Kombucha (Part 2) – What is it?
Part 2: The Product
What is Kombucha?
A fermented beverage containing beneficial bacteria in the form of yeast. According to SeedsOfHealth.com, “The first recorded use of kombucha comes from China in 221 BC during the Tsin Dynasty. It was known as "The Tea of Immortality". It has been used in Eastern Europe, Russia and Japan for several centuries. It's from Japan in 415 AD that the name kombucha is said to have come.”
What is a Scoby?
You’re friend the scoby, essential a colony of yeast and bacteria.
The slimy thick growth that occurs when fermenting tea is called a Scoby. Writers at TheKitchn.com say, “Scoby is actually an acronym: Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast. And that's exactly what it is! A scoby is the living home for the bacteria and yeast that transform sweet tea into tangy, fizzy kombucha — think of the scoby as the coral reef of the bacteria and yeast world.”
Is yeast good for me?
Yeast is naturally occuring, in your gut, on your skin. It’s a necessary part of your microbiology. Yeast is a part of the tea fermentation process and the “Scoby” in kombucha. The bloggers at virtuousbread.com state, “Kombucha Acetobacter yeast strains also build the scoby mushroom. Acetobacter xylinoides and acetobacter ketogenum are two strains that you might find in kombucha. Saccharomyces  includes a number of yeast strains that produce alcohol and are the most common types of yeast found in kombucha.
Why are fermented foods important to digestive health?
Good microbes are your friends, they help you digest foods and eat up waste for you. The help you ward off bad microbes and keep your overall health in check. Your immune system lives mostly in our gut and the balance of those microbes is crucial.
Is kombucha healthy?
My experience and my mom’s says it can be, but that’s our personal experience and opinion. We’re not medical experts. If you’d like to try it but have concerns, talk to your own medical professionals.
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