I found with all my stomach issues and gut problems, it has offered me substantial relief.
It may not work for everyone, it is kind of one those try it and see type of things.
Why is it becoming so popular all of the sudden?
You can blame the rise of “Hipsters” all you want, but Kombucha has been around for centuries, its use can be traced back as far as the Ming dynasty.
I believe the recent rise of the drink into mainstream, has to with more and more people trying to find better health.
Can I make Kombucha at home myself?
In short . Yes. But it can be risky, you really have to know what you are doing if you’re going to go that route, jars need to sterilized a certain way ect. it is very easy to screw up and let bad bacteria in. There are alot of places that offer classes on how to do it safely, so if your interested, see if there are any Kombucha brewers in your area, most of them will tell you how to make it.
Ok so what does it taste like?
Some say it is an acquired taste. I find it tastes like a cross between fermented apple cider and champagne with a slight vinegar taste. Most come in a variety of flavors that mask the vinegary taste.
Where can I buy it?
Health Food Stores, some grocers and Trader Joes are common places. I personally love Synergy Brand, or if you are lucky enough to live here in the Cleveland , OH area, check out Bearded Buch, they craft in small batches and have two flavors “Concord Grape and Ginger Snap. Or feel free to taste test and find one that you love.
Kombucha is not something that I drink every day (although you can if you want) But it can be expensive. So I really only drink it when I am in need of a boost or if I have a taste for it.
Either way, give it a try and see if you love it as much as I do. or if you happen to have any favorite brands, I would love to hear about them below.
XOXOXOXO
Heather
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