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What is Kombucha?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Since some of you asked . . . . . Kombucha is a raw, fermented, probiotic, and naturally carbonated tea.

About a year ago, I was looking for a replacement for soda pop and came across kombucha and dozen other interesting drinks. I tried making some of the beverages, including ginger ale/beer, kefir. Nothing rang my bell.

One day I bought a bottle of kombucha at my local health food store. It was really tasty. Sparkly. Interesting. It sounded like a 'good for me' healthy alternative. And that rang my bell.

However, $3.89 for a 16 ounce bottle does not fit my budget. I began researching and found it was easy enough to make, so I started brewing at home.

I've experimented with different teas, and adding fruit, juices, etc. For the holidays, I've been adding cranberries or cranberry juice.

It's fun, easy enough to make and it's yummy. A great alternative to soda.

Like everything else out there, there's a lot of mixed reports about kombucha. Some people claim it can cure cancer and grow hair on your chest (I exaggerate to make a point) while others (like Mayo Clinic) say there is no evidence that it does anything at all.

So, to each their own.

If you're interested and want to check it out, I urge you to do so. I've been brewing for about a year and a half and have done a lot of research and experimenting. If you want to give it a try, I'll be happy to pass along some helpful hints that worked for me.

Meanwhile, I'd like to make a toast - To your health!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KITTYKASEY 4/20/2014 6:22PM

    Thanks for the titbit's on this drink. Would you share your recipe and tips? I don't drink soda, but now and again I like something different from water now and again. This looks different. Have a wonderful day. emoticon Thanks ~Kasey

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RANNYJ 1/15/2014 9:31AM

    Thanks for sharing the information! emoticon

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RACEWELLWON 12/13/2013 8:59AM

    Looks Tasty - To your Health !

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WATERONE 12/12/2013 10:22AM

    Looks delicious and I love that you kept experimenting until you found what worked.

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ULTREYA3211 12/11/2013 6:39AM

    I admire your cleverness. The drink looks delicious.

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123ELAINE456 12/10/2013 11:48PM

  Sounds very Yummy yummy

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SYDLETZIII 12/10/2013 10:57PM

    Coffee (black) (lots), brewed tea, water, and homemade hot chocolate ring my bell emoticon

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LIKINMENOW 12/10/2013 10:24PM

    Thanks--something I'd like to try!

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2BDYNAMIC 12/10/2013 9:21PM

    OMG!!! I need my lips around that right now!! emoticon Seriously ......... I will take that toast to my and your health .................. emoticon Heres' to US!!!

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BIGPAWSUP 12/10/2013 8:07PM

    Sounds yummy.

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TRESSWANN 12/10/2013 7:08PM

    That looks really good. How has it impacted your health?

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FELINEBETTER 12/10/2013 6:46PM

    Hmmmmm.... looks very interesting indeed! I might have to look into this too.

Mind you -- please let us know if you start sprouting hair on your chest! lol lol I've got enough issues to deal with! lol lol emoticon

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FITNHEALTHYKAL 12/10/2013 6:21PM

    LOVE the toast to our health! LOVE kombucha!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/10/2013 6:09PM

    Looks awesome!

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BIKINIS3 12/10/2013 4:28PM

  I'm excited to hear someone likes making their own! I've been looking into it and have even found a "starter kit" at whole foods. Although I have found on Google ways to start your own from one of those expensive 16oz bottles. Have you noticed an improvement in your health, more specifically how YOU feel since you started doing your own? emoticon

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BONNIEMARGAY 12/10/2013 4:25PM

    Good for you, for finding a way to do it yourself.

One of the easiest healthy choices I have ever made was making filtered tap water my signature drink. Once in a while, I'll go wild and have a glass of juice or something. But water is so easy, and free!

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WALLAHALLA 12/10/2013 3:55PM

    that looks tasty!

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