Kombucha How to Make This Gut-Friendly Beverage
Kombucha is also known as the “Immortal Health Elixir” by the Chinese this drink originated in the Far East around 2,000 years ago, kombucha is a beverage with enormous health benefits for your heart, your brain, especialy your gut, and whole body health.
How does this ancient drink make such a huge difference in your body?
Due to the fermentation process involved in creating kombucha, it contains a large number of healthy bacteria known as probiotics. These bacteria line your digestive tract and support your immune system, as they absorb nutrients and fight infection and illness.
80 percent of our immune system is located in your gut, and the digestive system has a large part to play in our neurological system, this makes it no surprise that the gut is considered the “second brain.”
Drinking kombucha every day can has many benefits to maintain optimum immune health, which in its self will help to promote your overall health.
What Is Kombucha?
Kombucha is a fermented beverage consisting of black or green and sugar (from various sources, including cane sugar, fruit or honey) that’s used as a functional food containing probiotic. It contains a colony of bacteria and yeast that are responsible for initiating the fermentation process once combined with sugar.
After fermentation, kombucha becomes carbonated and contains vinegar, B vitamins, enzymes, probiotics and a high concentration of acid (acetic, gluconic and lactic). These bacteria are known as “cellulose producing bacteria,” meaning they produce cellulose, which acts as a shield to cells.
The sugar-tea solution is fermented by bacteria and yeast commonly known as a Scoby (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast). Although it’s usually made with black tea, kombucha can also be made with green teas.
Some people find it a healthier substitute for fizzy, satisfying that craving for a fizzy drink. Kombucha contains sugar but due to the fermentation most of the sugar is used up before consumption.
The following probiotics make up this health promoting drink:
- Gluconacetobacter (>85 percent in most samples)
- Acetobacter (<2 percent)
- Lactobacillus (up to 30 percent in some samples)
- Zygosaccharomyces (>95 percent)
Kombucha Nutrition Facts
I commonly hear people getting concerned about kombucha calories. While nutrition facts will differ between brands and homemade brews, here is the breakdown of what one popular brand includes in a 16-ounce bottle of unpasteurized, organic kombucha:
- 60 calories
- 20 milligrams sodium
- 14 grams carbohydrate
- 4 grams of sugar
- 100 micrograms folate (25 percent DV)
- .34 grams riboflavin/vitamin B2 (20 percent DV)
- .4 milligrams vitamin B6 (20 percent DV)
- .3 milligrams thiamine/Vitamin B1 (20 percent DV)
- 4 milligrams niacin/Vitamin B3 (20 percent DV)
- 1.2 micrograms vitamin B12 (20 percent DV)
So now you just need to get started making your own at home so you can drink this super beverage every day and boost your immune system.
We have everything you need in our Kombucha Starter Kit available right here;
This kit has everything you need except the sugar as I'm sure you have some of that in your pantry already, and you can use the sugar of your choice. I like to use honey or coconut sugar for a variety of flavour.
The world is your oyster when it comes to flavours for your Kombucha, persimmon is devine, feijoa, pomegrante and lime.
I made a lime and chilli last week that was mind blowing. This week I have made my Kombucha with the "Broccoli Tea for life"
So go get your kit and get started.
Raelle Connolly ND. Hom.