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Kombucha: A Healthy Alternative to Soda

Kombucha: A Healthy Alternative to Soda

January 14, 2010 |  by  |  Drinks and Tonics
Ginger Blueberry Kombucha

Ginger Blueberry Kombucha

I accidentally discovered kombucha a few years ago at my local co-op. I grabbed a bottle simply because it was so cool and exotic and made me feel good just looking at it. It had to be healthy, right? It was GT’s Multi Green, which is still one of my favorites. I was hooked. I started drinking a bottle a day and I did feel really good. It may sound weird, but you can actually feel how cleansing it is as you drink it. And, I’m not going to say I feel “super energy” when I drink it because it’s not that kind of energy. It’s more of a clean energy with no crash. I basically feel better overall when I’m drinking it on a regular basis. You who drink it know the feeling, those that will hopefully try it, you’ll get it.

Anyhow, a co-worker saw me drinking it and said “my roommate used to make that.” What is this you say?? Ooh, a mission…make my own. How cool is brewing something in your own kitchen? And, although I do love me some GT’s, it gets to be hella expensive at $3.49/bottle. So, I asked around the co-op and ended up with a nice healthy scoby momma (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) and the rest is history. I’ve been making my own for about four years now, I guess. Oh, one of the other best parts is that my mom refuses to even look in the cabinet full of my awesomely brewing wonders, hehe.

Healthy gut,
healthy body.

The probiotic case for Kombucha is that it encourages healthier intestinal flora by introducing lactic acid-producing bacteria. These work in a similar way to acidophilus bacteria, the active ingredient in live yogurt. An old saying, ‘healthy gut, healthy body,’ puts it simply. The acidity level of the gut is all-important, as is the health of its microbial flora which play a crucial role in the functioning of the whole body.

Drinking Kombucha promotes good health and helps people with its excellent detoxifying and immune-enhancing qualities.

  • Boost the immune system
  • Detoxify the body naturally
  • Cleanse the blood of disease-causing toxins
  • Stimulate and enhance the body’s natural processes
  • Increase the metabolism, aiding digestion and weight loss
  • Improve liver function

Kombucha is a deliciously refreshing ‘live’ health drink boasting an army of organic acids, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. These work in a variety of ways to increase the natural health and vitality of the body, promoting harmony, balance and well-being.

My favorite flavors to make are ginger and ginger-blueberry. I have made one similar to GT’s multi green with spirulina and crystal manna which was pretty tasty. Lately, I’ve been playing with adding herbs like astragalus, elderberry and hawthorne berries for an extra medicinal boost.

If you want to try your hand at becoming a kombucha brew master and live on the Central Coast, I always have extra babies and would be more than happy to share, just email me.

Here are instructions and my brewing chart.

Bottoms Up!

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  1. hi,
    thanks for all the wonderful information on your site! I have just finished reading hte article about kambucha. I have been making it for years and would love to learn how to make it with ginger and blueberries etc. but can’t find your link “instructions” any chance you can give me more info regarding this?

  2. Hi Penny!

    Thanks so much! Glad you’re finding some useful information. I have fixed the broken link the my kombucha instructions. When adding fruits and herbs to kombucha you always add after the first ferment when you have taken the cultures out (mother & baby), let that sit a few more days and strain out and bottle. How much you add depends on how strong you like your flavors – that’s where you get to play :).


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