Have you kombucha’d today?

Annihilating deadly space scobys

Kombucha:   A fermented, fizzy tea chock full of enzymes and B-vitamins with seemingly limitless health benefits made by a floating “mushroom” that totally looks like the neural parasites from the original Star Trek.  Kombucha is wonderfully effervescent, crisp, refreshing, and a little sour. The flavor is nice blend of sweet and sour, similar to lambic beer or white wine.

Have you tried it?  It frightened me at first.  I tried it on a whim for the first time this past Saturday. I honestly didn’t know what it was, except that it was some kind of healthy beverage with probiotics, B vitamins, and enzymes, and as a vegan, I figured I could benefit from some healthy cultures.  I loved it, immediately went out and bought a week’s supply, and promptly signed up for the 30 Day Kombucha Challenge.  Now, after two weeks of “Booching”, I’ve noticed some pretty significant health benefits.

Faith’s beautiful scoby

Without setting any goals or expectations, I began drinking about 16-20 ounces daily simply because I loved the taste.  Two weeks later, I have all but stopped drinking coffee, seen a huge jump in my energy levels, felt the creakiness in my knees lessen, experienced significant appetite control, alkalized my blood, reduced my sugar cravings, and improved my mood and sense of well-being.  I never imagined I’d benefit this much from a weird fermented drink that makes me believe that there is, after all, intelligent life in the universe.

Kombucha is a great aid in regulating digestion, treating yeast infections and candida, boosting B vitamins, detoxing from sugar, alkalizing the body, reducing caffeine dependency, boosting energy, improving mood, and more. Kombucha puts the body back into balance so that it can heal itself. I encourage everyone to give Kombucha a try, and if you don’t like it the first time, try it a few times more before giving up on it altogether. Not only is it healthy, it is also a ridiculously refreshing break from the Texas heat!

My developing scoby

I’ve been culturing my own scoby (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) over the past few weeks, but couldn’t stand to wait any longer for it to grow.  So, I purchased a gallon-sized scoby from Faith Padilla at PeaceYLove.  Her scoby was very modestly priced at only $10.95 with shipping (some are up to $20!), and she shipped the day after I ordered.  Additionally, she provided some excellent instructions for making Kombucha, and was kind enough to personally offer me some wonderful tips and advice.  She even donates 10% of her profits to charity!  What a sweet lady.

I am really looking forward to having a steady and cheap supply of Kombucha.  I have already recommended it to countless friends, family, and co-workers.  Plus, when my scoby starts producing babies, I will have plenty of “neural parasites” to fling at people who annoy me!

Visit these links for more information about Kombucha:

Gut bacteria divide people into three types, scientist say
30 Day Kombucha Challenge
Kombucha Kamp
Cultures for Health

Here are some awesome natural remedies made from kombucha:

Cajun Ernie’s natural Kombucha remedies 
Cosmetic uses for Kombucha
Uses for Kombucha vinegar
Uses for scobys

My articles on kombucha:

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