by Nicole Buckenham
Marketing and Events intern at Work For Your Beer and student at UNCC.
Don’t worry, we’re here to give you the 411 on all things kombucha: what it really is, the benefits of drinking it, how it affects your body, and where you can find it here in the Queen City.
What Is Kombucha & Where Did It Come From?
Kombucha is tea that has been naturally fermented with beneficial bacteria, yeast, and sugar. It is usually made from black or green tea, and occasionally herbal teas. It takes a few days (around 7-10) for the tea to form a culture of bacteria and yeast surrounded by a bubbly, vinegar-tasting restorative—which is what you drink! This is the part that people are usually concerned about when it comes to drinking, but really, it’s no different than eating yogurt. In fact, just like yogurt, the cultures found in kombucha are great for your gut! As long as the kombucha you’re drinking was made in a trusted environment, you’ve got nothing to worry about.
What Are the Health Benefits of Kombucha?
In addition to positively impacting your health, kombucha also provides a noticeable energy boost. Since the drink is a fermented tea, it provides the same kick of energy that tea would normally give you. In general, it’s better for your body to avoid fizzy sodas, so instead, swap that Coke out for a cold glass of kombucha. You’ll still be drinking something light, carbonated, and moderately sweet, but kombucha will give you a much more satisfying feeling afterwards than the average soft drink!
Where Can I Find Kombucha in Charlotte?
If you’re interested in giving kombucha a shot and want to work out at the same time, you can come out to some of our fitness events at Lenny Boy. Find us there every Wednesday at 6:30 PM for our Twerk For Your Beer class, Saturdays for Yoga at 10 AM, and Sundays at 11 AM for a killer workout at our Sip & Sweat class. Lenny Boy also bottles their kombucha which can be found at many grocery stores, bottle shops, and healthy food markets in Charlotte.
Outside of Lenny Boy, kombucha can be found at almost any grocery store near you. You can look for brands like GT's (in particular, their Synergy blend is a crowd pleaser). You can also find Buchi and Updog kombucha at certain bottle shops around town.
Kombucha is no magic cure for what’s ailing you, but it is certainly one healthy drink! Do you think you’ll give it a shot? Or if you’ve already tried it, what’s your favorite kind of kombucha? Tell us in the comments below!