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So why Kombucha Cafe? It is customary in many cultures to offer a beverage to a visitor, whether at home or the office. We offer the healing beverage Kombucha Tea. I recently conducted a survey of 100 individuals, and basically I asked whether they were familiar with Kombucha Tea. Only 2 out of 100 said they were familiar with it, and one of the two told me that she had recently learned of it about two weeks ago when she noticed it at a health food store. As such, I am on a mission to raise awareness of this healthy, probiotic beverage which has been around for thousands of years. (The history to follow in subsequent posts.)
I was introduced to Kombucha Tea about fifteen years ago from an acquaintance who was giving it away to those of us who were attending an unrelated business meeting at his home. This man gave raving reviews to this health beverage which none of us at the meeting was familiar with. I can still recall the unique flavor as being both sour and sweet, and nothing like I had ever experienced. He then disclosed that he made this tea himself and we were welcome to come to his home and receive more Kombucha Tea (free of charge) whenever we happened to be in his area. After the meeting ended, I went about my way and never had a reason to stay in touch with this man and so I pretty much forgot all about Kombucha.
My husband and I met a vendor earlier this year who was selling homemade Kombucha Tea. He promoted several flavors along with the health benefits. I mentioned to my husband that I had learned of the tea years ago before we were married, and he said that he had known about it also for at least 25 years! The vendor was giving out samples, and we ended up purchasing two bottles at an extremely high-end price. I knew that I wanted to include Kombucha Tea in our daily nutritional regimen, however the price point was a challenge. We later learned that we could purchase it from health food stores as well as the supermarket, for about ¼ the price of the vendor’s brew, which we did for a short while. Then I decided that I would learn to make the tea at home because purchasing it ceased being cost effective. As of this writing, we have completed about 15 brews and we drink the tea daily.
As far as health benefits – I know that Kombucha is not considered to be a panacea – that is, a “be all, cure all”, however I would be remiss if I did not talk of its affect on my health. Already, my “floaters” have begun to diminish, my hair has suddenly began growing rapidly – as evidenced by challenged areas from constant braiding beginning to fill in, my bladder control has improved (by the way, I am 57 years young), my blood sugar levels are improving, my cravings for sweets and for food in general have diminished, I sleep through the night, my stress levels have improved, and my stamina during my weekly jogging has increased. I am regarding Kombucha Tea not necessarily as a panacea, but rather as an adaptagen – going to those areas of the body where it is needed most and helping the body to heal itself.
I have been spending countless hours researching the pros and cons of Kombucha Tea, and the pros win by a landslide. More to follow in future postings, but in the meantime, the health benefits far supersede any contrary information which I've come across. If you're not familiar with Kombucha Tea, why not try some, and start a health kick of your own?!