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Add kom-what to my daily routine? you may be sneering at your screen. If you’ve never heard this funky funny word before then brace yourself because when I tell you what it is you may want to close your browser exclaiming “that’s enough internet for today!” but I implore you to read on with an open mind.
It’s fermented tea
“What now? you want me to drink fermented tea?” you ask. “What’s so wrong with regular tea that I have to start fermenting my tea now? What is this? some hippy fad bandwagon you want me to jump on? The next new cure-all?” I hear you. I thought the same thing when I tried it at a food festival about seven years ago. I was a little apprehensive and had a lot of questions and I knew the only way for me to have them answered was for me to try it and decide for myself. The fact is it is not a fad, (well, it may be treated that way by some) and it is gaining popularity, but it has been around for hundreds of years. Read about the legend of the sea treasure here.
Those that are familiar with this tonic know how it has benefited them. It is not a cure-all (and as a side note: I don’t believe there is anything that is a cure-all and would turn the other way if someone was claiming that about anything. That’s just snake-oil and I don’t abide that!) Although there are myriad benefits to its consumption it is not a panacea. Let me put it this way for example: if you were to suddenly up your intake of dark chocolate (which by the way the cacao beans were fermented before being produced into chocolate. You can read about it in this book) and started noticing that you had more energy which in turn had you accomplishing all the things and then in turn you feel good about yourself. You may think that the chocolate cured you of all your ails and that it was all you needed to have in your life. While it may be nice to think that ‘all I need is this one food and I’ll be set’ the fact is: we need a variety of foods and we need fermented foods included in that variety to have a healthy, nourished body.
That’s all this is; something that you may or may not have heard of that you may or may not like that you may or may not want to add to your diet. There are many fermented foods you may already be consuming like: beer, wine, sauerkraut, cheese, yogurt, kefir, tempeh, pickles, all of which require the addition of certain bacterial cultures and/or yeast to ferment the original ingredients in order to get the final product. Now, there may be some people who can consume one or all of the above foods and feel fine, great, fantastic! and contrary to that there may be others that cannot consume certain foods and it leaves them feeling lethargic, yucky and maybe downright ill. What may be beneficial for one is toxic to another. ALWAYS listen to YOUR body! That being said, I’m not trying to scare you out of trying it beforehand but rather promote awareness that we are all individuals with individual taste preferences and dietary needs but maybe, just maybe this may be what’s missing in your life (wink)
Out of the extensive observed benefits I will list only 5 that I hope prompts you to at least try it, (just one little sip? you’ll never know unless you try it) and for those of you that are kombucha-caholics (say that 5 times fast) I hope that maybe you’ll learn something new?
- Promotes healthy gut bacteria – (I apologize in advance to the germophobes) Perhaps you’ve been hearing more about gut bacteria in the news and it’s relation to our overall health? Kombucha is one of the things that helps with that! Just as we have a brain in our head we have a secondary brain in our gut (you may be saying: ‘hold the phone lady! now you’re telling me we’re all some sort of alien-like creatures with two brains!’ but before you click the X, where’s that open mind we talked about?) It is called the enteric nervous system and consists of neurons, (which are nerve cells that process and transmit information) that line the digestive tract from esophagus to colon. Hence the term ‘gut-instinct’. We are our bacteria. We live in symbiosis with bacteria. Bacteria covers every surface of the planet. Ingesting the right bacterial cultures can bring your body to a point of homeostasis or rather a stable or balanced state. Some derivative effects of healthy gut bacteria are: boosting metabolism, improved digestion and bowel function, a boost in energy, and healthy cell regeneration.
- Destroys free radicals (Immune support) – In other words it’s an antioxidant. It helps to rebuild that which would otherwise be destroyed without preventative measures. The effects of having a diet that is high in antioxidants are: the rebuilding of connective tissues, improved eyesight, increase in healthy cell regeneration leading to your skin having a healthy glow. Think of your body as a city and there’s all these ‘radicals’ freely running around destroying buildings and gardens and roadways. You worked very hard on your city! you need something to stop these hooligans from damaging anything else. In come the special forces (antioxidants) to control the scourge and eradicate the radicals or at the very least keep them at bay. In the same way that our police and military are the protectors of our communities and countries, antioxidants are the protectors of our bodies keeping the free radicals under control. Ingest your daily dose of antioxidants with kombucha!
- Helps clear candidiasis (yeast infections), reduce kidney stones and support healthy liver function – Okay so, I put three benefits into one but I feel they are related. Well, honestly the whole body is interconnected if you look at it generally but the kidneys, liver and bladder all have a job to filter and flush toxins from the body. As in detox a buzzword that is floating around these days. Yes, our bodies naturally detoxify but we need to put in the high quality foods our bodies need that will support its optimal function. Now think of your body as a car and you continually put low-grade gasoline in your car, in some cases that may result in poor gas mileage (low energy) you may need to do an injector flush (bladder) or add a fuel cleaner (kidneys) or change the fuel filter (liver) now of course you cannot get a liver change willy-nilly so ingesting the proper foods including bacteria and yeast will be the engine cleaner or filter cleaner that aids your liver to function properly. So yes, we need to consume foods that help our bodies to detoxify. Read a testimonial here.
- Headache/Migraine relief – Good news! Kombucha’s ability to provide the body with the stuff it needs to return it to homeostasis or balance in effect may result in fewer headaches and migraines.
- Stress Relief – Everyone experiences stress in one way or another and stress can manifest itself in our bodies in different ways from ulcers and IBS to losing focus to low moods and depression. Kombucha increases acidity in the gut which is crucial to absorb nutrients from food as well as ease digestion. Kombucha contains, thiamine, B6 and B12 which are known vitamins that help the body stabilize mood and improve concentration.
Are you convinced to give it a try? With all these possible benefits what’s to lose?
If you would like to read more about Kombucha then this book is the ultimate resource with a wealth of information as well as a recipe section.
Of course, you’ll need a SCOBY which is the lovely bacterial culture and yeast which makes sweet tea into kombucha. It is an acronym for Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast. You can find viable, high quality, guaranteed SCOBY mothers including starter liquid from Kombucha Kamp.
Having it at home on tap allowed me to make these:
The additional fruit sugars in the nice cream stimulate the yeast and create more fizz. Mix it together and freeze for popsicles!
Kombucha Float or Popsicles
- 1 cup frozen mixed berries or other frozen fruit like pineapple
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1/4 cup coconut or almond milk
- kombucha store bought or homemade
Blend all ingredients together in a high-powered blender adding more milk as necessary until it resembles soft serve ice cream. Scoop in to 2 glasses and pour kombucha over top.
For popsicles blend the float together, pour into popsicle moulds and freeze for at least an hour. ENJOY!