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My Life is Crazy + My Latest Health Addiction

September 19, 2013

So this week has been CRAZY for me with Liam starting at the day home, me starting work full time again, Crossfit, oh and just watching Liam run around the house ON HIS OWN. Can someone pinch me please because I can’t even believe this is my life right now. You will have to bare with me if posting gets spotty while we figure out our new routine.

Anyways, I’ll do full updates on being back at work and how the day home is going a little later. Today I wanted to talk about my latest obsession. You’ve probably heard the word Kombucha floating around lately. It’s starting to gain popularity and I’ve noticed it being talked about more and more in the blog world and even with the locals on Twitter. What is it? 

For those of you who are unaware, Kombucha is a fermented drink of sweetened black tea. The fermentation comes from the Scoby, meaning Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria and Yeast. The Scoby can also be referred to as a mushroom or mother. Sounds gross, right? I thought so too.

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People have been drinking this stuff for thousands of years. It originated in China before spreading to Russia and then the rest of the world. In China it was said to be “a beverage with magical powers enabling people to live forever”. That could very well be a true statement. After the yeast and culture metabolize most of the sugar, it leaves behind lactic acid, alcohol and B vitamins. Yup, kombucha is slightly boozy.  Fermented foods such as kombucha or sauerkraut, have moderate levels of probiotic content so they are amazing for your digestive system. It’s also said to benefit your immune system, improve liver function, and may also give you clearer skin or thicker hair.

Considering kombucha contains very little calories and comes with a possible pile of health benefits, I figured it couldn’t hurt to try it out. I wanted to know what all the hype was about. I bought a few different kinds from my local grocery store and found them to be AMAZING. I kind of had this idea in my head that this fermented tea would be kind of terrible. Don’t smell it though, that could ruin it for you. The slight carbonation makes it feel like you’re drinking a soda without the guilt. LOVE. I don’t drink soda or juice or anything aside from water, coffee and tea (ok, maybe the odd glass of wine or beer too!) but no pop. It’s a great refresher on a hot day and rumor has it can even make a great cocktail addition.

How pretty are these bottles of Rise Kombucha that are in my fridge?

It can be quite pricey to buy at nearly $4 a bottle, but it is actually quite easy to make yourself. I’ve been dabbling in my own home brew and experimenting with different flavours. It’s been a lot of fun! A local business in town has even held a few kombucha making glasses which has the local Twitter scene all a buzz.

If you haven’t tried out this latest wonder drink yet, you better get to your local health food/grocery store and pick some up.

Have you tried kombucha? What’s your favorite flavour? Mine is a toss up between Rise Kombucha Mint Chlorophyl or GT Kombucha Grape.
Have you ever brewed your own kombucha, beer, wine, etc? 

Here’s what the Huffington Post has to say about the growing kombucha popularity: 11 Things You Should Know About Kombucha

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Cassandra
    September 19, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    I just tried it one time. After I forgot what it smelled like. It was the kind you made. It was pretty good. 🙂

    • Reply
      Bex
      September 20, 2013 at 7:51 pm

      Thanks, I should make some more some day!

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    Allison @ Train Eat Repeat
    September 19, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    I had tried kombucha a couple years back and it was awesome. and then this year I retried it, i’m not sure if the brand I bought back then what just crappy or what. but i LOOOVE kombucha! I prefer it instead of pop if i am craving something bubbly.
    my sister took a sip once and was like WHOA. haha its got a good kick. Although Rise is a lot tamer than say GT’s so its a good beginner one ha
    I would definitely love to try making my own kombucha one day! You’ve got to write a post on all the how to’s of it with steps and pictures 😛

    • Reply
      Bex
      September 20, 2013 at 7:51 pm

      I could probably do a how to post! It’s easy!

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    NIcole
    September 20, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    I really wanted to give this stuff a try but then I read some article about it and it made me want to vomit. I’ve heard so many great things about it but I can’t get the grossness out of my head!

    Hope the new routine is going smoothly. Yay for walking Liam!!

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      Bex
      September 20, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      Haha don’t think about the bacteria culture if that’s the part that grossed you out. It’s really delicious.

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