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)