What is Kombucha?
A Brief History
Kombucha originated in Northeast China (historically referred to as Manchuria) around 220 B.C. and was initially prized for its healing properties. Its name is reportedly derived from Dr. Kombu, a Korean physician who brought the fermented tea to Japan as a curative for Emperor Inkyo.
How is Kombucha Made?
Kombucha is made from fermented green or black tea. The fermentation process involves a number of microorganisms, including a variety of yeasts and bacteria. This produces probiotic drink is slightly effervescent with a mild sour or vinegar flavour.
During this process, bacteria and yeast form a mushroom-like film on the surface of the liquid. This is why kombucha is also known as “mushroom tea.”
This blob is a living symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast, or a SCOBY, and can be used to ferment new kombucha.
The fermentation process produces acetic acid (also found in vinegar) and several other acidic compounds, trace levels of alcohol and gases that make it carbonated
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Kombucha, Probiotics and Gut Health
The probiotics in kombucha can help your gut.
Because it’s fermented, kombucha is packed with probiotics aka good gut bacteria.
The gut microbiome is often called the forgotten organ but it’s really important to foster that health A healthy gut microbiome can help fend off issues like diarrhea and IBS and help your whole body function at its best.
Fermented foods may also improve the health of your intestinal cells, boost your immune function, and cut your risk of allergy and chronic disease.
In the Japanese language, kombucha actually refers to kelp tea
Antioxidants in Kombucha
The antioxidants in kombucha can help you stay healthy.
As with other teas, kombucha contains a slew of antioxidants and polyphenols.
These compounds support healthy cell function and help you stay healthy overall, but unlike our Kombucha, commercial brews may not supply as much.
Reduce your sugar intake with Kombucha
If you dry out the SCOBY used to make the drink, you would have a leather-like cloth called microbial cellulose.
Kombucha can help you cut back on sugary drinks.
Beverages are one of the largest source of added sugar in your diet. Replacing sports drinks, juice, and sweetened tea and coffee with kombucha could help you dial back. Starbucks Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte contains a shocking 28 grams of sugar!
Generally, you should sip a minimum of 8 cups of water and other unsweetened beverages a day. Drinking kombucha can also help you meet your hydration needs, as well as being packed with probiotics and antioxidants.