Kombucha, the probiotic king
Some of you may have already heard a little bit about kombucha, or heard the name, but have no Idea what the heck it is. Well, you have come to the right place, I will share with you the why’s and the how to’s of kombucha.
So what is kombucha? Kombucha is a fermented sweet tea, normally a black tea, however, you can use green, while, or rooibos teas. There is a yeast culture that will live in the batch of sweet tea and live off the sugars in the water, this is called a SCOBY. Your SCOBY will grow each and every batch, this is what makes the tea have the probiotic properties.
What can probiotics help with?
- Digestive Health
- Urinary Health
- Women’s Health
We have a lot of bacteria that live in our guts to keep everything going smoothly. As I tell people that our gut is our second brain and that when something is wrong it most likely is stemming from our guts. An unhealthy gut can cause issues such as IBS, bloating, cramps, constipation and diarrhoea to name a few from our digestive health. When our good bacteria are low in out guts it can also cause UTI, or yeast infections, as a child I seemed to be prone to them, so this would be a great way for both an adult and a child to up their probiotics in their diet.
How to make Kombucha
It is very simple actually.
- You will need your Scoby and some of the original kombucha that it was living in. The best way to obtain a SCOBY is through a friend who is already growing some, a local health food store or you are able to purchase a dried one online.
- After you get your starter SCOBY you will need to make your first batch. You will boil 4 cups of water and 1 cup of white granulated sugar, boil until sugar is dissolved.
- Once boiled you will add approximately 5 tea bags (you may use loose leaf tea) let steep until very strong.
- Once the tea is steeped strong you will then add 12 more cups of cool/cold water to the mix.
- You will then add your SCOBY and the original Kombucha.
- Put all into a large glass jar/jug, and cover with a cloth secured with an elastic band. (Cheesecloth is not recommended.)
Depending on the size of SCOBY and the temperature of your house it may take up to 14 days to ferment. You may taste test after 4 days, you will want the mixture to be tart with a little sweetness. After it is to your desired taste you will want to pour into other Glass containers. You may add fruit or fruit juice to flavor it. You will want to put the Kombucha directly into the fridge at this point. You also may do a second fermentation to obtain carbonization. You will need a glass jar with a pressure sealed lid. (Recommend using a pressure tested jar.) Let sit out for 3 more days then chill.
7 Kombucha Health Benefits:²
- Immune Health
- Joint Care
- Cancer Prevention
- Weight Loss
I include kombucha in my everyday routine. I noticed a huge difference in my overall health once it was included in my diet. If you wish to learn more information on how I incorporate it into my life or how I found it has changed my life, please contact me.