If you never heard of kombucha tea, prepare to be amazed by this new craze.
Known and used in the Far East, as long as two thousand years ago,Wellness Mama illuminates us about this health-bringing beverage:
“Kombucha is a sweetened tea that is fermented with a SCOBY (a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) to become a nutrient-rich beverage. The fermentation process takes 7-12 days depending on temperature and the strength of the SCOBY. The SCOBY consumes over 90% of the sugar during fermentation, resulting in a low-sugar finished product. This process is similar to what would happen in sourdough bread or milk/water kefir.”
Here’s where the magic happens, as Dr. Axe explains:
“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.”
Healthline clarifies one of the acids mentioned above:
“One of the main substances produced during the fermentation of Kombucha is acetic acid, which is also abundant in vinegar. Acetic acid is able to kill many potentially harmful microorganisms.”
After drinking kombucha tea, the probiotics take up residence along the digestive tract and absorb nutrients. They also fight infection and illness.
Did you know that 80% of your immune system is located in your digestive tract? Are you surprised that elimination plays the second biggest role in the body’s neurological system?
By now, perhaps you are considering having warm kombucha lemon tea to start your day, a double shot of body-balancing nutrients and acids.
Kombucha can be made from either black or green tea. You can buy kombucha tea beverages, brew your own using store-bought tea bags, or ferment some up yourself.
Kombucha tea has only about 7 grams of carbohydrates and 30 calories per cup – which is great news for people watching their weight. Being a vegetable (tea), it contains neither protein nor fat, of course. But it does provide 20% of the daily value of B-Vitamins.
Among the health benefits – which have not been subject to rigorous western scientific study, for some reason – are:
• Detoxify the liver
• Improve pancreas function
• Increase your energy level
• Digest food better
• Improve your mood; “feel better”
• Reduce anxiety or depression
• Fights vaginal and other bodily yeast infections
• Helps your body absorb nutrients
• May lessen joint pain
While normal black tea does contain antioxidants, research shows that the fermentation process of kombucha creates antioxidants not present in black tea, like glucaric acid.
Moderation is key in all things, and partaking of kombucha tea is no exception. Too much of this good thing can result in dental problems from the natural acids delivered with this immune-building “Immortal Health Elixer” – as it is known in China. To reduce acid levels, rinse your mouth with plain water as soon as possible afterward.
“Tea tempers the spirits and harmonizes the mind, dispels lassitude and relieves fatigue, awakens thought and prevents drowsiness, lightens or refreshes the body, and clears the perceptive faculties.”
― Lu Yu, Classic of Tea: Origins and Rituals