BORVO Kombucha F.A.Qs

What is BORVO Kombucha?

Kombucha is a variety of fermented, lightly effervescent sweetened black or green tea drink that are commonly intended as functional beverages for their supposed health benefits. Kombucha is produced by fermenting tea using a “symbiotic ‘colony’ of bacteria and yeast” (SCOBY). Actual contributing microbial populations in SCOBY cultures vary, but the yeast component generally includes Saccharomyces and other species, and the bacterial component almost always includes Gluconacetobacter xylinus to oxidize yeast-produced alcohols to acetic and other acids.[2]

BORVO Kombucha is a beverage that satisfies two cravings: your craving for yumminess and your craving for optimum health.

Why should I drink BORVO Kombucha?

Drinking Kombucha promotes better health by detoxifying and improving the efficiency of your digestive system which boosts immunity. All fermented foods are good for you in this regard – let your palate help you decide which ones are a good fit for you!

How much BORVO Kombucha should I drink?

It is recommended to begin drinking 100ml-250ml on an empty stomach 2x a day followed by plenty of water to flush the toxins. Over time, you can increase your intake as your body craves it.

What are the “probiotics” in kombucha? And why are they good for us?

BORVO Kombucha hosts billions of probiotics in every bottle. Here are the details:

      • Beneficial bacteria and yeasts (acetic acetobacter, lactobacillus, saccharomyces) that help populate the gut with healthy flora to aid in digestion
    • Organic acids: acetic acid, lactic acid, propionic acid, glucuronic acid and gluconic acid. These organic acids are known to improve bioavailability of vitamins,
      prevent accumulation of heavy metals and insoluble oxalates, inhibit pathogenic bacteria, support joint health, modulate immunity and prevent cancer proliferation.
    • Bacillus coagulans is a lactic acid-forming bacterial species within the genus Bacillus.  Many references to use of this bacterium in humans exist, especially in improving the vaginal flora, improving abdominal pain and bloating in irritable bowel syndrome patients, and increasing immune response to viral challenges.
    • Lactobacillus rhamnosus has been shown beneficial in the prevention of rotavirus diarrhea.
      prevention and treatment of various types of diarrhea has been shown both in children and in adults,
      may reduce the risk of obtaining respiratory tract infections,
      has shown potential in treatment and primary prevention of atopic dermatitis,
      appear to protect the urogenital tract by excreting biosurfactants to inhibit the adhesion of vaginal and urinary pathogens,
      has been found to reduce intestinal permeability in children who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome,
      also has been found to counter alcohol-related intestinal permeability.
      was first used successfully to treat gastrointestinal carriage of vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) in renal patients.
      national Academy of Sciences on August 29, 2011 reported this bacterium may have an effect on GABA neurotransmitter receptors.
      a study in 2013 suggest that this pro-biotic may increase weight loss in women who are dieting.
  • Lactobacillus plantarum has significant antioxidant activities and also helps to maintain the intestinal permeability. It is able to suppress the growth of gas producing bacterium in the intestines and may have benefit in some patients who suffer from IBS. Lactobacillus plantarum has been found in experiments to increase hippocampal brain derived neurotrophic factor which means L. plantarum may have a beneficial role in the treatment of depression.

What is the lifespan for a bottle of BORVO Kombucha?

Although BORVO kombucha doesn’t actually expire, we still put a “best before” label on our kombucha. That’s because we can’t guarantee it will have the same flavor, texture or alcohol content as the day it was bottled after weeks or months that go by.

What’s the best time drinking Kombucha, before or after meals?

It really depends on you but we advise drinking it before meals, on an empty stomach so that your body can concentrate consuming it.

Does the the product need refrigeration?

Yes. If it is not refrigerated, the content will become vinegary, continue to ferment and it will create more CO2. Much like shaking a bottle leaving a bottle of kombucha unrefrigerated for too long can lead to a pretty messy situation. Treat kombucha with the same respect you’d give to milk and store it in the fridge.

Why does kombucha have to be refrigerated?

