What is Kombucha?!

Have you heard of Kombucha?  What are the health benefits of it?

I’m talking about kombucha. My friend introduce me to this health drink and now I love it, and just started making my own Kombucha at home. Here are some heath benefits about Kombucha, some tips on how you can start brewing your own at home, and where to buy some Kombucha to try!

What is Kombucha?

Kombucha, or fermented sweet tea, is a beverage brewed through the process of fermentation with the help of a SCOBY (a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast), and is said to have dozens of benefits. Whether you home-brew or buy at your local Whole Foods or grocery store, getting all the goodness of kombucha can benefit you in various ways.

Health benefits

Kombucha is full of probiotic (from that colony of bacteria) that help support a healthy gut. Im sure everyone has heard about probiotics and how good it is for your health. Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. A healthy gut can support immune health and digestion, improve metabolism among a host of other things.  It’s said that 70% of your immune system is in your gut, so a healthy gut is going to benefit you head-to-toe, including your skin.

I really like that kombucha is a healthy alternative to sodas. Kombucha’s carbonation and bubbles are as close as it gets to soda without actually being sugar-laden soda. You can even get an array of fruity, refreshing flavors with a tiny fraction of the grams of sugar in an actual soda.

Where can I buy some?

My current favorite maker is Big Easy Bucha. It is a local New Orleans business and they sell at Whole Foods, and other local grocery stores.


But if you’re as hooked as I am, it can be an expensive habit. Brewing kombucha at home is not as difficult as you might think and saves you quite a bit of money. Here is a great video on ow to Make your own Kombucha at home. Now that I’ve gotten the hang of it, I’ve altered the recipe slightly for me and my family’s taste, and you can do the same. A few of my favorite flavors to make right now are Pomegranate and Blueberry, Strawberry Lemonade, and Lemon Ginger.

Photography: Blair Jamison

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