What is kombucha?
Kombucha, simply defined, is fermented tea. It traces its roots back to China, Japan, and Russia, as early as 221 BC.
What makes kombucha so special is the unique symbiotic culture that makes it all work. It’s called a SCOBY, or Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast. During the fermentation process, the yeast eats the sugar in the tea, creating alcohol, then the bacteria eat the alcohol and turn it into various acids to aid digestion. The result is that tart and tangy brew that you know and love!
What are the benefits of kombucha?
While there are many purported benefits of kombucha, the main benefit is to improve your digestive health. This happens in two ways: through the good bacteria remaining in the brew post fermentation, and from the acids produced in the fermentation process.
Improving your digestive health is nothing to sneeze at. 70-80% of your immune system is in your gut microbiome, or those little critters that make everything tick in your body. A healthy gut can help you be at your best, and kombucha can help you get there!
Health talk aside, we love how kombucha gives us gentle energy and a fizzy, tasty drink to accompany our daily adventures.