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WTF is Kombucha?

Kombucha is HOT AF RIGHT NOW. It’s pretty much sold everywhere and everyone is drinking it. Kombucha is labeled as a healthy drink but what makes it good for you? HBFIT has decided to breakdown the benefits of kombucha and if it’s really worth the price tag (there’s no denying it’s also expensive AF). Kombucha aficionados will tell you that the drink has amazing properties like boosting your immune system, detoxing your liver, and even staving off cancer. While there is no scientific evidence proving its health benefits or curative properties it is rich in ingredients and probiotics, all of which have been shown to improve overall gut and body health. Read on for the 411 on this bubbly goodness.

What is it?

Kombucha is what you get when you ferment sweet tea with yeast and bacteria. The fermenting process begins with a colony of bacteria and yeast (this is called the SCOBY = Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria & Yeast) which kickstarts the fermenting process once it is combined with sugar. Fermented foods, like kombucha, kimchi, and sauerkraut often are high in vitamins and healthy bacterias that promote healthy digestion.

This is what the SCOBY looks like, pretty weird right??? Photo courtesy of Health-Ade.

This is what the SCOBY looks like, pretty weird right???

 

After the fermentation process, booch (what the cool people call it) becomes carbonated and flavorful (although non-kombucha fans claim it reeks and tastes sour). It contains vinegar, B vitamins, enzymes, probiotics, and a high concentration of acid. All of these developments and ingredients are tied to:

  • improved digestion
  • weight loss
  • increased energy
  • cleansing and detoxification
  • immune support
  • reduced joint pain
  • and cancer prevention

With so many health and wellness influencers promoting kombucha it seems that it must be doing good to the body and although like we mentioned, none of the benefits of kombucha are scientifically proven, it is a more holistic and natural approach to treating some very real health issues. As always, HBFIT promotes you doing you, so if you give it a try and it’s not the move then drop it! However, it may be exactly what your body needs to jumpstart things in the morning or after a long day, not to mention we think it’s pretty darn tasty. Kombucha also has a small level of alcohol in it due to the fermentation, so don’t be surprised if Whole Foods asks to see your ID when you buy!

With food trends constantly popping up it always helps to break them down so we actually understand how certain things benefit our body. Check out our favorite booch brands:

  • @GT’s: Definitely the most well-known and extensive brand out there. You can pretty much find GT’s anywhere too which is super convenient, they also offer lots of great flavors!
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Photo courtesy of GT’s Kombucha

  • @Health-ade: This is the health bloggers kombucha, they have a fantastic aesthetic and unique flavors. Find it at Whole Foods.
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Photo courtesy of Health-Ade

  • @BeardedBuch: This is straight up kombucha, no fancy flavors here. The Ohio based company is still growing so it won’t be a common find but if you can snag a bottle it’s worth it.
Photo courtesy of Bearded Buch

Photo courtesy of Bearded Buch

  • @Brew Dr. Kombucha: Before they started brewing kombucha Brew Doctor was just a tea company, They decided to broaden by fermenting their delicious tea and creating their booch. A ton of fun flavors and completely raw, no fuss.
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Photo courtesy of Brew Dr

  • @Lion Heart Kombucha: With their super fun colors and dope logo, Lion Heart is definitely on the rise. They focus on creating an extremely low sugar booch, which can be difficult with the fermentation process. LHK are self proclaimed ‘SCOBY masters’ AKA they make a bomb and nutritional kombucha.
Photo courtesy of Lionheart Kombucha

Photo courtesy of Lionheart Kombucha

  • @humm Kombucha: Brewed in Portland, Humm takes a fun and bubbly approach to kombucha. They create unique flavors like blueberry mint and mango passionfruit and you’re bound to find a flavor you’ll absolutely love.
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Photo courtesy of Humm Kombucha

  • @Valley Isle Kombucha: This booch is made in the Hawaiian islands and definitely has the vibe. They are quickly expanding but for now Valley Isle is only available in Hawaii, keep ’em on your radar though, they have big plans!
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Photo courtesy of Valley Isle Kombucha

  • @Rise Kombucha: Rise realizes kombucha isn’t for everyone but they also emphasize how awesome the curative properties of kombucha are. Hailing from Canada, this brand embraces new flavors as well as classics like ginger.

  • @Kombrewcha: SO. This booch is pretty amazing and it has a slightly higher alcohol content than your typical kombucha. With only 65 calories, you’ll get a healthy buzz when drinking this and also gain the health benefits that normal booch has to offer.

Photo courtesy of Kombrewcha

The feature image for this piece is courtesy of @healthade