Kombucha & everything about it
KOMBUCHA is a fermented mixture of sweetened black tea and SCOBY - Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast (+starter liquid in which the SCOBY lives).
SCOBY forms after the completion of a unique fermentation process of lactic acid bacteria, acetic acid bacteria, and yeast. After this process is finished, the previously sweet tea turns into a living sour bubbly drink.
It's that simple! In the process of second fermentation various flavoring ingredients are added (herbs, spicer, sugar, caramel, fruits, veggies). They can be combined into a million different tastes.
Eager to know more? Just keep reading!
Our gut - where the majority of the Immune system is formed
Of course a regular sweetened black tea is not living yet - but it becomes as it ferments with the help of SCOBY (the spongy white disc you see in the picture above). It's a living creature, full of healthy living bacteria and yeast.
Ummm, bacteria? Yes! And not just any kind of bacteria, but the ones that are good for your health. Some "good" bacteria are necessary for our bodies (that is to say, gut) so they can function properly. Bacteria are a natural inhabitant in the human gut (up to 2 kilos live inside it!), which nowadays suffers mainly due to our poor eating habits. That's the main reason why our guts struggle to function properly. Our poor eating habits cause the "good" gut bacteria to make place for the "bad" ones, which multiply uncontrollably and make harm to you. The after-effects of poor gut health are the well-known digestive problems (such as constipation, gas, diarrhea etc., leading to more severe problems, such as the so-called leaky gut), while other more serious problems may occur.
By drinking kombucha you add some of the "good" bacteria back to your gut, where they can help other good bacteria do their job properly - help with digestion and help keep your “bad” bacteria in check.
Why is good gut health so important? And why is the gut so ignored and unrecognised, when the truth is that the gut is the one crucial organ that helps us feel good and stay healthy? You probably didn't know - in fact, about 70 percent of the immune system is housed in the gut, so keeping our digestive system in uncompromised shape can be key to addressing a vast variety of our health issues.
Kombucha aids your gut, immune system and health - it promotes/boosts metabolism and digestion so your gut can work better and absorb more nutrients from the food while the immunity cells form faster. Drinking kombucha soothes digestive problems, and many regular consumers say it helps them with a variety of stomach issues.
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The fermentation process - it's when the magic happens
Kombucha is an end product of fermentation of sweetened black tea. The fermentation starts after the sweetened tea is introduced to SCOBY. The good bacteria and yeasts, found in SCOBY, slowly transform sugars into acids - so the tea becomes a little sour, refreshing and alive.
The taste of freshly brewed kombucha depends on how long it ferments - from sweet after shorter fermentation to vinegary sour after longer fermentation.
Although not all sugar is digested and transformed to acids, the amount of sugar left in the beverage is still small. It's digested to the point we can not equate it with common refined sugar, plus most diabetics don't experience a rise of blood sugar. Nonetheless, diabetics should consult their doctor before drinking fermented beverages, such as kombucha.
When the process of first fermentation is finished after several days,second fermentation starts - it's when different types of spice, herbs, fruits or vegetables are added for taste. In AYATANA we always use 100% natural fruit juices, teas, herbs and spices (such as lemon zest, cinnamon, mint, ginger juice etc.).
All of AYATANA's kombucha tastes are a true work of art, since they're made by one of the greatest Slovenian fermentation masters, a pHd in biology and kombucha expert Martin Turjak. We're really proud to say he makes our kombuchas tastes extremely innovative, balanced and delicious.
If you're interested in fermentation, >>> this article dives a little deeper >>>.
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Kombucha is for everyone
Eventhough kombucha is a fermented drink, it does not contain more than 0,5 % of alcohol, so it's considered a non-alcoholic beverage. Because kombucha is a living drink, you should always store it in your fridge (up to +8 °C would be perfect). You can have it in the morning, during the day or in the evening, whenever you like. Although its main ingredient is black tea, the amounts of caffeine in kombucha are extremely low.
Kombucha is a refreshing beverage for everyone, no matter who you are or how old you are. It is energizing, tasty, and healthy. It's full of vital nutrients - vitamins, antioxidants, enzymes, good bacteria and yeasts. Plus it's ALIVE - good for your gut, metabolism, immune system, digestion, mood and energy level.
Could kombuca be the greatest drink of all times?
We say it quite probably is. ;)
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