Venus and I made this awesome “Pink Goddess of Goodness”, a Guava Kombucha Spritzer to enjoy during our detoxification and weight loss journey. This organic guava kombucha with Pellegrino and fresh lime over ice is a must try. I wouldn’t even call this drink a “mocktail” as it tastes like a real cocktail (bartenders and restaurant owners take note). The fermented bubbly taste makes it a “spot-on” cocktail taste alike. Perfect for happy hour, brunch or anytime you need a decadent taste treat. Serve in a nice glass and garnish.
Kombucha is low calorie and loaded with aminos, polyphenols, enzymes and probiotics.
It is made from green or black tea and SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast).
Top 10 reasons to add Kombucha to your daily beverages:
1. Decreases inflammations
2. Decreases harmful microbes
3. Decreases LDL cholesterol (the bad stuff)
4. Helps with weight loss and the “dreaded hard to get rid of belly fat”
5. Slows the arthritic process
6. Reduces blood sugar and helps with diabetes
7. Helps to prevent and treat heart disease as it reduces LDL
8. Reduces gut health issues, such as IBS ( Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
9. Increases immune function
10. Useful in preventing and treating cancers
Kombucha is “HEALTH in a GLASS”, often called the “Immortal Health Elixir” and has been used in Asian cultures for more than 2000 years (I love when a healthy modality has a long track record).
It helps the liver with removing toxins by increasing Glucaric and Gluconic acids, which also help prevent cancer.
Kombucha is sometimes known as “mushroom tea”, due to the “mother” a “mushroom looking cluster” of healthy organisms (similarly seen in apple cider vinegar). It has an acetic acid taste, some alcohol and bubbles from fermentation. Alcoholics should avoid this beverage.
I recommend not drinking more than 12-16 pounces per day, as not to create a microorganism imbalance from too much consumption. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends 4 ounces three times per day.
Kombucha does contain some lactic acid. Some people sensitive to FODMAPS (Fermentable Oligo, Di-, Mono-saccharides and Polyols) can’t tolerate Kombucha as they get bloated.
Kombucha is helpful for in treating breast, colon and prostate cancers. A study published in the Journal of Biomedicine and Preventive Nutrition, Vol 3, Issue 1, Jan-Mar, 2013, pp53-58 has shown its benefit in reducing prostate cancer angiogenesis ( the ability of a tumor to get new blood supply to “nourish and flourish”, therefore decreasing the survival time of prostate cancer cells).
Check the label and read to make sure the calories and sugars aren’t high. Venus and I have tried many different Kombuchas from our local grocery stores, even local artisan versions from the Port Jefferson Farmer’s market and we especially like GT'S Living Foods brand; the Gingerade, Guava Goddess, and Trilogy are our favorites! The calories range from 25-30 calories in 8 ounces with just 6-8 grams of carbohydrates.
BUYER BEWARE: Avoid buying Kombucha 'drinks' made by healthy trend marketers and manufacturers. These are usually nothing more than sweetened “Soda Pop” versions, with minimal SCOBY and very little health-giving properties.
Kombucha benefits have been studied in Russia and Germany, where it is called “Tea Kvass" which translates as leavened or fermented tea. There is a 'Beet Kvass' that is used in Slavic countries as a detoxification beverage, although it is higher in sugar than Kombucha.
President Ronald Reagan drank Kombucha tea daily, at the age of 72 when he was diagnosed with colon cancer and lived to 93 years of age.
Many people make Kombucha at home as they do yogurt and other fermented foods and beverages. Even though made from tea, it has a minimal amount of caffeine as compared to other caffeinated beverages.
Raise your glasses as we cheer to your VITAL health!
Wishing you health, happiness and TRUE VITALITY,
~ Dr. Dave, Venus and the Oasis team
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