Kombucha – What Exactly Is It and really should You Drink It

 

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How Much Kombucha Should I Drink?

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The Benefits of Drinking Kombucha

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Beginners Guide To Fermentation: Kombucha Making

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Hidden Dangers of Kombucha

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Great-Tasting Wonder Drink Kombucha Offers Prebiotic Functionality

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How Much Kombucha Should I Drink?

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The Benefits of Drinking Kombucha

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Kombucha craze brings concerns about alcohol levels in some batches

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The 7 Benefits of Kombucha Tea

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Kombucha is made by fermenting yeast and bacteria with black tea, sugar, and other ingredients. People commonly use kombucha orally as medicine for many different conditions, but there is no. Kombucha is a fizzy, sweet-and-sour drink made with tea.

Many people say it helps relieve or prevent a variety of health problems, everything from hair loss to cancer and AIDS. There’s little. A slightly fizzy drink that’s probiotic-rich, meaning it contains live bacteria and yeasts or “healthy little microbes” that benefit your digestive system. “Some of kombucha’s health benefits are similar to those of other fermented foods, like yogurt, kefir and raw (live) fermented pickles or sauerkraut,” Smith says. Some unpleasant side effects (such as stomach-ache, nausea and dizziness) are sometimes associated with drinking too much kombucha.

4 Like with any live food or drink, it’s advised to allow your digestive system to adjust by building up the amount you drink gradually. For example, start with 100ml a day for the first week and increase slowly. “Kombucha is a fermented drink made from brewed black or green tea, sugar, bacteria, or fungi,” said certified nutrition coach Esther Avant. The tea’s fermentation process produces compounds that can encourage detoxification in the body (more on that though in a minute).

If you’re suspicious of probiotic supplements, drink kombucha every day to ensure you’re getting live, active bacteria. The good bacteria in kombucha, much like yogurt, encourages good bacterial colonies to reproduce. Despite the presence of yeast, kombucha is also a good pick for those looking to clear up candida overgrowth. Kombucha is typically made from black or green tea, which can contain caffeine. Though the caffeine content is less after fermentation, there is still caffeine present in the finished brew – about 10 to 25 mg of caffeine per cup (for reference, a cup of coffee contains about 40 mg).

Kombucha is a fermented tea that is gaining popularity for its potential digestive health benefits. However, it is also known to have some side effects. If you are considering drinking this beverage, you should be aware of both the kombucha benefits and risks. Video of the Day.

Kombucha is a fermented tea that people enjoy for the taste, but also for probiotic benefits that can support healthier digestion. It’s so popular that many kombucha lovers go the homebrew route. Authentic kombucha should contain three things, says Dave: tea, a fermenting agent, and a kombucha culture. When created with these ingredients and under the correct production method, the drink will naturally form a sediment after it’s bottled, and it will also naturally become effervescent.

Don’t see said substance in your ‘booch?

List of related literature:

A review on kom­bucha tea – microbiology, composition, fermentation, beneficial effects, toxicity, and tea fungus.

“Microbiology and Technology of Fermented Foods” by Robert W. Hutkins
from Microbiology and Technology of Fermented Foods
by Robert W. Hutkins
Wiley, 2018

Proponents of kombucha claim that it is a panacea for almost any disease.

“Linda Page's Healthy Healing: A Guide to Self-healing for Everyone” by Linda G. Rector-Page
from Linda Page’s Healthy Healing: A Guide to Self-healing for Everyone
by Linda G. Rector-Page
Traditional Wisdom, 2000

You can do a lot with kombucha, so if you find it tasty and/or interesting, I encourage you to do your own research on its many health benefits, as well as more advanced kombuchamaking techniques, such as second fermenting and adding other flavors.

“Keto for Life: Look Better, Feel Better, and Watch the Weight Fall off with 160+ Delicious High-Fat Recipes” by Mellissa Sevigny
from Keto for Life: Look Better, Feel Better, and Watch the Weight Fall off with 160+ Delicious High-Fat Recipes
by Mellissa Sevigny
Victory Belt Publishing, 2018

As a detoxifier, kombucha is considered a good source of Glucuronic Acid, a substance that can interact with body toxins, make them easier to excrete, and prevent them from being absorbed by the intestines.

“Detoxification: All You Need to Know to Recharge, Renew and Rejuvenate Your Body, Mind and Spirit” by Linda Page
from Detoxification: All You Need to Know to Recharge, Renew and Rejuvenate Your Body, Mind and Spirit
by Linda Page
Healthy Healing Publications, 1998

The amount of living yeast gives the Kombucha beverage an active life which continues after decanting it into bottles.