The majority of kombucha sold on the market is raw, and therefore biologically active. The fermentation process continues as long as bacteria and yeast have sugars to feed on. Yeast are temperature sensitive, and cold temperatures keep them less active.

What happens if I drink too much BORVO Kombucha?

How can we say this politely? If you drink too much kombucha for your constitution, it can lead to an overactive GI, which means you’ll need to make a few extra trips to the bathroom. That’s why we recommend starting with a bottle of kombucha a day (250 ml) and eventually setting your limit to 1-1.5 litres on a daily basis.

Is BORVO Kombucha safe for kids?

While the caffeine content in BORVO is significantly low, kids’ systems are obviously more sensitive than adults’, in part because their bodies are just plain smaller. For that reason, we don’t recommend kombucha to anyone under seven years old. For a general rule, kids age 4 and up can drink their age in ounces on a daily basis.

Sugar scares me, does it have sugar?

It scares us too. But the sugar in your kombucha feeds the SCOBY, not you. If you let your kombucha brew for a couple of weeks (depending on your kitchen environment), the SCOBY will consume all the sugar, leaving you with vinegar. I prefer my kombucha with a little sweetness.

I am sensitive to caffeine, does it have caffeine?

Kombucha tea is made from fermenting black tea leaves from a mother culture. In general there is 1/3 to 1/2 less caffeine in kombucha compared with regular tea. No need to worry! There is a technique on how to brew a kombucha with much lesser caffeine. If you are sensitive to it, we can always brew a special batch for you depending on the number of bottles you order. 🙂 Just tell us in advance.

Has this Kombucha been pasteurized (is it raw?)

BORVO Kombucha is 100% raw. We wouldn’t dream of pasteurizing (cooking to death) all those wonderful live and active probiotics.

I want this flavor to last forever.

Ah the permanence of impermanence. Although our original flavored kombucha may taste perfect to you after your purchase, it will continue to slowly ferment in the refrigerator. Within only a couple of weeks, the honeymoon will have come to an end and your kombucha will taste more vinegary. But that doesn’t mean you should throw out the entire relationship…I mean bottle… When my kombucha tastes vinegary, I pour myself a glass with half older kombucha and half fresh kombucha from either a recently bottled batch or from my large jug brewing on the shelf.

What are the “jellyfish” or “floaters” in the bottle?

During the fermentation process and even after bottling, the bacteria continues to flourish and produces a by-product of the fermentation. This gel-like mass of cellulose, often resembling a jellyfish, is completely harmless and can be consumed or discarded. This is what the “floaters” or “jellyfish” are that are seen in Kombucha.

Is Borvo Kombucha safe for pregnant moms?

If you’re pregnant and you’ve never drunk kombucha before, use caution. In very rare cases, kombucha can cause a reaction in first time drinkers. It’d be terrible to be one of those rare people and have that reaction while pregnant. If you still choose to try to start drinking kombucha, please do so slowly. Start off drinking as little as 4 oz. a day, then slowly build that up as you ascertain your body’s response to this potent beverage.

Is Borvo Kombucha safe for Nursing moms?

Borvo kombucha is a detoxing agent. If you’re well-hydrated, those toxins will come out in your pee or stool. If you’re dehydrated, they can come out through your skin, your eyes, even your breast milk. It’d be terrible to have those toxins going out of you and straight into your baby. So, stay hydrated!

Is Borvo Kombucha safe for Diabetics?

A BIG YES! Kombucha has become especially popular as research shows it relieves diabetic complications:
Keeps your blood sugar levels within a normal range.
Normalizes high blood pressure and improves cholesterol levels.
Improves your metabolism and energy levels, which benefits the digestive system.
The Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology published an article stating that kombucha can actually prevent, or even cure periodontal disease, which is a disease that diabetics are at a higher risk of obtaining.
What does the research say?

Kombucha has been researched for the last 150 years in labs all over the world from China, India, Serbia, Russia, Germany,Tunisia, Egypt, Iran, Korea and beyond. Many of the studies attempt to discern the mechanisms behind its reputation for helping with

cholesterol
diabetes
healthy liver function
removing toxins
destroying free radicals
chemopreventative
anti-microbial/anti-fungal properties