Eating probiotics and foods with healthy bacteria has become the norm these days. Kombucha tea is becoming a fast favorite for many. 

Though kombucha is growing in popularity right now, it’s hardly a new kid on the block. The tea dates back 2,000 years to ancient China, where it was regularly consumed to remedy inflammatory ailments such as arthritis. More recently, kombucha enthusiasts have used the beverage as an at-home remedy for acne, fatigue, hypertension, headaches, and constipation. 

What is Kombucha?

Kombucha tea is a fermented tea that is brewed using a mix of tea, added to a symbiosis of bacteria and yeast called kombucha. The result? A deliciously tangy drink that is slightly carbonated. 

Where Can You Find It?

You can buy kombucha at natural food stores, and most cities also have local companies who sell kombucha tea at farmer’s markets, coffee shops and health fairs. Kombucha popularity has also moved it into the refrigerated section of many grocery stores.

There’s also a growing trend of people brewing their own kombucha at home. Try this easy recipe

What is the Catch?

Many commercial kombucha products have added sugar.  If you are avoiding sugar, be sure to read the labels carefully before choosing your new favorite kombucha!  Also, if you are trying kombucha for the first time, remember it is a probiotic. I recommend only drinking a small portion to avoid stomach upset.  Once your body adapts, you will have another way to incorporate probiotics into your health journey!

Carmen Keith, MD, IFMCP


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