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What is Kombucha & what are its health benefits?


I don't know if it is just me, but recently I have been hearing so much about a drink called 'Kombucha', I had a vague idea about what it was (a fermented drink) but didn't know much else about it. Yesterday I decided to buy myself some by the brand 'Captain Kombucha' and finally do some research.


What is Kombucha?

Kombucha, which has been around for over 2,000 years, is a fermented drink made from bacteria and yeast mixed with black or green tea and sugar. The sugary tea turns into kombucha with the help of a SCOBY—a.k.a. "a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast"—which looks a bit like a floating mushroom. Except it's made of live bacteria. It's this bacteria and yeast-fueled fermentation process that sets kombucha apart from other drinks (and gives it that slightly off-putting vinegary smell when you sip). (womenshealthmag.com)

Kombucha is a probiotic beverage.


I did notice while drinking it that it did have a fizzy quirky taste (if this makes sense). To me it tasted like a Sprite with way less sugar, closer to sparkling water but with something to it.


Now let's go over the pros and cons of drinking Kombucha:


PROS:

- Fights cancer & helps to stop it's growth with *Gluaric acid

- Detoxifies the body with glucose acid and probiotics

- Strengthens immune system with anti-oxidants

- Promotes weight loss with *acetic acid and *polyphenols

- Eases joint pain and helps prevent arthritis

- Boosts energy with enzymes and B Vitamins

- Helps the digestive system with probiotics and leads to a healthier gut


CONS:

- Drinking too much can cause heartburn

- Stick to low-alcohol versions

- Making it wrong at home can cause more harm than good so make sure you are doing it correctly if you want to DIY.

- It can include a lot of sugar so be careful on the brand you choose.

- Since it is made from tea it can have caffeine in it



*Gluaric acid - Glutaric acid is naturally produced in the body during the metabolism of some amino acids, including lysine and tryptophan.


*Acetic acid - the acid that gives vinegar its characteristic taste. The pure acid is a colourless viscous liquid or glassy solid.


*Polyphenols - an antioxidant phytochemical (as chlorogenic acid) that tends to prevent or neutralize the damaging effects of free radicals.



Recommended brands of Kombucha with great reviews:

Captain Kombucha - https://amzn.to/2ORFqV3

Loving Foods - https://amzn.to/2Sfuaj8

Yogi Tea - https://amzn.to/2PRH4Cs

Equinox Kombucha - https://amzn.to/2OLmffr



Have you tried Kombucha? What is your favourite brand?


Vernita x


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