I wonder, if Dr. Oz and Oprah and oh, I dunno, Gwynneth, over at GOOP, were to tell us that we could get rid of our wrinkles by rubbing our faces with our own feces… would we do it?
Damn rights… I would totally have a strainer sitting beside the loo to catch the nasty bits.
Well, while it might look a little like fecal matter, this elixir has been around for a millennia and, as always, I’m late to the party… just like with the tech bubble and acid wash jeans.
It’s called Kombucha, a fermented tea, and it’s looks only a little gnarly to actually get down. It’s heralded as the elixir of all health elixirs, so much so that it’s been coined the ”Immortal Health Elixir” – oh, how I love to say “elixir”- and it’s my newest thing to combat this thing called evolving into wrinkly old dried out tomato. Here’s the deets:
One tough mother… or SCOBY: The kombucha mother, or SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast) is basically a floating piece of fibrous cellulose with these beneficial microorganisms. G. xylinum bacterium makes up most of the physical structure of the kombucha mother. The presence of the mother is a sign of an active and alive Kombucha. No mother is a sign of pasteurization or processing.
The acidity of the ready kombucha product prevents contamination by airborne mold and bacterial spores. The bacteria and yeasts in the kombucha are also thought to produce antimicrobial defense molecules to protect from contamination as well.
Loaded with goodies: Kombucha is full of organic acids, active enzymes, amino acids and polyphenol anti-oxidants. The most common elements include various organic acids such as acetic acid, butyric acid, usnic acid, oxalic acid, malic acid, gluconic acid and lactic acid. It also contains active enzymes and probiotics. Yum!
Kombucha is mostly produced in a sweetened green, white or black tea. The most effective fermentation process utilizes organic evaporated cane juice or honey… although watch with the honey as too much can interfere with the stability of the culture. Most of the sugar will be transformed into organic acids that dull the blood sugar response so it is very low glycemic and non-inflammatory. If you are going to buy Kombucha from the store, make sure to get a brand that doesn’t add sugar to it, otherwise fresh at home is best!
The benefits: Improves joint function… Kombucha is rich in glucosamines which helps preserve cartilage structure and prevent joint degeneration. Glucosamines increase hyaluronic acid production within the joint which binds moisture thousands of times its weight in the joint cavity. This provides the joint with structure, moisture, lubrication and flexibility while protecting against free radical damage.
Improves digestion and immunity… Kombucha is loaded with probiotic bacteria and yeast that make their way into the gut and ward off parasites and pathogens. It is particularly good at minimizing Candida and improves digestion and nutrient assimilation. Kombucha enhances immunity by inoculating the gut with healthy microorganisms and providing anti-oxidants and enzymes. Helps the body cleanse…
This beverage is loaded with enzymes and organic acids that help to detoxify the body. This reduces the load on the pancreas, liver and kidneys and helps the body rid itself of unwanted wastes and destroy cancer cells. Kombucha is rich in glucaric acid which has potent anti-cancer activity.
In fact, Nobel Prize winning Russian author Alexander Solzhenitsyn attributed drinking kombucha throughout the day, each and every day, to helping him beat stomach cancer. This was during his time in the soviet labor camps. President Ronald Reagan was so moved by Solzhenitsyn’s testimony that he used kombucha to help him stop the spread of his cancer in 1987. I guess that’s sayin’ something…
If you’re wanting to make Kombucha yourself, you may want to give this a try: http://everydaypaleo.com/how-to-make-kombucha-by-katie-of-wellness-mama/
Otherwise, if you’re not able to readily find a SCOBY, a good mother is hard to come by, word on the street (or at least word on GOOP) is this is the store bought version that’s the best: http://www.synergydrinks.com/