The Power of Kombucha (and sugar!)
I have two short stories from my family today to share about Kombucha and the power of ferments. And the negative power of sugar even after 2.5 years of healing on GAPS! (What is GAPS?)
Usually my family can’t tolerate Kombucha. We do love it but it doesn’t love us. However sometimes it is just exactly what we need. Thankfully I made some up a while ago. I had some sitting in a swing top bottle in the basement (not in the fridge) from January. I haven’t been able to drink it so it just sat there and I prayed that it wouldn’t explode! Who can give fridge space to something you can’t consume in a GAPS kitchen! This morning I woke up with a very specific back ache/weakness that I have had many times before. It hurts up near my shoulder blades and feels very weak like I can barely hold myself upright. In the past I would have treated it like an injury to my back with medications, massage, heating pads etc. Last fall I discovered that this can be treated and even cured by the right probiotic. I usually have no gut symptoms when this is happening and today was no exception but I am no longer fooled by referred pain. Often the probiotic that works is kombucha. So I went to the basement and retrieved that bottle. I suspected that it would taste like vinegar after all this time but I didn’t care. I needed to feel better! I chilled the bottle for fear of having a geyser when I opened it up. It still fizzed a bunch but I kept it from making a mess. Finally I drank a couple of ounces of that Kombucha and now I’m all better. It works very quickly. It also didn’t taste at all like vinegar. It was quite yummy! Sadly kombucha probably has way too many oxalates for me to drink regularly. (What Are Oxalates?) So I’m thinking I may try to make it from another kind of tea with fewer oxalates, or something. I did have the back pain come back a two more times today but drinking more kombucha quickly fixed it each time. Clearly my body is working through something here. I am just thankful I know how to help it along.
Also W, my 8 year old, is helping me make water kefir. She has never done well on cane sugar but I am hopeful that it will be transformed enough by kefiring process for her to tolerate it. We just got the grains a few days ago and our first batch is brewing in the Pickl-it. We tasted it yesterday for the first time to see if it was ready. Just a tiny sip. It was still very sweet. Today is day 3 and we tasted it each again to to see if it is ready now. I poured about an oz into a glass. I took a tiny sip and then handed it to W. I assumed she would remember from yesterday to just take a tiny sip. Nope she downed it. And smiled. It is still very sweet and tastes yummy. I reminded her of how lousy she feels (and acts) if she gets sugar. At lunch time she fell apart because her sister did something that neither of us can recall any more. She was sobbing. Not normal behavior. I thought that she was perhaps over tired. Then I remembered the sugar in the water kefir. I had already poured her a shot of kombucha before I noticed this behavior. So I had her drink the shot of kombucha. Within a short time she was all better and has been fine the rest of the day. She doesn’t even remember crying or anything about the incident. These two incidents were just further proof to me about the profound impact that the state of your gut can have on your physical and mental health. Who would have thought that a couple of ounces of fermented tea would fix my back pain? And my daughters melt down? Or that a very small serving of sugar water would cause such a profound problem for my daughter? People on GAPS know about the amazing impact the food you consume can have.
Do you have any GAPS healing stories to share? I would love to hear them!
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