Drink Up: Reeds Kombucha (Goji Ginger)

Once upon a time, I did a little too much in a Body Pump Class (read: pulled or squished or fatigued something) and the instructor handed me a ginger-infused Kombucha drink. The first time I took a swig (a little too quickly) I nearly choked to death. It’s definitely an acquired taste. But once I got my first real sip, I couldn’t get enough.

From http://www.naturalnews.com:

Kombucha is rich in glucosamines which helps preserve cartilage structure and prevent joint degeneration. Glucosamines increase hyaluronic acid production within the joint which binds moisture thousands of times its weight in the joint cavity. This provides the joint with structure, moisture, lubrication and flexibility while protecting against free radical damage.

Kombucha is loaded with probiotic bacteria and yeast that make their way into the gut and ward off parasites and pathogens. It is particularly good at minimizing Candida and improves digestion and nutrient assimilation. Kombucha enhances immunity by inoculating the gut with healthy microorganisms and providing anti-oxidants and enzymes.

This beverage is loaded with enzymes and organic acids that help to detoxify the body. This reduces the load on the pancreas, liver and kidneys and helps the body rid itself of unwanted wastes and destroy cancer cells. Kombucha is rich in glucaric acid which has potent anti-cancer activity.

I’ve tried just about every variety of Kombucha, and I still prefer blends infused with ginger. Reminds of me of Ginger Ale or Ginger Beer… with one heck of a kick.

I tried Reeds Kombucha because I was looking for something light and acidic on a monstrously hot day. I used to drink a ‘Ginger Ade’ version from GT’s — but this one is even sweeter. There’s cane sugar in the Reeds version. I don’t think there is much (or any) sugar in the GT’s version.

There was a wee bit of controversy surrounding Kombucha, because of the fermented nature of the drink. Someone got drunk (not on Kombucha), caused an accident, and blamed the tea or some such. Anyway, this stuff doesn’t affect you as alcohol would. Yes, the base is fermented, but it tastes (and behaves) much like any non-alcoholic carbonated drink. I can’t get enough of the Reeds version. I can’t testify to any of the health benefits… but I can say that I like the way it tastes, and it certainly hasn’t done me any harm.

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