What Is Kombucha?

Kombucha is a traditional fermented drink made of black tea* and sugar.  It contains a variety of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes and has been prized by traditional cultures for its health-promoting properties.  

A SCOBY ferment the  sweetened tea into Kombucha.  The SCOBY consumes over 90% of the sugar during fermentation resulting in a low sugar finished product.

Once a very obscure drink, Kombucha has become a popular beverage, which can be found not only in health food stores, but also in restaurants and brew pubs.


* Gayle’s Kombucha is made with organic white and green tea

* SCOBY floating at the top fermenting tea.  <!– HTML Credit Code for Can Stock Photo –>

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What is a SCOBY?

The SCOBY, or Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast, is the collection of microbes responsible for turning sweet tea into a probiotic beverages,  A SCOBY (a living home for the bacteria and yeast) transforms sweet tea into a tangy, fizzy Kombucha.   Think of the SCOBY as the coral reef of the bacteria yeast world for good yeast and good bacteria.  The SCOBY seals off the fermenting Kombucha from the air and protects it from outside, undesirable bacteria, while it is fermenting.  Essentially, it is a living colony of beneficial organisms.

What can Kombucha do for your health?

The concentration of beneficial enzymes and acids presentation Kombucha have known to provide the following benefits to those who regularly use it:

  • Kombucha is a powerful detoxifier.   The gluconic acid it produces binds to heavy metals and chelates them out of the body.
  • Kombucha is full of antioxidants, which provide immune system stimulation
  • Kombucha can provide a healthy, natural way to maintain your cholesterol level.
  • Kombucha tea has a deserved reputation of being healthy for the heart.
  • Kombucha or “Booch,” is loaded with bentificial probiotic organisms (healthy bacteria), which can improve digestion.
  • Kombucha is also loaded with B and C vitamins, which aids in maintaining and enhancing cellular health.
  • Kombucha’s beneficial probiotic organisms can help protect against microbial infections.
  • Kombucha aids in pancreatic health and slows down digestion of carbs and production of glucose which can be helpful for people with Type 2 Diabetes.
  • Beneficial probiotics in Kombucha is good for your gut, can strengthen your stomach walls, and may help to heal gastric ulcers and other stomach issues.
  • Kombucha is reported to help joint health and reduce arthritis pain.
  • Kombucha is said to reduce Hepatoxicity, which supports the liver.

How do I use Kombucha?

How much Kombucha should I drink?

If you are new to Kombucha, you may want to start drinking 1 – 2 or 4 fluid ounces a day to let your body adjust to it.  You may work your way up to 4 – 8 ounces a day.

Frequenltly Asked Questions about Kombucha

Why is there sugar in the Kombucha tea?

The sugar in the Kombucha is NOT FOR YOU!  It is food for the SCOBY culture, which feeds off the sugar.  As the fermentation continue, the sugar is consumed. 

Is there alcohol in the Kombucha?

Kombucha is not sold as an alcoholic beverage (less than 0.5%).  It is mareketed as a health drink.  It is a fermented tea that has naturally occurring alcohol.

What makes Kombucha so healthy?

Kombucha is a significant source of nutrition, due to its fermentation process.  The beneficial bacteria in Kombucha and probiotics enhance the overall functioning of the body.

The History of Kombucha

  • Kombucha has been around for centuries.
  • Kombucha adopted its name after a man by the name of Dr. Kombu, who brought the beverage to the Japanese Emperor Ingyo during his travels. The term “cha,” meaning “tea” in Japanese, was added to his name after discovering it enhancing properties. The tea was said to give Samurais a great deal of energy during battle.