5 Healthy Reasons To Drink Kombucha & How To Make Your Own
When it comes to finding simple ways to enrich your health, it doesn’t get much better—or easier—than enjoying kombucha.
This fermented tea has been used as a tonic for over 2,000 years ago, and today, it’s refreshing taste and many benefits have sparked a movement of Kombucha-conscious fans (and even do-it-yourselfers to brew their own), all in the name of their best health.
Kombucha, as mentioned, is a fermented tea.
Because it’s fermented, it’s rich in probiotics. When you consume kombucha you replenish the good bacteria in your gut which has far reaching health benefits.
These benefits aren't just isolated to improved digestion, but also it plays a leading role in boosting your immune system.
If you're ready to support your overall health naturally, then here are some healthy reasons to drink kombucha.
What Is Kombucha?
Kombucha starts off as black or green tea that's steeped in water.
Next, sugar is added; NO this doesn't refined white sugar either; pure cane sugar, raw honey or whole fruit is where it's at.
Secondary 'sweeteners' or flavour enhancers like herbs or spices can be included for a more pleasing finished product.
Finally, you introduce an active SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria and Yeast) component and then leave the mixture for a week to a month to ferment. The end result is a fizzy, naturally carbonated and entirely healthy, live-cultured elixir.
Health Benefits Of Kombucha
It's hard to find reasons why you shouldn't drink kombucha because there are so many healthy reasons why you should drink it.
We wouldn't be drinking kombucha today, 2,000 years after it was invented as a popular health tonic, if it didn't work!
Here are 5 healthy reasons to add kombucha in your self care routine!
1. Supports Gut Health
The fermentation process unlocks the wealth of health properties that kombucha is known for: probiotics (good bacteria and yeast cultures), amino acids and enzymes. If you aspire to improve your digestion and overall wellness, kombucha is powerful in this department.
Bonus Tip: You can also add a drop or two of dōTERRA’s Turmeric Essential Oil which is an effective way to support immune function. Without pristine digestive health, your body is more susceptible to diseases.
Probiotics: Your gut is comprised of bacteria and in order to keep the population in your favour (for better health) you want to colonise gut-friendly bacteria and yeast via probiotics. Boosting your good bacteria count will improve your gut flora and lead to better digestion and a stronger immune system that is more resilient to disease.
Learn more in Probiotics: Health Benefits & 7 Powerful Food Sources.
Amino Acids: Are the building blocks of protein, proteins that help create organs and cells. 9 of the 20 amino acids found in our body are considered essential amino acids that our bodies can't produce, therefore require supplementation. Drinking kombucha is one such way to accomplish that.
Enzymes: Are hugely important to maintaining healthy digestion. They help breakdown food and convert it into molecules, such as turning carbs into sugar, to support different bodily functions.
2. Mood Enhancing
There is a connection between your mind and your gut, so if your stomach is out of sorts, then your mental state may also suffer, too. There's a reason why many health experts refer to the GUT as your second 'brain'.
If you want to improve your mood, then kombucha will help.
Another active ingredient found in a bottle of kombucha tea (homemade or store bought) is B vitamins.
B vitamins are instrumental in providing you with extra energy, balancing your moods, reducing depression and improving your ability to focus. Pair B vitamins with vitamin C and make both bio-available (for easier digestion) and what you have is nature's solution to managing stress.
Vitamin C reduces the stress hormone cortisol, which can help make it easier to manage your moods. Switch up drinking kombucha with adding the colour of Tropical Raw Juice Powder - bright yellow and orange foods boost emotional wellbeing!
Learn more in How To Balance Mood & Reset Your Nervous System.
The secret ingredient found in apple cider vinegar is acetic acid, and it's also a major component in kombucha.
Acetic acid is a byproduct of fermentation and holds antibacterial properties making it an unstoppable killing force when up against 'bad bacteria' and yeasts that can cause stomach disturbances.
