My New Obsession: Kombucha
Have you tried it?
I've only recently tasted Kombucha. A year ago I didn't know what it was, except that it's a trendy health-food/beverage. I heard a lot of this:
It gives you energy.
It's great for the digestive system.
It stimulates the immune system.
It's refreshing and tasty!
Online, buzz includes taglines like "immortal health elixir." Two of my friends even make their own! But what is it?
If you look it up on Google, it'll say: a beverage produced by fermenting sweet tea with a culture of yeast and bacteria. Wikipedia says Kombucha: is a variety of fermented, lightly effervescent sweetened black or green tea drinks that are commonly intended as functional beverages for their supposed health benefits. Kombucha is produced by fermenting tea using a "symbiotic 'colony' of bacteria and yeast" (SCOBY). Click here.
|Mgarten at the English language Wikipedia. Kombucha brewing with SCOBY. No changes made.|
Needless to say, if someone abstains from all alcohol, is expecting or nursing, etc, Kombucha is probably not for you.
But I thought I'd try it. As someone who always craves more energy, better digestive health, a stronger immune system, and yummy drinks, I thought, why not? I deal with GERD and am always interested in ways to help my digestive system find balance, so it was worth a shot for that alone.
It wasn't hard to find Kombucha at Target in the refrigerated "healthy drinks" section, and the brand Kevita Master Brew was on sale! I bought two flavors: Pineapple Peach and Raspberry Lemonade.
I started with the gentlest-sounding of the two: Raspberry Lemonade. I took a sip and immediately got on Facebook.
Kombucha friends! Is it supposed to fizz? Is it supposed to taste like vinegar?
Yes and yes. So I drank down half and shared the other half with my husband. He made a face, too. We drank them down, noted how few calories are in the bottle, hoped for good things, and went on with our days. (Back to the alcohol for a second: I had no clue at this point there could be a little alcohol here. I didn't feel a thing.)
The next day, my husband and I split the bottle of Pineapple Peach. Then something weird happened.
We started to like Kombucha.
We crave the vinegary tang of them. The light fizz. The taste. We both found them to be quite refreshing after a work out.
|From Kevita site|
The Pineapple Peach remains our favorite. But is it worth it?
Does Kombucha give us more energy? Maybe. It's been a busy season in my house, and while we are wrung out. we've kept our heads above water. As part of a healthy diet, exercise, and trying to get enough sleep, they might be helping...or might not.
Has it helped my digestive system? Well, I've felt more balanced and haven't had a GERD episode since I started.
Is my immune system boosted? Perhaps! I can't quite judge that yet.
It's expensive as a daily habit (bottles can run between $2-$4), which is why some people make their own. I'm interested in learning, and one peek at Pinterest can overwhelm you because so many hipsters offer cute memes with recipes for flavors and directions for other uses (Kombucha soap, anyone?).
|www.KombuchaKamp.com allows use of this image!|
How about you? Have you tried Kombucha?
Susanne Dietze is the author of a dozen new and upcoming inspirational romances, like The Reluctant Guardian (LIH) and My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho: Rebecca's Plight (Barbour). Lately, she's typed some of them while sipping Kombucha.
Visit her on her website, www.susannedietze.com