The ABC’s of Kombucha

Good evening everyone! I’m taking the night off and handing the controls to the lovely and inspiring Lindsay Cotter from Cotter Crunch. Lindsay is here today to tell us all about kombucha. So, hello, Lindsay, take it away!

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Well, Hello! I have to say, I was so honored when Christine asked me to write a guest post about Kombucha. You know why? That means I’ve finally been termed a “booch mamma!” haha. That, my friends, is name I will hold up high! 😀

So let’s get back to real purpose of this post, KOMBUCHA! Kombucha has been a HUGE life saver for me and for so many reasons (visit Cotter Crunch to read about my journey back to health with Kombucha). Needless to say, I am passionate about it! So I thought I’d share some of the ABC’s of Kombucha. Stick with me, k?

A. What is it? –  fermented tea, an ancient elixir consumed for thousands of years by civilizations all over the planet.

B. What are its benefits?Kombucha Kamp has a great article on the benefits of Kombucha. Here are just a few that I have noticed in my own consumption.

  • Probiotics – healthy bacteria
  • Alkalinize the body – balances internal pH
  • Detoxify the liver – happy liver = happy mood
  • Increase metabolism – rev your internal engine
  • Improve digestion – keep your system moving
  • Alleviate constipation
  • Boost energy – helps with chronic fatigue
  • Relieve headaches & migraines
  • Reduce kidney stones
  • High in antioxidants – destroy free-radicals that cause cancer
  • High in polyphenols
  • Heal excema – can be applied topically to soften the skin
  • Lower glucose levels – prevents spiking from eating

Want more?  Check out these studies and testimonials!

C. How? – It is recommended that you should start drinking 4-8oz of Kombucha on an empty stomach 2x a day followed by plenty of water to clear out all the toxins.  Once your body has adjusted to it (over an extended period of time), you can increase your intake.

Okay okay, now that you have an overwhelming amount of information. Let me tell you a little bit of how I use it and why.

You see, about 3 Years ago I was struggling with a lot of digestive issues from a gluten intolerance.  I had several tests done on me and lots of medicine prescribed, but honestly, it all just made me feel worse. I felt like my body was one big Petri dish! So I stopped taking the medicine and turned to kombucha. I had been drinking it on occasion before, but this time I decided to use it for more of a medical reason… a high dosage of probiotics! I actually ended up drinking 16-20 ounces a day for 3 months straight. Yes, this seems like a lot but my body was craving it and my gut was healing! I was no longer getting sick and I finally had my strength and energy back!

It was at that time that I decided to start making my own batches. I spoke with Hannah over at KombuchaKamp.com a lot and she guided me through the process. After a few weeks, I had my own brew!  I’ve got a tutorial up on my blog.  Super easy!

Like the bottles I used? Hehe.

Today I still buy GT Kombucha (because I love it so!) and I make my own. It’s kinda a win/win situation for me. I drink about 8 ounces mid morning and usually another 8-12 ounces in the afternoon. Again, my body has gotten used to this amount and that is where I see the most benefit.

My Newbie Tips:

  • It definitely takes an acquired taste, so be open minded.
  • Look for synergy flavors first. These have added natural juices to them, like cranberry or strawberry. It will help you get used to the taste. Even though I’ve ALWAYS loved the taste. I am weird like that though. 🙂
  • Drink 4onces at a time to begin. Maybe just try a little mid morning or afternoon. Sometime during the day where you usually need a little boost.
  • Give it time! Drink slowly and allow its natural detox benefits to nourish your body. Try it for a week before knockin’ it!
  • And finally, BE GENTLE! Kombucha needs care. It is carbonated do not shake the bottle and open slowly. I’ve had some dangerous explosions, and as much as I like Kombucha, my clothes do not.

I wanted to take this time to thank GT Kombucha as well. They are a great company and really honor their product.  James and I respect everyone we’ve spoken with at GT and will continue to diehard fans forever!

Alright, I’m off to go finish my last bottle. Better restock tomorrow! Feel free to email me with any questions. And thank you MERF for letting me blab away. Like I said, what an honor!

Cheers,
LC (aka Booch Mama)
Cottercrunch (at) hotmail (dot) com

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Wow! How excited are you to try kombucha now??? When I asked Lindsay if she could help me better understand Kombucha, I knew she would deliver. She’s amazing!!!  Guess what else? I have in my hot little hands two coupons for a free GT Synergy Kombucha.