Kombucha's antimicrobial effect is tackles unwanted bacteria, leaving the good strains alone so they can continue to populate your gut flora in peace!
If you want to beat the winter flu bugs going around or just to help reinforce your gut, then there is nothing more gut protective than kombucha.
Learn more in Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits And Its Healing Powers.
4. Immunity Boosting
Drinking kombucha isn't just for your mind and your gut, it's good for your entire body.
It makes for a stronger immune system that's more resilient to disease. Kombucha’s anti-inflammatory and organic acids (antioxidants) have detoxifying qualities that flush out toxins and reduce inflammation to heal and protect your body from ailments.
Processed foods wreak havoc on your body by triggering inflammatory reactions and putting stress on your entire body system. That's why it's so vital that you take in antioxidants or products like Nature’s Silver Bullet Immunity Booster as they sweep away the ill-effects of processed foods by reducing chronic inflammation, flushing out toxins and reducing the overall stress on your body.
Since kombucha is wildly efficient at curbing inflammation, drinking this super tea may even benefit those with inflammatory diseases, like arthritis.
Learn more in 6 Fermented Foods For A Healthy Gut.
5. Cleansing & Detoxifying
Any hardworking system, like the body, requires maintenance to keep it in good working order. A thorough detox once in a while is the kind of thing your body needs, especially the liver, to help flush out toxins. And it means the difference between free-flowing water or a dam restricting the flow. If you want your digestion to be running at peak condition, a good cleanse will keep things moving along.
Kombucha contains organic acids like glucuronic acid that adheres to toxins and eliminates them, so they don't have a chance to remain inside your body to cause it harm. This reduces the stress on your body while naturally and effectively detoxifying and cleansing it of harmful toxins. But sometimes your body may need a natural boost to help it along, or a regular cleanse so try Cleanse Me Natural Colon Cleanse or Bentonite Clay.
Learn more in 5 Tips For Better Digestion & Less Bloat.
How To Make Your Own Kombucha Tea
All you'll need to make your very own kombucha tea is:
- A large glass or metal jar or bowl
- A piece of woven cloth or coffee filter and an elastic band
- 1 active SCOBY disk
- 8 cups of water
- ½ cup of your choice of natural sweetener (cane sugar or raw honey)
- 4 bags of black or green organic tea
- 1 cup of pre-made kombucha
- In a large pot bring water to boil on the stovetop. Once the water has boiled, remove from heat and add ½ cup of sugar and 4 tea bags. Stirring until the sugar dissolves.
- Set aside and allow the tea to steep.
- Remove tea bags after 15 minutes and discard.
- Cool for about an hour, or until the water has reached room temperature.
- Once cool, add the active SCOBY disk and 1 cup of pre-made kombucha.
- Cover the mixture with your cloth or coffee filter, keep it taut and in place with an elastic.
- Leave mixture for 7-10 days out of direct sunlight, at room temperature and in a place where it will not get jostled.
- Bottle your kombucha in jars and for more carbonation leave your bottled teas out at room temperature for 1-2 more days. This process is called the 'second fermentation.' Once you're satisfied with the fizziness, toss the bottles into the refrigerator and consume it for up to one month.
You can start to taste your kombucha after day seven, and when you've achieved the perfect ratio of tart or sweet to suit your taste buds then it's ready for bottling or consumption! But before you get to drinking your immunity-boosting tea, be sure with freshly washed hands to remove your SCOBY first!
Flavoured Kombucha: If you'd like to enhance the flavour of kombucha you can add fruit pieces, herbs or spices either 2 days before your kombucha is done its first fermentation for sharper flavours or once it has finished its first fermentation for subtle notes of flavour.
You only have one body, so nourish it right with this ancient immunity-boosting tea. Kombucha not only can heal your gut, but it can also help relax and comfort your mind as well as cleansing your body of harmful toxins.
There are countless reasons why you should make regular consumption of kombucha tea part of your lifestyle, but the primary reason is drinking kombucha will help bring you closer to achieving your best health.
Tolman Self Care.