Lately, I feel like I’ve seen a lot of buzz around kombucha. This drink has been on my radar for a while– my health nut mom introduced it to me a few years ago. At first, I was apprehensive. The drink smelled like vinegar and didn’t taste that great. But once I started having problems with my stomach and carbs, it seemed like kombucha was an easy, quick fix when my tummy wasn’t feeling so hot. So I decided to give it another chance.
It seems like a lot of other food and wellness influencers have been hopping on the kombucha train, and for good reason. But what exactly is this magical drink, and what does it do?
While kombucha has just recently started to gain popularity, it’s nothing new. In fact, it dates back almost 2,000 years to ancient China. They brewed the healing tea drink to help cure inflammatory infections and certain types of cancer. More recently, people are using the drink to heal their gut, clear up acne, and in GT’s case, avoid the spreading of cancer to other parts of the body.
Kombucha is simply a fermented probiotic drink. Essentially, it is made from tea, sugar, and a culture of bacteria and yeast. The sugar gets mostly used up in the fermentation process, leaving the drink relatively low in sugar. (My latest was GT’s gingerade, with 2g of sugar per serving.) Fermentation freak you out? Not to worry, some common foods like pickles, sauerkraut, and kimchi are all fermented. The process of brewing kombucha is relatively safe, as long as you know what you’re doing.
Kombucha is credited to have many health benefits, including probiotics from the healthy bacteria. Probiotics are good bacteria in the gut that aid in digestion and keep everything moving. Kombucha also helps balance the body’s pH, detoxify the liver, and reduce blood pressure.
In terms of taste, there are many different brands and flavors to choose from. If you didn’t notice before, GT’s is my favorite brand. It’s easy to find at health food markets (most Targets carry them, too!) and they have great flavors. Like I said before, it smells a little bit like vinegar and has a very unique taste. It is definitely different than anything I’ve ever drank before, but if you find the right flavor you might get hooked.