“Kombucha: The Miracle Fungus” by Harald Tietze
from Kombucha: The Miracle Fungus
by Harald Tietze
Tietze Publications, 1996

Also called kombucha tea, the tea mushroom, Fungus japonicus, tea kvass, etc., Kombucha is a tough jelly­like “skin,” which is really a complex association or symbiosis of yeasts (which are simple fungi) and bacteria.

“Medicinal Mushrooms: An Exploration of Tradition, Healing, and Culture” by Christopher Hobbs
from Medicinal Mushrooms: An Exploration of Tradition, Healing, and Culture
by Christopher Hobbs
Botanica Press, 2002

Kombucha often has sediment in it, which are the remains of the Little Buddies that performed the fermentation work.

“The Lose Your Belly Diet: Change Your Gut, Change Your Life” by Travis Stork, M.D.
from The Lose Your Belly Diet: Change Your Gut, Change Your Life
by Travis Stork, M.D.
Bird Street Books, 2016

Kombucha is a living health drink made by fermenting tea and sugar with the kombucha culture.

“Elsevier Comprehensive Guide to Combined Medical Services (UPSC)-E-Book” by Rajeev Kumar, Prakash Nayak
from Elsevier Comprehensive Guide to Combined Medical Services (UPSC)-E-Book
by Rajeev Kumar, Prakash Nayak
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2015

• KOMBUCHA MUSHROOM: actually a colony of yeast and bacteria, proponents of kombucha claim that it is a panacea for almost any disease.

“Linda Page's Healthy Healing: A Guide To Self-Healing For Everyone” by Linda Page
from Linda Page’s Healthy Healing: A Guide To Self-Healing For Everyone
by Linda Page
Healthy Healing Publications, 2004

Kombucha is usually just sugar-sweetened tea, fermented by a specific community of bacteria and yeasts.

“The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from around the World” by Sandor Ellix Katz, Michael Pollan
from The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from around the World
by Sandor Ellix Katz, Michael Pollan
Chelsea Green Publishing, 2012

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  • Drink Apple cider vinegar for gastritis? You have another video dedicated to not drinking apple cider vinegar if you have gastritis

  • What is bad about the sugar content in Kombucha, when that sugar is part of an added fruit to the tea? Are you against eating fruits and veggies? The Kombucha I drink has over 10 grams of sugar but it is derived from added fruit and its juice.

  • I’ve been working long days in the heat doing landscaping, pushing, pulling and lifting heavy stuff, and the thing I crave right after I get off work is kombucha. I like a beer once in a while but there’s nothing like a cold kombucha.

  • AsSalamualaikum to you Dr Berg & Blessed Ramadan! I cant tell you how much i enjoy your research and Health advice!!! I share LOTS!!!
    ON THIS Subject i invite you to research the latest info on Kombucha…to incluce Coffee Kombucha (Coffucha;) and totally made with Coffee!!!
    Herbal Kombucha… (Herbucha;) made with ANY Herbs, Berries or Fruits ONLY…( WITHOUT TEA!) AND
    One of my new Favorites ( i make them ALL!:) HIBISCUS Kombucha…And Today Ill also try MACHA-Bucha…lol and to this I will add Mint AND this Batch I will make with Honey… which the use of is considered the Champaign of all Kombuchas. Called Jun Kombucha.
    I typically make a gallon size batch of each… I use Juice Pitchers… and brew my ingredient in 6 cups of water…cool to room temp and add the rest of room temp water and 1 cup of Sugar only. I add 1 “scoby” piece and 1 cup of Kombucha liquid as the Starter.
    I ferment Black Tea gallon size at room remp or warmer for 10 days or up to 2 weeks…then bottle and add 1/3 c fruit juices or peels for flavor…for a 3 day second ferment Max!!! If not drank by then, just Burp…and continue every 3 days to avoid explosion of carbonation.
    Coffee batches are READY in 5-6 days…to this i add 1/3 c Molasses and it balances the vinegar flavor out nicely!!!
    Honey Sweetened batches also only 5-6 days…no extra flavor is needed…
    And Herbal batches often use white sugar to allow the herbal flavors to shine…
    Allowing white sugar sweetened batches to ferment longer…up to 30 days…really gives a vinegar flavor but also uses up the sugar!!! And I do this for my Kidneys!!!! I had Stones once…and Vinegar disolved them fast!!! No need to painfully pass them!!!
    I hope this helps…Glad to share something with YOU!!! MUCH RESPECT…From Egypt!
    Heba Joan…Dahab, South Sinai!

  • What about drinking GTs kombucha that has 16 grams plus of sugar. Is it still healthy at all or is it ruined because of that sugar content?

  • Kombucha is acidic when consuming in pH however the residue when consumed is alkaline. It makes your body more alkaline. Acidosis is absurd. Bad science.

  • Misleading title. I didn’t hear benefits discussed at all besides helps with digestion. Should’ve been called “A discussion on how to make Kombucha”.

