For a while now we at Juzcit have been producing both Kombucha and Kefir drinks. It’s such a joy to see this process come together and watching as the rich teas and drinks mature to become one of the best sources of probiotics that we know.
Experimenting with using different bases and adding different final flavoring processes at the end of production e.g. organic strawberries or lemon and ginger has been an exciting, revealing and rewarding challenge.
To make the right choice for your when it comes to taking care of your digestive system and gut, you need to understand both the Kombucha’s and Kefir’s healing and supportive properties and a little of how these are created.
Here is information about both . . . you decide the best option for you.
Kombucha – is a probiotic brewed black tea that has been used in China as a health drink for thousands of years. The Kombucha “Scoby” (stands for Symbiotic culture of bacteria & yeast) consumes the raw organic sugar in the tea mixture to produce the beneficial acids and bacteria that make this drink so good for you.
Kombucha is great for your digestive system. This is really important because all of your health stems from your gut. Kombucha increases the number of beneficial organisms in your gut which in turn assists your bodies natural detoxification process, aids in the absorption of nutrients and minerals, supports the nervous system and is microbial (just to name a few of the benefits). This also leads to fighting harmful candida yeast overgrowth, increased mental clarity and mood stability.
Research conducted in Russia and Germany into the health benefits of Kombucha showed that drinking this daily supports many of our vital systems.
The richness of the enzymes and bacterial acids support your body to detoxify, which reduces your pancreatic load and in turn eases the burden on your liver. They naturally support liver function allowing your liver to work more affectively for you.
Another surprising and unexpected enzyme that is produced is glucosamine, a preventive and treatment for all forms of arthritis and increases synovial hyaluronic acid production. This acid enables connective tissue to bind to moisture thousands of times its weight and maintains tissue structure, lubrication and flexibility. This aids preservation of cartilage structure and can prevent arthritic pain.
Kombucha can be made on either black organic brewed tea or black organic brewed coffee.
Think of Kombucha as a great healthy replacement for a cup of coffee or tea and a healthy way to get your day started!
Kefir – Thought to have originated in Mexico in the late 1800’s (and possibly earlier in Tibet however records of origins are unclear) Kefir is only similar to Kombucha in that it is a natural probiotic drink.
Although Kefir has a similar process to Kombucha it produces slightly different bacteria, has a different flavour – more like sweet, slightly carbonated lemonade and NO caffeine. The base for Kefir is mainly mineral rich water and sugar. Don’t worry; the sugar consumed in the fermentation process of producing this drink by the Kefir crystals that allows enzymes and beneficial acids to be produced.
Kefir is produced from probiotic ‘grains’ (clear crystal like grains of bacteria) brewed with purified mineral water and raw organic sugar.
While there is still sugar in the drink when prepared for consumption, the culture promotes an environment in the gut that fights candida over-growth, supports proper digestion, synthesis of vitamins and minerals and your immune system by fighting off foreign and harmful bacteria, yeast and viruses. These help to manage the free radicals in your body.
The surprising benefit from the Kefir process is not only the pre-biotic and pro-biotic properties of this drink, but also the increased levels of folic acid and vitamin B produced making this drink a great alternative for vegans and vegetarians.
Drinking Kefir on a daily basis reduces symptoms of irritable bowl syndrome, supports the body’s endocrine system (think hormones) and can reduce blood pressure and cholesterol.
Kefir is also safe for diabetics to drink however; they should monitor their blood sugar levels.