Kombucha is a fermented beverage obtained from the symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast (also called SCOBY or kombucha mushroom). It is usually prepared by inoculating a tea fungal mat grown previously to a freshly prepared tea broth. The most popular substrates are green tea or black tea with white sugar. Once the combination of the kombucha SCOBY and tea is prepared, all you need to do is to wait 5-10 days to yield the popular fermented drink.
However, if the detoxification happens a bit too quickly, and especially if the drinker has previous “illnesses” or weaknesses (acne, prior rash, arthritis, etc), there may be an initial and temporary return or intensification of that previous condition. A breakout on the face or shoulder, feeling “itchy” all over. Upset stomach and loose stool are very common as the Kombucha has introduced pro-biotic life to a system that needs it badly and is ready to kick all the bad stuff out and get healthy!
For those poor souls who haven’t yet heard about kombucha and its magical powers, here’s the low-down. The exact origin of this mystical drink is not known, although it’s been narrowed down to Asia (naturally). It’s been around for about 2 000 years – but the hipsters made it famous.
What is more, most kombucha drinks are high in added sugar, which can increase blood sugar levels. Drinking sweetened beverages such as kombucha can worsen blood sugar control in people with diabetes.
Generally, you should sip a minimum of 8 cups of water and other unsweetened beverages (like seltzer or black tea) a day. Drinking kombucha can also help you meet your hydration needs, London says.
The antioxidants in kombucha can help you stay healthy.
Kombucha’s probiotics can come with a downside. That’s because some brands of the drink are unpasteurized — and thus, you may end up with a seriously upset stomach, says Keri Gans, R.D., author of The Small Change Diet . Or worse: "Without pasteurization, you run the risk of harmful microorganisms taking over and causing serious problems, including food poisoning," says Ryan Andrews, R.D., a fitness and nutrition coach with Precision Nutrition .