  • so Dr. Berg, when I was in my early 40’s a dear friend of mine introduced me to Kombucha. I loved it. About 6 weeks into drinking Kombucha I had a major detox cleanse. For 3 days my breath, urine and sweat reeked of nicotine! I had never smoked a day in my life…however I grew up with parents that were heavy smokers so I was a definite product of 2nd hand smoke. I just wanted to share my experience. I love you videos, I watch and share them often. thank you.

  • Thank you! Should have watched this video before I shook the bottle—yikes! Had no idea this had alcohol in it until I felt tipsy and fell asleep right away. And, I only had half a glass!

  • Thk you for the info… Could it also be beneficial for severe menstrual pain over a period of time consuming this product… Advise

  • REAL “Kombucha” is a Japanese drink made from a sea vegetable (seaweed) with salt, basically, and sometimes other natural ingredients. I have no idea what this beverage is. Btw, western “futons” are not really futons either.

  • Chiedo scusa, non capisco inglese. Ma ho tanto bisogno di capire se si può bere la kombucha durante digiuno intermittente (20/4), se non blocca l’autofagia??

  • How can we make kombucha keto? Am following a keto diet and dont want to consume regular sugar kombucha, what can I use instead of the cane sugar?

  • At what time is it best to take kombucha tea?
    Can I take my apple cider vinegar in the morning and afternoon and take my kombucha before bed time?

  • Doc, I have ulcer in mouth that needs months maybe a month to heal. Once it healed soon will be back. Please explain what happened, how to treat it?

  • SPOT ON _ You do the research for us! Thanks again. My resting heart rate was lower today after drinking 8 oz yesterday. Interesting. Also my Fitbit said my sleep was deeper after using Kombucha yesterday.

  • 2:00 why would you recommend ACV for ulcer and gastritis? In another video you even said that ACV would in fact worsen these two things. Maybe you meant only chlorophyll?

  • Can someone suggest more alcohol alternatives that can keep me relaxed for whole day? I have stutter and always stressed as hell
    Thank you in advance

  • Dr Berg, please clarify regarding acidosis. First you say keep away as it affected you then you say you do drink it. I have acidosis, can I like you just drink less? Also, what is half a container? Please define container. Thanks

  • A friend gave me this mushroom about 20 years ago. But this mushroom grows another one then I thought what the hell is that? I would nevet eat that and put it in my body thetefore zi thtew it away was nasty looking!!!

  • Tons of sugar in bucha…sugar is a poison to humans. This is a totally different fermentation process than actual foods. Drink this as a sweet or a treat, don’t kid yourself that it’s healthy. Dr. Berg needs to be more skeptical about this mass marketing campaign with huge profit margins.

  • Store bought is nothing like homemade not even comparable, anything sold in a store has to be pasteurized,so there you’ve killed the good bacteria,and everything added to it,might as well drink a soda,make your own

  • Never believe what any doctor tells you. They will prescribe pills that will do more harm than good and praise the pills. Same with flouride

  • For some reason, Kombucha gave me a bad allergy reaction. I was experiencing a lot of anxiety, heart palpatations, hot flashes, and other symptoms. It took me a while to figure it out, so I lacked proper sleep for a week or so. I never drank more than 6oz either.

  • When I first began drinking Kombucha on a daily basis, I ran into some unexpected health concerns. I have cardio issues, and am on medications for high blood pressure and heart disease. My blood pressure and heart rate dropped much lower than usual. I experienced unusual heart palpitations. Plus, I also was experiencing some mild sick feelings at times. Because of my cardiac concerns, I contacted my cardiologist office. They adjusted my meds and had me wear a monitor overnight. Well, after about two weeks, everything seemed to clear up. I have concluded, my body went through a detox. I just had a six month check up and the doctor agreed the Kombucha and detox was probably to blame. I love Kombucha, and continue to drink it daily. I enjoy brewing it at home once a week! I even had a infected tooth for over a year that seems to be healed and pain free!!

  • Been making my own home made kombucha, kefir, and water kefir fir a few years. I have slowed down the consumption of it quite a lot since keto and if, because I cannot Fitbit all in. But I love it. I wish there as a way to,tell how much sugar is still left after the second ferment.

  • This is not kombucha. Real kombucha is a seaweed that’s dried and grounded to a powder it has nothing to do with any kind of fermentation.

  • I’m curious about water fasting. (not to lose weight). But at the same time killing Candida, parasites or loading up up something like formula 1, 2 Schultz cleansing for example. And what else (if anything could I add to a water fast). I’ve seen where people go to a retreat in Costa Rica for up to 40 days on the water fast to let the body fix just about any negative condition. But also, shouldn’t one take certain minerals or vits while water fasting. I’m just wondering the truly best method for a water fast and adding clean up plus healing the gut. Thanks ��

  • Hi Dr. Eric,
    I’m planning to have Kombucha on the first day of my feeding stage after the period of water fasting, but I actually worry about the alcoholic content of it. Do you believe it is a good call to break the fasting with Kombucha?
    Thank you for advising!
    Kindly,
    Fernanda.

