So first, Kombucha has been around foreverrrr… literally, THOUSANDS of years! It’s an ancient fermented tea and it’s becoming more and more popular as a health drink. People think of the typical vegan hipster when they hear “kombucha.” Well, that vegan hipster is on to something… Kombucha is a beverage that is SO beneficial to your health and – SCORE – it’s yummy too! Funny thing is, when I first heard about it, I was totally against the whole Kombucha craze and refused to try it. I knew that it was this weird fermented tea thing, and because my husband brews his own at home, I was subjected to seeing the “mother”… Yes, that’s what it’s called… It’s actually a SCOBY, which stands for “symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast” (did that help it sound more appetizing? Yeah… didn’t think so…) But even through all of this, I eventually came around to trying it, and low and behold… I LOVED IT. I just had to get over the fact that it’s fermented! (And maybe not look at the “mother” SCOBY anymore). There are so many flavors and options out there, one of them is bound to please your taste buds!
So why is it a “health drink”?
Kombucha has many health benefits – here are a few:
- Aids digestion – it improves gut health because it is full of good bacteria, probiotics and enzymes. It will rid your gut of all the bad bacteria and get it in tip top shape. Squeaky clean!
- Strengthens immunity – this ancient tea is high in antioxidants that help control free radicals in the body, plus the vitamin C it contains all help to strengthen your immunity.
- May boost weight loss – Kombucha ups your metabolism with all of the nutrients that are in it, and it may limit fat accumulation due to its pH levels.
- Detoxifies your body – again… all that good bacteria, it hits your liver and kicks those bad toxins out of town!
- Boosts energy – although it is made with tea, Kombucha is rather low in caffeine because the caffeine content decreases through the fermentation process. However, the B-vitamins in Kombucha are what boost your energy!
- May ease joint pain – although not proven fully, Kombucha has nutrients that may reduce arthritic pain and preserve collagen (meaning reduced wrinkle appearance!)
- May aid in cancer prevention – although this too needs more testing to be proven completely, it is believed that drinking Kombucha can prevent cancer cell growth and fight cancer cells.
Even though Kombucha is made with sugar, it’s sugar content is pretty low because the “mother” eats all the sugar during the fermentation process (this is what creates the bubbles). So: low sugar, low calorie… health drink it is!
Let’s talk about taste…
For starters, there are so many brands and flavors to try… I know you’ll find at least one that you like. Kombucha is naturally carbonated and the base flavor is rather vinegary, but most have added fruits, juices and herbs to give it a sweeter or fruitier flavor. Experiment and find one that you like! (Side note: my favorite is ginger!) You can also experiment at home by brewing your own Kombucha!
MAJOR P.S. Do your research… my husband’s Kombucha sat a little too long and exploded out of its glass container (exhausted eye roll, it was a scary sound – I literally thought our hot water tank exploded – and it was a huge mess to clean up). But it’s worth a shot to brew it at home if Kombucha is something you enjoy a lot and you want to flavor your own!
Comment below if you’ve ever brewed your own Kombucha, have any questions, or have any really great explosion (or other0 stories of your own! 🙂
Love and health,
The Pink Iron Team
Article contributed by: Brittany Miller
Brittany joins the Pink Iron team as a recent ‘transplant’ to Utah. She is a California native, and is grateful the weather is starting to warm up in Utah because she was really starting to miss the beach. In addition to having an amazing daughter and husband, Brittany works at Pink Iron as our Athlete Coordinator and primary blog writer. We are so grateful to have this kick-butt lady on the team!