GT's Enlightened Synergy line of kombucha drinks offers a variety of flavors, including Pink Lady Basil, Cosmic Cranberry, and tried-and-true Gingerberry. Sounds yummy, right? But while this organic, raw kombucha is an ideal aperitif for fans of the fermented drink, newbies may take a while to warm up to it. Kombucha has an effervescent fizz and a vinegar-like tang not suitable to everybody's palate (it gets its "vinegar tea" nickname for a reason). However, with fruity flavors like Mystic Mango and Passionberry Bliss, the refreshing taste overpowers any residual fermented flavor. If you're new to kombucha, give GT's Synergy drinks a try as a conservative way to reap the health benefits of fermented foods.
The Kombucha Hype
These days, almost everyone has heard nutritionists touting probiotics as a way to maintain a healthy gut biome and immune system. And kombucha (a fermented tea and mushroom beverage) provides a great way to get enough of the "good guys" in your belly. Back in the day, fermented drinks and bitters were consumed with every meal as a digestif—a substance that aids in digestion. But digestifs usually consisted of a shot glass full of a fermented kefir or kvass. Today, GT's Synergy drinks and other fermented beverages are sold in 16-ounce bottles, making you wonder: Can too much of a good thing really be healthy? Our advice: start with an 8-ounce serving or less.
The Kombucha Truth
GT's kombucha drinks blend 95 percent raw kombucha with organic fruit to make an elixir that's used as a physical, mental, and perhaps, spiritual aid to those who drink it. With a plethora of naturally-occurring probiotics, the drink can repopulate an otherwise compromised digestive system with good bacteria, leading to a fuller breakdown of the foods you eat. Providing your gut with living organisms can also have a detoxing effect, as the "good guys" process toxic sludge, allowing your body to regain efficiency. The results can produce more energy, sharp mental focus, and a greater feeling of happiness and wellbeing.
Raw kombucha infused with superfruits also delivers a maximum amount of nutrients to the body. For instance, GT's Passionberry Bliss contains both passion fruit and blackberries, giving your system the antioxidants it needs. Their Guava Goddess drink is said to aid weight loss while supplying Vitamin A to the cells and tissues of the body. GT's Synergy Trilogy features raspberries, lemons, and ginger, all of which help digestive health. Each flavor has its own story and potential health benefits that fully back up the kombucha hype.
The Kombucha Trial
If you're new to kombucha or have minimal experience with a pasteurized variety, start slow with GT's brand or any raw, fermented drink. The flavor of raw kombucha takes time to ease into, as it can taste both tart and exotic. Synergy Kombucha, however, provides flavor notes of raspberries, mangos, and other tropical fruits, making it appeal to a broader spectrum of people. It isn't overly sweet (like a juice) and has a funky aftertaste to some.
Another reason you should start slow with raw kombucha is to avoid the negative effects of detoxing. If you're new to fermented foods and don't currently take a probiotic supplement or eat yogurt, the addition of good bacteria and yeast to your gut may be unsettling at first. But don't worry—a small tummy ache is just your body's way of ridding itself of toxins and pathogens.
If you consider yourself an adventurous eater or if you feel like you need a health boost, grab a bottle of GT's Synergy kombucha drinks. You may be surprised by the pleasant taste and soon you'll be promoting the "feel good" properties, as well.