Kombucha. It’s a buzzword now. It’s that bubbly fermented goodness of sweet tea with only a miniscule amount of sugar. What is it? Why is it good for you? And, how can it help wellness and fertility? FEMNA Health pairs up with Paul from Fairment, the best kombucha brewery in Berlin (and all of Germany, we think) to find out the benefits and insider knowledge on how to make a hormonal balancing and delicious fermented drink with our original herbal tea kombucha recipe!
*Recipe is shared at the bottom of this article.
What is Kombucha?
Kombucha is a fermented sweet tea. The main ingredients are water, black and green tea, sugar and kombucha (from the last batch). It is an ongoing project, meaning – once you start, you just don’t stop. One reason sweet tea can undergo fermentation is because of the healthy bacteria placed inside. The main worker of this delicious beverage is a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast). A SCOBY is a slippery and squishy living organism that feeds on sugar. It has loads of GOOD bacteria for your gut and provides that for us by eating the sugar up and giving us probiotics! And probiotics are healthy for wellness and fertility.
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeast that are beneficial for the gut and digestive system. These babies are even good for your babies, helping to aid fertility and pregnancy because the probiotics aid the gut and digestion. Probiotics are often found in yogurts and fermented food like sauerkraut and kimchi. Kombucha is a fermented tea that offers probiotics in a deliciously bubbly beverage. Good gut bacteria facilitates a harmonious lifestyle. Besides digestion, probiotics also promote health and lifespan and heals the body to create a prime vessel for fertility and procreation.
Importance of good gut bacteria
- Synthesize vitamins for productivity in the body
- Activate particular genes in the gut cells
- Protect you from harmful bacteria
- Preventative of infections
- Smooth digestion
Probiotics are healthy for wellness and fertility
They support a happy tummy for digestion and baby-making. Probiotics also help aid these conditions:
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- Infectious diarrhea (caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites)
- Diarrhea caused by antibiotics
- Skin conditions, like eczema
- Urinary and vaginal health
- Preventing allergies and colds
In Addition to Probiotics, Kombucha has a lot more benefits
- It has a ton of organic acids for blood sugar regulation
- Tons of vitamins: C, K, and lots of B (1,2,3,6 and 12) (especially the bioavailable version perfect for vegans!)
- Full of antioxidants
- Great for a mitochondrial boost
- Incorporates living bacteria and yeast and regulates gut pH levels.
We asked Paul from Fairment a few Q’s
Meet Paul, the Chef-Alchemist of Fairment Kombucha in Berlin
Why would you recommend people to start drinking and brewing this herbal tea kombucha recipe?
Kombucha is one of the best ways to integrate living food back into their diet. It was a staple before processed foods and way before refrigeration and is necessary for a healthy gut. Just because our food industry has changed, doesn’t mean that thousands of years of our ancestral diet has changed with it.
What are the benefits of women’s health and fertility?
Live probiotics have a lot of benefits for women. Many experts believe it has positive effects on vaginal health and prevents UTIs. Most importantly, a good gut microbiome can also be helpful to fight PMS symptoms like digestion and skin issues. Probiotics are healthy for wellnessa and fertility as well as other beneficial elements. Kombucha has also been reported to help soften hair, grow healthy nails and provide stable gut health which is the pillar to hormonal imbalances and fertility.
What’s your favorite flavour?
Herbs give your kombucha a distinct flavour and character. At Fairment, you can find some delicious flavors like ginger and lemongrass. Paul’s favorite herbs to brew with are Chai tea, honeybush and hibiscus. Try them out yourself! At FEMNA Health headquarters, we like to mix our herbal teas to add a powerful kick to our herbal tea kombucha recipe. Ask us what are our favorites!
- 1 Liter filtered water
- 60g organic sugar
- 250mL Fairment Kombucha
- 1 Tbsp your favorite herb
- 2 Tbsp FEMNA Health Cleansify Tea (green tea)
- 1 Tbsp your favorite black tea
- 1 Fairment SCOBY
- 1 Large Jar (>1.3 Liter)
- A paper towel
- 1 rubber band
- FEMNA Tea Glass
- Brew your sweet tea. The original way is to boil water, add the sugar and steep the tea. I like to incorporate a SHORT CUT. This makes it faster for the tea to cool down because the SCOBY won’t survive in hot water. In order to do this, boil a quarter liter of water and in your FEMNA tea glass, add the sugar and steep the tea. This makes a concentrated version of the tea. Then, you will add more water in step 4.
- Stir the sugar so as to dissolve.
- Let steep for 10-15 minutes. Take out the tea bag when ready.
- Add the remaining (cold) three-quarters liter of water to the big kombucha jug. Then add the steeped sugar tea to the cold water.
- Add the 250mL of your favorite Fairment kombucha. Once you make your first batch, you can use the kombucha you already made.
- Make sure the mixture isn’t too hot and then add your SCOBY and herbs.
- Take a paper towel to cover the top of the jar. Secure it with a rubber band. This allows the kombucha to breathe (because it has living bacteria, remember?)
- Put in a dark place where the temperature doesn’t fluctuate too much – around 24-29C (75-85F)
- In one week, taste your batch. You are searching for a nice balance of sweet and sour. Bottle your kombucha and make a new batch.
- You can drink your kombucha now or, if you can wait, let it ferment a second time in the bottle for another week for effervescence.
- Add more herbs or fruit to your second ferment or to your glass. Serve cold and enjoy!
For all of your questions regarding Kombucha – check out the Fairment Brewing Guide
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