I remember the first time I ever heard about drinking Kombucha. I was visiting my sister years ago for Thanksgiving and she was telling me all about a friend of hers. “She has this big jug of tea that sits on her counter and there’s this giant mushroom-looking thing floating in it. It’s so gross. She always tries to give me some and there is NO way I’m drinking that!” My sister and I were both grossed out and humored by the fact that anyone could drink anything that had a ‘mother’ and produced ‘babies’! We both swore we would never drink something like that. Yuck!
How does that old saying go again? Oh yeah….
Never say never!
Fast forward a couple of years. I began being a bit more health conscious and much more aware of the foods – and drinks – I put in my body. I started researching and began reading about Kombucha and fermented foods. I found great, informative sites like Wellness Mama and Cultured Food Life. I was very intrigued and wanted to learn more. Maybe this Kombucha stuff wasn’t so bad after all.
A local organic store offered a Kombucha class earlier this year. I signed up and, for a mere $15, learned all about how to brew it and brought home a beautiful baby SCOBY to feed and grow. So, I brought my baby SCOBY home, fed it some sweet tea and waited….somewhat impatiently…..for it to ferment. I waited 10 whole days and loved the result! Tangy, tart, delicious. I’ve been hooked ever since! Funny how something that I used to be grossed out by is now a daily staple in my diet.
Thankfully, I’ve always been a fairly healthy person so I wasn’t looking for Kombucha to heal me or to be a magic cure. I just figured that if I could be more healthy, why not be more healthy? Kombucha is a natural detoxifier, great for gut health, full of probiotics, can increase energy and improves digestion. And these are just a few of the ways you can benefit from it. I like to think of my daily dose of ‘booch as my preventative ‘medicine’.
I look forward to my daily dose of ‘booch and am having fun playing with different flavors. I love that I can share it with others and hopefully help them down a healthier path.
A special thanks to Sara of Great Days of Hayes blog for sharing this great story of her journey with Kombucha.