Occasionally someone will react badly to kombucha

Are you wondering if you have a kombucha allergy? Or some sort of kombucha reaction? Sometimes when people start drinking kombucha they report feeling a bit unwell, or having a touch of “kombucha nausea”. For some people this sick feeling is a good thing – it’s your gut biome getting used to the new healthy probiotics. But for other people it is a sign they should stop drinking kombucha.

I particularly wanted to look at the following research article as it is often quoted as evidence that kombucha is dangerous and shouldn’t be recommended as a health food. I think it is worth having a closer look at what it is actually saying so we can make up our own minds about it.

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Is Kombucha Healthy? A general introduction.

Kombucha benefits. Why kombucha is good for you. Kombucha probiotic. Kombucha antioxidant. Gut health. Oxidative stress and free radicals. Kombucha research. Kombucha scienceAre there kombucha benefits? Does drinking kombucha tea give you long life? How credible are kombucha tea health claims? Is kombucha tea healthy?

Is kombucha probiotic? Is it an antioxidant? Why is kombucha good for you? IS kombucha even good for you?? What does the science actually say? Continue reading “Is Kombucha Healthy? A general introduction.”

Should we keep kombucha in the fridge?

Does kombucha need to be refrigerated? How long do kombucha’s probiotics survive in the fridge? Looks like kombucha is much happier not being refrigerated.

Discover how to maximise the probiotic content of your home made kombucha!

Does kombucha need to be refrigerated?

Okay, so you’ve brewed your first batch of kombucha, and it’s all bottled and delicious. And now you’re up against the very next question. What about kombucha storage? Do you have to keep kombucha refrigerated? How long does kombucha last? What happens if kombucha is not refrigerated?

This is one of those questions where the answer depends on what results you’re after. Continue reading “Should we keep kombucha in the fridge?”

Can I make kombucha from herbal tea?

Make herbal tea kombucha. Herbal kombucha can be made from a variety of herbs and spices. Find out how to choose the right herbs for kombucha herbal tea.

herbal tea kombucha. You don't need normal tea for kombucha. health benefits and risks of different teas.
Can you make kombucha with herbal tea? Yes!

Are you wondering what kind of tea to use for kombucha? Can we make herbal kombucha?

Most kombucha recipes will insist that you have to use proper tea leaves from the Camellia sinensis tea bush. But it turns out that that’s more of a guideline than a rule. Continue reading “Can I make kombucha from herbal tea?”

What happens inside Kombucha Vinegar?

How to Hack Your Brew – adjusting sugar, fructose, alcohol, and acidity by changing the brew time.

A detailed look at what happens with acidity and sugar levels in kombucha when brewed a long time. kombucha research. kombucha science. fructose.

Have you ever wondered what goes on inside your batch of kombucha when you leave it too long? What about when you’re deliberately making kombucha vinegar? What are the changes that happen?

Or maybe you’re trying to hack your kombucha brew to get a particular effect. If you want to minimize the sugar, how long should you leave it? What happens to the sugar? How much alcohol gets produced and when? How acidic does it get and when? How much fructose gets produced?

Well, you are not alone in asking those questions!

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Kombucha for heart health

Drinking kombucha could improve your heart risk factors, and increase the odds of full recovery from a heart attack

Did you know that drinking kombucha could help protect against heart attack?

Well, now you do. 🙂

Today’s research article demonstrates that, in rats at least, a daily dose of kombucha leads to higher HDL cholesterol (the good kind), lower triglycerides, and a better outcome if a heart attack does happen.

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Know your probiotics – brewing a better kombucha.

When we’re making kombucha, we want it to be as healthy and as health-giving as we can. Because even though it tastes great, most of us are doing this because of kombucha’s health benefits.

We want to see improvements in our health. Otherwise, why bother, right?

So, let’s dive into the exciting world of lactic-acid bacteria, and how they benefit your kombucha brew.

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Anti-viral Kombucha can prevent the spread of Foot and Mouth

Kombucha’s benefits include being a great antioxidant and a probiotic. But is kombucha antiviral? Could drinking kombucha help protect against the flu and other viruses?

Today’s research paper looks at using herbal medicine for foot and mouth disease. But not just any herbal medicine. They used a mix of Chinese herbs known for their anti-viral effects, then fermented that mix with a kombucha scoby to make a Chinese Herbal Kombucha.

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Nothing to see here (research paper retracted)


Originally this blog post was going to be the exciting follow up to this one. You know, where I get into the nitty gritty about why I thought you’d love to hear about how fermenting herbal teas with a scoby make them even better?

But life is a funny old thing sometimes.

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