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Last Updated on May 7, 2015
I’ve had an on and off love affair with the potent vinegary brew for years. Right now, it’s a Kombucha love fest and I’ve been drinking a glass every day. I had no idea that in addition to it tasting amazing, that there were many Kombucha tea health benefits I had been reaping also. I figured it was time to cultivate my own scoby and save a ton of money (you pay $1.30 a gallon versus $32 gallon) and boned up my skills in this course.
Before I go into details, let’s first talk about what is Kombucha.
Kombucha is a naturally carbonated, fermented black tea that originated in China and has been enjoyed there for thousands of years. And now, kombucha is finally getting the attention it deserves from our Western culture for its many health benefits. Kombucha is just plain good for us. Basically there is a positive chain reaction started with its fermentation that creates natural probiotics in our system. These are just some of the health benefits you can experience by drinking kombucha tea on a regular basis.
Kombucha increases immunity
As you know from reading my blog, fermented foods are great for our gut, especially in our modern age of over-indulgence of antibiotics. Fermented foods utilize live bacteria and yeast to encourage beneficial bacteria growth in our gut, which is the epicenter of our immune system. Due to the high concentration of probiotics created by its natural fermentation, kombucha builds up our immune system. It is also very rich in antioxidants, which further improve immune function. Since arthritis is an immune disorder, the pain it causes can be greatly lessened by drinking kombucha tea.
Kombucha increases detoxification
Our bodies require a sufficient amount of probiotics and enzymes to detoxify correctly. Since kombucha is chocked full of both probiotics and enzymes, it is a great way to ensure our body is quickly and completely detoxifying. Kombucha is also known to support liver function when taken regularly, which offers even more detoxification.
Kombucha provides vitamin B and enzymes
Both vitamin B and enzymes are vital for the utilization of carbohydrates, as well as having a healthy heart, skin, nails and hair. Kombucha’s high concentration of vitamin B also makes it a natural way to help decrease depression, anxiety and stress and boost memory. Vitamin B also breaks down and flushes extra estrogens from the body, which reduces the severity of PMS symptoms. The many enzymes found in kombucha increases the body’s metabolic functioning, providing better overall health.
Kombucha provides natural energy
In addition to kombucha’s high supply of Vitamin B, it also helps naturally increase energy levels by assisting in the body’s detoxification. When the body has fewer toxins, it works more effectively, which allows for more energy to be available.
What’s not to love about kombucha tea? In addition to all of these health benefits, it just tastes great!
You can find pre-made kombusha in any health food store, but you can also make it yourself for a lot less. The process is simple, though great care must be taken to ensure it is made correctly so as to avoid toxicity.
Homemade kombucha can cause bodily harm, and in some instances, even death, if it becomes contaminated by improper preparation. It has also been known to be dangerous when it negatively interacts with alcohol or prescription drugs. Care should also be taken when there is a pre-existing condition and/or a great quantity is taken. Kombucha is sometimes used as a topical analgesic, but if prepared or stored incorrectly, has provided a medium for the growth of pathogenic microorganisms which cause serious infections.
If you are interested in making your own homemade kombucha, I highly recommend you take the Fearless Fermentation course. It takes you step-by-step through the process of growing and caring for your kombucha. The videos and guides show you what to look out for when brewing this amazing tea at home as well as tips on how to flavor your kombucha (chia kombucha anyone)!