Kombucha (kom-boo-cha) is a lightly effervescent fermented drink that is delicately cultured for 7-30 days. This culturing process creates a powerhouse beverage, full of active enzymes, viable probiotics, amino acids, & antioxidants that support the body to restore balance and vitality.
History of Kombucha
This unique beverage, revered as the “Immortal Health Elixir,” has a history that dates back 2,000 years. Its first consumption was recorded in 220 BC in Manchuria, China.
The fame of this curative tonic eventually spread its use into Russia and Germany—where extensive research into its claims of powerful healing potential also began—and later the rest of Europe.
The cold war, however, caused a halt in the research and home brewing of this elixir, as research energies were diverted elsewhere and the availability of the sugar and tea necessary for brewing became difficult to obtain.
What is Kombucha?
Kombucha is brewed through a fermentation process that occurs by combining tea, sugar, and a special culture, a “scoby” (Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast). This scoby is often referred to as “the mother” due to its ability to reproduce, or as a “mushroom” due to its mushroom-like appearance.
This brew is typically made with black tea, although green tea is your best bet, due to its low caffeine content and innate health benefits.
Caffeine and sugar are essential to the fermentation process and are not a huge issue when it comes to ingesting kombucha since the benefits far outweigh any concerns. Not to mention the scoby eats up most of the sugar. However, the quality of these ingredients is important, especially for those who are dealing with illness or prefer the purest. An organic tea and sugar is recommended.
Although not ideal, for those who are financially challenged, even processed sugar and a basic black tea would fare okay due to the fact that the sugar is consumed by the scoby.
When deciding on what drinks to consume, consider the benefits of kombucha, which are completely lacking in the multitude of cheap and harmful drinks that are marketed to those with shallow pockets. You’d be better off home brewing this elixir than falling prey to these affordable, yet damaging temptations.
Kombucha’s delightful bubbles make it a great alternative to carbonated drinks, as well as sugar-loaded and highly caffeinated beverages.
Improves Core Body Functions
Kombucha improves digestion, elimination, and detoxification, and boosts the immune system. This improves the body’s ability to remain balanced, healthful, and armed to fight and prevent disease. It’s also been shown to improve joint and skin health.
Digestive & Immune Function
A healthy gut is by far one of the most critical and gravely overlooked components of vibrant health. The digestive tract’s huge responsibility to properly absorb nutrients and remove toxins, coupled with the fact that 70% of the body’s immune system lies in the gut, makes it potentially the most important organ involved in creating health or sickness.
Kombucha is loaded with probiotics, which positively impact the health of the digestive system. Its antioxidants further enhance immunity.
Detoxification & the Liver
Kombucha also supports other key detoxification organs, such as the liver, pancreas, and kidneys. It is loaded with enzymes and health boosting acids that help to detoxify the body. The glucuronic acid it contains has a particularly positive effect on the liver—the “master gland”—thereby affecting the health of many other organs. Glucuronic acid also has been shown to prevent cancer.
Joint & Skin Health
Kombucha contains glucosamine and collagen. Glucosamine, and its by-product hyaluronic acid work together to strengthen the joints, support cartilage structure, increase moisture, lubrication, and flexibility in the joints, and reduce arthritic pain. Collagen also assists the joints, and furthermore, retards and reduces wrinkles
Kombucha may benefit the following conditions, and many more…
- Cardiovascular issues, including cardiovascular disease
- Kidney & gall bladder issues
- Arthritic type conditions
Maybe it’s time you grab a bottle and check it out for yourself, which will put you one step closer to home brewing it for pennies on the gallon.
Kombucha’s light, fresh, and bubbly taste is refreshing at any time of day, even serves well in a wine glass. Let’s toast to your health and this myriad of benefits by turning up a glass, shall we?
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