It is said that kombucha is good for many ailments and to support proper digestion functions. We have created a whole survey on actual drinkers of kombucha to ask them what is kombucha tea good for? To see those results check out our Kombucha Benefits.
Though our Kombuhcha Benefits page answers what are the top REAL benefits of drining kombucha tea, here are the actual components or characteristics of kombucha along with how it might be used to help your body.
Kombucha is a Probiotic
This means that kombucha is good for restoring healthy bacteria in your body. In this case, kombucha is used to offset people who have taken anti-biotics in the past.
By introducing living probiotics into the body, many people have experienced an increase in digestive flora. This increase in flora helps with digestion and detox.
Kombucha Alkalizes The Body.
Although kombucha is externally acidic, it is considered a weak acid. This means that once ingested it will bind to minerals and the overall effect will be alkaline to the body.
This is very similar to lemons and apple cider vinegar. A balanced internal pH has been reported to increase our immune system. This means kombucha is good for increasing your immune system.
Kombucha (usually) Contains Tea.
Though it is not completely necessary, the majority of kombucha is made using the leaves of the camililias senensis plant (that’s fancy talk for tea leaves.. as opposed to other herbs).
There has been a tremendous amount of research on the benefits of tea (different types of tea have different charecteristics, ex: green, white, oolong, black, etc) – however all tea contains EGCG and other polyphenols and amino acids, vitamins, minerals, caffeine, and theanine.
This means, when consuming kombucha that has been brewed with tea, kombucha is good for weight loss, increased mood, energy, and high blood pressure.
Kombucha Converts Sugar Into Organic Acids.
As we discussed earlier, kombucha contains several different types of organic acids. A major one is gluconic and glucoronic acids which may have specifically detox the liver.
Many people who cleanse their liver report a noticeable difference in their skin, hair, eyes, and finger nails (they will grow like crazy!)
Kombucha is a much healthier and lower calorie and sugar alternative to soda.
This one is personally my favorite and usually the often over looked answer to why so many people experience such a drastic difference in mood, weight, appearance and digestion almost immediately. Kombucha is good for (no, strike that GREAT for), a replacement for your other beverages.
It shares many of the similar characteristics of your favorite soda; it’s astringent, it’s sour (has a little bite to it), it’s fizzy, it tastes great ! But unlike soda, it has very little calories and sugar once properly fermented.
People ask all the time how much, and it will vary by recipe and fermentation environments, but it is almost always 430% less sugar and calories as a soda.
Plus it is not just what it doesn’t have, it is what is found in kombucha too — don’t know.. well just scroll up and re-read today’s class silly!
Okey dokey class. We are finished with today’s what is kombucha class. We are leaving off at a good place, b/c tomorrow we will go into the Real Benefits of drinking Kombucha as experience by our readers/brewers/kombuchaholics.
There is a top 10 List included. It will be awesome.
Till then –
Smile at a random person,
Make sure your hair is combed
and Share your newly gained kombucha knowledge with a friend. (you can do so with the fancy facebook buttons, and such).
And in that order, because no friend will listen to you about a subject they never heard before if your hair’s a mess.
PS: Remember, by now you are probably going into some shock about how much fun it is to discover kombucha. I know I went crazy when I found out you can make kombucha at home for pennies… in fact that’s why I started this site and itty bitty (yet moderately awesome) kombucha company. It’s all about sharing the love! I hope you are enjoying these classes as much as I enjoy writing them (for reals!).
PPS: If you have not signed up for our Free Kombucha Mini Course and Kombucha Vids, you can do so now and not miss out on any of kombucha tips!