I forgot to bring my laptop into work...Rookie mistake. It happened to be raining in NYC today so my excitement to go back to my apartment and grab it was non-existent.
The one upside was that I now had an excuse to grab a mid-day kombucha. Which is why today's post is dedicated to the wonderful drink, kombucha that I often call, "buch."
What is it? Kombucha is a fermented tea (usually black or green tea) probiotic beverage.
What are the benefits? It has micronutrients and bacteria (the good kind) that help with digestion, detoxification and overall immunity. I drink it when I feel bloated, when I'm getting sick or when I just want a pick-me-up, like today.
Where did it come from? The first recorded use of kombucha comes from China in 221 BC during the Tsin Dynasty. It was known as "The Tea of Immortality" or the "Long Life Elixir."
What is that thing at the bottom? It's called "Scoby": Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast. A scoby is the living home for bacteria and yeast that transforms the tea into a tangy, fizzy kombucha. It sounds gross I know, but just trust it.
Can you drink the scoby? If you can handle the texture, yes! It’s basically just a super-concentrated solid form of kombucha.
Get some Kombucha, your gut will thank you!