It seems as of late the trending topic has been the probiotic drink Kombucha. And rightfully so, after our friends at Full Circle Venice, a spiritual temple in Venice Beach, Calif was raided last week for selling "alcohol" via Kombucha. I know many Indigo Children who love to take this fizzy drink wherever they go. Heck, I've even seen 11 year old's buying it in local health food stores. But what is Kombucha really? And why were the police so concerned with it being sold at a fund raising event?
What's In Kombucha?
Kombucha is made up of tea, sugar, purified water and symbiotic cultures of bacteria and yeast. Or "SCOBY" for short. The mixture of the sugar with the SCOBY creates a thick mushroom-like layer that sits at the top of the tea. This way, it gets its sweet yet acidic vinegar soda taste.
Why All The Fuss Over Selling Kombucha?
Kombucha contains a small amount of alcohol. When I say small, I'm talking .5% - 3% depending on fermentation. The alcohol works along side gluconic, acetic and lactic acids that discourage bacteria. Note that Listerine contains 26.9% alcohol, and pure vanilla extract contains 35% alcohol. Let's hope our local bakeries aren't raided next.
Why Drink Kombucha?
Well, beyond Kombucha being a probiotic, it gets its origins from China in 221 BC during the Tsin Dynasty. Known as The Tea of Immortality, it spread like wildfire through Asia and Eastern Europe. It didn't become popular worldwide until the late 1990's. Antioxidant rich Kombucha protects the liver and kidney, has anti-stress benefits, promotes lung health, helps control cholesterol levels, aids in healing stomach ulcers, levels blood sugar and eases some of the side effects of diabetes.
What Probiotics Have Done For Me.
I have a history with stomach problems and chemical imbalances. I find different forms of probiotics to be my saving grace when my stomach acid feels like its taking over. To me, probiotics are like a fire extinguisher on a flame. There are, of course, many different types of probiotics. From bubbly drinks, to yogurt cups, to herbal supplements. I feel that mixing it up and and staying consistent is the true way to optimal health.
So again we ask, what's the big deal about selling this drink at fundraisers and public events? I believe the answer is it's no big deal at all.