What’s the deal with kombucha?
Have you recently walked into a health food store (or even Shopper’s Drug Mart) and come across the expensive beverage called kombucha? Maybe you are wondering what all the fuss is about this drink? I mean, who spends $8-9 on a 750ml bottle (unless it’s a bottle of wine?)! Well, if you were able to read my previous article, I decided to make my own kombucha and see what exactly the rage around kombucha is all about!
So what exactly is the deal with kombucha?
Kombucha is a fermented beverage made using tea, water, natural flavourings and a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast). This SCOBY is basically a little farm of healthy yeast and bacteria which are cultured in tea producing more little yeasts and bacterium in the tea which you can then drink. They are produced through the process of fermentation (similar to how yogurt, kefir, sourkraut, kimchi and other fermented foods are made).
Now, maybe you are wondering why anyone would want to drink yeast and bacteria? Well, our bodies actually need healthy yeasts and bacteria for several important reasons. Our bodies actually need healthy bacteria and yeasts in good amounts to support your digestion, immune system, skin health and more! If you don’t have enough of these health bacteria and yeasts you might find yourself with skin issues (such as eczema, acne), regular bouts of colds, flus and other illnesses and digestive problems such as bloating, gas and heartburn.
You might be familiar with the concept of taking healthy bacteria and yeasts in the form of probiotics. Kombucha is essentially one form of probiotic which makes kombucha a great option. Kombucha is able to provide you with these healthy bacterium and yeasts in a easy and delicious way….plus, when you make it yourself it is incredibly cheap!
The benefits of probiotic foods/drinks include:
- clearer skin
- more energy
- improved digestive health
- healing from digestive issues such as leaky gut
- a stronger immune system
- better smelling breath
- overall less inflammation in your body
You might want to consider adding probiotics (or kombucha!) into your diet if you:
- are or were recently on antibiotics (antibiotics kills all the good and bad bacteria)
- suffer from digestive issues (bloating, gas, indigestion, heartburn)
- suffer from candidiasis or yeast infections (candida is a yeast that can become problematic if there is too much or it or too little of other good yeasts and bacteria)
- struggle with recurrent colds and flus
- have bad breath
- suffer from skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis or acne
disclaimer: none of the information above is intended to diagnose, treat or prevent disease. The information is for learning purposes only.