Recently kombucha has taken the 21st century health world by storm. Kombucha breweries are popping up left and right and you’re beginning to find more and more companies producing the fermented health beverage. Today you can walk into just about any larger grocery store and you’re likely to find kombucha in the cool beverage section. A bottle of kombucha costs around $3–$5 , but you can make kombucha yourself at home. A magical, cure-all, panacea… not so much. But nonetheless there are many health benefits to drinking kombucha.
The top 5 benefits of drinking Kombucha:
1. Kombucha has cleansing and detoxification properties
Kombucha contains glucaric acid, an organic acid that has been studied and shown to help prevent cancer, increase energy, and promote detoxification and cleansing within the body.
2. Kombucha is beneficial for the body’s pH balance and overall joint health
Kombucha contains glucosamines and hyaluronic acid, which benefit joint health.
3. Kombucha is very beneficial for digestive health
Kombucha full of enzymes and probiotics, which help naturally promote digestion.
4. Kombucha is a great source of antioxidants
Kombucha is made with black tea, which is high in flavonoids, to promote antioxidant protection, immune support, and fat loss.
5. Kombucha is great for promoting energy
Kombucha contains varying amounts of caffeine depending on the type of tea you use to brew it, and b vitamins to help support energy levels.
How is Kombucha made?
Kombucha is made from combining a bacterial culture called a scoby aka “the mother” with tea and sugar. Scoby stands for a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. It’s the scoby that creates the healthy probiotics and enzymes and also ferments the tea making it effervesce. Making it from scratch can take anywhere from 2-4 weeks depending on the size of your scoby. Click here to watch a video about how to make kombucha.
What does Kombucha Taste Like?
Unflavored kombucha tastes similar to an effervescence sweet but tart, vinegary, champagne. But many kombucha brewers are creating unique favors profiles by mixing in fruit juices and herbs which can make the kombucha tastes comparable to a soda (only a much, much healthier version).
How much should you drink?
I absolutely love kombucha…so much that I actually keep a keg of it on tap in my home. But kombucha should be drank in moderation no more than 1 cup per day. It does contain some sugar and depending on the way it’s brewed that amount can greatly vary so it’s always best to read the label.
Kombucha is an excellent replacement for soda, fruit juice, and even beer. Although it can be brewed with an alcohol content close to beer, it generally only contains a small amount of alcohol due to the fermentation process (usually around .5%).
The bottom line
Kombucha is a delicious healthy alternative to soda and sugary fruit juices. It contains probiotics (good bacteria), beneficial enzymes and b vitamins. But it’s best to enjoy in moderation.
This Month’s Healthy in the 21st century challenge is to try kombucha if you’re new to it or if you’re a long time kombucha try making it yourself. Let me know how it goes in the comments below.
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