Kombucha is a fermented, lightly fizzing sweetened black or green tea drinks.
Kombucha is produced by fermenting tea using a “symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast” (SCOBY).
It is considered to be originated in the far east probably China and has been consumed there for at least two thousand years.
The SCOBY is slippery, rubbery and brown with stringy bits. Probably not the most appealing look, but this is an amazing living organism.
The bacteria and yeast in the SCOBY eat most of the sugar during the fermentation process.
This results in a slightly sour, slightly fizzy drink that contains vitamins antioxidants, glucuronic acid, probiotics and antibacterial agent.
- Bacteria contained in kombucha beverage belongs to the genus Acetobacter, Gluconobacter, and the yeasts of the genus Saccharomyces.
- Kombucha beverage is a source of bioactive components, such as polyphenols and glucuronic acid.
The beneficial outcomes of kombucha consumption are attributed to the synergistic effect between these components, making it a drink with potential beneficial health properties.
It is apparent that its consumption can protect against the development of Cardiovascular diseases, mainly due to its polyphenol content that inhibits the oxidation of LDL, regulates cholesterol metabolism, and prevents high blood pressure by promoting smooth muscle relaxation. (1)
Fermented foods & drinks are a natural source of probiotics.
Kombucha is very easy to make (5 minutes!)
Add it to your diet as a source of good bacteria and healthy nutrients.
Probiotics are friendly bacteria that have been discovered by science more than 100 years ago.
Today, the new research even suggests that probiotics may have an influence on our genes.
Probiotics exist already for thousands of years.
According to one of the stories, Kombucha has been brought to Japan by Dr Kombu in 414 AD, a Korean doctor.
Japan ancient warriors believed that carrying it in their wineskins gave them energy in battle.
You can enjoy the probiotics benefits trough Diet & Supplements
When you take probiotics supplements, you consume a big amount of bacteria at once,
this is a good solution when there is a health condition that requires probiotics support.
You can consume probiotics by eating fermented foods.
This option is the easiest for the maintenance of a good bacteria environment in the gut.
Consume more foods that naturally contain probiotics:
HOW TO MAKE KOMBUCHA?
- 4 Green tea tea bags/ / 2 spoons of green tea leaves
- 1 liter Boiling water
- 1/4 cup Natural unrefined cane sugar
- 1 Large sterilized glass jar
Make a tea with 1 litre of hot water, 1/4 cup of sugar & 4 green tea bags in a sterilized glass jar.
Cool the mixture to the room temperature.
Remove the tea bags or the tea leaves and add the SCOBY.
Cover the jar with a breathing towel and a rubber band and store at room temperature to ferment.
Wait for 3 weeks!
After 3 weeks strain the mixture into a sterilized bottle, you can add flavor to the drink by adding sliced Ginger for example (or any other flavor that you like Rose petals, Lavender, Strawberries..)
Use only glass or plastic materials and not any kind of metal in the process of brewing!
Enjoy your Kombucha drink!
My name is Pazit, I’m a registered Naturopath N.D. , MNNA (a member of the Naturopathic Nutrition Association), Herbalist, Aromatherapist and Bach Flower remedies therapist based in London.
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