Why you should be drinking kombucha | Gourmand and Gourmet

Why you should be drinking kombucha

While death by doughnut will always be our first choice, there occasionally comes a brief but vital part of our day for treats that don’t so much cause a food baby, as cure them. Enter, kombucha, a sweet, bubbly brew that’s as good for the gut as it is for the tastebuds. Put simply, this exotic sounding drop is a cold-pressed tea. Fermented with cultured bacteria and yeast, kombucha is full of probiotics, antioxidants, and digestive enzymes. While this description may have conjured the image of a green brew made of microscopic crawlies, kombucha really isn’t some wild concoction that can only be stomached by hippies or people with a strong gut. This elixir is perfect for detoxing the liver and heart and improving digestion, and it’s natural bacteria and enzymes work to bring your body back into balance, meaning it’s perfect for overall gut health. It may also give your immunity a boost, with loads of B vitamins and antioxidants. So where can you get it? Well, if you haven’t the patience to brew your own batch, you’ll find healthful spots all over town with kombucha ready and waiting in the fridge. The Northey Street City Farm Organic Markets and West End Markets will always have a brew or two on offer, otherwise you’ll find plenty at Charlie’s Fruit Market, Fundies, Wilde Kitchen and we’re sure a few other spots around town! Words by Ranyhyn Akui Image credit: Libby Vision