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Everything You Need To Know About Kombucha

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It’s hard to keep up with all the health trends out there, like: coconut oil, green juices,  sensory deprivation tanks, cupping, bullet-proof coffee…etc.

Most of these trends lose their luster pretty quickly but one trend that I don’t see going away anytime soon is kombucha!

I find this fizzy drink absolutely delicious and it also has some pretty impressive health benefits. BUT even I, a self proclaimed health and nutrition fanatic, hadn’t tried kombucha until recently… mostly because I didn’t know WTF it was.

So today I’m breaking down everything you need to know about kombucha. Cheers and go get yourself a bottle of “booch” after this!

What is kombucha?

Kombucha is a fermented probiotic drink  made from tea, sugar and a SCOBY. 

WTF is a SCOBY? Great question–it’s actually an acronym for ‘symbiotic colony of bacteria & yeast’ or to put that in English… a SCOBY is healthy, beneficial bacteria and yeast that work together in the fermentation process of kombucha.

The result of the fermentation is a naturally carbonated, fizzy, delicious beverage filled with probiotics, B vitamins and antioxidants.

YES PLEASE!

 

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What does kombucha taste like?

I was actually terrified to try kombucha for my first time. Friends of mine said it tasted like everything from rotten apples to fruity, sparkly champagne. 

When I finally got the courage to try it for myself I made sure I picked one that had ginger in it…GT’s Gingerade to be exact. I think ginger can mask even the most disgusting flavors so it was a safe bet.

Let me just say kombucha is definitely one of those things where you love it or hate it (but don’t give up until you try a few flavors)! I personally fell in love with kombucha immediately. It’s tart, refreshing, flavorful and really fizzy. It honestly reminded me of drinking a soda which I haven’t done in years.

I’ve tried a bunch of flavors at this point and for your first time trying kombucha I highly recommend one with ginger or lemon for a bright, refreshing flavor before getting experimental. I also really like GT’s Triology flavor- it’s very mild and absolutely delicious.

 

What’s that nasty slimy stuff in the bottle?

Relax!

If you notice a little bit of sediment at the bottom of a bottle of kombucha or if there’s a small mass of slimy stuff floating around do not worry. It’s just a small SCOBY–the healthy bacteria and yeast that makes the kombucha fizzy and delicious!

DO NOT try to break it up by shaking your bottle. Kombucha is carbonated and you don’t want it to explode–lesson leaned.

If it really bothers you simply run your kombucha through a small strainer or remove it with a fork or something before drinking it but remember, it’s not going to hurt you if you drink it! Think of it as just a super concentrated part of the kombucha and guess what? IT’S GOOD FOR YOU!

 

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Why is kombucha so good for you?

There are 93580943 health benefits of kombucha but it’s mainly known for the following reasons:

  • Contains probiotics which are live, healthy bacteria that keep a healthy balance in your gut. This helps improve digestion and boosts your immune system.
  • Contains high amounts of B vitamins which help increase energy 
  • High in antioxidants to help with immunity and disease prevention
  • Is a natural source of glucosamines which help lubricate your joints and may help decrease joint pain

Other health benefits include but are not limited to: liver detoxification, improved mood, cancer prevention, natural anti-microbial, aids in weight loss…etc.

**It’s important to note that there have not been many scientific studies done proving any of these health benefits to be true or not so as always check with your doctor if you have any concerns before trying kombucha.

 

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I heard kombucha contains alcohol- is that true?

Great question!

Unpasturized kombucha can actually ferment in the bottle and over time can reach an alcohol content near some beers (if left refrigerated).

Unless you’re making your own kombucha the alcohol content in stoe bought brands isn’t really anything to worry about and unfortunately will not get you drunk at all haha!

According to my health bible aka Web MD: ‘In June 2010, Whole Foods pulled kombucha from store shelves across the country because of concerns about the fluctuating alcohol content beyond the legal limit of 0.5%. Since then, suppliers have met their standards and the beverage is back on the shelves.’

**I have to say again if you’re pregnant or have other health concerns PLEASE consult with your doctor before trying kombucha!

 

What are some of my favorite brands?

GT’s Kombucha– Gingerade, Triology

Heath-Ade Kombucha– Ginger-lemon, California grape, Pink lady apple

Brew Dr Kombucha– Jusr ginger, Love, Lemon ginger cayenne, White rose

 

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Your Turn,

Have you tried kombucha?

What’s your favorite brand of kombucha?

Did you love kombucha or hate it the first time you tried it?

 

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11 Comments

  • Reply Liv @ Healthy Liv November 1, 2016 at 6:49 am

    This is such a great kombucha 101! I’ve tried it a few times but have never been able to finish a whole bottle because it’s just too strong maybe? I may have to try different brands and flavors, though. Is there one that you think is more mild?

    • Reply Diana Becker November 1, 2016 at 10:50 am

      Thank you! Which brands/ flavors have you tried? I think GT’s Trilogy is the mildest kombucha I’ve had. I also love everything ginger- it takes away the kind of muddy taste some kombuchas have.

  • Reply Cayanne Marcus @healthyezsweet November 1, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Spot on with the fruity champagne description! Also I second the “don’t knock it til you’ve tried (at least two or three of) it” because I have certain flavors I can’t stand and some I love. And for the health benefits it’s worth finding one you like!
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    • Reply Diana Becker November 1, 2016 at 5:20 pm

      I got lucky loving the first flavor I tried! I’ve tried a couple flavors out there that were so nasty if that was my first experience I wouldn’t be writing this post haha!

  • Reply GiGi Eats November 1, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    I need ALL the probiotics I can get – so load me up! Ha Ha. Although, I heard it does NOT taste very good…..
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    • Reply Diana Becker November 1, 2016 at 5:21 pm

      Do you like ginger? It masks all the funky kombucha flavor perfectly! I highly recommend GT’s Gingerade or Health-Ade’s Ginger!

  • Reply rachel @ athletic avocado November 2, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    As if I needed more reasons to LOVE kombucha!!! Such a cute little guide for those who have never tried it 🙂
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    • Reply Diana Becker November 2, 2016 at 5:31 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m so obsessed with kombucha…I don’t evem want to think about how much $$ I spend on it weekly haha!

  • Reply shaniece November 3, 2016 at 1:30 am

    After reading this post it really encouraged me to try it, especially for the health benefits!
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    • Reply Diana Becker November 3, 2016 at 10:13 am

      It’s so good- very fizzy and refreshing!

  • Reply Tara December 1, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    My friends made vegan kombucha floats, highly recommend!

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