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Kombucha Craze – The Drink That Keeps on Giving!

kombuchaIf you’re looking for a beverage that’s a fountain of youth in a bottle, look no further! OK, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but Kombucha, the ancient elixir, known for it’s detoxifying properties for thousands of years, has made a huge come back for a good reason! There’s so much good internally cleansing stuff in it, that during the nuclear radiation crisis in Chernobyl, it is said that the only people who avoided getting cancer were those who imbibed this wonder tea regularly!

Maybe you’re already caught up in the kombucha craze, or you may be saying to yourself, “Kombu – what?” either way, read on, this is for you!

 A Quick Low Down for Kombucha Newbies

Kombucha is a fermented beverage made with black tea, white cane sugar, and a culture called a SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony Of Yeast & Bacteria).

If you like wine coolers or beer, you will enjoy the light taste and mild natural effervescence of this power packed tonic. Although alcohol is produced during fermentation, the yeast in the culture eats up the alcohol thus leaving only a trace in the final product. For those who don’t care for the flavor, it’s a taste worth acquiring and here’s why!

What’s in it?

Byproducts of the fermentation process are organic acids, amino acids, enzymes, and polyphenols. Much like sourdough bread, which is distinct to the location where it’s made, each batch of kombucha varies based on a number of factors. However, some of the acids that are typically present include acetic acid, ethanol, gluconic acid, glucuronic acid, glycerol, lactic acid, unsic acid and B-vitamins.

It’s also a great source of beneficial microbes as each bottle contains several strains and billions of live bacteria in each bottle.

Why does all that stuff make it so good for you?

According to here are some of the major benefits:

  • Contains living bacteria and yeast
  • Substituted for sugary sodas or multiple trips to the coffee pot
  • Acts as pre-meal hunger control
  • Alkalizes like vinegar or lemon juice – balances internal pH
  • Compounds in the drink may bond to and help excrete toxins from the liver – happy liver = happy mood
  • May speed metabolism
  • The acids present may improve digestion or alleviate constipation Improved flexibility & fluidity of movement
  • Smooth energy from low levels of tea
  • Relieve headaches & migraines
  • Antioxidants & polyphenols from the tea are partially fermented and so more bioavailable
  • Kills h.pylori on contact
  • Certain acids present are considered candida-cide

An abundance of medical research has demonstrated that probiotics offer a wide variety of health benefits including improving depression. Adding kombucha to a healthy diet is a great way to get those probiotics into your system!

Make Your Own Kombucha

Learning to make kombucha is so easy! You can customize it by trying different fruit infusions and experiment until you come up with just the right combination to suit your unique palate. Find a recipe and all kinds of other great information including tips for infusing flavors here. Read more on fine-tuning and perfecting your brew here!

Purchase a kombucha culture otherwise known as a SCOBY or kombucha mushroom here. The good news about buying a culture is that you’ll never have to buy one again! It truly is the drink that keeps on giving. Every time you brew a batch, the SCOBY reproduces by a process of cylindrical binary fission. Cool, right? You can save the new SCOBY to pass it on to a friend or use it to make even more kombucha!

Get your black tea & sugar, order a SCOBY, and get your first batch started! Your body will thank you!

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