What is kombucha and is it good for you? If you haven’t heard about kombucha, it’s one of those latest health trends that actually been around for thousands of years. I will teach you how to make kombucha, and share with you why it’s so good for you.
Kombucha is a fermented, slightly bubbly, sweetened black or green teat drink consumed for its supposed health benefits. You can add fruit juice, spices, fruit or other flavorings to enhance the taste of the kombucha tea..
Kombucha has origins from China where the drink is traditionally consumed, but it is now homebrewed globally, and also sold in stores in various flavours.
Kombucha is produced by fermenting sugared tea using a Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast (SCOBY) commonly called a “mother” or “mushroom”. The living bacteria are said to be probiotic, one of the reasons for the popularity and health benefits of the drink.
A few years ago my hairdresser, Becky, was talking to her client about her Scoby. Now, since I wasn’t going anywhere with all that foil in my hair, I was paying a lot of attention, while at the same time trying to look like I wasn’t eavesdropping . (I am a woman of many talents!) She said her scoby was huge and she wasn’t sure how to make it smaller. What?! I was riveted!
I had NO idea what she was she talking about. Sounded like a disease to me. But, diseases don’t usually get huge. (Not in my experience anyway). Was it a plant….. or a flower with a weird name? Was it like a bunion or a wart? Curiosity got the best of me and I finally had to ask (more like butt in) what she was talking about. She said it was the ‘mother’ for her Kombucha. Kombucha? What is that? Becky proceeded to tell me that Kombucha is a fermented drink and is good for me in many ways. She drinks one every day and said that I would love it. (She has known me 17+ years)
That all sounded great to me but why was I even going to drink it? What was the point? What did ‘good for me’ really mean? And being a person of a curious mind I hit the web – this is what I found out:
is a rich source of probiotics. A large amount of probiotic bacteria is produced during the fermentation process. The Scoby uses the sugar for food and turns it into gas. And that fermentation creates probiotics, which in turn, provide your gut with healthy bacteria. These bacteria can improve many aspects of health, including digestion, inflammation and even weight loss.
Hmmm…..sounded good. Healthy gut and weight loss? I was in!
But then I started thinking – what are probiotics and why do I even need them?
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for you, especially your digestive system. They are often called ‘good’ or ‘helpful’ bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy. You can find probiotics in supplements and some foods, like kombucha and yogurt (see my Keto Coconut Milk Yogurt post here).
Since I love trying new things – like making yogurt from scratch, homemade pickles or even sauerkraut, I thought I would give it a try. Click on the button below. The recipe will go straight to your downloads folder! NO sign up required 🙂
Our bodies are complicated machines. And when you get to be my age, some of the systems slow down…..if you know what I mean (wink wink). I have reintroduced homemade Kombucha into my morning routine and I have truly felt the benefits. Give it a try – it tastes great and is also fun to make! And, it’s also pennies to make compared to buying at the store. Eating healthy has some major health benefits too (and is not just for the younger generation)!
First gather all your supplies – LOW SUGAR recipe – Keto friendly.
Once I had everything gathered I proceeded to make my Kombucha – This recipe calls for a very small amount of sugar. That way it does not affect my Keto Lifestyle.
This recipe makes a 1 gallon brew – or about 8-9 of the bottles I have above (the ones I use).
When your Scoby gets bigger you can make 2 gallons of Kombucha at a time. Just double the ingredients. AND, if your Scoby gets really big you can cut it half. Find a friend that would like all those health benefits and gift him/her a Scoby (don’t forget to add the liquid with it).
The Scoby uses the sugar for food – so in that process there are minimal amounts left over. Nature is so dang cool!
I hope this how to make Kombucha Recipe was helpful to you and inspired you to go ahead and make your own brew!
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