Is there anything that kombucha can’t fix? Some of the favorite cure-alls: from a sour stomach, headache to a lull in energy and chronic skin conditions. Many think that kombucha is the answer. Sounds crazy at first, but the nutritional breakdown of this bubbly fermented drink more than validates our position.
If kombucha has yet to make it into your vernacular, here’s a quick 101: kombucha is a lightly effervescent beverage that is made through the fermentation process, much like hard cider, kefir or kvass. It is produced by fermenting tea, typically black or green, using a colony of bacteria and yeast called a “scoby.” The fermentation of the bacteria creates a drink that is naturally rich in healthy, beneficial probiotics, antioxidants, organic acids (acetic acids) and nutrients such as B vitamins.
Having been consumed for thousands of years, it is a traditional drink that has been used in countless cultures to help improve health. In particular, it has been shown to boost immunity, raise energy levels and support digestion. Here’s the breakdown on kombucha benefits and how this fizzy drink can change your health…
Let’s try some: There are many brands of kombucha to choose from, but remember, not all offer benefits to your health. It is imperative that you purchase a brand that is 100% raw and unpasteurized, as the pasteurization process kills the beneficial bacteria. Second, pick a bottle that’s dark. The bacteria in the kombucha is very sensitive to light, so it likes to be protected by a dark bottle.
Next, look for brands that only use organic sugar: since kombucha must use sugar for the fermentation process, we only want organic sugar to be used – non-organic has the potential to be genetically modified.
Start Now: Drinking kombucha for your first time can be a bit surprising. It has a taste similar to a fermented red wine, which can take some time to get used to. Your taste buds will adapt. To reap its benefits, it is suggested to drink a bottle a day. At the Healing Place Medfield we usually drink about 6 ounces of homemade kombucha tea. It can be consumed straight up on an empty stomach, or you can add it to salad dressing or add it to a beverage.
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