What is Kombucha?
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When you first wondered “What is Kombucha?” and got some information, it was probably from a friend. Often though, that friend may not actually KNOW very much about Kombucha.
“It’s fermented tea, and it’s good for you, I think,” probably summed it up.
It’s a common problem.
Even worse, when you then go looking, many Kombucha recipes are over complicated or just confusing.
Wading through conflicting pages about the health benefits of kombucha is tiring, especially some of the “claims,” both good and bad.
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When I first started brewing instead of going out every day to buy kombucha, I was amazed at how hard it was to even find a quality, easy to understand kombucha recipe.
Separating fact from fiction when it came to Kombucha benefits was impossible.
I’ve never believed drinking homemade Kombucha cures cancer overnight, but is it possible it might have an effect? What is Kombucha good for?
How about simpler things like joint stiffness or improving digestion? Is it crazy to think these ailments might be helped by drinking raw Kombucha on a daily basis?
For some reason, the world of Kombucha is very secretive. Those with knowledge don’t like to share the golden nuggets.
But I’ve never been that way.
Now that I’ve been teaching others how to make kombucha tea for over 7 years, and serving as Master Brewer for several commercial operations, those secrets have become mine the old fashioned way.
Though the information may seem a bit overwhelming at first, I’ve broken it down into a simple recipe and e-book that allow the newbie to learn the basics about brewing Kombucha and find out if it’s right for you.
Want an honest nugget? Kombucha is not for everybody.
There are many ways to get your probiotics or your fermented foods. In my experience, some people respond positively right away, even developing an immediate taste for the sweet-sour punch of raw Kombucha Tea. Others, not so much.
How about another honest nugget? Kombucha Tea is not a panacea.
Some people drink Kombucha for awhile and say it does nothing for them. There are no guarantees that raw Kombucha will have any benefit for you.
I always say listen to your body, and it will guide the way.
But don’t give up on Kombucha after only one try. As always with something so new and different, it may take a little getting used to at first.
Time to get real…
Now that you signed up, head to your e-mail to download the DIY Guide and check out Chapter 1 of Secrets of Kombucha Tea.
You’ll find that between the easy recipe and safety tips and the fun facts of Secrets, you’ve got all the info you need to make a decision about brewing your own homemade Kombucha Tea.
Guess what? I already know what your decision is going to be. 😉
I know this because organic Kombucha is such a wonderful gift to have in your life. And I say this knowing full well that you think I am just a Kombucha mushroom person (lol), but I am confident you will come to believe this too.
I meet every month with Kombucha drinkers and brewers during my free support sessions. These people tell me over and over the wonders Kombucha has done for their health.
I will admit to being skeptical myself sometimes.
I’ve heard the stories of certain villages in Russia near Chernobyl. The legend says the residents avoided cancer at astounding rates after the accident due to daily Kombucha consumption.
Seems far fetched.
When an old man used to tell me he was walking without pain for the first time in 20 years, and the only thing he’s doing differently is drinking kombucha 3 times a day, I thought to myself, “Okay sure. You think it helped you.”
Or even if drinking homemade Kombucha did help him, it couldn’t have been much.
Soon another older gentleman made a similar claim.
And then a middle aged “weekend warrior” soccer player told me the same story.
An older woman mentioned how much better her knees were feeling after forming a Kombucha brewing habit.
One of my clients, a famous dancer, confessed that her colleagues pass around Kombucha mushrooms as their secret weapon against inevitable creaky knees.
Friends who are athletes, some of them marathon runners on a world class level, swear by Kombucha Tea as a required part of their daily routine. What is Kombucha Tea doing for them?
Some prefer it before as a workout boost while others feel it serves them best as a recovery drink.
Either way, these top athletes say that drinking raw, organic Kombucha is doing something special for them that no other drink out there can match.
I am NOT a world class athlete. Not even close. But even I feel the lift my homemade Kombucha offers after a nice hike or a day at the beach.
But what about research…
So some Kombucha fanatics who drink it say it makes them feel good. So what, right?
Fair enough. I can’t really argue. After all, if you BELIEVE something will help you, science has proven that may be enough to show improvement.
No need to rain on anyone’s parade if it’s working for them.
But then I started digging around to find my own sources. I’ve gotten tired of waiting for accurate information about alternative health options as approved by The Powers That Be.
So as I began looking, I started to find that there is brand new research, some as recent as September 2010, that has begun to bring into focus the reasons why people all over the world have been claiming Kombucha benefits their daily lives.
One study shows Kombucha helps repair damage done to the organs by chemical intake.
Another shows that Kombucha reduced the absorption of damaging gamma rays.
A third demonstrates that Kombucha helps prevent chromosomal abberations.
Suddenly I find myself thinking about the villages in Russia.
Then I read studies confirming the presence of Glucuronic Acid and Glucosamine in the standard Kombucha ferment.
The first binds to toxins and ushers them out of the body and the second is incredibly helpful to rebuilding joints, especially knees.
Two more light bulbs go off.
All of this is to say nothing of the known and inherent benefits of all fermented foods as well as probiotics.
So sure, I am a Kombucha fanatic. But I didn’t start out that way.
I believe in Kombucha because it makes sense to me.
I believe that a fermented beverage, made from healthy tea, conferred with vitamins and enzymes otherwise proven to be beneficial, is good for me.
The FDA tells me that foods cannot be drugs, or at least cannot be considered a drug for the purposes of helping people.
Kombucha has never been evaluated by the FDA and therefore cannot be claimed to provide any benefit whatsoever.
Nothing in this website should be construed as an endorsement of Kombucha in treating or preventing any disease.
All you will find are reporting of facts.
If there’s a study about Kombucha, I’ll relay what it says. Tellingly, there are no negative studies about Kombucha, only positive ones.
I’m quite sure that if it was possible to prove in a lab that Kombucha Tea was harmful, plenty of companies would have paid to do so already.
But hey, I’m a bit of a rebel. And the way prescription drugs have been knocking people off, a part of me is glad the FDA doesn’t approve of Kombucha. Maybe it means something positive.
I’ve rambled on long enough, but I wanted to be real with you here and thought you might want to hear the real story about brewing your own Kombucha at home.
I hope you understand a little better why I want you to sign up below and learn more.
I’m the Kombucha Mamma, you should listen to your Mamma! 😉