Why kombucha indeed! With so many benefits, amazing flavour, and an overall contribution to wellbeing, we often wonder, why not kombucha?!
So what is kombucha exactly? Kombucha is a fermented tea full of probiotics, flavoured with fresh fruit juices and naturally carbonated. Known as a natural healing elixir, kombucha originated in China in 220 BC and has since become popular in Japan and Russia. It has recently been gaining popularity in North America and Europe due to its wide array of reported health benefits.
Kombucha is made by fermentation of a yeast and bacterial culture in a mixture of tea, sugar, and fruit juices, resulting in a slightly acidic beverage that contains plenty of “good” bacteria, just like yogurt! The culture is referred to as a “SCOBY”, a Serendipitous Culture Of Bacteria and Yeasts.
Some of the most frequently reported health benefits include detox and cleansing effects, reduction of intestinal symptoms, balancing intestinal flora, a defense bladder and kidney infection, and produce an antibiotic effect that can help the body fight harmful bacteria, viruses, and yeasts.
Learn more about kombucha and it’s health benefits in this Report from Food Research International.