Most people have heard about Kombucha and its fermented tea blends. You might have even seen the colorful bottles in your local grocery fridge section. Still, many people aren’t aware of just how many health and immunity benefits this delicious elixer contains.
Some believe it’s a trendy beverage, but there’s way more than hype to be had when you add Kombucha to your daily diet.
Kombucha has been around for thousands of years. The effervescent drink originated in China and eventually traveled to other countries. It’s a home remedy that quickly expanded into a thriving world market.
A wide range of scientific evidence proves that drinking Kombucha provides probiotics, antioxidants, B vitamins and much more.
Understanding How Kombucha is Made
While there are several approaches to brewing this fermented drink, some basic principles apply.
According to WebMD, “The basic ingredients in kombucha are yeast, sugar and black tea. The mix is set aside for a week or more. During that time, bacteria and acids form in the drink, as well as a small amount of alcohol.”
This is how the fermentation process is performed, and similarly to kimchi and other fermented foods, Kombucha needs time before it’s ready for consumption.
Kombucha is also known for SCOBY, which is a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. When Kombucha is made, there is a film that forms at the top. This is the SCOBY.
In many ways, SCOBY is the base for Kombucha making, and there are plenty of recipes on how to make a successful SCOBY film. It may not look the most appetizing, but it gets the job done.
The Health Benefits of Drinking Kombucha
According to Healthline, Kombucha has several colonies of acetic acid and lactic-acid bacteria with the potential to increase probiotic health. Its potential for helping gut health extends beyond reducing bloating and constipation. It can even generate enough microbiomes to help those suffering from COVID-19.
It’s also a great detox for the body when experiencing symptoms of inflammatory disease or flare-up from diseases such as Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Irritable Bowel Disease and more.
Kombucha’s organic acids can also aid in stabilizing blood sugar. Studies have shown that it can slow the digestion of carbs and therefore decrease blood sugar level. This can be extremely beneficial for the 300 million people that experience type 2 diabetes.
Various Ways Kombucha is Made
Since its initial rise to popularity in the United States and other countries, the way people make Kombucha has become more creative.
Kombucha flavors now come in a variety of flavors and combinations. Lately, it’s been used as a mixer for cocktails as a flavored seltzer alternative.
Due to the fermenting process, most kombucha has trace amounts of alcohol but not enough to constitute a legally-alcoholic beverage. However, some have taken the liberty of increasing the fermentation time, giving so-called “hard kombucha” more of a kick.
Still, “hard kombucha” won’t get someone buzzed unless combined with another alcoholic beverage. Just like with most alcoholic drinks, this combination won’t yield the same health benefits if combined with liquor.
There are even companies like Kombrewcha that deliver alcoholic kombucha to your door, which is definitely social distancing friendly. With 4.4% alcohol, their canned kombucha packs a very mild punch.
People even make kombucha smoothies that are a great combination of beneficial acids and vitamins. Brew Dr. has some simple yet delicious recipes for people to try. Plus, their raw kombucha can be found in stores across the United States.
Strawberry Basil Smoothie
- 1 cup strawberries
- 1 frozen banana
- ⅓ cup Brew Dr. Strawberry Basil Kombucha
- ¼ cup coconut milk
- 1 tsp hemp seeds
The Future of Kombucha
Handmade kombucha, often available on tap. Each is dedicated to developing research on the benefits of kombucha while trying to push the limits of these fermented beverages.
Many traditional breweries are beginning to offer kombucha. “Hard” and “soft” Kombucha keg distributors is growing, as is in-store selection around the globe. It may be the ideal time to add Kombucha to your grocery list and see what benefits it brings to you.