For as long as I can remember I have been health conscious. It started for me when I grew my own garden full of green beans in the corner of our family yard when I was seven years old. Most recently it has meant making some major nutritional changes for my tricky digestion system.
(I’ve been sharing all the plant based recipes and the harvest we have been gleaning from our current back yard here at This Little Estate. To see all the bright and healthy goodness feel free to follow along on Instagram at @bethanythislittlelifestyle)
I’ve always been scouring ways to improve my health and earlier this year discovered the health benefits of Kombucha and haven’t looked back.
Not sure what kombucha is?
I wasn’t too, but I have done a bit of research and have discovered that kombucha is pretty much amazing!
Here’s why: Kombucha is a tea based fermented beverage that is consumed for its multitude of health benefits. It is made by fermenting tea and sugar with the kombucha culture. Over time, and when the drink is ready to be consumed, it will take on natural carbonation. The end result will be that it’s taste resembles something like a champagne or a sparkling cider.
This ancient recipe was found being ingested in China centuries ago and is known as the “Immortal health Elixir” in ancient China.. Why you ask? Because the health benefits of kombucha are vast!!
It is believed to boost the immune system, because of it’s antioxidants, and is claimed to even revers the signs of aging since it blocks the action of free radicals ie; activated oxygen molecules that can damage cells. The tea detoxifies the body and enhances the immune system and if continued to be ingested, over time acts as a deterrent to disease as it fights off toxins and free radicals that may try to reenter the body.
Other than helping to detoxify the body, other health benefits include:
“reducing arthtitis pain, lowering colesterol , restoring bowel movements, relief from gastric ulcers and various digestive troubles. Antioxidant-rich kombucha possess anti-microbial properties and assists in curing various medical conditions such as cancer and diabetes and contributes productively in maintaining cellular health and strong immune defense of the body.” SOURCE
Wondering where to find this miracle drink? Look no further than your local grocery store! Kombucha is sold at health stores country wide and is gaining continued popularity as gut issues continue to rise and well meaning citizens and health enthusiast scour for answers and help.
However, a 500ml bottle will have you handing out upwards of $6! A great deal considering the lengthy process to make the drink and the many health benefits you’ll be consuming but not so much if you want to introduce kombucha into your daily living routine.
I have always loved science and have kept an eager mind when it comes to making things. I live that out when we DIY our house and when I’m mixing things up in the salon and now this whole kombucha thing has me so intrigued! I want to know HOW it’s made, how can it be so good for my family and HOW can I make it at home and save some major moula!?
If something that has been around for centuries and is still getting rave reviews than I am all for it!!
My mother is much like me and loves nutrition and learning about new possibilities to enhance healthy living. A few years ago she became intrigued with the idea of brewing kombucha after researching how amazing and easy it was. (I have had the awesome opportunity to try out most of the batches she has made and my wine loving palette is impressed!)
Health benefits AND yummy? Yes please!
I too really want to see just how those magic carbonated bubbles develop! So, I have enlisted the brewing master and workshop hosting extraordinaire Mama of mine, Judy Grieve to host a handful of wannabe brew masters in her home for an inside look at how to make kombucha the old fashioned way!
If you’re local, health conscious, and interested in pursuing the health benefits kombucha has to offer then this class will be for YOU.
We will be hosting a kombucha brewing information session and tutorial on Saturday, August 27th 2016 from 7:30 – 8:30pm in Guelph, Ontario.
In order to cover the cost of the products used in the fermenting process and the easy travel container to start your own brewing, the class will cost $20. You can expect a first hand tutorial in the comfort of a farmhouse kitchen, with a group of like minded health pursuing individuals and take home instructions to make brewing fool proof!
Spots are very limited for our first ever This Little Estate Workshop, so if you are interested in attending you can reserve your spot through emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
If kombucha isn’t for you, stay tuned!
This Little Estate Workshops are going to be offered seasonally beginning in the fall of 2016!! We have got a lot of creative things happening here to share with you! I’m so excited I can barely keep from telling you now.
Check back often for the full reveal coming soon.