Kombucha


An elixir like no other, not a tea, but a beneficiary of teas innate goodness, made from a fungus ( that you can eat!) called a SCOBY; symbiotic culture of yeast and bacteria.

It is a variety of fermented, lightly effervescent beverages, made from the culture, sugar and Tea . It is a fully functioning food. Containing a colony of yeast and bacteria that interact together and ferment and become something else: a sweet and vinegary B vitamin and enzymes, probiotics and high concentrations of acetic, glauconite and lactic acids. It is this magic mix that gets to claim it’s super.
I got my first culture from a Chinese lady on La Brea, a couple lifetimes ago, the book it came with was a skinny little thing that had little imagination . Still, I had a continuous batch for years, and then I moved, and SCOBY got carelessly left behind. I’m afraid a few years went by, before rediscovering Kombucha again.. And it was all because of Hannah. I met her at the Weston Price conference in Oregon, and just loved her for bringing the Kombucha up to the rock star status its deserves. The
best Kombucha whisperer, Hannah Crum.
It is from her superbooch book that I am quoting, freely, lest you think I have more than 1/3rds originality in mah brains. From ‘The Big Book of Kombucha’ Supports healthy liver function ( the REAL ) detox-ER in your body. Detox specifically means counteracting a cells toxicity, so strong -ass liver cells don’t cave to the barrage of toxins we throw their way. Kombucha can help heal, repair and prevent joint damage
in a number of ways.
Loaded with glucosamines, (which increase synovial hyaluronic acid production, as if you didn’t know). This supports the preservation of collagen and prevents arthritic pain. In the same way it supports joint collagen, it also supports collagen of the entire body and reduces the appearance of wrinkles on the skin! Kombucha is also beneficial for cancer prevention and recovery. A study published in Cancer Letters found that consuming glucaric acid found in kombucha reduced the risk of cancer in humans.
Boosts energy! Kombucha’s ability to invigorate people is credited to the formation of
ironthat is released from the black tea during the fermentation process. It also contains some caffeine (although in very small amounts) and B vitamins, which can energize through a special process known as chelation (the iron released helps boost blood hemoglobin, improving oxygen supply to tissues and stimulating the energy-producing process at the cellular level. In other words, by helping the body create more energy (ATP), the ancient tea can help those who regularly drink it stay energized).
 The Great weight loss aid as the acetic acid is rich in polyphenols and limits fat accumulation. Improves digestion and bowel function – the antioxidant powerhouse that is the Kombucha counteracts free radicals, and really helps digest foods because of its high levels of beneficial acids, probiotics and enzymes. This heals leaky gut and stomach ulcers. You don’t need Prilosec, heal heartburn, candida,and GERD with booch! The overall effect that kombucha has to modulate the immune system is best seen in its ability to control free radicals through antioxidant measures. Clinically proven to decrease oxidative stress and related immuno-suppression, a powerful antioxidant known as D-saccharic acid-1, 4-lactone (DSL) was discovered during the
kombucha fermentation process that’s not found in black tea alone. Scientists suspect that DSL and the vitamin C present in kombucha are its main secrets in protecting against cell damage, inflammatory diseases, tumors and overall depression of the
immune system.
Okay, some of that was a little wordy. But you do know why it’s a great thing to try instead of soda, or Gatorade. You can buy the stuff at the store, or you can make it at home. It is again- all about the prep. You take some time on a Sunday morning, get your kitchen act together and you will have a world of goodness within your reach.