What is Kombucha and Is It Healthy?
Kombucha is one of those foods you either love and swear by, or it sounds so freakishly strange you rather just avoid it. Or maybe you honestly have no idea what it is. I’ve been geeking on it recently so I decided to share one of my go-to nutrition tips.
So, what is Kombucha exactly?
Kombucha is an ancient Chinese medicine drink. It’s made with caffeinated tea (green or black usually), sugar, and SCOBY or symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. SCOBY is this really weird ‘booger-looking’ thing placed inside the tea. The bacteria and the yeast feed on the caffeine and sugar to create the fizzy tea.
[Don’t worry, the SCOBY is removed before it’s bottled so unless you make your own you won’t even see it.]
What are the health benefits of Kombucha?
Kombucha is known to have a bunch of health benefits.
The unique one: probiotics
This health benefit comes from the fermentation process the tea undergoes to create millions of healthy, living bacteria, or probiotics. Probiotics and the gut microbiome are a hot topic in the medical research world.
The bacteria in our gut have been shown to regulate our moods, weight status, immune systems and much more. It controls so much of our bodies that it’s considered our second brain. That’s a big deal that deserves more of our attention.
How can you drink and use Kombucha?
Kombucha and other probiotic foods (Kimchi, sauerkraut, yogurt, kefir) are an excellent source of probiotics.
Although it’s important to maintain a healthy gut on a daily basis, it’s a good idea to prioritize probiotics foods when you’re sick, especially when you're taking antibiotics or have a bad case of the runs. It’ll give your immune system that added ‘whoop ass’ to kick out that bug. (4)
Kombucha is my ‘go to’ probiotic food because it’s convenient and delicious! It’s easier than scarfing down several spoonfuls of sauerkraut every day.
Yogurts is always an easy option for probiotics, so adding it to your smoothies or having one as a snack is a good idea.
The fermentation process of kombucha makes the tea fizzy, similar to carbonated beverages, making it a great alternative for soda. I like my kombucha chilled in a glass or added to my smoothies.
My go to brand: Health-Ade Kombucha
I'd love to know your 'go-to brand and different ways you enjoy kombucha!
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The micro home is a really interesting topic that I hope to cover more of in the future. But till then, here are some great reads to skimm.
Some of My Best Friends Are Germs by Michael Pollen