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What is Kombucha?

by jenny sansouci on July 5, 2012

I’ve been drinking kombucha pretty regularly for about 5 years now and it totally rocks my world. My dream home has kombucha on tap 24/7. I can’t even explain in words exactly what it is about it…but it makes my life more magical.

It’s probably because there are probiotics in it that help with digestion, which makes everything better. Digestive health = incredibly important for all bodily functions. After all, good health begins in the gut.

“Having a healthy gut is connected to everything that happens in your body. That’s why I almost always start helping people treat chronic health problems by fixing their gut.” – Dr. Mark Hyman. Check out what else Dr. Hyman has to say about it.

Anyway, Kombucha is one of my favorite health drinks. It’s becoming more mainstream these days, but I still get a lot of questions about what it is. Basically, it’s a fermented tea. It’s made with a kombucha “mushroom” (culture), green or black tea, and usually cane sugar. Wikipedia describes it as an effervescent fermentation of sweetened tea that is used as a functional food.

Because of the fermentation process, kombucha usually contains about as much alcohol as a non-alcoholic beer. It tastes a little bit like sparkling cider, depending on what flavor you choose. It’s kind of an acquired taste. I remember the first time I tried one…I was like, “what the heck is this stuff? It tastes weird and I think I’m buzzed.” Now, that very same weird flavor I tried for the first time (GT’s Multi-Green) is my favorite go-to health drink.

To further answer about kombucha, I decided to head straight to the source, some of my favorite kombucha brewers, to get some more details for you.


From GT’s Kombucha (my fave):

“What It Is – Totally raw, All natural, Organic, Naturally anti-bacterial/anti-fungal, Low in carbohydrates, Low calorie Naturally rejuvenating, Vegan, Kosher.
What It Isn’t – Pasteurized, Sugary or overly sweet, Caffeinated, Artificial, Filled with preservatives/ additives
Serving Suggestions 

  • Try one in the morning instead of coffee.
  • Have one an hour before your workout.
  • Sip it throughout the day for sustained energy.
  • Drink it with or without a meal to help control your appetite.
  • Drink one now! You’ll feel better.”


From Kombucha Brooklyn:

“We use the same technology that was used over the last two thousand years: by fermenting tea and sugar using a kombucha culture known as a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast). When we add the culture to our special blend of organic, fair-trade sweetened tea, that’s when the magic happens! It begins a several week-long process that transforms the tea to probiotic, yummy kombucha. Like winemaking and beer brewing, the art of brewing kombucha follows a special procedure, but is made unique depending on each kombrewer’s special knowledge and technique. Kombucha is a fermented tea beverage that is both delicious AND health-supportive. Today, it is known around the world for its detoxifying and energizing effects. This elixir contains:

  • Probiotics
  • Polyphenols
  • B Vitamins
  • Vitamin C
  • Organic enzymes
  • Vital amino acids
  • Organic acids”


There’s some more interesting information here on the Kombucha 2000 site.

There’s a huge laundry list of health benefits people claim they experience from kombucha, ranging from digestive health to anti-aging to boosting immune system to fighting cancer- I can’t confirm them all, but check it out for yourself next time you happen to see a kombucha. If nothing else, it will be a fun experiment, and you just might feel good. 🙂

Check out my “Green Beer” made with kombucha.

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

JRea July 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm

I am SO happy I clicked on this article! I was at the market and picked up a few different flavors of these and my usual vita coco and went half and half. I was pleasantly surprised by the mild flavor. I drank it on my way and during my hike and could definitely feel the benefits. Thanks for this!!! XoXXo


jenny sansouci July 25, 2012 at 1:43 pm

awesome!! enjoy!!


JRea July 29, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Hey darlin! I see that you make a lot of your own dressings so I wanted to let you know I made a coconut ginger dressing the other day and instead of vinegar I use the gingeraid flavor kombucha and it came out AMAZING! Give it a try sometime and let me know how you like it


jenny sansouci July 30, 2012 at 12:41 pm

That sound ridiculous in the best way ever. If you want to submit it to my blog as a guest recipe, email me the recipe + a picture!! xo


JJ March 18, 2013 at 1:00 am

Jenny you’re pretty dope, love that you love cilantro as much as me!

Your PDF has revolutionized my life in the past 5 or so weeks, I’m on to maca root and cacao, I started brewing Kombucha, and got a Groupon for a a hydrocoloncleanse lol. I adore you.

Question.. What time of the day do you drink your Kombucha?


Paige Sauer April 8, 2013 at 3:34 pm

I LOVE Kombucha, but have just been drinking it because, just like you said, it just makes me feel magical! But, I didn’t really know WHAT it was I was drinking, so this is an awesome analysis. Thanks for putting this together 🙂



suzy November 22, 2013 at 12:27 pm

I heard about the benefits of Kombucha, is it herb ??
Please can you tell me from where can I find Kombucha.
I live in Lebanon.


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