May 18, 2014|
Kombucha: What’s it all about?
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Now, I want to talk about a drink that I’m really into lately. No, not a drink-drink that makes you drunk, but a probiotic drink! The tipsy part…we can get into that later. I’m talking about Kombucha! I’m sure you’ve heard about it especially since we’re all active members of the health and fitness world.
What is Kombucha?
It’s a fermented drink that is created by mixing together tea, sugar, bacteria, and yeast. It’s made by adding the colony of bacteria and yeast to sugar and tea and allowing it time to ferment. You end up with a liquid that contains vinegar as well as B vitamins.
It actually can be made at home pretty easily. All you have to do is get a “mother” culture that kind of looks like a big, flat, gelatinous pancake. This thing is called a SCOBY or a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast.
Then you combine it with tea (usually green or black tea) that’s been mixed with sugar. The sugar is what the bacteria will feed off of. Then you let it sit for about 10 days. While it brews, a thin layer of bacteria will form on top. When fermentation is complete, the new SCOBY can be scooped out and used to start other Kombucha brews, leaving the vinegary beverage below ready to drink! You’ve just got to be careful as it is easy to get the SCOBY contaminated.
My mom actually has one of these SCOBY babies at home sitting on top of the refrigerator in a jar! She was doing this way before Kombucha was “in”. Haha, funny. I should tell mommy that she’s so organic and hip!
Why is it so popular?
First you should know that Kombucha is not new. The tea dates back to 2,000 years ago in Ancient China where it was consumed as a magical elixir and thought to grant immortality! They also drank it to remedy inflammation, arthritis, and even to battle cancer. Nowadays, Kombucha lovers use it as a naturopathic remedy for anything from acne prevention, to improving the immune system, to improving liver function. These claims have not been scientifically proven so there is some skepticism to whether or not it actually works. (Especially the immortality bit…haha)
What REALLY are it’s health benefits?
Fermented food like sauerkraut, kefir, kimchi, and yogurt are rich in healthy bacteria that are naturally found in our intestines. The purpose of these microorganisms is to help us digest (some foods cannot be broken down without them) and also to strengthen our immune system. They also end up providing us with some nutrients during the process.
Research has shown that consuming probiotics promotes a healthy gut. So if you have irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea or other food allergies, this may be a great thing to try.
Also, Kombucha is also a perfect non-dairy alternative for people looking to ingest more probiotics without consuming animal products.
What do I think about Kombucha?
What I know about my own body is that when I have a healthy gut, and when things are moving, I feel better and much more energetic. Once after my bikini competition 2 years ago, I was so overloaded on protein that my body just wasn’t functioning so well anymore. My doctor actually told me to go to Whole Foods and buy some probiotics to drink! It did indeed help.
Some say the taste may take some getting used to, but honestly, I think it tatses kind of like a fizzy unsweetened apple cider vinegar! It’s actually quite good. It gives me the sensation of drinking soda without all the sugar and all the calories. A bottle like the one below from Clearly Kombucha has 25 calories and only 5g of sugar.
Funny story: One time I had a pretty fermented glass of Kombucha at Cafe Gratitude (the first time I ever had Kombucha) and got kind of tipsy! I even turned red and got hot! But keep in mind that I never drink, am super lightweight, and that most people do not have this unusual reaction. I am actually allergic to alcohol and one time went blind for like 5 min after trying some vodka mixed with coke. It was really scary. So my friends don’t pressure me to drink. And they shouldn’t pressure you either! Now my go-to drink at parties or get togethers is a mix of sparkling water and cranberry juice. Yum!
What do you think about Kombucha? Do you drink it? Do you like it? For those of you who are curious to try some, I recommend Clearly Kombucha. So far it’s the only one I’ve tried that doesn’t taste all alcohol-y. You can get it at your local grocery store or on Amazon here. My friends over at Clearly are extending a super awesome coupon code just for POPsters who want to try it. By the way, my fave flavor is Chai Cola.
Use code at checkout and you will get “RNSCNYAG” at checkout and you will get 40% off a case of Kombucha! Get it here.
Hope you enjoyed this post on Kombucha and it’s health benefits. Let me know if you end up trying some and what you think!
Much love and have an AH-MAY-ZING start to your week!!