GT’s was kind enough to give these to me to pass on to one lucky reader. To win, do any of the following, and leave a separate comment for each. I’ll select a winner on Monday 5/9.

  • Visit the GT’s website and tell me which flavor you’d try and why.
  • Like GT’s on Facebook and leave some ❤ on their Wall.
  • Tweet about this post/giveaway: “Learn all about kombucha from @LCCotter and @merfinprogress and win some free booch @ http://goo.gl/4941A”
  • Follow @merfinprogress on Twitter! (and while you’re at it, follow @LCCotter and @GTsKombucha too!)

We’ll resume regular programming tomorrow when I tell you about my amazing lunch from today. Seriously. Amazing. ❤

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74 Responses to The ABC’s of Kombucha

  1. Deb says:

    I picked some up on accident once and tossed it out instantly. “People willingly drink this stuff?” I failed to actually look into its merits–of which I assumed there had to be some, with that kind of flavor–and continued to recall the experience with chagrin. Having read this and having digestive issues, I’m going to have to give it a try. Thanks for the info!

    • Christine says:

      The first time I ever had one, I LOVED it, especially with the carbonation. I’m already addicted.

  2. Deb says:

    D’oh, forgot to request email notification on comments! Comment, take 2!

  3. lindsay says:

    can I be the first one to say……WOOHOOO! Thanks GT Kombucha for the giveaway. You all rock and so does my MERF!

  4. Ashley says:

    Great post! I’ve seen Kombucha on blogs for months now but I still haven’t tried it myself! Maybe I’ll have to pick one up (they synergy kind) and give it a go!

  5. Kelsey says:

    Great post! I just had my SECOND bottle of kombucha today and it was amazing! I would looove to try Gingerade.

  6. Kelsey says:

    I now follow all of you on Twitter 🙂

  7. Liz says:

    Oooh I’ve been waiting for someone to explain to me all of the hype around Kombucha. I’d love to try the Cranberry Synergy flavor to start!

  8. Hmm…I think i would go with Cosmic Cranberry

  9. I follow you, and I now follow LCCotter on Twitter!

  10. oh my heavens lindsay, clearly I haven’t looked around your site enough! I love kombucha but the varieties at the store are simply too expensive. Time for me to read up and be all set to make some brew at my new apartment! 🙂

  11. Cool! I have been reading about this a lot on other blogs and was definitely curious!

  12. Meri says:

    What a great post full of information- I often don’t try things because I’m too lazy to find out “what all the hype is about” but this sounds like a superdrink!

  13. kate says:

    I would love to try the gingeraid!

  14. kate says:

    like them on facebook!

  15. kate says:

    follow you!!

  16. Kat says:

    I ❤ kombucha! I would love to try the Botanics since I haven't tried them yet… but I love the green too!

  17. Kat says:

    I liked GT’s on FB!

  18. I want to try the citrus flavor so bad! I haaaaaaaave to win! please please please please!

    ps: Lind you rocked this guest post – and C- OMG I need your kombucha hookup – stat! ❤ haha help a girl oouuuuutttt!

  19. and totallly already following you kids! mwah!

  20. Great guest post! I like kombucha, but it’s very expensive here, so nothing I could afford regularly until I start to make my own (which I haven’t done yet). But if it’s sufficient to have tiny amounts at first, I think I could afford it (next month or so) and try drinking it regularly for a while and see what happens. 🙂

  21. of course Lindsay should write this post – she is the booch mama! 🙂

    I have heard her talking about the citrus flavor recently, and have not yet tried it, so that is the next one I want.

  22. erica says:

    i liked gt on facebook!

  23. erica says:

    i absolutely love the gingeraid!!!!

  24. Lauren says:

    I’d love to try Mystic Mango! I’d actually love to try any flavor because I’ve heard amazing things about it but have never tried it.

  25. Lauren says:

    I follow you guys on twitter!

  26. Ginger&Rice says:

    I want to try that Guava Goddess flavor; I have never tried anything guava, so I figure it would be a fun!

  27. Lisa says:

    I love kombucha! I feel the same way as Lindsay, its helped me a lot with my health! 🙂 I love the gingerade flavour!

  28. I’ve never tried it but it seems like so many foodies really love this stuff! I’d love to try the Mystic Mango! Mango is my favorite fruit!

