Kombucha is a beverage that originated in the Far East for around 2000 years ago. Chinese people call it “Immortal Health Elixir” and for a good reason because kombucha is a drink that provides tremendous health benefits.
Practically speaking, kombucha is a fermented drink of black tea and sugar (rarely it is made with green tea).It contains a colony of yeast and bacteria, known as a “SCOBY”, that are responsible for the fermentation process. After being fermented, this beverage becomes carbonated and contains B-vitamins, vinegar, probiotics, enzymes and a high level of acid (lactic, acetic and gluconic). In the additional text you will see why is important to drink kombucha every day.
Health Benefits of Kombucha
Kombucha is excellent at supporting the body in different ways. It is shown that kombucha can be very efficient in health care and recovery as a result of four main properties: anti-oxidation, energizing potencies, detoxification and promotion of boosting immunity. Here are some of the health benefits of kombucha:
1. Natural Detoxification
Kombucha’s detoxifying capacity is enormous. An excellent example is in its ability to prevent liver cell toxicity. This is due to its antioxidant activity and may be helpful against liver diseases.
Kombucha supports digestion due to its high levels of probiotics, enzymes and beneficial acid.
According to some research kombucha has the ability to prevent and also heal stomach ulcers and leaky gut.
Kombucha is also a great way to heal candida because it has live probiotic cultures. Kombucha does contain bacteria, but these are beneficial (called “apathogens”).
Kombucha can invigorate people because of the iron derived from the black with the fermentation process. Through a process called chelation, the iron boosts blood hemoglobin and improves oxygen supply to tissues. This stimulates the energy-producing process.
So, by regularly drinking kombucha your body will create more energy.
4. Immune Health
Kombucha contains one powerful antioxidant known as D-saccharic acid-1,4-lactone (DSL), that is not found in unfermented teas. Scientists suggest that DSL and C-vitamin in kombucha are its main tools in protecting against inflammatory disease, cell damage, tumors and depression of the immune system. Plus, the probiotics in kombucha also support the immune system.
5. Reduced Joint Pain
Kombucha can help prevent, heal and repair joint damage. It is loaded with glucosamines, which stimulate the production of synovial hyaluronic acid. This supports the storage of collagen and relieves arthritic pain. Along with that kombucha reduces the formation of wrinkles.
6. Cancer Prevention
One study published in Cancer Letters reveals that consuming glucaric acid that is found in kombucha may reduce the risk of developing cancer.
President Reagan drank kombucha every day as part of his stomach cancer treatment.
7. Weight Loss
Kombucha improves metabolism and reduces fat accumulation. It makes sense that kombucha might support weight loss since it contains acetic acid (like apple cider vinegar does) and polyphenols, which are confirmed to aid weight loss.
Make Kombucha at Home
You can easily make kombucha by yourself, because it can be a little bit expensive to buy it from stores almost every day.
Here is a simple recipe that will make about 8 cups of kombucha. But if you want, you can double the recipe and you will need just one more SCOBY disk.
You will need:
• 1 large glass jar or bowl with a wide opening so a lot of oxygen can reach the kombucha during the fermentation
• 1 dish towel or a large piece of cloth to put around the opening of the jar.
• 1 SCOBY disk. You can purchase a “SCOBY” disk in health food stores or online and it doesn’t cost much at all.
• 8 cups of water. Some people prefer using distilled water but tap water is also ok.
• 1/2 cup of organic cane sugar. Some people say that it is not good to substitute cane sugar with honey or stevia, but on the other hand, there cases when people successfully made kombucha with raw honey.
• 4 bags of black tea (preferably organic).
• 1 cup pre-made kombucha. You can buy it or use from some previous kombucha that you or someone you know made.
1. In a big pot, bring the water to boil. Once boiling, turn off the heat and add the sugar and teabags. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
2. Leave it for around 15 minutes, then remove the tea bags.
3. When the mixture is cooled, pour it in your big jar. Drop in the SCOBY disk and the pre-made kombucha.
4. Cover the jar with the kitchen towel or whatever you use, and wrap it with some sort of tie to the jar.
5. Let the kombucha sit for 8–10 days depending on what flavor you desire. With longer sitting kombucha ferments longer and has a stronger taste. Some people got great results by fermenting kombucha for up to month. You can taste it every couple of days and see if it’s reached the taste and carbonation level you’re looking for.