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Kombucha Tea

Thirsty for a cool, refreshing drink but looking for something more exotic than the average iced tea? A Kombucha tea may be in order. Kombucha is thought to have originated in Asia during the Chinese Tsin dynasty in 221 BC. It’s sometimes referred to as the "Remedy of Immortality" or the "Elixir of Life.” When trade routes expanded, it was brought to India and Russia by travelers and traders. Today, Kombucha’s sweetly sour and effervescent taste and naturally occurring probiotics are enjoyed globally. According to the World Health Organization's 2001 definition, probiotics are "live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host". Kombucha is a sparkling, sweet-and-sour tonic created by combining sweetened black tea and a self-propagating Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria and Yeast, or SCOBY. When these ingredients are combined, the SCOBY quickly consumes most of the sugar and produces a fermented “kombucha tea” with a range of beneficial properties.

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