Wednesday, December 29, 2010

I FINALLY TOOK THE PLUNGE...INTO KOMBUCHA

GT's Organic Raw Kombucha

 For a few years, I've read and heard about folks drinking up this "kombucha" thing. I've heard wonderful things about what it does for your digestion but also heard that it tastes...uh, a little "different". So after many, many, many months, I decided to take the plunge and give Kombucha tea a try.

I decided to pick up some GT's Organic Raw Kombucha drink a try. I chose this one because I read that it was 100% organic and raw. I ended up trying the botanic no.7 that has hisbiscus and ginger in it. I discovered that the "different" taste that it has is similiar to apple cider vinegar. So it wasn't a turn-off for me since I've been drinking ACV diluted in water. I actually kind of like it. They also have their Synergy line, which is 95% raw organic and  5%  real fruit juice. May give this one a try tomorrow just for kicks.



Let me provide some explanation as to why I had interest in this drink and chose to give it a try.

Sounds so mysterious.... Da heck is Kombucha?


Kombucha is a fermented beverage made of tea and bacteria cultures. For the last 2,000 years in Asia, families drank kombucha for its purported medicinal qualities. The special yeast and bacteria cultures are usually circulated person-to-person, although now mixtures can be purchased online. This homeopathic drink tastes tart but full-flavored, like carbonated apple cider. Kombucha recipes have travelled to Korea and Japan, from there to Russia, and finally reached Europe after WWI.

You must have a "mother brew" to cultivate kombucha, which is why originally it was handed down through generations of a family. Much like yogurt, a cup of kombucha can be reserved to make the next batch. This is because it is a living brew, with microorganisms that are beneficial to our digestive tract and others claim help other internal systems. The culture is not a fungus, as some report, but a mixture of bacteria and yeast that forms a gelatinous, yellowish substance.

While the health benefits of kombucha have not been officially evaluated as a medicine, many people have experienced positive effects from 1/2-2 cups (120-470 ml) a day. It's said to be calming, aid in digestion as the bacteria stays in our intestinal tract, ease the pain of arthritis, improve immunity, and lower cholesterol. A poultice of kombucha can be applied topically to sores as an antiseptic. Some people even drink kombucha to detoxify, as a part of an overall health strategy such as a vegan diet, a juice fast, or only eating raw food.

*above info from Wisegeek.com
 
What are the reported health benefits of kombucha?
 
First, there’s all the benefits of detoxification, such as healthy livers and cancer prevention. One of kombucha’s greatest health benefits is its ability to detox the body. It is rich in many of the enzymes and bacterial acids your body produces and/or uses to detox your system, thus reducing your pancreatic load and easing the burden on your liver. Kombucha is very high in Glucaric acid, and recent studies have shown that glucaric acid helps prevent cancer. I know 2 people in my immediate circle of friends who have had cancer (pancreatic and breast) and fought it into remission without any chemo or radiation therapy. Instead, they warded it off by detoxing their lives (going 100% organic, removing chemical cleaners and agents in their home, changing their diet to be at least 80% raw or fermented, etc.) Central to the detoxification process was drinking Kombucha regularly. Even Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the recently deceased Russian author and nobel-prize winner, in his autobiography, claimed that kombucha tea cured his stomach cancer during his internment in soviet labor camps. (And because of this testimony, President Reagan used Kombucha to halt the spread of his cancer in 1987. You’ll note he didn’t die until 2004, and that was from old age, NOT cancer.)


Next, there’s all the benefits of the glucosamines it contains, such as preventing or treating all forms of arthritis. Glucosamines increase synovial hyaluronic acid production. Hyaluronic acid functions physiologically to aid preservation of cartilage structure and prevent arthritic pain, with relief comparable to NSAIDs and advantage over glucocorticoids. Hyaluronic acid enables connective tissue to bind moisture thousands of times its weight and maintains tissue structure, moisture, lubrication and flexibility and lessens free radical damage, while associated collagen retards and reduces wrinkles.

Then, there’s all the benefits of the fact that it’s a probiotic beverage, such as improved digestion, fighting candida (harmful yeast) overgrowth, and the general health and well-being associated with this. As such, it’s noted for reducing or eliminating the symptoms of fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, etc.

Plus, it’s extraordinarily anti-oxidant rich, and you all know the benefits of anti-oxidants for boosting your immune system and energy levels.

*above info and more from FoodRenegade.com
 
Have any of you tried this type of beverage before or drink it on the regular?.....

11 comments:

  1. I see your in GA like me. Where do you buy it?

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  2. Sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing CO. Take care:)

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  3. @Alana - Whole Foods and some health food stores carry it.

    @Zainab1 - My pleasure.

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  4. This sounds very interesting indeed, I'll have to look for it the next time I'm at Whole Foods. Also interesting to note the Chinese have used ginseng root in teas and other drinks for 1000s of years for medicinal purposes, not the ginseng in pill form, I get fresh ginseng at the Assi Market, and I am sure you can find it at International Markets as well, and seep it in my teas. I think it helps with energy levels as well.

    For your friends with cancer, good for them for no chemo or radiation, interesting to note that alt doctors have been using high dose vitamin c IV's to cure cancer, without all the side effects of chemo/radiation. They give a minimum of 100,000 vitamin c daily through IV and also controling diet, and people beat their cancer forever. Always something else to look into if you know anyone who gets cancer in the future, a lot healthier solution than compromising their immune systems with chemo/radiation.

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  5. Thanks for sharing, hon! this sounds like just what I need!
    @VeganRummer: Thanks for sharing as well, I have a friend with cancer and this info could literally save her life!

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  6. @VeganRunner - Thanks for the info! This is great to know. I'll definitely pass it along.

    @NaturalNubian - Would love to know your experience with Kombucha if you do try it.

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  7. Oh I love Kombucha - I have a culture and I make my own. It then makes more cultures and then you can give them away. I like the taste also I don't think it is a turn off. But, it is different. I think it has wonderful qualities also I think it is good to buy if you don't want to go through the production process.

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  8. @MissCherie - Wow! You make your own Kombucha? How awesome! Much respect.
    I'm feelin' the taste of it, also.

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  9. My sister loves it, I just hate the taste.

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  10. @Deva - Lol. It does have the type of taste that you have to acquire for.

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  11. I drink one everyday, but not the flavored (juice added) ones, just the original. The first time I tried it, it did put me off as it was different - but the next time I tried, it seemed to click for me. Because it's nourishing, I think you get use to the taste quickly. Enjoy

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