It’s a word that I had never even heard until about three years ago.  Despite how you pronounce it, kombucha is an earthy, fizzy drink that is worth giving a try.  Sometimes referred to as “mushroom tea”, it actually contains no mushrooms.  The “mushroom” is actually a floating blob called a SCOBY — an acronym for “symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast.”  That’s the healthy bacterial component that causes fermentation of black or green tea and some form of sugar such honey, fruit, or cane sugar.  As part of my START SOMEWHERE RESET, I’m drinking more kombucha!

Here are some of the reasons I’m adding more kombucha to my day:

  • It is a rich source of probiotics! Thought to originate in Japan or China over a thousand years ago, it contains specific strains of healthy bacteria.  These bacteria support healthy digestion and decreased inflammation.
  • It’s even more beneficial when made with green tea! The polyphenols found in green tea function as powerful antioxidants.  Green tea drinkers have a reduced risk of colon, breast, and prostate cancer.
  • Kombucha can tame harmful yeast overgrowth.  Vinegar is produced during the fermentation process of this effervescent drink.  When made from green or black tea, the fermentation results in acetic acid production. Acetic acid is believed to be antibacterial and antifungal.
  • It has been found to heal, prevent, and repair joint damage.  Kombucha contains glucosamine, which increases hyaluronic acid production in the synovial joint.
  • It supports weight loss.  High in acetic acid, the same beneficial acid found in apple cider vinegar, Kombucha increases fat metabolism.  My son has recently lost almost 40 pounds by decreasing his carb intake and increasing his kombucha intake.
  • It increases collagen in the body, which means that it may decrease wrinkles.  I’m in!
  • It does contain trace amounts of alcohol, a natural consequence of fermentation.  Commercial products must contain less than 0.5% alcohol.
  • Homemade kombucha can be contaminated and cause serious health problems. Also, it can be easily over-fermented.  Be very careful.  

The benefits of kombucha are mostly based on personal reports.  We enjoy store-bought kombucha which typically has fruit juice added to it and is sometimes pasteurized. Different types have differing caloric counts.  It is likely that there will never be a double-blind, placebo controlled trial on this interesting elixir, so you have to make your own decision.  

While I don’t think it is totally a “cure all,” I do think it is worth a try.  If you want to avoid sugary or fake-sugar sodas but enjoy something bubbly, START SOMEWHERE by checking out kombucha.  It is an “acquired taste” that is worth trying!  Adding different forms of probiotics to your diet is a great way to LIVE YOUNGER and more kombucha is part of my strategy.  

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