5 Ways Drinking Kombucha Tea Can Improve Your Health

by Madeleine Borgersen

Referred to as the ‘tea of immortality’, kombucha is a fermented tea drink known among the health community for its purported benefits.

5 Ways Drinking Kombucha Tea Can Improve Your DayIt was while on a trip to Maui that eye surgeon Matt Ball and his artist wife Lara, tasted kombucha tea for the first time. Inspired by the vibrant energy of the Hawaiian Island and the way it made them feel, the pair set out to learn how to develop the ultimate brew.

Their creation Wild Kombucha by Ballsy is now leading the pack in Australia, with a number of celebrity chefs championing the brand. It is being paired with dishes at Peter Gilmore’s famous Quay and Bennelong restaurants in Sydney and is on-tap at Lola Berry’s new juice bar- Happy Place, in Melbourne.

We caught up with the duo behind Ballsy Brewing to learn why they fell wildy in love with kombucha and their top five reasons to drink it.

Kombucha Tea is energising and refreshing

Fermented from green and black tea, kombucha contains a very low amount of alcohol (0.5 per cent) and is lightly carbonated, offering a refreshing and healthier alternative to soft drinks. Kombucha tea is also a source of caffeine that energises and invigorates the body, but unlike a sugary soft drink, most of the sugar is used in the fermentation process.

5 Ways Drinking Kombucha Tea Can Improve Your DayAntioxidant power

Green and black tea are rich sources of polyphenols, which are antioxidants that scavenge free radical damage in the body, shielding it from oxidative stress linked to cancer, diabetes, heart disease, eye disease and ageing. Researchers have reported higher levels of phenols in kombucha tea thanks to the fermentation process and brewing time.

Kombucha Tea is anti-inflammatory

Well-brewed traditional kombucha should taste like cider with a slightly tart finish to it. This reflects the production of acetic acid by gluconoacetobacter, one of the main bacteria in the culture. This lowers the pH of the product and in a similar way to apple cider vinegar has an anti-inflammatory effect on the gastro-intestinal system.

Kombucha Tea is alive and gut-friendly

A recent study published in the Journal of Food Microbiology found kombucha tea contains a host of gut-friendly bacteria and live yeast, that can help balance your intestinal flora and support good bowel health. 

Stronger immunity

Along with acetic acid, kombucha contains forms of gluconic acid, a precursor of vitamin C (ascorbic acid), which has anti-oxidant properties. Other water-soluble vitamins (B1, B6 & B12) have all been independently isolated.

ABOUT WILD KOMBUCHA BY BALLSY

Ballsy Brewing is the creation of Artist Lara Ball and her husband Matt, who is an Eye Surgeon. They produce Sydney’s fastest growing on-tap living beverage – Wild Kombucha  – you can follow them on Instagram.

The pair have created Australia’s best premium kombucha which has been picked up by the likes of Lola Berry’s ‘Happy Place’ and celebrity chef Peter Gilmore, who has also worked with the team to develop a honey-based brew available exclusively in Bennelong and Quay restaurants.

Furthermore, they have launched Australia’s first Kombucha Bar @the_collaboratory where it can be bought on tap, in addition to 14 other venues in NSW and most recently Victoria.

As being environmentally friendly, socially conscious and sustainable is key for the pair, consumers can buy a reusable 500 or 750mL bottles when purchasing Wild Kombucha by Ballsy.

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