Kombucha has become one of the most popular healthy drinks across the UK. You've most likely seen it on the shelves of Holland and Barrett, and many people are drinking it as an alcohol alternative in the pub.
If you've bought kombucha from the shops then you'll know that some brands can be quite expensive, including some of the popular kombucha drinks that we've reviewed previously. So making kombucha at home can be a great alternative. It's pretty easy to do too, so we wanted to publish a guide about how to do it. Let's get into it:
What is Kombucha?
Kombucha, in very simple terms, is a fermented tea. It has been enjoyed for centuries, particularly in parts of Asia, and has gained popularity quickly within the health and well-being community. There are so many different versions of Kombucha that it is hard to keep up!
Other than being downright delicious, Kombucha is drunk for several benefits. For example:
- Improved Digestion: The fermentation process produces naturally occurring probiotics which may help promote a healthy gut microbiome, which can aid in digestion and nutrient absorption.
- Immune Support: Kombucha is rich in antioxidants, which reduces oxidative stress and a healthy gut has been proven to help support the immune system (and many other things)
- Detoxification: The fermentation process of kombucha can produce small amounts of organic acids, such as acetic acid and glucuronic acid, which may help support the liver's detoxification process. Great if you feel like a dull detox.
Just also remember that as kombucha is fermented, it can contain a small amount of alcohol (usually less than 0.5%), so it may not be suitable for people who are sensitive to alcohol of if you're breastfeeding.
How to make Kombucha.
Here is my ten-step breakdown of how to make the perfect Kombucha at home.