I used to drink Kombucha every day, when I could afford to. It can get very expensive, when you buy it in a store. I have fermented veggies for probiotics, but I have never taken on making my own Kombucha. It is quite involved and can be a bit of a nuance, so I’ve heard.
I have a friend in Atlanta, whose husband grew Kombucha back in the 1990’s. He did it quite well, but could not stop, leading to tension in the house.
He had it growing everywhere, specifically in every closet. He was fanatical about Kombucha. Many years later, I now know why.
I follow so many different health regiments, all requiring time, preparation, and coordination, therefore I don’t have the bandwidth to take on making my own Komboucha. Maybe you do. I provide a recipe in the links below.
“Kombucha is a unique, fermented tea that has Kombuchabeen used for millennia to lower blood pressure, improve digestion, and boost the immune system. It is alkaline-forming, simple to brew, and extremely inexpensive.” – Ty Bollinger – The Truth About Cancer
Based on a most reputable source, Ty Bollinger, of The Truth About Cancer website, here is the history and the benefits that he emphasizes in his post.
Kombucha Tea – History, Health Benefits & Insanity – The Truth About Cancer – By Ty Bollinger – 43,401 Facebook Shares
- Kombucha has been used for thousands of years dating back to the Tsin-Dynasty in 221 B.C. – a Chinese Empire – where they called it “the remedy for immortality.” It was later brought to Japan by Dr. Kombu to treat the Japanese emperor, Inkyo, for digestive problems.
- Numerous scientific studies have shown that kombucha tea helps populate the intestines with probiotics (beneficial bacteria), enhances the immune system, fights off deadly pathogens and protects vital organs.
- A 2011 study published in the journal “Pathophysiology” found that kombucha protects liver cells, while another study from the June 2012 issue of Food Science and Technology asserts that kombucha “has prophylactic and therapeutic properties” including anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal effects.
Here are the combined benefits of Komboucha, from very reputable and researched sources, including from my personal experience.
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Benefits That Can Be Attained With Komboucha (If you believe)
- It’s a probiotic
- It boosts immunity
- Improves digestion
- Protects organs, namely the liver and kidneys
- It’s anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal
- Detoxifies the Liver and Body Protecting Against Disease
- Improved pancreas function
- Increased energy
- Better digestion
- Improved mood (helps with anxiety/depression)
- Reducing Candida (yeast)
- Helps nutrient assimilation
- May be beneficial for weight loss
- Helps to Improve mental state due to its high concentration of B vitamins
- Beneficial for the lungs
- Helpful in managing diabetes, assuming a low sugar load in diet
- Good for the cardiovascular system – regulating cholesterol naturally
“Known as the “Immortal Health Elixir” by the Chinese and originating in the Far East around 2,000 years ago, kombucha is a beverage with tremendous health benefits extending to your heart, your brain and (especially) your gut.” – Dr. Axe – Food Is Medicine
8 Kombucha Benefits + How to Make This Gut-Friendly Beverage – Dr. Axe – Food Is Medicine
What is Kombucha?
Kombucha is a fermented beverage consisting of black tea and sugar (from various sources, including cane sugar, fruit or honey) that’s used as a functional, probiotic food. It contains a colony of bacteria and yeast that are responsible for initiating the fermentation process once combined with sugar.
The following probiotics make up this health elixir: (2)
- Gluconacetobacter (>85 percent in most samples)
- Acetobacter (<2 percent)
- Lactobacillus (up to 30 percent in some samples)
- Zygosaccharomyces (>95 percent)
Benefits of Kombucha Tea & How to Make it At Home – Katie – Wellness Mama – 136 Comments – Updated: August 3, 2018
Potential Risks and Side Effects of Kombucha
- Pregnant and nursing moms and anyone with a medical condition should check with a doctor before consuming. It contains both caffeine and sugar, which should be limited during pregnancy.
- Some people experience bloating from drinking it. Anyone with a digestive disorder should consult a doctor before consuming.
- If kombucha is made incorrectly, it may contain harmful bacteria and could be dangerous. This is rare but is more common with home brews.
- Preparing kombucha in a ceramic vessel may be dangerous as the acidic brew can leach any lead from this vessel into the finished drink.
- Oral Health Concerns – The most logical with Kombucha is its potential to cause dental problems. These steps may also help reduce the potential for the acids in kombucha to affect teeth: drink it all in one sitting, don’t sip it throughout the day, and swish with clean water (don’t brush) right after.
- Caffeine Content – The base for kombucha is black tea, and some people have concerns about its caffeine content.
- Sugar Content – Sugar is used in making kombucha, and for this reason many people are concerned about the sugar content in the finished tea. Fortunately, the majority of the sugar ferments out during the fermentation process.
- Alcohol Content – Kombucha does contain a very small amount of alcohol, which has been a source of much controversy in recent years. To put this in perspective, a person would have to drink a six pack of kombucha to approach the alcohol in a single 12oz beer. In fact, a bottle of kombucha would have a comparable alcohol content to an over-ripe banana.
I do not take Komboucha alone to address my Probiotic and digestive biome needs.
