K is for Kombucha

Kombucha is any of a variety of fermented, lightly effervescent sweetened black or green tea drinks that are commonly intended as functional beverages for their supposed health benefits.

I’ve looked at it in the store for ages but there were some aesthetics I couldn’t get past (mainly, if the scoby is still in it, it sort of looks like a big snot ball is in your drink…) and there are very mixed reviews on whether it’s actually good for you.  The Kale and Quinoa crowd think it’s great… Western Medicine says it may kill you (so, one might argue, could any number of pharmaceuticals purveyed by Western Medicine Practitioners… I’m thinkin’ of you, Dr. Killemquack!)

A couple of weeks ago at The Farmer’s Market, I found someone with Kombucha. I finally got the courage to actually try it.  Honestly, it tastes like vaguely vinegary beer. It’s slightly bubbly, slightly tart. I picked some up because this guy was selling what looks to be filtered Kombucha (no snot ball).

So, a couple of nights ago… I had an upset stomach.  Nothing too awful but it was a bit uncomfortable. I decided to put the Kombucha to work for me and drank a bit (not a lot, because I understand the concept of too much of a good thing becoming a bad thing).  I’m not going to claim it was miraculous, but it did stop my running for the loo every 15 minutes or so (or, to be fair, the running stopped almost immediately after consuming the Kombucha which could, admittedly, be because whatever had been causing the growly in my bowely had run its course).
Would I drink several 8 oz glasses of it daily? No. Back to the “too much of a good thing” principle.  Do I feel it can be helpful if employed in moderation? Yes. Is it a cure-all? Certainly not. Could the benefit I received be purely coincidental? Indeed, it could.

What I will say is that I am glad I did my homework and that I found a seller who I could ask questions of before I purchased. I stepped a little out of my comfort zone and am proud for having done so. It’s not for everyone, but I am glad I finally tried it.