Kombucha (or tea fungus) is a lightly carbonated beverage created by using fermented tea, sugar, fungus, and bacteria. Its popularity is explained by the fact that the combatant is able to provide your body with several important bonuses at once: charge with energy for the whole day, cope with pain and inflammation, strengthen the immune system and speed up metabolism.
This controversial drink is known to people for thousands of years and has always been used in various cultures to promote health. Most notably, what people say about improving digestion and the beneficial effects of this drink on the intestines.
Kombucha is rich in probiotics. On the one hand, as is the case with any other tea, your body will receive antioxidants and polyphenols. But since this drink is fermented, you will also provide the intestines with probiotics (beneficial bacteria), which are important for normalizing the functioning of the digestive system. “In addition, dairy products – and these include our titular beverage – can improve the health of intestinal cells and function of the immune system, reduce the risk of allergies and chronic diseases.
Benefits of drinking kombucha
- Strong immune system. This beverage is rich in antioxidants, which increase the body’s energy and support the immune system. If you drink it daily, the body’s defence functions will improve significantly. In addition, the risks of developing autoimmune diseases are significantly reduced.
- Detoxification. This tea drink has the ability to cleanse the body. Fermented tea contains a powerful glucuronic acid, which neutralizes toxins in the liver and removes them through the kidneys. This also reduces the pressure on the pancreas, which is good for the liver. In addition, it prevents the harmful effects of petroleum products, resins, and pesticides on the body.
- Antioxidant effect. Tea is replete with powerful organic acids that protect the body from oxidative damage. The antioxidants look out for oxygen free radicals and neutralize their actions. Thus, if you use a fermented drink, it will protect the body from serious diseases and inflammations.
- Antimicrobial effect. The antimicrobial properties of the drink are actively fighting food pathogens. They provide protection against a variety of microorganisms that negatively affect human health. For example, epidermal staphylococcus, Pseudomonas, and salmonellosis.
How to make kombucha
- 5 tbsp. l black tea without additives and flavours
- 0.5 litres of boiling water
- 7 tbsp. of sugar.
- Pour boiling water over the tea and let it sit, then add the sugar and stir until it dissolves.
- Thoroughly wash a one-litre jar with soda or sterilize in the microwave.
- Strain the tea into the sterilized jar through a cheesecloth.
- Cover the jar with a fresh layer of cheesecloth and put it in a dark place.
- After 4–6 weeks, a significant vinegar aroma will appear, and then a thin “mushroom-like” layer will form on the surface of the tea leaves.
- Carefully remove the “mushroom” and transfer into a three-litre jar filled with diluted tea.
- Was the fungus with boiled warm water once a week in the summer. In winter, it is enough to carry out the procedure once every 3-4 weeks.
- Transfer the fungus in another sterilized jar from time to time.
- Keep the jar in a dark place without drafts, do not allow direct sunlight.
We would like to share a video with instructions on how you can make your own fermented drink at home. Enjoy!
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What is so special about kombucha? If we explain briefly, this funny-looking tea has antimicrobial properties and helps in the treatment of various disorders and diseases:
- restores the intestinal microflora;
- facilitates detoxification of the body;
- helps with gout;
- reduces cholesterol;
- reduces arthritis pain;
However healthy this drink might seem, do not forget about personal food restrictions. It’s not recommended to consume it if you:
- Increased acidity.
- Low blood pressure.
- Acute gastric ulcer.
It is not recommended to use this stuff independently, without consulting your doctor. Otherwise, the harm of this tea is possible. Despite all the benefits of the drink, many studies in the treatment of diseases were successful only in individual cases and have not yet been confirmed at the world level of medicine.