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Top Five Reasons to Drink Kombucha

Kombucha is something that we are hearing about more and more, it has even made its way into “regular” sandwich shops and grocery stores.

This is really exciting because this means that kombucha is now widely available to the general public so everyone can experience its amazing health benefits!

Kombucha is a fantastic and healthy substitute for pop or other sugar laden drinks. It has a multitude of health benefits.

Here are my top five reasons to drink Kombucha

1. Energizing

Kombucha is packed with B vitamins that provide an awesome energy boost. It also contains a little bit of caffeine and sugar with increase energy levels.

2. Detoxifying

Kombucha has detoxifying and liver cleansing properties that will help you feel fantastic. It is super charged with antioxidants that help combat oxidative damage to your cells.

3. Aids Digestion

Kombucha is super rich in probiotics which are the good bacteria that populate the gut fighting all the bad guys that can cause bloating, nasty gas and more serious health issues. They also promote healthy digestion and facilitate the absorption of important nutrients. Kombucha is also full of active enzymes that help with digestion and reduce constipation.

4. Help with Cancer Prevention

Kombucha is alkalinizing, which means it raises the body’s pH making it more resistant to diseases like cancer. It also contains glucaric acid which contributes to cancer prevention and treatment.

5. Tastes Amazing

I like to describe Kombucha as a healthy substitute for sugary soft drinks because it is slightly sweet and super fizzy. It is made by fermenting sugary black, green or white tea using a SCOBY, which is a culture that feeds off the sugar in the tea creating natural carbonation.

Kombucha is made through the fermentation of sugar so it does contain a little alcohol, usually less than 1%.

One of the main ingredients in Kombucha is The SCOBY (aka mother or mushroom).

I’m not going to lie, half of the reason I didn’t want to make homemade kombucha was because the SCOBY totally freaked me out. It is the living rubbery spongy mushroom that ferments the sweet tea turning it into a tart carbonated drink. At first it totally grossed me out but now me and my SCOBY, I fondly call him Scoober, are besties. A SCOBY is actually an acronym that stands for Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast. With every batch of homemade kombucha a new cream colored SCOBY will form on the surface of the kombucha. Very cool!

You can easily make your own kombucha, I have a recipe on my website, or you can find it in most grocery stores.

Jesse Lane Lee, CNP