Last Modified on Sep 18, 2014
Kombucha tea is a fermented beverage from East Asia brewed from tea leaves, sugar, and an organic starter of yeasts and bacteria that drive the fermentation process and lend the end result various probiotics with reputed health benefits. The combination of yeasts and bacteria creates a balance between alcoholic and acidic content so that neither becomes particularly strong. Its taste is somewhat like a hard (alcoholic) cider, though it comes in a number of natural flavorings.
Caution: Side effects have been reported including dizziness and lactic acidosis, as well as toxic poisoning from contaminated batches.
Kombucha starters of the yeast and bacteria "mother", so-called 'kombucha babies', can be found for sale online or available for free on services such as Craigslist. With these organic starters, you can brew your own kombucha tea at home.
Natural Cures: Celebrities have been spotted drinking Kombucha tea as an energy drink and general health tonic. It is also said to reverse balding, improve the immune system and digestive health, prevent cancer, and counteract chronic fatigue.
[YEA] I started taking bottled Kombucha tea (not the teabag stuff) as an alternative to drinking Apple Cider Vinegar for acid reflux. The Kombucha brewing process is very similar (in fact, you can brew vinegar from it) and it has a similar concentration of acetic acids and probiotic organisms. I have found that, since I started drinking it regularly, my acid reflux has all but disappeared!
I find that I must drink at least 8 oz (1 cup) of Kombucha, twice a week, preferable on an mostly empty stomach. Depending on the severity of acid reflux, results may be noticeable immediately or within a few days.
This is no suggestion, but I just started the vinegar treatment for acid stomach and was wondering if kambucha drink wouldn't have the same effects as apple cider vinegar? kambucha wouldn't compete with vinegar -really- unless you make it yourself because of the expense, but I am just curious, and wonder if you know anything about this.
EC: 1 YEA on the site for kombucha tea and acid reflux!
[YEA] I have been making Kombucha Tea for over 15 years and I have had two users of my tea who told me their acid reflux went away after a few days of drinking two 22oz. bottles of my Kombucha Tea. Made with Green, Black and herbal wild berry teas. Google "Kombucha Tea" for more info. Michael
[YEA] Kombucha Tea really can heal the planet I believe. Started brewing it 10 years ago through difficult circumstances....(cold apartment in winter, family skepticism,etc.)when I stop it for a month or so I can tell that my body starts to age! Have spread parts of the culture on face, hands and even rinse hair with it. Had significant brown spot on left hand totally disappear! Don't know if necessary, but as a precaution I rinse my mouth with warm distilled water so as not to discolor enamel on teeth. If you want to brew your own, get a bottle of "K.T. s" at health food store and remove the cap, cover with cotton cloth and rubberband, set in warm spot for about 3 weeks and a nice baby culture will grow on the top! Simply pour the entire contents in your gallon of distilled brewed black tea and sugar mixture and you are on your way!