Kombucha is a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY) that forms a zoogleal mat. This unique beverage has been used for over 2000 years to improve health and fight infection and chronic disease. The Ancient Chinese called Kombucha the “Immortal Health Elixer” as they revered it for its remarkable health benefits.
Kombucha cultures typically contain many strains of beneficial yeasts that turn sugar into alcohol. One particular strain of bacteria, Gluconacetobacter xylinus ferments the alcohol from the yeast into acetic acid. This lowers the alcohol content in the Kombucha and increases the probiotic metabolite content.
The Kombucha Mother
The G. xylinum bacterium makes up most of the physical structure of the kombucha mother. The kombucha mother is basically a floating piece of fibrous cellulose with these beneficial microorganisms. The presence of the mother is a sign of an active and alive kombucha. No mother is a sign of pasteurization or processing.
The acidity of the finished kombucha product prevents contamination by airborne mold and bacterial spores. The bacteria and yeasts within the kombucha are also thought to produce antimicrobial defense molecules to protect from contamination as well.
Why love this fermented tea?
Kombucha Is Loaded With Unique Nutrients
Kombucha is loaded with organic acids, active enzymes, amino acids and polyphenol anti-oxidants. The most common components include the various organic acids such as acetic acid, butyric acid, usnic acid, oxalic acid, malic acid, gluconic acid and lactic acid. It also contains active enzymes and probiotics.
Improves Joint Function
Improves Digestion And Immunity
Kombucha Helps The Body Cleanse
This beverage is loaded with enzymes and organic acids that help to detoxify the body. This reduces the load on the pancreas, liver, and kidneys and helps the body rid itself of unwanted wastes and destroy cancer cells. Kombucha is rich in glucaric acid which has potent anti-cancer activity.
Nobel Prize-winning Russian author Alexander Solzhenitsyn credited drinking kombucha throughout the day, each and every day, helped him beat stomach cancer. This was during his time in the Soviet labor camps. President Ronald Reagan was so moved by Solzhenitsyn’s testimony that he used kombucha to help him stop the spread of his cancer in 1987.
Have you tried making your own Kombucha at home? What was your experience with Kombucha?
For anyone who wants the probiotic benefits but finds the kombucha-making process a bit intimidating, we’ve got a gut-healing drink you will absolutely love.
Coconut Rose Water Kefir
Thank goodness for Anna Ottosson and her book “Healthy Drinks,” which includes this recipe and more. It’s faster and easier to make than traditional kombucha, though we suggest trying both so you can discover which your body benefits from more!
What you’ll need for the coconut rose water kefir:
- 1 quart unsweetened coconut water
- 4 tbsp kefir grains
- 2 tbsp rose water
- 1 cinnamon stick (optional)
How to make coconut rose water kefir at home:
- Heat the coconut water to 98.6°F (you can also use it at room temperature)
- Pour the water into a large sterilized jar, then add activated kefir grains, rose water, and cinnamon stick
- Cover the jar tightly with a kitchen towel and secure with a rubber band
- Leave the jar at room temperature for 1-2 full days
- Strain out kefir grains (you can save them for another use)
- Enjoy your homemade coconut rose water kefir
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