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Health, as you probably know, comes from the gut as this is where up to 85% of our immune system is housed. It is why yoghurt brands which have probiotics are considered a health food. (That said--check your brands carefully.)
Probiotics, which means "for life" in Greek, is the term used to describe the good bacteria found in fermented foods
There is a lot of interest at present in the health benefits of probiotics and how this "good gut flora" can be found in many traditional foods from around the world. For example there are probiotics in certain German sauerkrauts, in Korean fermented cabbage (kim chi), in Japanese miso and in some aged blue cheeses. There is an excellent podcast on the subject at The Wellness Guys.
Certainly one of the suggestions is that to get all the good bacteria that you need is the importance of having a range of probiotics. A good yoghurt one week, a kefir drink the next, a jar of sauerkraut the next and do on.
A lot of people make there own probiotic food stuffs. Unfortunately I am not that talented and my experiments have resulted in exploding jars.
So it was with great interest recently I noticed that our local health shop Apple and Sage in Balwyn is now selling kombucha on tap. For me this was probably as exciting as finding out recently that the Paleo Cafe in Mornington makes Bullet Proof Coffee.
I will save the joys of Apple and Sage for another story but it truly is a wonderful and very large organic health food store which has just opened up with a good range of traditional health and paleo foods.
It is ever so slightly alcoholic but more like a very pleasant but slightly fizzy iced tea. I had the vanilla tap option which was delightful but hope to get back to try the ginger beer.
Apparently even a small amount of kombucha such as a 100-120 mls (a third of a glass) has all kinds of therapeutic health benefits. It helps with gut function (digestion, bloating and constipation and so on), candida infections, nutrient assimilation as well as general energy levels.
The product is made by Grateful Harvest and there are only a couple of places where you can pull yourself a glass or fill up a bottle.