It is but one piece of a giant 100-piece puzzle.
Kombucha is but one tool in my regiment toolbox. I also drink cabbage juice, eat kimchi, occasionally drink kefir, drink fermented vegetable drinks, eat pickles, and take probiotic supplements. I also consume prebiotics to keep the probiotics around in my body for a long while.
I have found the Garden of Life’s Max Formula product to be the best probiotic supplement. I take the 5 day course every quarter, while getting probiotics and prebiotics from various other daily sources.
We have over 100 trillion bacteria in our bodies, more than cells. Bacteria is a part of our DNA and is associated with most common health issues in the states today.
Perhaps we are focusing too much on our 10 trillion cells, while ignoring the 100 trillion bacteria, which is more dynamically impacting, and larger in size.
In order to get our digestive biome intact, however, it will take some time and patience.
It may take over a year of diligence, but will pay off with the elimination of many unnecessary health ailments. This of regiment does require that you live a healthy lifestyle that is close to holistic.
It also requires dispelling beliefs that it will not work. It will, though, if you are steadfast in your practice, and in belief. I testify that it worked for me!
Whatever we believes manifests, as we believe. This especially applies to alternative healing, for God’s divine spiritual is integral to optimal alternative health. This is not a requirement with conventional health.
I have, however, highlighted the benefits in the videos below.
Fermented Foods Gaining Popularity as Health Benefits Become More Widely Recognized – Dr. Mercola – 13.7K – July 18, 2016 – 329,262 views
- I recommend eating two kinds of food every day; fermented and fiber-rich foods, to help optimize gut flora and your overall health.
- Many people are getting weary of processed fare and the dubious health claims that go with it, and are embracing more traditional foods and relearning ancient culinary methods such as fermenting
- Bacteria convert sugars and starch into lactic acid, a process called lactofermentation. Fermented foods help improve your gut health by “reseeding” your gut with beneficial bacteria
- The fermentation process also boosts the nutritional content of the food, producing essential amino acids, short-chained fatty acids, beneficial enzymes, certain nutrients and increases bioavailability of minerals
7 Reasons to Get Prebiotics in Your Diet — Plus the Best Sources – Dr. Axe – Food Is Medicine
Benefits of Prebiotics
- Better Gut Health and Improved Digestion
- Enhanced Immune Function
- Lower Inflammation
- Reduced Risk of Heart Disease
- Aids in Weight Loss
- Protects Bone Health
- Regulates Hormone Levels and Mood
Top Sources of Prebiotics
While probiotics are typically found in cultured and fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, kimchi and kombucha, prebiotics are typically found in certain vegetables, whole grains and sources of resistant starch such as under-ripe bananas.
A few of the best prebiotic-rich foods that you can add to your diet include:
- Acacia gum (or gum arabic)
- Raw chicory root
- Raw Jerusalem artichoke
- Raw dandelion greens
- Raw garlic
- Raw leeks
- Raw or cooked onions
- Raw jicama
- Raw asparagus
- Under-ripe bananas
- Yacon syrup
Some other sources include foods that contain isolated carbohydrates (galactooligosaccharides and transgalactooligosaccharides), such as raw honey, wheat dextrin, psyllium husk, whole-grain wheat and whole-grain corn.
Videos On Kombucha
How to Choose the Right Probiotic Supplement (and Avoid the Wrong Ones!) – 2,867 views – Organixx – Published on Jul 18, 2017
Discover more about the highly effective, organic and fermented probiotic, Probiotixx: http://bit.ly/organixx-probiotixx-yt
Kombucha: Is It Actually Healthy? – 358,268 views – Dr. Josh Axe – Streamed live on Oct 4, 2017
Learn more about kombucha on DrAxe.com here: https://draxe.com/7-reasons-drink-kom… Kombucha is a fermented beverage of black tea and sugar. After fermentation, kombucha becomes carbonated and contains vinegar, B vitamins, enzymes, probiotics and a high concentration of acid.
Dr. Mercola Talks About Complete Probiotics – 126,540 views – Mercola – Published on Oct 11, 2012
http://probiotics.mercola.com/probiot… Internationally renowned natural health physician and Mercola.com founder Dr. Joseph Mercola discusses new probiotics formula to get the best benefits.
How to Brew Your Own Kombucha with Brad | It’s Alive | Bon Appetit – 1,367,395 views – Bon Appétit – Published on Oct 21, 2016
In episode 1 of ‘It’s Alive’ with Bon Appétit test kitchen manager Brad Leone, we follow him through his process of brewing his own kombucha.
Is Kombucha Good for You? – Sharp Science – 114,074 views – Mashable – Published on Jun 1, 2017
Kombucha is a fermented tea made with black or green tea. It’s said to contain vitamins, amino acids, and other nutrients that are associated with health benefits. But science behind kombucha is dubious at best.
6 Rules of Choosing a Probiotic – 19,408 views – renewlife -Published on Sep 2, 2015
Picking a probiotic supplement that is right for you can be difficult. With terms like culture count, number of strains, delayed release, potency and stability, Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, probiotics can seem overwhelming.
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