  29. Follow all three of u on Twitter!

  30. Awesome post! I’ve always been so curious about kombucha! I’d love to try the gingerberry!

  31. I picked up a bottle at the store once to take a look at it, and it SPEWED it’s vinegary-smelling self ALLLL over me and my clothes! And all I did was pick it up! Gah. (Clearly it was rotten or broken, or something. Right? right?!?)

    So, after that experience, I haven’t tried it yet. I’d like to – but watch the clothes, please!! 🙂 Cranberry anything floats my boat.

    If it was something I liked, I would totally learn to make it myself.

    ~

  32. I loooove Kombucha! I want to try the Synergy flavor!!

  33. And I liked the FB page!

  34. And I follow you on twitter, of course 🙂

  35. wohoo for lindsey – botanic no 7 is up my alley

  36. i now follow you on twitter

  37. Melissa says:

    I have recently started drinking Kombucha and would love to try the green botanical one.

  38. Melissa says:

    I am now a Twitter follower!

  39. OK! That was awesome! I think this is something I’d like, too—so it inspired a stop at the local health food store today on my way to work. Sadly: the north is KOMBUCHA FREE! Oh well!

    I haven’t heard of GT being in Canada, anyway, but the guava sounds amazing, based on a childhood experience I had with guava juice when visiting Yankee cousins. The US really *is* the land of opportunity. 🙂 I’m guessing my Canadianness makes me ineligible here, so instead I’ll just say, “look out, US: I’ll make it there eventually!” Fab post, Cotter-Merf connection!

  40. Great post! I’d always wondered what the hype was about!

  41. Bonnie says:

    Hi! I’m a new reader here from Lindsay’s site and have been wanting to try this drink for ages! Is it even in Canada? I haven’t seen it anywhere but have read lots and always hope to stumble upon it. Great post, you guys! I would love to win this giveaway since I have yet to see this drink up north and posted on the GT facebook wall and just sent out a tweet (@bonnielang)…here’s hoping I get to try some of this (acquired-taste) goodness! 😉 Thanks for the insightful post – looking forward to checking out your blog some more!

  42. LauraJayne says:

    Love this post! I finally tried Kombucha for the first time after my half-marathon last weekend (my stomach was KILLING me) and I felt better within the hour! Totally amazing feeling, and I’m hooked! Not sure if I’m ready to start brewing my own just yet, but it has been a lifesaver this week already.

  43. tea-bag says:

    i’d try the gingerberry … for some reason that name makes me want to giggle! maybe because it sounds like “dingleberry” 🙂

  44. Jenni Sevenich says:

    I just started drinking Kombucha this week – a bottle a day. Oops – didn’t know I should ease into it! I finished one off as I was reading this. In fact, that’s the end of my stash. I’d love to try Cosmic Cranberry because it sounds refreshing and it’s one flavor I haven’t tried yet, and I’d like to try Botanic #9 – so many great health benefits!

  45. Jenni Sevenich says:

    I liked GT on Facebook as well!

  46. Grace says:

    Gingerade is my all time favorite….always hits the spot!!

  47. Christine says:

    I’m so intrigued by the Gingerade!

  48. Hi, Christine! I’m new to the blog, and found you through Lindsay! I love what I see so far, though:). I am really intrigued by Kombucha, now! I would love to try it! I think I would start with the Synergy Cosmic Cranberry, because it sounds great and I love Cranberry juice:).

  49. Liked them on Facebook and commented on their wall:)

  50. Tweeted the contest on the twitter:)

  51. Aaaand I followed you and GT:) Thanks!:)

  52. Hannah says:

    I don’t think Kombucha even exists in Australia! Then again, hemp seeds are illegal as food here, so I probably shouldn’t be surprised…

  53. Ana says:

    Oh my, awesome giveaway, I love Kombucha!!!
    I would try the Mango flavor because I love mango and I havent tried that flavornof Kombucha yet.
    My favorite flavor I have tried is the synergy tilogy, soooo good!
    Ana

  54. Ana says:

    I already like GT on facebook and left a comment there about my love for their amazingly delicious Trilogy flavor!
    Ana

  55. Ana says:

    I tweeted the giveaway!! @KitchenspaceAna

  56. Ana says:

    I follow @merfinprogress, @LCCotter and @GTsKombucha too!
    @ KitchenspaceAna

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  58. Kim K says:

    crap, i’m probably too late!!! botanic #3 sounds amazing.

  59. Melissa says:

    I think i’d try the Gingerberry

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