Kambucha

Kambucha is also known as kombucha or kombucha tea.
We will use these terms interchangeably on this page.

It is said to be an ancient Chinese elixir that has provided a myriad of benefits for Asian cultures for thousands of years.
There are huge differences between raw kombucha and pasteurized products.

If you aren’t familiar with kombucha, it is a delicious, tangy beverage that provides a huge variety of benefits to different people.

Simply put, kambucha is a fermented sweet tea packed full of probiotics.

Another similar, yet “lighter” fermented beverage is Water Kefir.
Click here to learn all about Kefir.

History

While it is believed that kombucha was known as the “immortal health elixir” by the Chinese and was said to be consumed by various societies throughout Asia over the centuries, stories as to exactly where, and how long ago this natural beverage originated are many and varied.

Some of the more mature folk may recall this tangy beverage, and various other varieties of “kvass” gaining popularity during the “hippie movement” of the 1960’s, 70’s and even into the 1980's and 90's.
For some reason, fermented products lost their popularity during the 1990’s and into the 2000's, but it is once again becoming a favourite amongst the health-conscious as a replacement for coffee, soft drink and even alcohol!

The Benefits of Kambucha

As with any other fermented products, Kambucha contains a variety of goodies, that are not only unique to each batch produced, but indeed every individual bottle.

Just like the SCOBY itself, once fermented, the sweet tea becomes a living thing and the yeast and bacteria within this brew multiply.
Some of the amazing benefits that this living elixer gives us when consumed on a regular basis,
are provided by the;

While there was some scientific research conducted about the benefits of kambucha in Russia and Germany back in the early 20th century, many of the health benefits are simply anecdotal evidence.
While I personally haven’t felt or seen all of the touted benefits first hand, I have certainly seen and felt a variety of benefits.

So how do all these things actually contribute to my health?

As kombucha tea starts out as a tea, it not only provides us with the benefits of the tea that it contains (which can be many and varied, depending on which tea/s your favourite brew contains), but many more. These include;

  • Pre-digestion
    It “pre-digests” some of what the tea contains, therefore making the polyphenols, catechins and antioxidants more available for your body to utilize.
  • Aids digestion
    By improving your overall gut health, your digestive system will thank you, and operate in a much more efficient manner.
  • Detoxifies the liver
    which not only assists in balancing your mood, but is also said to help repair damaging effects of drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Reduce desire for alcohol
    While there is very little evidence or information out there about this, I have experienced and seen the amazing effects in terms of removing almost all desire for alcohol.. I know it sounds likely, but seriously, give it a go!

Dosage

The reason for this website being called
www.your-gut-instinct.com
is because everyone is different, and it is up to each individual to
trust their gut, follow their own "inner voice" or "intuition"
and do what is right for YOU!

In saying that, kambucha is just like exercise or diet
or any other area of your life…
If you expect to drink a glass of booch a day for a week, and resolve all of your physical &/or mental health issues,
then I’m sorry, but that ain’t gonna happen!

I would recommend consuming only a small amount of kambucha each day when first starting out, and increase the dosage as time goes on, otherwise you may experience...

"Die-Off"
This is quite simply your body expelling lots of toxins.
It may not be so pleasant to begin with, but stick with it and I assure you that you will feel and see the positive effects.

Oh, and just a little warning: kambucha is quite tangy and while it soon becomes a very addictive flavour, it is quite different at first go.
Also, be careful when opening a bottle of booch, as it does contain living things, and they may just jump out at you!

We’d love to hear how kambucha effects you,
so drop us a line and let us know what you think!