The Truth about Kombucha
There is no doubt that Kombucha is the latest trend going viral, everyone is getting on this band wagon, and why not if everyone is drinking it, make some money on it while you can.
Buyer Beware not all Kombucha is the same!!!!
Kombucha is a self carbonating fermented tea, is full of live microbes, known as probiotics produced during the fermentation process. Drinking this beverage on a regular basis helps to your IOG (Internal Organic Garden) aka gut flora & microbiome. "This is the truth about Kombucha."
Unfortunately some companies making Kombucha for commercial consumption pasturize and then recarbonating the drink, this KILLS the microbes!!!!! "This is also the truth about Kombucha."
Kombucha must be keep chilled after it is made otherwise it will continue to ferment and will eventually turn to vinegar.
If the Kombucha you are drinking is made in Australia and you are in New Zealand then it probably isn't "LIve Kombucha"
Many companies are making good "Live Kombucha" I just suggest that you do your homework to make sure you are getting what you expect from your Kombucha.
It is also very easy to make your own if you are inclined to the DIY culture of most New Zealanders.
You just need a Scoby + culture and some good organic green leaf tea, a jar and you are away laughy.
Rawlife have a Kombucha Maker Kit for the novice with everything you need, we didn't suppy the sugar but everyone has their own preferences to the type of sugar they use.
We supply a 2 ltr Jar, Scoby with Culture, Organic Green Tea, Reusable Tea Bag, Straining Cloth, Kombucha Making Manual and some labels for your brew. When you make your own you can control the amount of sugar, unlike the commercial brands, you can also experiment with flavours.
You can view our Kombucha KIt here:
Kombucha is a good way to help populate the microbiome but it is only providing a few strains and I recomend that you consume other forms of fermented foods like Miso, Sauerkruat, Kimchi, Live Cultured Yoghurts and Sourdough, to get a variety of probiotics on a regular basis.
It is so important to keep your microbiome intact to avoid disease.
I hope this has cleared up a few myths for you.
Raelle Connolly ND Hom.