4 Reasons to Add Kombucha to Your Life

05 January 2017

 

Happy 2017!  How is your new year going so far?

 

One of the things I’ve added to my life to stay healthy is home-brewed kombucha.  What exactly is “Kombucha”?  Kombucha is a fermented tea that came from the Far East almost 2000 years ago.  Known by the Chinese as the “Immortal Health Elixir”, kombucha contains strains of beneficial bacteria and yeast, vinegar, b-vitamins, enzymes, and high concentrations of acetic, gluconic, and lactic acid.

 

I’ve been brewing my own kombucha and sharing with friends and family for almost 5 years now.  Even my 6-year-old son LOVES it!

 

Here are 4 Reasons to Add Kombucha to Your Life:

 

  1. Supports your digestive tract – Kombucha supplies probiotics the gut and has a low pH (acidic), which supports the acidity of the stomach.  Also, Kombucha tea can kill the h. pylori bacteria on contact (the same bacteria linked to causing ulcers).  Kombucha helps balance the bacteria and yeast levels in your digestive track and improves absorption of nutrients from.
  2. Supports liver detoxification – Kombucha contains compounds which may bond to and help excrete toxins from the liver. Research has also shown that the tea may also help protect the body from environmental pollutants and even radiation!
  3. Reduces cravings & supports weight release – Kombucha boosts metabolism and limits fat accumulation.   The tea can be used as pre-meal hunger control and to reduce cravings.  Kombucha also helps settle an upset stomach.  The tea is relatively low in sugar, especially when compared to commercially-available sodas, energy drinks, juices or even many tea drinks that can contribute to weight gain, which makes it a delicious and healthier beverage alternative.
  4. Supports athletes – Kombucha improves flexibility and fluidity of movement and can be used as a post-workout recovery drink.  There are studies showing properly brewed Kombucha contains specific joint-healthy substances, or the precursors the body needs to make them, like Glucuronic acid, Chondroitin sulphate and Glucosamine. Kombucha can also help boost energy levels.

 

Here’s an easy recipe to start making your own kombucha at home:

 

Kombucha Recipe

 

1-Gallon (Scale up or down depending on the size of your vessel)

 

Supplies

  • 1 cup organic sugar
  • 4-6 bags tea –  for loose leaf, 1 bag of tea = 1 tsp
  • Kombucha Starter Culture – (SCOBY= Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria & Yeast)
  • 1 cup starter liquid
  • purified/bottled water
  • tea kettle
  • brewing vessel
  • cloth cover
  • rubber band

 

Steps

  1. Boil 4 cups of water.
  2. Add hot water & tea bags to pot or brewing vessel.
  3. Steep 5-7 minutes, then remove tea bags.
  4. Add sugar and stir to dissolve.
  5. Fill vessel most of the way with purified water, leaving just 1-2 inches from the top for breathing room with purified cold water.
  6. Add SCOBY and starter liquid.
  7. Cover with cloth cover and secure with the rubber band.
  8. Say a prayer, send good vibes, commune with your culture (optional but recommended).
  9. Set in a warm location out of direct sunlight (unless vessel is opaque).
  10. Do not disturb for 7 days.
  11. After 7 days, or when you are ready to taste your KT, gently insert a straw beneath the SCOBY and take a sip. If too tart, then reduce your brewing cycle next time.  If too sweet, allow to brew for a few more days.  Continue to taste every day or so until you reach your optimum flavor preference. Your own Kombucha Tea Recipe may vary.
  12. Decant & flavor (optional).
  13. Drink as desired! Start off with 4-8oz on an empty stomach in the morning, then with meals to help with digestion or as your body tells you it would like some more! Drink plenty of water as it is a natural detoxifyer and you want to flush the newly released toxins out.

 

GET EVEN HEALTHIER!

 

Are you ready to start adding kombucha to your life?  Do you have questions or concerns about kombucha?  Let’s talk! I invite you to connect with me for a Free Health Breakthrough Coaching Session to discuss your 2017 wellness vision—or pass this offer on to someone you care about!