I am officially out of magic detox in a bottle! I am talking about Kombucha. I will tell you exactly what led me to discovering this “slimy mushroom” concoction.
Have you ever heard of taking Apple Cider Vinegar first thing in the morning? You might mix it with some apple juice and honey. You may throw a shot back followed with a chaser. Either way, apple cider vinegar tastes nasty, smells nasty, looks nasty, and is amazing for you. That’s just my opinion. A very strong opinion none the less.
I wanted something that tasted better with all the same benefits, full of probiotics and detoxing properties. So I googled it, just like everything else these days.
Lo and behold, I already had Kombucha in my possession. I just happened to have a horrible stomach ache one day. We made our way to the grocery store for some gingerale. As I walked thru the aisle filled with cold brewed teas, I saw something with ginger. It happened to be GT’s Kombucha Gingerade. I was not completely impressed with the taste but it wasn’t horrible either. I felt slightly mellow and my stomach felt so much better. Fast forward a few years later, I realized that since the two are comparable, I could substitute with the Kombucha. Either way I get to drink the resultant of a gigantic scoby aka “The Mother”. Sounds delicious right?
Kombucha is simply made by using a green or black tea. It is fermented with the help of sugar, bacteria and yeast. The bacteria grows into a large mushroom shaped film layering on top of the tea. Often, different juices or spices are added to give the Kombucha distinct flavoring. As I slightly eluded to earlier, my favorite flavors all include ginger. I think it hides the fermented taste well.
Because it is fermented, Kombucha does contain alcohol in small amounts. If bought commercially it usually has about .5 to 1 percent. However, if made from scratch it may contain up to 3 percent alcohol.
I recently learned that Kombucha can also be used for cooking. If your interested in getting creative with entrees and desserts you can find plenty of recipes at GT’s website here.
Where Can I Find It?
You can find Kombucha almost anywhere! You can find the tea somewhere near the produce section of almost any grocery store. Health food stores and occasionally gas stations will have it also. Amazon sells cases of Kombucha online such as Health-Ade Kombucha, Organic Ginger-Lemon, a Bubbly Probiotic Tea 16oz (12 pack). Amazon offers delivery thru Whole Foods Market if you’re in a qualifying area. They also offer a tea packet option by a popular brand Yogi Tea – Green Tea Kombucha which is a great buy! I see myself purchasing this in the near future after being on day ??? of quarantine.
Kombucha can also be made at home! There are plenty of recipes on the web and YouTube How-To’s. I found the one below to be very informative and simple to follow. If you want to add flavor, there is a part two on YouTube.
What Are The Benefits?
- Great source of probiotics to improve or maintain good bacteria, “gut health”
- Improves digestion
- Full of antioxidants
- Weight loss when Kombucha is green tea based
- An antibacterial, suppressing the growth of infection-causing bacteria and Candida Yeast
- Improves (Bad) LDL Cholesterol and (Good) HDL Cholesterol Levels
- Reduces and controls blood sugar levels when Kombucha is green tea based
- Prevents cancerous cell growth and gene mutation with tea polyphenols and antioxidants
Polyphenols: Micronutrients naturally found in plants. They are reducing agents, and together with other dietary reducing agents, such as vitamin C, vitamin E and carotenoids, referred to as antioxidants, protect the body’s tissues against oxidative stress and associated pathologies such as cancers, coronary heart disease and inflammation.
The ability of kombucha to reduce the blood glucose level could also be attributed to its ability to modulate the immune system, leading to the decrease of β-cell damages.
Several recent studies have provided ample support for the strong candidacy of kombucha for application as an antioxidant agent for the alleviation of oxidative stress and free radicals as well as the enhancement of enzymatic defenses.Aloulou, et al.
I swear I could write about Kombucha all day. There are so many resources on the internet! New brewing companies are popping up across the country. Clinical studies are learning the benefits of Kombucha. It even has therapeutic potential in future supplements to treat and prevent different illnesses and diseases such as diabetes. I’ve supplied a link for the study quoted above on this post here.
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Have you tried Kombucha Tea? What were your thoughts of the taste? Did you notice any differences in how you felt afterwards or any benefits from drinking it? I’d love to hear your experiences in the comment section. And please don’t forget to follow for more great info in future posts!