These days, we all want to improve energy efficiency. Our homes, cars, appliances and workplaces are optimized for savings. Quick quiz: What one activity does your body devote the greatest amount of energy to every day?
The answer: Digestion!
Surprised? Energy diverted to break down food in your gut takes a toll all day long. If your belly is bloated, how are you supposed to focus on anything else? Consider making your engine run more smoothly by utilizing the perfect nexus of wise traditions, fermented foods and probiotics: delicious (and inexpensive) homebrewed Kombucha.
What is Kombucha?
Kombucha, also called Living Tea, is an ancient health beverage brewed from sweet tea and a starter culture of bacteria and yeast. First time drinkers often experience an immediate craving for more. For others it is an acquired taste with a slight apple cider vinegar flavor. Kombucha pairs well with a wide variety of mixers, from water to fresh fruit juice to wine and more.
The active enzymes present in fermented items such as yogurt, cheese, sauerkraut and Kombucha have co-evolved with our intestinal systems to help us digest for maximum nutrition and benefits. Without fermented foods, the body’s ability to digest is impacted significantly.
Kombucha is the easiest and most versatile way to get all the benefits of fermented foods. Plus it works with your liver and gut to detoxify your entire body. Over time, Kombucha also alkalizes the blood (restores pH to 7.0-7.5), helping to protect against degenerative diseases and cancer.
However, Kombucha is not a miracle or a panacea. It helps the body digest more efficiently, which frees up energy to accomplish other important things the body needs to do, like heal itself. Some of the most commonly attributed kombucha benefits include a clearer mind, better digestion and a feeling of wellbeing.
Kombucha is Sustainable
Kombucha can be a gateway to other sustainable and green choices, especially in the kitchen. Integrating more homemade foods into your diet reduces waste and trash while saving money. Fermenting foods is one way to take back traditional dietary wisdom and apply it to your life.
Kombucha is always making more of itself, as the cultures replicate with each batch. You can pass them on to friends or use them for home beauty products. Over fermented Kombucha has a myriad of household uses including cleaning, pest control and wound care. There are even more uses for extra SCOBYs, even ways to use them as beauty products to save more money. Learn more at the drinking kombucha post.