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2. There are enzymes in it that help break down and digest food for optimal nutrition absorption. With each trip around the sun, our bodies are slowing down. As we age, the body needs more enzymes for proper digestion. Enzymes, taken with a meal, prevent gas and bloating (hope that's not too much information for the under 30 crowd!)
3. It contains glucuronic acid, which is also produced by your liver for neutralizing or binding with toxins so they can be flushed from the body. Everyday we are bombarded by chemicals. I don't want those toxins to remain in my body.
4. Best of all, kombucha tastes delicious and refreshing on a hot day. Your body absorbs mineral ions (electrolytes) from it faster and retains them longer than plain water.
My favorite story to tell about kombucha is from a sidebar on page 587 in Nourishing Traditions. Russian scientists, post World War II, were trying to understand why some cities were having large outbreaks of cancer while others did not. All the cities had this in common: toxin exposure from lead, mercury and asbestos mining, etc. These scientists were stumped until one hot summer day they knocked on the door of a babushka, an elderly woman. She invited them in for a drink of kombucha. The scientists enjoyed the drink then asked if everyone in (this cancer free) town made and drank this drink. Why, yes they did.
People often ask how much our family drinks. The answer? It depends on the supply. They will drink as much as I would allow, especially on hot days.
You don't have to make kombucha to enjoy it. Many grocery stores including Kroger, sell kombucha in 16oz bottles for about $3. Like most things, it can be made in your own kitchen for much less! And, if I could be so brazen to brag -- mine tastes better than store bought.
Want to learn more? Come to a kombucha class on Thursday, February 4 at 6:30pm. Details here.