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What are the benefits of drinking kombucha?

by Sarah Spence

Kombucha is hella tasty, oh-so-refreshing and ‘I-can’t-even’ so good for you. The benefits of drinking kombucha will blow your mind.

There’s so much to tell you, so little time!

So, here’s the low down on one of the best drinks around.


What is kombucha?

Kombucha is a refreshing and powerful living health drink.

Made by fermenting tea and sugar with live cultures (aka a SCOBY - Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeasts), the fermentation process turns a bowl of sweet tea into a biochemical powerhouse. 

The fermentation digests the sugar to produce organic acids, vitamins (in particular Vitamin B and Vitamin C), minerals, amino acids and enzymes. Plus, perhaps best of all, it also produces a bunch of happy gut buddies in the form of super powerful probiotic microorganisms. At Nexba we ferment our kombucha for 40 days (longer than other Kombuchas on the market). The extended fermentation allows even more time for all the sugar to be eaten, leaving our kombucha completely sugar, caffeine and alcohol free.

Kombucha is light, bubbly with a super satisfying sweet and sour taste. It tastes kind of like a mix between sparkling apple cider and champagne – but without the alcoholic kick.

 

Where did kombucha come from?

Booch is generally thought to have originated in the Far East, probably China. Some people reckon it’s been a drink of choice there for over 2000 years! 

The 'Tea of Immortality’ was the first recorded version of kombucha and was lapped up by the Tsin Dynasty in 221BC. From there it seems to have spread along trade routes and in 415AD we see the name – kombucha – recorded for the first time.

The drink grew in popularity across Asia and Europe before losing its shine around World War II. But a cool dude called Dr Rudolph Skelnar created renewed interest in kombucha in Germany when he started using it in his treatment of patients with cancer, metabolic disorders, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Nowadays, kombucha is enjoyed all over the world by health gurus, hipsters and everyday people alike.

 

What are the benefits of drinking kombucha?

How long have you got?! We could wax lyrical about how incredible kombucha is for hours!

The scientifically-proven benefits of drinking kombucha include:

The not (yet!) scientifically proven, but still awesome, benefits of drinking kombucha are:

  • Reduced bloating and belly discomfort
  • Clearer mind (there’s lots of research on the links between gut health and mental health happening right now)

 

It’s all in the SCOBY

The probiotic microorganisms in kombucha come from a living culture known as a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeasts). 

A SCOBY kinda looks like a big, pale, rubbery pancake and it’s an absolute biochemical powerhouse.

Under the right conditions, a SCOBY digests the sugar in sweetened tea, turning it into an elixir of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and organic acids.

And while most kombuchas are fermented for around 7 to 30 days, at Nexba we give our SCOBY 40 days to do its thing.

Why?

That extra time and love allows the SCOBY to digest all the sugar— leaving behind only the good stuff. It also means that our kombucha contains no alcohol or caffeine - bonus!

 

Nexba is no ordinary kombucha

Bottled booch from the supermarket (except Nexba!) often take a hit on the probiotic front. This is because the manufacturing process can kill off the living probiotic microorganisms, leaving no good gut buddies to arrive at your tummy party.

But this is where Nexba’s kombucha is different - we’ve worked our butts off to make sure the probiotics (called Bacillus Coagulans) are encased in a protective shell. This shell means they survive the manufacturing, bottling and transportation process and STILL make it all the way from your mouth to your gut before the shell breaks free and the party starts!

Oh and did we mention because they are smart and robust, you don’t need to keep our kombucha in the fridge, either!

In fact, 85% of the 500 million live probiotics in every bottle of Nexba Kombucha make it to your intestines intact.

And because these tough little probiotics are so strong, they can cope with higher temperatures (unlike other, more delicate, strains of probiotics). So, you can store your Nexba Kombucha at room temperature and enjoy it on the go, without compromising any of the health benefits like other kombuchas. 

 

And it tastes kombucha-hhhmazing

 

We combine our very special SCOBY with a rolled oolong tea called Iron Goddess. Its light notes of honey mingle with a subtle woodiness that lingers tantalizingly on your taste buds.

The result? A lightly sparkling, cider-like kombucha with refreshing apple, peach and floral aromas. Delightful.

 

All natural, 100% good for you

Every bottle of Nexba’s Kombucha contains:

  • No sugar
  • No fructose
  • No preservatives
  • No caffeine
  • No alcohol
  • No lactose
  • No gluten
  • No GMOs
  • No BPA
  • No anything most of us agree now doesn’t make our bodies feel so great
  • 500 million live, sturdy and gut-loving probiotics
  • … and absolutely nothing artificial so it’s 100% natural, vegan and good for you.

 

What’s in the bottle?

A genie who will grant you three wishes*, plus:

  • Purified sparkling water – gotta hydrate!
  • Naturally fermented kombucha – which is a fancy way of saying we’ve put together these ingredients: purified water, oolong tea, sugar** and kombucha cultures
  • Nexba’s Natural Sweetener Blend – or in other words, our mind-blowingly amazing, globally patented sweetener mix of erythritol*** and stevia
  • Food acids (citric acid) and natural flavours – for flava flave, and
  • Probiotic culture (Bacillus Coagulans) – those super probiotics we mentioned above.

*Not guaranteed ;)

** The sugar is fully consumed during the extended fermentation process.

*** Erythritol is naturally produced by the fermentation of starches in some fruits and vegetables and is the science-y name for the sweet part you ferment out of melons and pears.

 

Ready to enjoy the refreshingly satisfying health benefits of Nexba Kombucha?




Sarah Spence
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