Kombucha tea is a fermented, pleasant tasting drink made from sweet black tea and a live culture, sometimes referred to as a mushroom, which is a co-dependant blend of healthy bacteria, yeasts and other micro-organisms.
This beverage, which has been consumed for centuries, is purported to help boost the immune system, detoxify the body and enhance overall energy.
The culture is added to a mixture of black tea and sugar, and allowed to ferment for a week or more to yield Kombucha tea. This ancient health drink that is recognized for its elixir -type properties.
The resulting brew is rich in amino acids and enzymes that promote efficient cell production, repair body tissue, and combat foreign bacteria and viruses.
In addition, the tea contains other essential acids that help the body’s digestive system, inhibit the growth of bacteria, assist the body’s cleansing process and fight yeast infections.
It is important to note that the Food and Drug Administration has not approved the beverage as a treatment for any medical condition.
Kombucha is typically home brewed using the live culture, which can be purchased online from a Kombucha supplier. A web search will lead to sites that sell live cultures, which are also available from health food stores.
Once the tea is prepared, it is left in a dry, ventilated place to ferment from 5 days to two weeks, depending on taste. Then, it is stored in airtight containers for consumption.
Similar to making homemade yogurt with live cultures, a portion of the brew is kept to be used to make future batches of tea. For detailed brewing instructions and recipes, click here. Also, view the video below for additional information on tea preparation.
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