These days, it seems like everybody and their mother (and even grandmother) swear by drinking kombucha daily. Niche kombucha brands are popping up left and right (Kombucha Dog!), and this magical and trendy elixir can be found practically anywhere, including mainstream supermarkets.
Kombucha is a fermented drink brewed from tea, sugar, and SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast), a living organism similar to yeast and yogurt cultures.
Like other fermented products, kombucha is a probiotic that maintains healthy microflora in your gut. Probiotics aid digestion, nutrient absorption, and natural detoxification processes. In turn, a healthy digestive system strengthens immunity and increases energy.
Given its detoxifying and healing properties, kombucha is often recommended for people suffering from digestive problems such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, Celiac disease, IBS, and Candida. It’s also said to help with fatigue, arthritis, and skin conditions, and has even been suggested to help fight cancer (read the story behind the popular Synergy kombucha). AND many people just drink it for general health and energy.
Great, so lots of booch.
But at $4+ a bottle, that can get expensive very quickly.
Ingredients you will need:
- SCOBY (you can make your own or buy it from a trusted source like Kombucha Kamp)
- Spring water (not tap water)
- Tea bags
- Organic cane sugar
- Fruit juice
Equipment you will need:
- Large pot
- Large (1-gallon or 2-gallon) glass jug
- Distilled white vinegar (for sanitizing)
- Fine metal strainer
- Sealable glass bottles
The Roasted Root also has a bunch of other fun kombucha recipes:
And even more recipes in a book: Delicious Probiotic Drinks: 75 Recipes for Kombucha, Kefir, Ginger Beer, and Other Naturally Fermented Drinks
**Note that not everyone recommends making kombucha at home (or even drinking it at all), warning against this health “fad” and citing the lack of published evidence for its health claims. (But also note that medical research is funded primarily by pharmaceutical companies, which don’t generally involve themselves in things that people can make at home.)
**When home-brewing kombucha, it’s very important to do your research and maintain sanitary conditions, or you could end up growing yourself some harmful bacteria (same deal as home canning). Don’t brew/store kombucha in ceramic, painted, or lead glass containers that could leach lead.
**In general, it’s a good idea to try new things in moderation and build up gradually, paying attention to how your body reacts to them. Some people experience detox symptoms (such as bloating, breakouts, headaches, and cold symptoms) when drinking kombucha. Pay attention to your body and do what feels right for it.
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