Fork It Friday: What is Kombucha?
What is Kombucha (pronounced kom-BOO-cha)?
Basically, it is a brown, cloudy liquid, with some mushroom floatys.
Does that NOT sound like the most appetizing thing in the world?? Honestly, no. So what is the point in drinking something with floaty mushrooms? Let’s start with the basics:
What Is It?
The condensed version: Kombucha fermented tea with yeast and bacteria and is a living organism with similar cultures that activate yogurt.
The lengthy version: Kombucha is produced by the fermentation of tea and sugar along with bacteria and yeasts forming a “tea fungus,” and “friendly bacteria.”
Why To Consider It in Your Diet?
There is a lot of evidence out there that consuming “friendly bacteria” is good for our gut health. The health effects of Kombucha are based largely on testimonials and include:
Detoxify the body
Reduce inflammatory problems
Promote liver function
Normalize intestinal activity
Balance intestinal flora
Prevent/heal bladder infection
Increase resistance to cancer
Reduce menstrual disorders
Improve hair, skin, and nail health
Reduce stress and nervous disturbances
How Much is One Serving?
NOT THE WHOLE BOTTLE! Kombucha is NOT meant to be drank in a large serving size—mostly due to the high acidity and will make you feel the “torn up” sensation often experienced when drinking too much coffee on an empty stomach. The suggested serving size istypically 4oz. depending on the brand, which means you are getting more bang for your buck because most bottles are 15.2 fl oz/450 mL.
Coach Alyssa’s Professional Opinion
Take this with a grain of salt-- this is my opinion. There are not many well-documented & clinical studies of kombucha and most reported benefits are testimonials. TMI Alert: I have a horrible digestive track and have a very hard time with my intestines and staying regular, especially in times of travel, change, and/or stress (so basically always). I take a probiotic supplement regularly, as well as have a swig or two of kombucha daily. When I stay regular with my probiotic and kombucha consumption, I stay regular with my intestines—but again, this is just my testimonial.
I think it is also important to mention that this is not the kind of tea you are used too; it is carbonated so do not shake up the bottle and open immediately—it will erupt like a volcano. The flavor(s) is different and can be somewhat of an acquired taste (similar to the first time we all had Chipotle). My favorite brand is KeVita, which has 3 different types of probiotic beverages: Master Brew Kombucha, Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic, and the newest member to their family—Sparkling Probiotic Water. The flavors are all tasty and I have had a great experience with incorporating this into my daily routine—wake up, start the coffee pot, drink 16 oz. of water with pink salt, take my vitamin stack, take my gummy probiotic, swig my kombucha, drink another 8 oz. of water, sip my coffee and do the things.
If you are interested in sampling some, let me know and I will see what I can do!
PLEASE NOTE: Everyone will react differently so please proceed with caution.