What is kombucha and why are people drinking it?

Kombucha has been around for over 2,000 years.  It is a fermented, probiotic, carbonated 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 SCOBY is a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. It’s a colony of microbes that turns sweetened tea into probiotic rick kombucha.  Also known as a “mother” or a “mushroom.”

 How to Identify Kombucha

There are 5 easy-spot signals that Kombucha is healthy:

  1. Smell– Vinegary aroma indicates acetic acid is forming
  2. Scoby Growth– New SCOBY’s grow in gradually across the top of the brew
  3. Yeast Activity– Carbonation and the formation of yeast strands indicate healthy balance
  4. Lightening of Color– Gradually the brew gets lighter as the tea and sugar convert
  5. Protective pH– Low pH prevents harmful microorganisms from invading the brew

Benefits of Kombucha:

Much of the information about the benefits is anecdotal but it is heralded as a healing elixir.  

Kombucha does contain dozens of beneficial bacteria strains.  By ingesting kombucha, we can increase the amount of good bacteria to help maintain a healthy digestive tract.  

Many people have felt that kombucha can possess anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal components which can make it a powerful health tonic.

 Many people who drink kombucha have reported a variety of benefits: 

  • Fights Cancer – with Glucaric Acid
  • Strengthens Immune System – with Antioxidants
  • Weight loss – with acetic acid and polyphenols
  • Eases Joint Pain – helps prevent arthritis with glucosamines
  • Detoxifies – with gluconic acid and probiotics
  • Boosts Energy – with enzymes and B Vitamins
  • Helps Digestive System – with probiotics