The Root Kava Co - Kombucha

What Is Kombucha And How Is It Made?

Kombucha is a beverage made of black or green tea and sugar that is then combined with yeast and bacteria. This mixture is then allowed to ferment for three weeks to give the yeast and bacteria a chance to reach their full probiotic potential. Some brewers will also add different flavors to their brew.

The result is a refreshing, sweet, slightly alcoholic, tea drink with an effervescent effect, a slight scent of vinegar, and probiotic effects similar to yogurt products. The final product is loaded with various B vitamins, organic acids, and enzymes.

Kombucha has a very low alcohol content of approximately 1% to 3%. It is not recommended for children, pregnant women or nursing mothers. There is also a slight scent of vinegar from the fermentation process.

What are the Health Benefits of Kombucha?

  • Maintain cholesterol
  • Manage diabetes
  • Promotes weight loss
  • Strengthen the immune system
  • Prevent arthritis
  • Protect against microbial infections
  • Prevent cancer
  • Enhances mood
  • Decreases depression
  • Bronchodilator to help respiratory
  • Helps ulcers
  • Facilitation of detoxification

Kombucha Frequently Asked Questions

There are a few risks that are relatively rare. If you are on immunosuppressors, then it can suppress your immune system. There is a chance of developing gastrotoxicity, lactic acidosis, and bloating. Many of these symptoms come from drinking a greater quantity than is recommended.

You should not drink more than four ounces one to three times per day. Once you become accustomed to it, you can handle eight-ounce servings up to twice a day.

If you drink too much, you can become bloated. Your sugar levels can rise. Other gastrointestinal issues can arise. It can also raise your blood pressure. Always drink the recommended amount.

The gelatinous layer is the bacteria and yeast layer that is the key to the probiotic effects. The bacteria and yeast have a combine in a manner known as SCOBY which stands for Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast. The SCOBY is perfectly safe to drink and is the key to the probiotic benefits that Kombucha is known for.

Individuals who are pregnant and nursing should avoid it. Individuals who have kidney disease or liver disease should avoid it. Anyone with a compromised immune system should avoid it. Those with a history of alcoholism should avoid it. Young children should also avoid it.