Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Kombucha; “The Elixir of Life”

by Dawn Depke

So many of our reader deal with health challenges such as fatigue, digestive disorders, and desire weight loss or cleansing so I feel compelled to share this information with you.  I recently learned the about the healing benefits and natural occurring probiotics, vitamins, minerals and amino acids naturally occurring from the fermentation process that creates this amazing “elixir or life” called Kombucha.  I drank it from time to time the past 3 years but it wasn’t until I did my husbands “leakygut” protocol that I realized my body absolutely loves kombucha. 
I was curious to know why my body was feeling so good every time I drank a 16 oz bottle of GT’s Kombucha, so I did a little digging.  What I found was truly amazing. First of all, if you suffer from the following list, you must read on, as Kombucha drinkers have found that this elixir has helped them with the following acute and chronic conditions.

  •  Arthritis
  • Digestive disorders (GI)
  • High blood pressure
  •  Poor circulation
  • High cholesterol
  • Chronic fatigue syndrom
  • Poorly functioning immune system
  •  Eczema
  • Acne
  • Allergies
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Great as a liver cleanser and natural gentle detoxifier

What is Kombucha & Why is it Healing?

Kombucha is a fermented drink made from green or black tea and sugar added to cultures that forms a SKOBY ((Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast) and together in a dark, warm place kombucha is born.  Once it has fermented for at least 15-30 days, a wide range of organic acids, vitamins, minerals and enzymes that give this drink its extraordinary value & healing properties.
Most of the research on Kombucha comes from Russia and Germany and shows that it contains:
  • B1, B2, B6 and B12
  • Vitamin C (which is a potent detoxifier & immune booster)
  • Probiotics (which add beneficial bacteria to the gut, boosting the immune system)
  • Lactic acid (essential for healthy digestive action)
  • Acetic acid
  • Glucuronic acid
  • Usnic acid
  • Citric acid
  • Oxalic acid
  • Malic acid (helps the liver detoxify)
  • Gluconic acid B
  • Butyric acid  
  • Gluconic acid (which is said to help against yeast infections)
  • Nucleic acids (helps cells regenerate)

As you can see this elixir is loaded with amazing healing properties, but don’t take it from me…try it for yourself and see how you feel.  I have begun to make my own homemade kombucha so that I can have as much as I want without breaking the bank.  A regular 16 oz. bottle can cost anywhere from $2.50-$6.  I can make a gallon of it for about $1.00 using all organic ingredients and a little patience.  For information on how to grow your own SKOBY and make kombucha at home, view my video in this newsletter.

In joy and service,
Dawn Depke 

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