Kombucha Benefits | #WhatToEatWednesday

To be very honest, I did not like kombucha the first time I tried it. I thought it tasted like vinegar and the slimy bit at the end made me want to gag. I tasted three different kinds and decided it was not for me. Then one day while I was talking to a fellow nutritionist, he had mentioned kombucha for energy and digestion. I told him I could not stand kombucha and then he promised me that I would like it if I tried “Reed’s Kombucha” and holy cannoli he was right! I was introduced to the best kombucha I’d ever tasted and was no longer close minded to the idea of kombucha. I promise I have not been paid by Reed’s to write this, nor have they sent me/given me anything (though I’d really LOVE that!) but I chose to use their brand as the best example because it truly is the best, and most tolerable, in taste in my personal opinion. Anyway, now I will share with you how kombucha benefits your health.

What is Kombucha?

Kombucha is a fermented, raw, probiotic and naturally carbonated tea. It is said to be an ancient “Chinese Elixir”.

The main ingredients include: Water, Tea, Sugar and a fermenting culture called a SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast). The only reason there is sugar is because the culture (SCOBY) needs it as food to ferment; but don’t worry once SCOBY uses it to ferment it only ends up being about 2-3 grams per 8 ounces.

It tastes sweet and tart with a little hint of vinegar. The best kombucha’s (like Reed’s) won’t be overwhelming.

Kombucha Benefits

  • Natural probiotic
  • Good for digestion
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Rich in amino acids
  • Good for the immune system
  • Releases natural energy
  • Detoxifying

**Kombucha should not be consumed if a woman is pregnant or breast feeding.

How Much, How Often?

In my own opinion, it would be good to get one bottle and drink half one day, half another because of Kombucha’s high acidity levels. Do this 2-3 times a week. I do not recommend a bottle daily though. Just my personal nutritionist opinion over here. There are other ways to get probiotics (yogurt, kefir, supplements) and when it comes to good nutrition, everything should be in moderation, have variety and balance.

Reed’s flavors amazing and very enjoyable. I can’t even choose a favorite because I love every one I have tried. Today I had Hibiscus Ginger Grapefruit. Next will be Lemon Ginger Raspberry!  See all the flavors at: Reedsinc.com