Kombucha is a fermented sweetened tea that has been around for centuries. There are a lot of claims out there that it can treat a wide variety of illnesses, including AIDS, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes. There is no good evidence proving that these claims are true, but one thing that is true about this drink is that it is a powerhouse for your gut. Kombucha contains a large number of probiotics due to the fermentation process. Probiotics support your immune system and absorb nutrients and fight infection and illness.
I used to buy one bottle of kombucha every week as a treat because kombucha is expensive, like $3-$5 per bottle expensive. When I learned that I could make my own kombucha from home for about $0.50 I knew I needed to start brewing it myself. Making your own kombucha is also a great way to cut down on waste. Kombucha bottles sold at the grocery store usually come in a glass bottle with a plastic piece covering the bottle top. Although the glass bottle can be recycled, the plastic piece cannot. While recycling is important, it is more important to reduce the amount that of things that you are throwing away and recycling and reuse more often. It still takes a lot of resources to recycle something.
I have now been brewing kombucha from home for about a year and I love it so much that I wanted to share how I do it with all of you.