Originally posted by Brynn on rxnutrition.ca 12/3/14
Kombucha is a naturally fermented sweetened tea that dates back centuries and is full of amazing health benefits. The Ancient Chinese even called it the “Immortal Health Elixir“ and I will tell you why!
I love kombucha, not only for its health benefits but for the taste (though for some the vinegary taste may be something to get used to). It is becoming increasingly more popular and more easily available but buying it can expensive and it is sometimes filled with extra unwanted flavours and sweeteners. When a classmate offered me a SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony of Yeast and Bacteria) to make my own at home I couldn't pass up on the opportunity to learn how to make it.
To make Kombucha you just need strong black tea, sugar, and a SCOBY with Kombucha starter.
SCOBYs look about as gross as they sound! Kind of looks like a brain eh?
So why do I drink Kombucha every day and what are these health benefits?
#1 Aids Digestion and Gut Health
- My number one reason for drinking Kombucha is for the probiotics. Because it’s naturally fermented Kombucha is a highly probiotic beverage. Probiotics are important to intake daily as they improve digestion, aid in our immune function, and balance our intestinal bacteria.
- Another one of kombucha’s great health benefits is its ability to detox the body. It is rich in many of the enzymes and bacterial acids our body produces and uses to detox our systems.
#3: Boosts the Immune System
- As I mentioned in this post, the majority of our immune system is in our gut. Kombucha’s fermentation process encourages the growth of beneficial bacteria.
- Kombucha is also rich in antioxidants, which help to strengthen immunity.
#4: Rich in B Vitamins and Enzymes
- B vitamins are important for energy production, heart health, and healthy hair, skin, and nails. Adequate intake of B vitamins can reduce stress, anxiety and depression, and boost memory/cognitive function.
- Enzymes break down the foods that we eat so the nutrients can be more easily absorbed into the bloodstream. Most of us don’t get enough enzymes for many reasons including not eating enough raw food, low stomach acid, stress, inflammation, and disease.
Have you tried Kombucha? Try introducing it in your diet and let me know what you think!
Next up for me is trying to make flavoured Kombucha and experimenting with different types of teas!