The Kombucha Starter Kit, from Cultures for Health, in your October box is our way of bringing a traditional and sustainable experience to your home this month.
Culture’s for Health was first inspired when two parents, Eric and Julie, went to a workshop for sustainable living. They created their own starter cultures for multiple products with the hope of bringing traditionally prepared, Real Food into the home. They now have a website that is truly a resource for learning everything you need to know through books, tutorials and so much more. Their goal is:
“To create a website where people making a food change in their own lives could find all the products and information they need to be successful.”
– Julie & Eric Feickert
Kombucha has been proven to positively impact mental stress, which in todays day and age most people have chronic stress. Digestive issues are also a common factor in The combination of the two can be strenuous and take a toll.
“It [Kombucha] is also very highly recommended for sports-people and those who do strenuous mental work. Through the promotion of the metabolism, undue fat deposits in the body are avoided or removed.” – Hans Irion
The word Kombucha is the Germanized form of the Japanese name for the mushroom. However, ‘Kombucha’ is not a mushroom in the sense that you may think. It is a symbiotic colony of yeast and bacteria (SCOBY) and it does not grow in the same form as a typical mushroom. You will notice your starter culture contains a flat disk this is your Kombucha mushroom – though it’s not very mushroom like it is a part of the fungi family.
Kombucha is a beverage full of nutrients and probiotics that will increase well-being and vitality, primarily by stimulating metabolism thus detoxifying the body.
Preparation of Kombucha is an easy process using the Culture’s for Health Starter Kit. You will need only five key ingredients and it is a three-step process. If you wish to bottle and flavor your Kombucha CLICK HERE, or check out:
After the process of making your Kombucha using your starter culture, the fermentation begins (the warmer temperature in the house, the less time it will take). During fermentation (oxidation phase) Kombucha acquires its major nutritional characteristics. As it feeds on the sugar, the resulting substances are: glucuronic acid, L-lactic acid, vitamins, amino acids, antibiotic substances and more.
Gluronic Acid is the primary component for detoxification and is known to increase the body’s defenses. It has a direct impact on oxidative metabolism thus promoting restoration.
“The culture is placed in sweetened black or green tea and turns the tea into a sea of health giving acids and nutrients. The Kombucha culture feeds on the sugar and, in exchange, produces other valuable substances which change into the drink: glucuronic acid, glucon acid, lactic acid, vitamins, amino acids, antibiotic substances, and other products. The Kombucha culture is, therefore, a real tiny biochemical factory.” – Gunther W. Frank
At Fit Snack we can appreciate all of the benefits of Kombucha, but seeing as it is a rather new beverage the health benefits are still being researched. That’s why we encourage you to check out some of the quality resources at Cultures for Health. Sign up for their free e-book to learn more.