August 18 2016
If you go into a health food store or to some naturopathy stores, or even at some local supermarkets you will possibly stumble upon something that seems like a new trendy elixir type drink that has actually been around for thousands of years. This drink is kombucha. Kombucha is tea (green, black, white or oolong) and sugar (natural sugar ideally) that has been fermented with a symbiotic culture of bacterial yeast or SCOBY for short. It is natural, healthy and it can be bought in a store or you can brew it right in your own home!
It has been speculated that kombucha’s history started in ancient China and it was known as the “Tea of Immortality” due to its numerous health benefits. It made its way to a few other parts of Asia as well as some parts of Eastern Europe and has been used for centuries for its detoxifying and purifying properties. With the rising popularity of using more natural, artisanal remedies as opposed to pharmaceutical medication, kombucha has managed to make its way into the 21st century!
One of the most well-known health benefits from kombucha is that it is a natural vegan source of probiotics. Kombucha gains its probiotics through the fermentation process with living bacterial yeast. The probiotics in kombucha make it a useful digestive tonic as well as an immune system booster. It is also useful for detoxifying the liver. It is loaded with many different bacterial acids and enzymes that your body already uses during digestion and detoxing thus promoting healthy liver function. Kombucha, when properly brewed, also contains glucosamine which helps with many if not all forms of arthritis and joint pain. Just to write down a few more health benefits that is found in kombucha:
- It helps to lower cholesterol
- It is a powerful source of antioxidants which helps in preventing degenerative diseases
- It helps lower blood sugar levels in those who have diabetes
- It helps with weight loss
- It helps energize the body and mind
- There is speculation that kombucha is also an anti-carcinogenic, meaning it can help prevent cancer.
Many people opt to make their own kombucha to save money as opposed to buying it and it is actually really quite simple, all you need is green, white, black or oolong tea, sugar and a SCOBY which can be found either at some natural health food and supplement stores, through a friend who has a SCOBY that reproduced another SCOBY or even online. If all else fails you can even make your own SCOBY which will be explained in the next blog entry. Besides the basics there are a few things you can add to personalize the kombucha you are brewing. Along with the teas you need in order to make kombucha you can also add different tisanes for flavour, you can add certain types of fruits to have some additional natural sugar sources to make it sweeter or you can add different types of plants (with some restrictions on which kind you can use and how much), the possibilities go on!