Kombucha is a raw, fermented, and naturally carbonated tea that contains probiotics. It’s a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY) that forms a zoological mat.
Based on historical research to date, it most likely started as an ancient Chinese elixir. Some records extend all the way back to the Qin Dynasty in 220 BCE. At some point, kombucha traveled to Russia, where definite records note the practice of culturing tea.
From Russia, kombucha traveled to the health-conscious counterculture in the US in the early 1970s. The environmental and holistic cultures of the ’70s took to kombucha and touted it as a health beverage.
Not long after that, home brewing emerged, and interest in it has remained strong to this day. Interest has not only stayed as strong as ever, but kombucha seems to be stealing the spotlight among teas today.
Kombucha and health
Kombucha contains many unique nutrients that promote health within our bodies and are not often found in the average, everyday American diet. The nutrients include probiotics, organic acids, active enzymes, amino acids, and polyphenol antioxidants.
All of these serve to reverse general inflammation and damage in human body tissue. This in turn produces numerous benefits, but the three main health advantages from drinking kombucha consist of the following.
1. Cleansing of the body
Kombucha is loaded with enzymes and organic acids that help to detoxify our bodies. This reduces the toxic load on our filter organs and helps the body rid itself of wastes.
2. Toning and general improvement of the skin
The largest organ in the body and one of the most important filter organs, the skin works to keep the body clean both from within and without. By reducing the number of wastes that need to be excreted, kombucha takes the pressure off the already overworked skin, reduces inflammatory effects, and provides a feeling of radiance and vitality.
3. Improved digestion and immune function
Kombucha is filled to the brim with probiotic bacteria and yeast that make their way into the gut and ward off parasites and pathogens. This also aids in improving regular digestion and nutrient absorption.
Although kombucha is available for purchase in specialty markets and some local grocery stores, it can still be hard to find already made and in a flavor that you prefer.
When you homebrew your own kombucha, you can add a broad range of flavors, and mix and match to suit your taste. Conventional options are somewhat limited, and many people are far more satisfied with freshly brewing their own.
Although it does take some time and a bit more effort than simply buying a bottle at the store, the effort is worth it to produce the quality kombucha that results.