The fermented tea called kombucha is not a new concoction, but is gaining popularity with people who care about their health. You can find it in just about any health food store, plus many drug stores and supermarkets are starting to carry it. It is also very easy to make at home.
There’s a lot to like about this drink and here we’ll take a closer look – what is kombucha, why it’s good for you and how to make it.
What Is Kombucha
Kombucha is a type of probiotic drink, that closely resembles a tea. Probiotics are friendly bacteria similar to those naturally occurring in your body. They help keep your gut and digestive system healthy.
It is possible to create kombucha with many different flavors. But, it all begins with the same ingredients – a starter with bacteria and yeast (or SCOBY), tea, and sugar. During a roughly 1 week fermentation process the ingredients transform into a sparkling, vinegar tasting tea.
And if you want to try some kombucha before making it, there are plenty of ready made choices available (like these). Kombucha is available in many health food stores and some supermarkets. But like anything, it works out cheaper if you make it yourself.
Why Kombucha Is Good For You
One of the top reasons people like to drink kombucha tea is for health. The probitoics in kombucha are an excellent way to get the nutrients you need and help in many ways:
- form a healthy gut
- aid digestive problems and irritable bowel syndrome
- fight cold and flu
- lower your blood pressure and cholesterol
- relieve arthritic and joint pain
If you suffer from food allergies, having more natural probiotics can help with that as well. While there are supplement probiotics, a more natural option like kombucha is preferable to many.
How To Make Kombucha
If you become a fan of kombucha, it is easy to prepare at home. It definitely works out cheaper and you can flavor it to your own taste. One thing to note is there is no need to worry about the sugar or caffeine. These get used up during the fermentation process.