By Seth M., Expanded Consciousness
Kombucha is a word that is often met with confusion and a puzzled look. Not a lot of people know what Kombucha is or why people are drinking it in the first place. My first experience with the fermented tea drink was in high school when my girlfriend’s mom offered me a bottle of Kombucha that she had made herself.
It wouldn’t be long until retail versions of the tea I had drank started making their way onto store shelves everywhere. Sure, the tea had tasted pretty good, even if it had weird floaties in it, but I wasn’t sure why the drink had become so popular and readily available in such a short amount of time.
That’s because, at the time, I had no idea just how good the stuff was for you.
What is it?
Kombucha is actually the word used to describe a specific culture (which looks like a mushroom). Kombucha tea is a ‘living drink’ that is made via a fermentation process involving sugar and the kombucha culture. When this tea is brewed correctly, it often tastes like a refreshing mix of apple cider and champagne.
The first ever recorded usage of Kombucha tea dates back to 211 B.C. in China, where it gained the title: “The Tea of Immortality.”
The Kombucha Culture
The kombucha culture is a ‘scoby,’ which is actually an acronym that means ‘Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast,’ and they’re used as the breeding ground for the bacteria and yeast that eventually transform into the tea drink into the tangy, fermented version that we end up drinking.
Putting the culture into a sweetened black or green tea is how it starts. As the culture digests the sugars of the tea it produces a plethora of healthy organic acids, including glucuronic acid, gluconic acid, lactic acid, acetic acid, butyric acid, malic acid, and usnic acid, as well vitamins like B vitamins and vitamin C, and finally, amino acids and enzymes.
One of the best parts is that, because the sugar in the tea gets digested by the culture, it tastes sweet without having any of the unwanted sugar.
Why you should drink it
Because of the way Kombucha tea is brewed, it comes ripe with a number of health benefits. Its probiotics help maintain our stomach health, it inhibits candida overgrowth, promotes the absorption of nutrients, fights inflammation, helps boost clarity of the mind, stabilizes mood and has inherent detoxifying properties.
You can make your own or go down to the store and grab a bottle right now! Either way, you’re doing yourself a favor!