Kombucha is a fermented drink made from bacteria and yeast mixed with black or green tea and sugar, which has numerous health benefits.
The sugary tea mix is turned into a kombucha with the help of a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast), a colony of live bacteria that looks a bit like a floating mushroom. This bacteria and yeast-fuelled fermentation process gives kombucha a slight vinegary smell and sour taste.
It may not sound like the most appealing of drinks but the resulting bubbly drink offers plenty of health benefits, including improved digestion and immune function. The fermentation process means that kombucha is packed with probiotics as well as B vitamins, enzymes, and organic acids.
Probiotics are good bacteria which line the digestive tract and support the immune system, as they absorb nutrients and fight infection and illness. Research has found consuming probiotics can help fight colds, lower cholesterol, and promotes a healthy gut, alleviating issues such as irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, and food allergies.
Although kombucha has become hugely popular today, the drink dates back 2,000 years to ancient China, where it was regularly consumed to remedy inflammatory ailments such as arthritis.
Kombucha can aid in natural detoxification. Gluconic acid, which is found in kombucha as well as in fruits and veggies, may bind to toxins to help expel them from the body.
Kombucha, like apple cider vinegar, is thought to increase metabolism when consumed before meals. The green tea and black tea varieties of kombucha are particularly effective by combining the antioxidant power of the tea and the symbiotic colony in the kombucha.
Kombucha is now widely available in health food stores and some cafes even serve the drink. That said, it is also simple to make yourself. The below video gives easy instructions on how to make it at home.
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