Kombucha health benefits

Date Posted:20 August 2017 


If you haven’t already jumped on the kombucha train, there’s still time! We are absolutely in love with kombucha. Let’s look at a few reasons why.

 

What is it?

Kombucha (pronounced Kom-bu-cha) is a natural drink made from fermented black or green tea. The tea is brewed along with sugar and the very important SCOBY culture (Symbiotic Culture of Yeast and Bacteria). If you have never seen a SCOBY before, they kind of look of like those chicken filet sticky bras, which sounds gross, but they are a little power house of GOOD bacteria and GOOD yeast. The drink is left to sit from anywhere between 7-21 days, during which the beneficial microbes feast on the sugar and grow in number. As a result, the end product contains very little to no sugar.

 

What is it good for?

Fermented herbs and foods and good for your gut, because they contain lots of friendly bacteria. Bacteria in your gut are what help to make your digestive enzymes, which are responsible for breaking down and absorbing your food. The result of better digestion and gut health is reduced bloating following a meal, reduced constipation and/or diarrhoea (loose water stools are usually an indication of bacterial imbalance), increased energy, clearer skin… the list goes on. Basically, if you have a healthy gut, many other areas of your health will be positively affected.

 

How much should you drink daily?

While there really is no rule, if you have never consumed fermented foods before, and you are prone to digestive symptoms such as bloating and flatulence, it is best to start off slow, as too many bacteria if you’re not used to it can make you slightly windy. Most flavoured kombucha's sold in small bottles are diluted, so you can drink them as you would a can of soft drink for example.  You can also buy concentrated kombucha in larger bottles, in which case between 20-60ml daily is enough. If you choose to drink it this way, enjoying it as a shot in the morning will help to cleanse your system and give your digestion a kick start for the day.

 

Who should drink kombucha?

The short answer is, anyone! The long answer is:

  1. Anyone with digestive issues (IBS, constipation, bloating – just make sure you start off slow).
  2. Anyone considering a detox (spring is right around the corner!)
  3. Anyone looking for a vegan friendly source of probiotics, which are dairy and cruelty free.
  4. Anyone wanting to boost their health naturally

 

OUR RECOMMENDATION

We highly recommend Grateful Harvest Fermented Organic Kombucha, which differs from commercially available drinks and home brews in that fermentation is undertaken over 4- 6 months with the resulting high grade kombucha having no sugar or unwanted yeasts etc. Ingredients used in Grateful Harvest Organic Kombucha include water, organic black tea, organic sugar and active culture. Where did the sugar go? The yeast ate it! Fermented Kombucha is also vegan and paleo friendly. Grateful Harvest specialises in organic fermented herbs, including Organic Milk Thistle, Organic Oregano, Organic Tulsi and Organic Turmeric.

 

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