What is Kombucha?

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what is kombuchaKombucha is a bubbly drink that’s made with water, tea, and sugar, it can be bought at many health food stores or it can be made at home. When you decide to make kombucha at home you’ll need a SCOBY, also referred to as the mother, and some starter liquid to get your brew going. SCOBY is the abbreviation for Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria and Yeast. a SCOBY is a group of beneficial bacteria and yeast cells that use the sugar you’ve added to the tea as an energy source to metabolize the caffeine and other components in the tea. The health benefits of the tea you use will be greatly amplified by the fermentation process.  See how to make kombucha here.

 

THE ORIGINS OF KOMBUCHA

There are many stories of where kombucha originates from, some say from the Qin Dynasty (221 BC), China other’s believe that kombucha may be way older than that and that it originates from Ancient Egyptian healers even before the Qin Dynasty although evidence is lacking.   There are claims that some armies drank kombucha to energize them during battle. Who knows where it comes from, all I know is that in some miraculous way kombucha made its way from Asia and traveled via the Silk Road to Russia and to make a long story short it ended up in a jar on my kitchen counter and I have to add my gut is forever thankful for it!

 

DOES KOMBUCHA CONTAIN BACTERIA AND YEAST?

Yes, it does and if you haven’t heard it before you are also basically a group of bacteria and yeast cells walking around.. these cells outnumber your human cells 10 to 1!  99% of these bacteria and yeast cells are good guys and fight to keep your body healthy, why not feed them with live cultured food that will help fuel your immune system? Did you know that 80% of our immune system is situated in the gut!? That alone gave me good enough reason to start eating and drinking probiotic ferments. These good bacteria and yeasts are also known as probiotics and are well known to be good for our overall health and wellbeing.

 

KOMBUCHA A PROBIOTIC THAT’S FIZZY AND YOU CAN DRINK IT!

..it tastes good too…

One of the superhero probiotics present in Kombucha is better known as Saccharomyces boulardii or S. Boulardii and is a good probiotic yeast that is used in hospitals worldwide. Yes, our body needs the good yeasts to fight the bad yeasts and bacteria and in so doing it keeps our guts in balance. You don’t have to worry this yeast has nothing to do with Candida.
What makes this yeast so beneficial is the fact that it keeps toxins from binding to intestinal receptors and actually steals metabolites these toxins needs to survive. This means that many pathogens pass through the body because of the presence of S.Boulardii not giving the bad guys the slightest chance of survival.
Unfortunately, since S. Boulardii is a transient yeast which means that it passes through our intestines and is not present in our guts naturally. You can achieve a steady population of this beneficial yeast in the colon by consistently taking it for at least 3 days in a row; it will last about 2-5 days as the numbers will decline.
This fine, but powerful, yeast offers protection against pathogens and their toxins and encourages regeneration and enzymatic function of mucosal cells. This means that it stimulates good digestion. If you wondered about the mucosal cells, they are found in your whole intestinal tract from your mouth almost right through to your anus.

 

OTHER HEALTH BENEFITS OF KOMBUCHA

Kombucha contains Glucoronic acid, which helps with the liver’s detoxification process. The acid binds with toxins and transforms them making it easier for the kidneys to eliminate.

Kombucha contains acetic acid, which helps with stabilizing blood sugar and contains a pain reliever and anti-arthritic compounds which means it helps to get rid of those arthritic toxins in the joints that cause pain and inflammation.

kombucha may help the kidneys to get rid of environmental pollutants. Kombucha has been used to prevent the kidneys from forming kidney stones by helping to remove toxins from the body.

Kombucha contains acetic acid, which helps with stabilizing blood sugar and contains a pain reliever and anti-arthritic compounds which means it helps to get rid of those arthritic toxins in the joints that cause pain and inflammation.

Kombucha may be beneficial for the heart, weight, and cholesterol and blood glucose.

Kombucha contains Glucoronic acid, which helps with the liver’s detoxification process. The acid binds with toxins and transforms them making it easier for the kidneys to eliminate.

Kombucha may help the kidneys to get rid of environmental pollutants. Kombucha has been used to prevent the kidneys from forming kidney stones by helping to remove toxins from the body.

 

A pearl of wisdom my grandfather passed down to me is that the body is engineered to heal itself together with the quote of Hippocrates: “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” gives me all the motivation to prepare these foods and drinks for my family.  It keeps us healthy. I can only say that I am happy that in this day and age we’ve found ways to eat ourselves healthy with things like Fermented Food and probiotic beverages! Let me know what your take is on this?

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