You’ve probably heard about it online through health experts, or maybe you have seen it in the refrigerated health drinks section of the grocery store. What is it we’re referring to? Kombucha. The drink that everyone is talking about but few really understand. Did you know that adding this beverage into your life is bound to build up your immune system to where it needs to be for a healthy lifestyle? This benefit is because at least 80% of your immune system resides in your gut and kombucha is full of nutrients that are vital for your gut.
What is Kombucha?
Kombucha has its beginning in the Far East starting about 2,000 years ago. It is made by combining black tea and sugar, whether it be honey, cane sugar, or sugar from fruit. The sweet tea substance is then fermented with a SCOBY, which stands for symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. kombucha then becomes carbonated and filled with a variety of nutrients necessary for your health, listed here:
- B Vitamins
- Acid in great concentration
All that in a delicious beverage? Well, kombucha sounds excellent and scientific, but it’s essential to know precisely what these substances in kombucha do for your health.
What are the Health Benefits of Kombucha?
There are so many health benefits to drinking kombucha that it could fill blog after blog. Here are a few ways that kombucha can help your body:
Kombucha Combats Infection
Kombucha is created through a fermentation process which gives it an incredible amount of probiotics. Probiotics, a good form of bacteria, are vital to your gut health. These good bacteria combat infection and sickness by coating your digestive system, which in turn builds your immune system. Kombucha truly is the Immortal Health Elixir as the Chinese refer to it.
Kombucha Lowers Inflammation
A lot of the foods we eat are processed and full of chemicals which can cause bodily inflammation. At the core of most diseases, there is inflammation. Kombucha contains very effective antioxidants which reduces inflammation and help with detoxing your body. The antioxidants within kombucha lower the oxidative stress which in turn leads to healing damaged cells. It’s even believed that this process reduces some kinds of cancer.
Kombucha Brings Balance
Your gut can be a war zone of candida yeast that often overpopulates and causes health issues. The probiotics within kombucha combat yeast and instead populate your gut with good bacteria.
In addition to these reasons, kombucha provides benefits to your body by helping your mental health, your lungs, your liver, your heart, and complications from diabetes.
When is the Best Time to Drink Kombucha?
Indeed, there is no right answer to this question. If you want it to help with your digestion or weight loss, you can drink it before a meal. If you desire to get the most out of the healthy bacteria, you can drink it on an empty stomach. Some have said that the drink can be harsh on an empty stomach. Some people drink it before working out, while others drink it recreationally. The best time to drink this beverage is solely up to you and your purpose for drinking it.
How to Make Your Own Kombucha
Buying kombucha at the store can get expensive, so if you want to try a homemade version, follow these steps:
First, you’ll need the following:
- 1 Scoby disk
- 8 cups of water
- ½ cups of organic honey
- 1 cup of pre-made kombucha (organic and unpasteurized)
- A large glass jar with a wide opening
- A thin dishtowel
- 4 black or green tea bags
Next, make it:
- Boil the water, remove from heat, then add in your tea bags and sugar until sugar dissolves.
- Let the tea bags steep for 15 minutes, then remove.
- Cool the tea for about an hour, then transfer it to the jar and add in the SCOBY disk and premade kombucha
- Cover the jar with your dishcloth, making sure it’s tight. You can use something like a rubber band. It should be tight, but air should be able to get in through the towel.
- The kombucha now needs to sit for at least 7-10 days. The longer it sits, the greater the taste, but if you’re going for a less sour taste, then don’t let it sit as long. Sample it every few days to see if it’s to your liking.
- Once you’re satisfied, transfer the beverage to a glass bottle and refrigerate for 24 hours or more for the best carbonation.
- Your homemade kombucha is now ready to enjoy.
Where to Buy Kombucha
If you’d like to test out kombucha before trying to make your version, it is available at health food stores. Also, because of its growing popularity for obvious reasons which we’ve discussed, kombucha can be bought at a conventional grocery store as well. Just look for it in the health foods aisle.
What is the Kombucha Mother?
If you remember from the recipe for kombucha, it called for a SCOBY disk from a health foods store. That disk you use is called the SCOBY mother because as the beverage is fermenting, it creates a second disk, which is called the baby disk. You can keep this baby disk to make more kombucha in the future. Just place it with some of the drink in a glass jar at room temperature for a few weeks.
This drink is easy to find, easy to make, delicious, and so full of nutritional properties that it’s simply irresistible and worth all the hype you’ve probably heard. If you want to know more about this “elixir,” contact us here at Third River Health, and we’d love to tell you even more about the best kombucha out there.