I'm sure you have seen all the hype about Kombucha. I've researched it a ton but I didn't really want to try it until I was at a conference with a girl that made her own. We discussed how she broke it down and how she nursed it for months. It was very fascinating. Especially since my disease has pretty much killed my stomach! I'll try anything to get it back to normal.
So, what is it? Kombucha was invented over 2000 years ago in ancient China. They used it as an anti-inflammatory and treatment for 'ailments' or what we call arthritis today.
How is it made? You probably don't want to know.. It is made of a fermented tea (green or black mostly) with added sugar and yeast bacteria. Basically, it sits and ferments for days and a layer of bacteria is created on the top, called a Scoby. These bacteria are said to help many functions of the human body.
What does it do for you? Mostly, Kombucha is said to be great for gut health, where the ingestion of the healthy bacteria will hopefully colonize or help the preexisting bacteria in your gut.
A healthy gut is linked to a healthy mental state.
Two scientific studies found that Kombucha can be antimicrobial, anticancer, and antidiabetic. But studies on humans is very limited. Kombucha does contain DSL which is a known inhibitor of cancer cells.
You can find numerous varieties and brands. I try to stay with the organic ones just to make sure there aren't added stuff I don't want. I also suggest buying the smaller bottles to see if you like it first. It's an acquired taste for sure.
Bottom line: Just try it. It you feel that it works, then keep drinking it. It has wonderful properties and benefits!
Let me know if you have a good brand that you love!