Like kefir, kombucha, or ‘tea fungus,’ is one of the many drinks that are good for the body.
Kombucha is a naturally carbonated, low-sugar drink made from fermented tea. The secret to its success? SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast), which is often referred to as a fungus, but which is, by definition, a symbiotic culture of yeast and bacteria. It is also called ‘the mother,’ as in ‘mother of vinegar,’ whose role is to initiate the fermentation process.
Good to know: kombucha drinks may contain traces of alcohol (less than 1%), a small dose which, don't worry, is not enough to get you buzzed at lunchtime.
What are the benefits of kombucha?
Kombucha is as beneficial for digestion as it is for the immune system. Rich in gluconic acid, a detoxifying molecule, it helps eliminate toxins accumulated in the liver. Full of probiotics, which are beneficial bacteria, it also regulates the acidity present in the stomach: in other words, good digestion! And by strengthening the intestinal flora (the primary function of probiotics), it also boosts the immune system. In short, kombucha is a miracle drink!
Where can you find kombucha?
Kombucha drinks have invaded the shelves of all sorts of organic shops, grocery stores, and supermarkets. And we can understand why! Very low in sugar and highly invigorating, they are a healthy and 100% fun alternative to sodas and other sugary drinks.