WTF is Kombucha?

So I realize that this trend peaked around 2013-2015 but I'm one of your late adopters that isn't so easily bought into a new trend. But today, I decided I finally wanted to learn what all the hype was about.

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Less stress? More energy? A healthy dose of bacteria? Sound gross? Well, get ready because kombucha is a trendy wellness drink made up of a combination of just that: bacteria, tea, and sugar. The result tastes somewhat like sour-fruity apple cider and has a vinegar-like smell.

What's All The Hype?

Kombucha has had a growing fanbase for a while now but it isn't exactly a new concoction. Kombucha has its origins from Ancient China. Back then they believed it to be a natural remedy to inflammation like arthritis. Nowadays, kombucha is believed to be a natural home-remedy and a one-stop solution for everything from acne to constipation.

I know, what is it exactly? Kombucha is a fermented black or green tea drink made with added yeast and a culture of bacteria, and maybe fruit juice for extra flavor. After the ingredients are blended, the mixture goes through a process called S.C.O.B.Y., which stands for symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. The live bacteria is what allows for the fermentation process to begin.

We have become so much more health conscious in the recent years. And our proactive choices to find food and drink that support our overall wellbeing have become evident in the trendy wellness commodities lining the shelves of stores.

Kombucha is one of the more popular and regular items on these shelves. This is because it contains probiotics which are microorganisms like the "good bacteria" in your gut, that can help with your overall health.

To keep things simple, I have compiled a list of kombucha's benefits below:

  • fights colds

  • lowers cholesterol

  • promotes a healthy gut

  • relieves irritable bowel syndrome

  • relieves diarrhea

  • relieves food allergies

  • helps prevent reduction of antioxidants

  • reverses effects of stress on immune system

  • good source of vitamin B

  • regulates metabolism and energy

  • contributes to a healthy heart, skin, and nails