Last Modified on Apr 16, 2015
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.
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[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!
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[YEA] Kombucha Tea has been a miracle drink for me!
NO MORE FATIGUE
NO MORE DEPRESSION
NO MORE SUGAR CRAVINGS
NO MORE CAFFINE CRAVINGS
NO MORE ALCOHOL CRAVINGS
I HAVE MORE ENERGY
The very first time I drank it, I got instant relief. I now only crave healthy foods. I havn't felt this good in a very long time. This tea has changed my life! I have been drinking the SYNERGY brand, from my local health food store for about two months now (the grape flavor is my favorite). I have also seen it at Wild Oats. I love mixing it with sparkling water, and drinking it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. I drink anywhere from a half bottle to a bottle a day. It is a little pricey (almost four dollars a bottle), so I am planning to make my own, which costs next to nothing. IMPORTANT: Start off slow, only drink half the bottle to start off with. Listen to your body. I have read that you may feel worse before you feel better, and that this is your body healing itself. I also drink lots of water, cause it makes me thirsty. I would like to share two wonderful and amazing links I found while researching this amazing TEA, that has been around for more than 2000 years.
I hope this tea blesses you like it has me! Thank you sooooooooo much for this website, I would like to share more with you when I have more time. GOD BLESS!
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I just wondered if anyone has tried Kombucha tea? If so, what kind of results did you get?
[YEA] re: Hashimoto's autoimmune thyroiditis/hypothyroidism. I have had Hashimoto's hypothyroidism for many years and have been under treatment by my naturopathic physician. Due to symptoms of hyperthyroidism, my doctor performed some tests and this time had no thyroid antibodies! This means that I no longer have Hashimoto's hypothyroidis! The doctor explained that the bacteria Yersinia enterolitica has been linked to the cause of Hashimoto's - apparently it has a similar protein coat to thyroid cells which provokes the immune response. I had not been treated with antibiotics for this. The only thing I have been doing differently is to drink Kombucha tea. I just read on your site that Yersinia enterolitica is sensitive to Kombucha, so it seems logical that the Kombucha was my cure. I drink about 8 ounces per day.
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[YEA] Hello, I LOVE THIS SITE and wanted to report my recent experience with Kombucha tea. I purchased some at my local whole foods store to assist me in detoxing. I hadn't slept at night for the entire week. I immediately drank it and, although I hadn't eaten all day and was starved, suddenly was not hungry. Later on that evening I had some extreme detox symptoms and felt fatigued and sleepy. For the first time in a week I went to sleep and slept through the night! I would certainly try this drink. Sure it is acidic and an acquired taste but it's phenomenal. Depending upon how ill you are, I've heard that it is important to begin with 1/2 cup because of the extreme detoxing!
[YEA] I absolutely adore drinking Kombucha Tea. First, it's very energizing. If you are having one of those days where you feel horrible and tired, or have a hangover type of feeling, and can hit on some Kombucha somewhere, certainly it's one of your best choices! It is a fermented tea that has super healing and health properties; too many for me to remember here, but there is quite a bit of information online. You can get it at health food stores or make your own. It's great anytime, but if you are feeling tired, it can improve you to about as good as you are going to get. If you are tired it also will help you to look more alive and feel more vibrant that day. It's a balancer, so it won't give you more stimulation than you can handle. In fact, I often choose it at bars when it's available, instead of drinking alcohol, and can still sleep well.
[YEA] I recently started using Kombucha tea to help my mother with acid reflux. Her doctor was very doubtful of this remedy but I decided to give it a try. My local market provided me with a "mother" and some about 8 ounces of starter and I was in the brewing business. I have since started two more gallon jars to keep it on hand. Some un-expected fabulous side-effects were discovered. I lost 10 pounds in a 2 month period and my mother is no longer complaining of symptoms. We both drink 6 ounces of our home-brew a day!!! I love my Kombucha!!!
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[YEA] Been drinking Kombucha a little more than three months now and couldn't be happier w/ a cheap ( approx $6 for a 6 gal batch), homebrewed drink that's got me off Diet Dew and made me feel like a kid again (well almost lol).
I'm 56 yrs old and put my body through the ringer more than I should've. I was afraid that I was going to be a good choice for a one person group rate discount joint replacement program! Aches and pains in my body and the loose feeling in my knees are pretty much gone. Energy level is way up and it seems like even the think tank is doing better.
I do approx a qt or so a day and have changed from sugar to honey (raw, unfiltered) as I could'nt stand the sugary taste, a half pound honey per gal of tea, it also seems to ferment out a couple days quicker too.
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I was curious if kombucha worked in a similar fashion to the ACV...it has a vinegar taste and also helps to regulate your pH as well as having helpful bacteria. Also can other vinegars work the same as ACV, such as rice vinegar?
Also, I've heard that raw milk products are supposed to be much easier to digest, a heads up to everyone.
If someone can answer, this would be really helpful.
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HI Everyone....I recently heard of the numerous health benefits of kombucha tea so I decided why not try it. I loved it and felt so good while drinking it but here's my problem....I am gassy all day when I drink it...anyone knows why is this. I tested it several times to be sure and same scenario...help guys...I don't want to stop drinking this. Thanks EC....
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Where can I get Kombucha in Bangkok? We used to make and drink it regularly but the culture eventually died out...
Would appreciate any help- been looking for years!
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
I need Kombucha tea seed.
EC: You will find some information on this page. The India section is just below the Bankok posts.
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