Let’s start off by answering the question I get so often, “What is Kombucha?”
Kombucha is a wonderfully fermented, lightly effervescent sweetened black (or green) tea drink. Depending on who I am talking to, the word fermented can turn people away so I often stick with saying “a sparkling tea beverage”. That usually keeps the interest for longer so they can learn about all of the health benefits associated with drinking Kombucha!
What are some of these benefits you ask?
My favorite health benefit is that it aids in digestion and overall gut health. Because it’s fermented with a living colony of bacteria and yeast, it is a probiotic beverage.
Kombucha is loaded with glucosamines, which increase synovial hyaluronic acid production. What does that mean? It means that Kombucha can help heal, repair and prevent joint damage in addition to supporting the preservation of collagen and decreasing the effects of arthritis.
Many people report feeling energized after drinking Kombucha. The reason for this is the iron that is released from the black tea during the fermentation process. This iron that is released helps boost blood hemoglobin, improving oxygen supply to tissues and stimulating the energy-producing process.
The detoxifying capacity of Kombucha is immense. It helps the body maintain healthy livers and aides cancer prevention by counteracting liver cell toxicity.
How to Make Kombucha at Home
– 2-3 cups hot water
– 1/4 cup white sugar
– 2 black tea bags or 1 1/2 tsp of loose leaf tea
– 1/2 cup of Kombucha from a previous batch or distilled white vinegar
– a starter Scoby or live Scoby
* each time you make a batch of Kombucha, your scoby will duplicate, meaning the next time you will be ready to make two batches, then four and so on. You can gift Scoby’s to friends who are looking to make Kombucha as you will very quickly have a collection! To start your very first batch you will need to find a friend with a Scoby or get a starter from a reputable company such a Cultures for Health.
I have been making homemade Kombucha on and off for about 4 years. I have always turned to Cultures for Health for guidance. Here is the updated video of the one that I first watched to learn how to make Kombucha.
In just a few quick steps you will have your first batch brewing. Please come back and let me know how it goes!!
Step by step directions here:
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