What is kombucha?
Kombucha is a crazy fun word for fermented tea! Through fermentation, tea becomes a healthy, bubbly brew! Kombucha has various ancient origin stories dating hundreds (some argue thousands) of years old. It helps to promote healthy bacteria in the gut (probiotics!), contains antioxidants, vitamins and enzymes, and is low in calories and sugar.
What is a scoby?
Kombucha has sometimes been called mushroom tea, reflecting how the SCOBY looks. However, a SCOBY is not a mushroom at all. "SCOBY" stands for Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast. It's the kombucha culture; the living material that drives the fermentation process. Some SCOBYs look like perfectly smooth pancakes, while others look quite unusual but are perfectly normal.
I have dietary restrictions. Can I drink KOmbucha?
No matter what dietary guidelines you follow - raw, vegetarian, vegan, Paleo, real food, kosher, even the standard American diet - kombucha can be a healthy addition.
Is kombucha alcoholic?
Kombucha is not an alcoholic ferment like beer or wine, but it does contain naturally-occurring trace amounts of alcohol.
How much kombucha should I drink?
If you are new to kombucha, start with about 4oz per day. You may want to drink it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and wait several hours to see how your body feels. Observing how food makes you feel is a powerful learning tool when it comes to trusting your gut. Gradually increase consumption.
Kombucha is a tonic, so for the greatest effect, it is best consumed in small amounts regularly rather than in large amounts every once in a while.