When’s The Best Time To Drink Kombucha?
Published July 31st, 2020
There’s always a time and place for everything, drinks included. When we need a jolt of energy, we grab a cup of coffee. When we need to wind down, we have a glass of wine. And when we feel like going a bit crazy, we shoot down some tequila. The point is that we drink different things for different reasons. Let’s talk about Kombucha.
What is Kombucha?
What used to be only famous among the hipsters, Kombucha, has rapidly risen to popularity in recent years. This fermented concoction originated in Ancient China sometime around 220 B.C. It was highly valued in the past for its detoxifying and energizing qualities. Its name comes from the Japanese physician, Kombu, who brought the tea to Japan a few centuries later to cure digestive problems in their emperor.
But that’s enough of its history, let’s talk about what it is. Kombucha is a carbonated drink, which is the result of fermenting sweetened black tea. You generally make Kombucha by using a SCOBY, which stands for “symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast.” SCOBY looks like a gelatinous pancake, and it is what ferments your tea. Kombucha is slightly sweet and acidic, closely resembling sparkling apple cider in flavor.
Why do people drink Kombucha?
People drink Kombucha for many reasons, many of them health-related. Here are some of the characteristics of Kombucha:
Rich in probiotics
This drink is particularly well-known for being rich in probiotics. Probiotics are the “good bacteria” in your body that most notably improve digestive health.
Kombucha gets carbonated in the second part of its fermentation process. When you bottle up your Kombucha, the bacteria gets re-activated by the sugar and releases gases that build up in its container.
Black tea is usually the main ingredient in Kombucha, and it is the most caffeinated among teas. However, caffeine levels in Kombucha are undoubtedly lower after fermentation. The fermentation process reduces the caffeine to 1/3 of its regular doses.
Can contain alcohol
One of the by-products of fermentation, along with carbon dioxide, is alcohol. Kombucha contains low levels of alcohol, commercial ones having about 0.5%, and generally much higher in homemade ones. Commercial Kombucha typically has lower alcohol content because they have the capacity to control this aspect.
Knowing these characteristics, you can choose what time of day is best for you to enjoy your Kombucha.
On an empty stomach to start your day
Drinking Kombucha on an empty stomach maximizes the potency of probiotics. An empty stomach allows the Kombucha to pass through to your intestines much easier, allowing your body to make the most of the probiotics. What you have to be wary of, though, is the alcohol content. If you’re particularly sensitive to alcohol, this might not be
If you want to aid digestion, you’ll want to drink Kombucha right before meals. Fermented foods and foods rich in probiotics have this spectacular benefit. One added benefit is that Kombucha is a carbonated drink, which generally makes you feel full while remaining low in calories. So, if one of your goals is to control calories and lose weight, this is the best time for you.
Kombucha can be a very refreshing drink that you can enjoy at any time of the day. However, it still has some level of caffeine. If you’re sensitive to caffeine, you will most likely have trouble sleeping. It’s not advised then to drink Kombucha within 5 hours before bed.
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About The Author
Terrence Tan Ting is an industrial engineer by profession but a full time writer by passion. He loves to write about a wide range of topics from many different industries thanks to his undying curiosity.