  • FYI To Manually lower the tea basket: hold down the “basket” button on the breville tea maker for a few seconds it will lower the basket. Press the button same to lift it back to the top.

  • Thanks for the videos. Enjoyed this and found out things I did not know. Glad it’s beneficial. I drink about 1/2 bottle a day and am careful about the carb count.

  • Fantastic! I been making my own ” booch” as we call it, for a few yrs now. We love it! Has really benefited so many of our friends. Just drink it moderately and all is good!��

  • I bought a spigot beverage crock from the Goodwill it hold about 2 1/2 gallons. about once a week I make my tea using both black and green teas ( I buy the cheap great value brand) I add 3 cups of white sugar to the pot while I am boiling the water and tea, let it cool to room temp then add it to the crock with the mother and a couple cups of left over Kombucha from the last brew. We wait 3 days to let it ferment. I make a gallon of black tea with added peach flavoring tea and we add Kombucha to each of our glass of tea. We hate having to wait those three days to let it ferment but it isn’t the same when we drink it before its done. thnx for sharing we love our continuous brew beverage crock!

  • I started taking bile salts as of yesterday, and for some reason I’ve started to get that right shoulder pain Dr Berg talks about and pain between both shoulders. I’ve never had this pain before today. I also take acv tablets before my meal and only eat once a day. I still have my gallbladder, just trying to get in front of my health. Does anyone have an idea of why I’m suddenly having this pain?

  • Put it this way..When you drunk kambucha and wait 20-30 mins whatever you take its increases its effects..Whether it be prescribed or other meds. Liquor..energy drinks..I shouldn’t be saying this but maybe I should so people will know exactly what may happen. It inhibits something in the liver and increases the extraction effectiveness of the stomach thus you get all the goodies from whatever you ingest

  • Thank you so much! I loved your simple and easy explanation! I was afraid to start, but after watching your video, I’m ready! Thank you

  • Kombucha is one of the few things that actually clears my dehydration within 10 minutes, and removes headaches.
    I don’t drink liquor at all by the way, it’s a miracle drink, if you know how to make it, or simply buying it from store.

  • The starting base (tea) and organisms have nothing to do with it.

    I believe it’s more so people are not checking ph levels after fermentation to see if it’s good or bad..and or they are using a bad scoby.. doing it at home or a market is not bad!! Just so it smart and use good stuff.

  • If she does not know the caffeine is consumed by the SCOBY, is she an authority: I think not. Did you list many benefits NO! you did not! Your great just get someone who has done their homework or personally benefited by having a condition improved or healed. Sorry TV college major.

  • i make mine super-charged. one black tea bag per 8 oz of filtered water, one cup sugar per 4 cups tea. Ferment 3-4 days in 85-90 degree. swing top bottle it for 2 days, check carbonation. ice it down. serve on the rocks.

  • I love this stuff. Make it now from scratch, even the scoby with no ready-made Kombucha. Weston Price has done great work: the significance of enzymatically active food especially-live food = healthier people/animals. Been making my own sauerkraut, kefir, sourdough gluten-free bread for several years. After having had removed sick mercury from my teeth; finally was able to give Kombucha a go. Considering the effects of leukocytosis am happy to have discovered Kombucha benefits as it’s yet another tool in balancing the raw/cooked ratio. Used Kombucha, Milk Thistle, Blessed Thistle, wheat grass juice, micro algae etc. to remove some accidental poison from my system. Noticed remarkable results from even the raw store bought, within hours some, and days the rest. The more people’s diet/lifestyle is informed, the more they will notice the additional new benefits of Kombucha. It even helps to ward off trolls.

  • What BS. Both these people need lots of fiber. Just look at them. You can see that! I am tossing the scobys and putting oreos in the jars! Yeaaas!

  • Now that I’m feeling like taking control over my enteric bacteria! Thnx! I have to lose weight and I’ve always known what to do. I’m gonna need a probiotic encouragement group!��

  • Our immune system…..is “what makes a man or a woman” healthy.  Without bacteria and yeasts of the correct time….we die…we depend on “other life forms”…ie: bacteria, yeasts and more….to break down our foods, make hormone precursors, produce vitamins,….and on and on and on.   Our modern S.A.D., is why we’re all sick or getting sick or “are not in the best health” today.

    A human being is just a “big bag of bacteria”…we are commensalistic, as are ALL living matter and “critters on this earth”.

  • I love the jellyfish analogy! That’s what it looked like to me when i got mine! My grandsons love watching the tea make new baby jelly fish! Thanks for the scientific “lay” talk!