The What, Why & How of Kombucha

Nothing quite beats a freezing cold ‘booch fresh out of the tap. With kombucha on tap available in all GoodFor stores, we’re lucky that we can get our hands on this whenever thirst sets in! Kombucha is our absolute go-to beverage; it’s less sugary than fizzy drinks & most juices, more substantial than a glass of water, less glutenous and bloating than beer or cider, and it’s alcohol-free! Not to mention the array of amazing health benefits that kombucha offers, from maintaining a happy & healthy gut, to acting as an adaptogen for stress relief and overall balance.

So what is this wonder drink, you might be asking? Read on to learn more about kombucha – what it is, its key health benefits, and how you can get some in your life ASAP!

What is Kombucha?

Kombucha is an ancient elixir that has been consumed for over 2,000 years all over the world. It is made by fermenting black or green tea using a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) and some type of sweetener (ideally natural). Throughout the fermentation process to create kombucha, the SCOBY feeds off the sugars in the tea mixture, producing a powerful combo of natural acids, B vitamins and probiotic bacteria as a result. This process of making kombucha takes time and patience in a well-controlled environment… But is well worth the wait!

Kombucha has an acquired taste that has been likened to vinegar, and may be quite acrid for some people to begin with. However you get used to this once you have started drinking it on a regular basis, and choosing a ‘booch that has been naturally flavoured definitely helps to ease your taste buds into it. We stock flavours that we know you’ll love!

Health Benefits of Kombucha

A Healthy Gut

The probiotics naturally present in kombucha play an important role in keeping your gut happy & healthy. Probiotic literally means “for life”, and probiotics re-establish the natural ecology of your intestinal flora. They do this by working to increase the acidity in your gut, which is crucial for easing digestion and breaking down food more efficiently. In this way, ‘booch can be helpful for relieving gut stress that often manifests as irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers or other digestive complaints.

Rich in B Vitamins & Vitamin C

Kombucha is naturally rich in B vitamins, which support brain health and may improve mood, memory and concentration. Vitamin C is also present in kombucha, helping to boost immunity and suppress the release of cortisol (one of the body’s key stress hormones). While these vitamins are only found in trace amounts in kombucha, they are more bioavailable and therefore you’re more likely to absorb and reap the health benefits.

Acts As An Adaptogen

Kombucha can be considered an adaptogen i.e. a plant or plant-based derivative that helps to bring the body back into balance, benefiting the entire physiology rather than a specific organ or system. Adaptogens can also provide liver protection, reduce cravings for sugar and alcohol, and boost immunity, energy and stamina. The more adaptogens you have in your life, the better!

How to Include Kombucha In Your Diet

Drinking kombucha as an alternative to coffee, fizzy drinks, fruit juices, and even alcohol is a great way to minimise your overall caffeine, sugar and alcohol intake – should you be wanting to cut down on any of these. Sip away on ‘booch whenever you need a morning eye-opener (the L-theanine compound found in our fizzy friend will provide you with a focused, calm energy), afternoon energiser, or just something to quench your thirst! As it is made with black or green tea as the base, it still contains caffeine, but doesn’t tend to give you the spikes in jittery energy that coffee might do.

It’s a good idea to store your ‘booch in an amber or dark glass bottle to protect all the good stuff inside, be sure to keep it in the fridge to maintain freshness. You can find two locally made kombucha brands on tap in your local GoodFor store, we have the lovely Banjo Brews, carefully and lovingly brewed in Nelson and the Batchwell brand, which is made right here in Auckland. Give it a shot next time you’re in, remember to BYO bottle!

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