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What is Kombucha?

November 6th, 2014

Learn how to enjoy the health benefits of this fermented beverage at home.

Kombucha is a fermented beverage whose origins are believed to date back 2,000 years to ancient China. Made by fermenting sweet black tea with yeast bacteria, this tart and refreshing drink is reminiscent of apple cider, though its flavor can be altered by adding different types of fruit juice, herbs, or spices after brewing. Although kombucha’s benefits have not yet been evaluated by the FDA, the beneficial bacteria it contains are believed to deliver many health benefits similar to those of apple cider vinegar and other fermented foods and drinks.

Brewing Kombucha Tea

You can purchase pre-made kombucha beverages at health or natural foods stores, but it is actually easy to make your own kombucha tea at home. All you need is a starter kit. Just make sure you find one that contains high-quality starter tea as well as a live (not dehydrated) SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast).

To brew your kombucha, all you need to do is:

  1. Boil 1 liter of water and steep 2 bags of black tea for 15 minutes.
  2. Transfer the tea to a glass brewing container such as a mason jar.
  3. Add 4 tablespoons of sugar and stir to dissolve.
  4. Allow tea to cool to body temperature, then add ½ cup of the starter tea and the SCOBY.
  5. Cover with a tea towel and store in a warm location out of direct sun for 7 to 10 days.

After 7 days, taste your tea. If it is too sweet, it needs to ferment longer because the bacteria have not yet consumed all the sugar. If you are happy with the taste, carefully pour out the tea into a separate container, add whatever other flavors you like, and enjoy.

Making Kombucha Vinegar

If you allow your tea to brew longer than 10 days, it will become progressively more vinegary. By letting it brew 14 to 17 days, you can make kombucha vinegar. You can use this vinegar just like you would apple cider vinegar. It’s great for salad dressings and coleslaw.

Benefits of Kombucha for Menopause

Kombucha is just one of many fermented foods that can help support healthy aging during menopause. Like all fermented foods, kombucha contains healthy bacteria that help support your digestive system, make it easier to absorb certain nutrients, and help promote a strong immune system. Kombucha tea is also believed to contain acids that help remove toxins from the digestive system and liver. When coupled with a healthy diet, kombucha can help you get the nutrients you need to keep your body strong through menopause. Please consult Renew Woman’s™ certified virtual nutritionist to learn more.

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