What The Heck is Kombucha and Should I Be Drinking It?

Who wouldn’t want to drink a delicious beverage that offers powerful health and even weight-loss benefits?

If you aren’t already drinking Kombucha, you probably don’t know just exactly what it is.

While it’s been around for hundreds of years, and has long been popular with the alternative health crowd, it’s hit the mainstream more recently.

And odds are, if you knew what it was, you’d be drinking some right now!

While Kombucha isn’t a magical elixir, it is fabulous for supporting the body in a wealth of different ways.

Kombucha is a fermented tea that contains billions of friendly gut organisms (probiotics) that help to boost the immune system by increasing levels of good organisms in the gut.

This in turn provides a first level of defense against pathogens from things you ingest.


Did you know that 70% of your immune system lies in your gut flora?

Healthy gut flora is essential for overall good health.

Without it, all sorts of conditions can develop or worsen, such as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease and even allergies.

To keep healthy gut flora intact, and strengthen immunity, a diet rich in probiotics is recommended, – and that includes Kombucha tea, as well as foods like plain yogurt, kefir and sauerkraut.

Kombucha is made by adding a culture of bacteria and yeast to a mixture of tea, sugar/honey and sometimes other flavorings.

It’s often called “mushroom-tea,” because during the brewing process the bacteria and yeast grow into a mass that looks like a mushroom cap.

The drink typically contains some small remnants of the bacteria solution, which probably doesn’t sound too appealing, but it’s really not much different from the sediment typically found in wine.

This beverage with a sweet tart flavor is a nutrient-rich, low-sugar beverage with just 30 calories per eight ounces – considerably less than a soft drink, and much better for you too! I like to look for the honey based brew since I avoid white sugar.

It contains a variety of vitamins, minerals and enzymes, and has been prized by traditional cultures for its health-promoting properties for centuries.

You might be surprised to find how much that 8 oz. drink offers in the way of health and well-being.

Just a few of its benefits include:

  •  Increased energy levels
  • Better digestion
  • Improved mood
  • Liver detoxification and support
  • Eliminating candida (yeast)
  • Immune support
  • Detoxification support
  • Weight loss

While drinking Kombucha tea on its own, without making any diet or lifestyle changes, won’t help you lose weight, it may help support weight loss efforts by improving metabolism and limiting the storage of fat.

While more research needs to be conducted to confirm that claim, it makes sense as its high in acetic acid, like apple cider vinegar, as well as polyphenols, which have been proven to boost weight loss.

As Kombucha has gained popularity throughout the U.S., it’s easy to find in most stores, but it’s important to look for an organic variety that doesn’t contain a large amount of sugar. Health food stores tend to be the best place to look.

If you still haven’t kicked the soda habit, replacing it with water, herbal tea and eight ounces of Kombucha or so per day may be one of the best things you can do for your health and your waistline!

Yours in Health,


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