There has been a newly rising health trend in our Western society.
It is all about the ‘Kombucha’ craze, where crowds of personal health and fitness lovers are swearing by this fermented pro-biotic tea drink, and its claims to carry a multitude of life-changing benefits including; being anti-carcinogenic, high in antioxidants, electrolytes, phytonutrients, and beneficial bacteria. The drink is also said to have an alkalizing effect on the body.
Speaking from experience, the drink has made me feel far more energised, nourished and healthy, after each time I drink it.
Many cynics could argue that it is just another health-fad, and the benefits are simply over-exaggerated spewing from homeopathic marketers looking for a quick profit from naïve health-nuts.
However, from the information and personal experience I have gathered over the past month, I would argue that this is untrue.
I first heard about Kombucha from my social-networking activity, and observed that some of my friends had been drinking it. Out of curiosity, I looked up some articles on the matter, and also interviewed a good friend of mine over Skype, as he lives in Canada. His name is Sean, and he has recently invested in his own ‘Kombucha Starter Kit’, which is more cost-effective than buying a multitude of retail-sold bottles. He one day hopes to start up his own brand.
During our recent lengthy and highly insightful Skype conversation, he read a book about the subject to me, and this is what I learned;
-Kombucha is a fermented tea drink, made from the process of a tea infusion with sugar, yeast and a mother-culture of bacteria, or a ‘Scoby’ mat.
-The origins of the ‘elixir’ are unknown, and shrouded in mystery. It is claimed that warriors of ancient warriors replenished their bodies by drinking a fermented tea concoction, over 2,000 years ago.
– One ‘Scoby’ can keep producing batches of Kombucha for decades- perhaps even forever, on a weekly basis!
An elderly lady named Miss Lisovski, who lives in St. Petersburg, Russia, has made over 2860 batches since commencing her practice back in 1939.
-The by-product foam from the fermentation container can be used to make tasty sourdough, and other such baked goods.
-It is customary for Kombucha brewers to give a piece of their ‘Scoby’ to good friends and neighbours, so that they may continue the practice and improve their own lives, as well.
Again, this new trend carries credible benefits to all of our health and wellbeing, and isn’t a debased fad based on placebo. The trend did start up a little after the boom of personal health and fitness trends in the mid 90’s (such as healthier eating diets and yoga classes), and has been picking up momentum ever since.
There is the issue that people only pursue these interests, trends and hobbies just to look good to impress others, and this can be the overruling reason as to why they want to be healthy. However, there are still plenty of people who wish to take up these lifestyle choices to prolong their health for a far healthier, longer and happier life.
It’s safe to say that a health food that claims to be a ‘cure-all’ is non-existent. We all have different needs, but a healthy lifestyle supplemented by such foods has the potential of greatly enhancing our quality of life.
To conclude with a quote from my friend Sean on this matter:
‘’ My opinion on detox formulas and cure all is related to motivation. The public customer’s volitions (the motivation to eat health food products) will give them the most benefit from trying these products.’’
Meaning; people are inclined to follow these health trends, as to avoid sickness and waylay death. Both are inevitable to us all, however nutritional supplements, such as kombucha, is proving to be effective in reducing the severity and frequency of such mortal ailments.
I have drunk three bottles of the ‘Equinox Kombucha’ brand, sold from my local Health Food shop in the Carlisle market. It is a green-tea infusion with ginger, and it has a light soda-like texture, with a pleasingly refreshing taste and aroma.