Kombucha 101

Kombucha 101

Here's why we all need a bit of bubbly in out lives.

Ok, so you might be asking...what the heck is kombucha? Or how do I even say it...lol [kawm-boo-chah]

Kombucha is a sweetened fermetned tea, commonly made with either green or black tea as the base. It has been around for centuries and was said to originate in China during the Tsin Dynasty in 221 B.C. There are many different beliefs if you ask different sources, but what we can say is that it has been around for eons and has been touted as the "Tea of Immortality". One of my favourite tid bits from history was that it was used by Samuri before going in to battle to help give them energy and endurance...pretty cool!

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Here are some of the other amazing benefits:

  • Detoxification - Kombucha contains glucuronic and glucaric acid, which is formed when glucose is combined with oxygen through a process called oxidation, which takes place in the liver. The main function of this acid is to combine with substances such as toxins, drugs and hormones, make them more water soluble and either take them to other parts of the body or eliminate them through the urine. This process helps relieve some stress off the pancreas and keeps the liver healthy and happy.
  • Reduces Joint Pain & Wrinkles - Kombucha contains glucosamine, which has been proven to help prevent and treat arthritis. It does this by stimulating the production of hyaluronic acid, which is found in the fluid of your joints. It helps maintain cartilage structure, preserve collagen and relieve pain associated with arthritis. Hyaluronic acid is the stuff they inject into the joint of people with severe arthritis pain. I also mentioned collagen preservation, so not only does it help your joints, but it can help with your wrinkles as well…Bonus!
  • Probiotic Power - Kombucha is a fermented product that contains live bacteria and yeast, it helps populate your gut with what I like to call the “good guys”. The good bacteria help keep your gut health in balance. When we have more of the good guys, the bad guys can’t wreak havoc and cause problems.
  • Immune Boosting - Kombucha is said to be rich in antioxidants, which strengthens the immune system. Antioxidants help control and and neutralize free radicals in the body. Free radicals are unpaired electrons that are unstable and in search of another electron, and not afraid to steal. So when an electron is stolen, the leftover molecule then becomes a free radical and a chain reaction occurs. Antioxidants work by providing the needed electrons, which neutralizes the free radical and restores balance. This chemical reaction along with the anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties of kombucha help your body fight off daily bacterial and viral invaders
  • Increased Energy - Black tea kombucha helps set iron free and make it more easily digestible by the body. This helps increase the level of hemoglobin, which improves oxygen flow to the tissue and it stimulates the energy producing process at the cellular level (ATP). Kombucha is also said to contain vitamins such as vitamin B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B6, B9 (folic acid), B12, which all increase energy.
  • Type II Diabetes Prevention & Treatment - Not only does kombucha help keep blood sugar levels more stable, but it supports the pancreas, liver and kidneys by reducing the urea concentration. Kombucha has also been known to help control complications of diabetes such as cholesterol, by reducing the absorption of LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides and elevate the levels of HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) in the body, as well as helping to maintain a healthy blood pressure.
  • Aids in Weight Loss & Stabilization - Although there haven’t been a lot of studies done with regards to kombucha and weight loss, it can be said that kombucha can help balance your metabolism and curb your appetite which would encourage people to eat less when it is drank prior to a meal.

There are many places that you can buy kombucha, from health food stores to the grocery store. If you're willing, however, you can make it at home and have a constant batch brewing, which is what I do.

Now if that isn't enough reasons why you should start drinking kombucha, maybe the fact that it tastes amazing and is a good bubbly alternative to pop, will do the trick ;)

My first Kombucha brew

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