Many people may not have heard of Kombucha before, but this beverage is the latest organic drink to take health conscious eating by storm. In fact, despite its recent rise as a popular health drink, Kombucha has been around for thousands of years and the names it has gathered along the way suggest there is some benefit to adding it to your daily diet. The drink is made by fermenting tea and sugar with a culture, making its health benefits many and varied.
How Kombucha is made?
Kombucha is made by fermenting green or black tea along with sugar and a Kombucha culture. The culture is called a “symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast,” or ‘SCOBY’ and the resulting drink after fermentation can be described as tasting like sparkling apple cider or champagne depending on the type of tea used. A Kombucha culture looks like a beige rubbery pancake and its qualities turn sweet tea into a drink that is full of health-improving organic acids, enzymes, vitamins and minerals.
What are the Benefits of Kombucha?
Described as the “Tea of Immortality” during Tsin Dynasty in China, Kombucha has also been referred to by different cultures as “the immortal health elixir”, suggesting its benefits are genuine and real. Benefits of drinking Kombucha include assisting our body’s digestive system, detoxification, improved energy, immune health and joint care. The drink has also undergone various tests and studies that have shown it to have antiviral, antibiotic and anti fungal properties.
Many people who have been using Kombucha over a long period of time report benefits such as improved energy levels and relief of chronic fatigue, digestive problems, allergies plus many more. The key to the drinks’ many and varied health properties seems to lie in the sheer number of good bacteria found in it. This unique mix includes everything from pro-biotics, anti-oxidants, vitamins and glucosamine. In addition, the beverage can also be easily made at home although great care should be taken to avoid contamination.
As if that wasn’t enough, this amazing organic drink has also been found to improve your metabolism and limit the accumulation of fat, thereby assisting with weight loss. Studies have suggested that consuming the glucaric acid found in the drink could also help to reduce the risk of cancer in humans or help recovering patients. In some parts of the world, this unique organic drink is also used externally to treat skin problems or as a hair wash solution.
With the health benefits mentioned above proof of how regular consumption can improve our health, Kombucha is the latest organic drink sensation for good reason and well worth a try!