Kombucha. What started out as an occasional indulgence before developing into enough of a habit to learn how to avoid explosions and exposing unsuspecting others to the occasional scoby (the gelatinous clumps that make appearances from time to time and in various sizes, or "a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast"), has since become a dietary staple. I drink kombucha just about every day. Sometimes more than once. I've tried every brand I've met, and the only thing stopping me from drinking even more of it, is the cost. At somewhere between $2.99 on sale, to up to about $8 on the marked-up gourmet NYC deli side, it's not quite competitive with a green juice habit, but it's close.
Which is why I am now the proud owner of my very own living, breathing gelatinous little UFO-shaped bacteria bundle that will start the brewing for the first of what may be a never-ending batch of homemade kombucha.
Once brewing, it's possible to simply keep "feeding" the bugs, and enjoy kombucha on tap. Making it as it should be, my friends, not an indulgence or a habit, but a lifestyle.
Adopted in part because it's damn delicious (and an awesome cocktail replacement if you're abstaining, as I am again) but also absolutely because of its benefits:
Benefits of Kombucha (source: Wellness Mama)
- liver detoxification
- improved pancreas function
- increased energy
- better digestion
- improved mood (helps with anxiety/depression)
- kills Candida (yeast)
- helps nutrient assimilation
- weight loss
All of the above benefits, and more, are caused by the fact that Kombucha is a live, living, alive, (yes those are all the same thing) food, full of good bacteria, which feed our microbiome. Plentiful personal bacteria is responsible for everything from emotional health to preventing auto-immune diseases - directly or indirectly affecting nearly everything about our being. And it's tough (maybe impossible) to have too much of the right bugs, so eat them, drink them and don't be afraid of dirt (them).