Kombucha 101

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If you are on social media, read magazines or have trendy friends, then you’ve probably heard the word ‘Kombucha’ being thrown around. Is it a foreign food? A recreational activity? Nope— It’s a tea! More specifically, Kombucha is a combination of tea, sugar and bacteria.

What is it?

You did read that correctly. Kombucha [kawm-boo-cha] is a fermented tea made with black tea, sugar from various sources (including cane sugar, fruit or honey) and a bacteria which acts as a probiotic for your body.

Is it new?

Quite the opposite. Kombucha has been around for more than 2,000 years, originating in the Far East region. More recently, the knowledge has spread to North America and businesses have capitalized on marketing this drink. Hence why you’re seeing it everywhere recently.

How is it made?

Kombucha is a fermented beverage. To ferment the sugar-tea solution, a bacteria and yeast colony called ‘scoby’ is added. This initiates the fermenting process which allows the Kombucha to become naturally carbonated and contain beneficial acids and vitamins.

How does it help my health?

Once fermented, Kombucha contains vinegar, B vitamins, enzymes, probiotics and a high concentration of acetic, gluconic and lactic acid. These all contribute to some of the following effects:

  • Improved Digestion
  • Weight Loss
  • Increased Energy
  • Cleansing and Detoxification
  • Immune Support
  • Reduced Joint Pain
  • Cancer Prevention
Where is it sold?

You can buy Kombucha at most grocery stores like Target, Walmart, Whole Foods and a variety of cafés and breweries. Be cautious because a fermented beverage means that it has a slight alcohol content. Some companies take this out, others leave it in. So depending on the brand you may need to show ID. Hello healthy buzz!

Brands to Try:
  • Synergy
  • Kombrewcha
  • Yogi
  • Kevita Master Brew
  • GT’s Enlightened Organic Raw

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