Both pineapple and ginger have many health benefits making this pineapple ginger kombucha a double header!
Health Benefits of Ginger
Ginger soothes digestive problems
Aids in respiratory problems
Diminishes nausea and is commonly used in pregnancy in moderation
Stimulates the circulatory system
Reduces local pain and swelling when used in a poultice (around a swollen joint)
There have also been studies that show it is beneficial against cancer
Health Benefits of Pineapple
Pineapple has strong antioxidant capacities as it is full of vitamin C. It is also supportive of the immune system for the same reason. See more about vitamin C here.
Pineapple is full of the enzyme bromelain which aids in digestion when eaten along with a meal. Bromelain is a popular proteolytic enzyme that, when taken apart from food, can help in reducing inflammation.
Pineapple is high in manganese, a trace mineral important for energy production. It is also high in vitamin B1, which also plays a part in energy production.
Tip: For fizzier kombucha, leave less room at the top of the bottle. I personnaly do not like too much fizz, so I typically do the second ferment in the quart mason jars and then pour it intot he grolsch bottles just because they look so cool.
My family and friends are willing to try kombucha when it is flavored. I only allow them an ounce or two to sample it, because if you drink too much, too soon, you will get digestive perturbations.
As with any fermented food, you need to work up to having it in small increments to be sure you can tolerate it. As it is, I only have about 2 ounces with a meal. That is enough for me and it helps in the digestion of the meal.