Sunday, January 31, 2010

Kombucha



File this one under “Take care of the inside and the inside will take care of the outside.”

I do lots of things to stay healthly. I exercise regularly, eat plenty of vegetables, drink lots of water and try to get enough rest… I try. Recently, I added a raw food to my daily regimen, it’s called Kombucha (pronounced kom-BOO-cha).

Kombucha is a Chinese tea brewed from mushrooms and loaded with beneficial microorganisms. The tea is delicately fermented for 30 days — during this period, essential nutrients begin to form like active enzymes, viable probiotics, amino acids, antioxidants and polyphenols. All of these combine to create an elixir that immediately works with the body to restore balance and vitality. Kombucha has been used for hundreds of years throughout the world as a daily health tonic. I’m a little late to this party, but better late than never.

Kombucha is not a supplement, drug, or medicine... it is simply a super healthy food that helps the body to regain its natural balance, which promotes overall well being. Just like regular exercise, Kombucha is something that supports a healthy lifestyle. When the body is healthier, its natural defenses are stronger.

Organic, raw Kombucha has a kind of vinegar taste. I prefer the Synergy brand — it has all the benefits of organic Kombucha and is mixed with 5% real fruit juice. I buy enough to last a week at Whole Foods.

Benefits: Increased energy level, decreased appetite, improved digestion, healthier skin and hair.

How much: $3.39 for 16 oz bottle at Whole Foods.

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