My husband is used to my crazy new ideas and has become accustomed to my enthusiasm for the latest discovery that I have made. So he goes along for the ride but never jumps in with both feet until coaxed. Kombucha was the first food he really grasped on to, and here is why.
He was having trouble with his vision. He had a terrible problem with glare and driving at night. He finally went to an eye doctor and was diagnosed with cataracts. I didn’t know this but there are different kinds of cataracts, and he had the kind that developed quickly, over a 6 months period and would have to have surgery. In the other eye another cataract was beginning and he would need surgery in probably the next three to 6 months. He was not happy. They don’t know why it happens,” it just does”, is what they said. He was only 40 and felt like he was 90. At the doctor’s office for the surgery, he said that he was the only one in there without a walker. It was true.
It was an awful feeling to be so young and need this surgery. Once again I knew his body was trying to tell us something, we needed to do something’s different but what?
He was not big yet, on cultured foods, it scared him. I am a home school mom so he is used to science projects around the house. He actually called them that. When we first started making kombucha my oldest daughter Maci told me to never ever let him look in the kombucha jar.
If you have ever seen a Kombucha mushroom you know what I am talking about. They are the weirdest looking thing. I have heard them called a brain, a placenta and a sludgy mass. Not sure that sludgy is a word but it fits. They are actually a combination of bacteria’s and yeast. They are really a seaweed not a mushroom. I think they are a beautiful thing.
I had done some research and read that kombucha was great for cataract prevention. So I told this to Ron and handed him a glass of my homemade Kombucha. Much to my surprise he loved it. He started drinking it every day. I was super pumped. He also started having Kefir, as long as I made it into a smoothie for him.
Well he had the surgery for the first eye. He was not a happy camper. But then something happened. They kept scheduling appointments because they said the other eye had the same fast growing cataract and within a few months he would need the surgery. But at every appointment they would check his eye and the doctor would set back in his chair and say, “huh it stopped
what would make that cataract stop growing. I’ve never seen anything like that. Huh???” Fast forward 7 years and it is still the same. He’s never had surgery in the other eye and is a faithful daily drinker of kombucha. Actually he loves the stuff.
I have no idea for sure what happened. Was it the kombucha? Was it the kefir? Was his eco system changing inside and better able to get nutrients to his cells? Don’t know but I am thankful. Thankful for the invisible world of microorganism that have made
themselves know to me. I even know the names of the bacteria’s . Its true I am a freak and love this stuff.
Grape Kombucha Granita
Place a bunch of red grapes in a 8X8 pan pour one 16 oz bottle of grape Kombucha over top of the grapes. Place in freezer with in about 20 minutes , it should start to freeze.Don’t walk away and forget or you will have a solid block of ice. Break it up with a fork, and leave in the freezer. Do this again in another 15 to 30 minutes or so. Keep this up until you have a pan of iced Kombucha slush. Place in a glass and enjoy.
As you spoon into the tart Kombucha you get a burst of sweet flavor from the fruit. Yea its good!!