My idea of a perfect Sunday morning goes like this — the crisp New York Times on my hand, the early morning sun rays shining on my skin, relaxing on my patio sipping hot Kombucha tea. This doesn’t mean that I am a morning person. Believe me, I am in a constant battle with myself wanting to wake up early and wanting to slug inside my bed and shutting out on everything!
Fortunately, since the past few months, I’ve been able to wake up early, enjoying my perfect and delightful mornings. HOW? you might want to ask; all credit goes to this magical tea, Kombucha that I’ve been taking for a few months now. The tea which is rich in antioxidants and probiotics has not only made my morning healthier but I feel energetic and thriving all day long. It has also helped me restore my digestion and liver function to a perfect balance.
I’m sure most of you are dreading yourself for not following your diet chart or not exercising enough, scrolling through every youtube channel to find the DIYs and so-called easy rules. But this one simple rule of drinking Kombucha Tea is enough to make it your ultimate heath-mantra.
What Is Kombucha?
Originated from China, the ancient drink “Kombucha” is a lightly effervescent and fermented drink that can be made either with normal tea or with green tea. This tea belongs to a specific culture, known was a Scoby which stands for “Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeasts.” By now you might have already guessed how Kombucha tea is made. The bacteria and yeasts in the tea convert the suger into ethanol and acetic acid, giving the tea its authentic sour taste.
How Is It Prepared?
Though the name “Kombucha” might sound intriguing, it’s quite easy to prepare.
- Black/Green Tea
- Kombucha Tea/ Scoby; either purchased online or from existing batch of kombucha
- Cold/Hot Filtered Water
The process is simple.. All you need is tea(regular/green) and sugar, added in the boiled water. Leave the tea to cool before adding the scoby. The formula is covered and left to ferment for a week. The mixture is then poured into an airtight container, adding some extra sugar. It is left to ferment for more days until you see effervescence on the upper layer of the container.
For more details on Kombucha tea and it’s health benefits, watch the video below:
1.Rich In Antioxidants
Kombucha tea is a rich source of antioxidants. Antioxidants fight free radicals and other toxic molecules that are a potential threat to our cells. Kombucha when taken with green tea acts a powerful antioxidant, boosting the liver function. A study conducted at US on albino lab rats showed that drinking kombucha tea reduced the liver toxicity in such rats by at least 70%.
2. Kill Harmful Bacteria
The fact that kombucha is prepared after the fermentation makes it clear that it is acidic in nature. The substance produced during the process is acetic acid (vinegar) which has the ability to kill many potentially harmful bacteria. Hence, the drink with its antibacterial properties is the best to fight against pathogenic bacteria and other yeasts.
3. Rich Source of Probiotics
Kombucha is made from scoby that requires specific strains of bacteria and yeasts and a large amount of probiotics are produced during the fermentation process. Probiotics are liviing bacteria and yeasts that are highly beneficial for your gut health. They can boost your digestion, improve metabolism and even help in weight loss.
4. Reduce possible Heart Disease Risk
One study showed that green tea drinkers have up to a 31% lower risk of developing heart disease than non green tea drinkers. Kombucha when consumed with green tea lowers the two markers of stroke: LDL and HDL cholesterol. Bottom line is, Kombucha has been shown to improve these cholesterol level, hence making it a potential food to reduce the risk of heart diseases.
5. Detox your body
Kombucha tea has loads of organic acids that improve the functioning of the organs, especially the pancreas, kidneys and liver. Warm Kombucha tea should be consumed before bedtime so that it can work its magic overnight. It also contains glucaric acid that helps the immune system fight cancer cells in the body.
Also Read: Health Benefits of Detoxification
All in all, although Kombucha is classified as a functional food because of its potentially beneficial effect on health, there are some risks. Kombucha is not advised for pregnant or breastfeeding women, or those who have a compromised immune system.