National Kombucha Day: Is Kombucha Actually Good for You and How to get Free Kombucha Today

National Kombucha Day is today, January 15, so here's everything you need to know about the divisive sparkling drink. Find out where kombucha came from, whether or not it's actually good for you, and how to get free kombucha today. Additionally, you can get discounted kombucha to celebrate the holiday, so keep reading to find out how.

Kombucha has become popular in recent years, despite it being so controversial. While some people love the tartness, others think it tastes like vinegar. The confusing taste of kombucha is perhaps best depicted in the "kombucha girl meme" where a woman trying kombucha first likens its smell to a "public restroom" before appearing undecided about its taste.

Who invented kombucha? Where is kombucha from?

Kombucha originated in northeast China around 220 B.C. and was introduced to Japan in 414 A.D. Kombucha eventually made its way to Russia and other eastern European countries as trade routes expanded, and was introduced to Germany around the turn of the 20th century. In the 1950s, kombucha became popular in Germany, France, Italy, and North Africa.

Is kombucha actually good for you?

As a fermented product, kombucha is probiotic-rich, which means it contains live bacteria and yeast which is good for your digestive system.

Animal and test-tube studies show that kombucha "could help protect the liver, decrease blood sugar and reduce levels of cholesterol and triglycerides," according to HealthLine.

However, there are various health claims about kombucha, such as it reportedly boosting your immune system or helping you lose weight, that have little or no evidence to back them up. There is not a lot of research into the effects of kombucha on humans, so we're not entirely sure of its potential health benefits yet.

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Health-Ade kombucha bottles. Cindy Ord/Getty

Can pregnant women drink kombucha?

While kombucha's alcohol content is low, as store-bought kombucha typically contains less than 0.5 percent alcohol, doctors generally advise pregnant women to avoid all alcoholic drinks, no matter the percentage.

Homemade kombucha should be avoided especially, as it can contain a much higher alcohol percentage than store-bought kombucha.

Making kombucha at home and kombucha dangers

Kombucha is made by adding specific bacteria, yeast, and sugars to black or green tea and then fermenting it for at least a week. A SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) will form on the surface of the liquid, and the SCOBY can be used to make new kombucha. After it has been fermented, you can add flavorings to your kombucha.

However, making kombucha at home can be dangerous, because if it is prepared incorrectly or over fermented it can make you unwell. Be sure to understand the risks of making kombucha and follow a trusted recipe and correctly.

Avoid fermenting your kombucha for more than 10 days, and store your kombucha in glass bottles or jars and avoid storing the drink in ceramic or lead containers.

How to get free kombucha

Health-Ade is celebrating National Kombucha Day by giving away one crate of kombucha with the promo code FREEBOOCH, while supplies last. If you miss out on the free kombucha, you can use the promo code BOOCHDAY15 for 15 percent off, through January 15. Both offers are valid on the Health-Ade website.

Health-Ade kombucha flavors

Health-Ade's kombucha flavors are Bubbly Rose, Grape Vibes, Pomegranate, Ginger-Lemon, Pink Lady Apple, Tropical Punch, Passionfruit-Tangerine, Grapefruit, Cherry-Berry, Cayenne Cleanse, Blood Orange-Carrot-Ginger, Jalapeno-Kiwi-Cucumber, Power Greens, Maca Berry, and the Original.

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