Your body’s ability to heal is greater than anyone has permitted you to believe.
My husband is used to my crazy new ideas and has become accustomed to my enthusiasm for whatever happens to be my latest discovery. 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.
Personal Stories of Kombucha
This was in the early days of my discovery of cultured foods. He was not big yet on cultured foods. He called them “science projects” and he didn’t want to be my guinea pig just yet. . . . When we first started making kombucha, my oldest daughter, Maci, told me to never, ever let him look in the kombucha jar because if he did, he would never drink it.
If you have ever seen a Kombucha mushroom (SCOBY) you know what I am talking about. The SCOBY is the craziest 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 and yeasts, and I think they are beautiful.
I had done some research 1 and read that many of kombucha health benefits are attributed to its antioxidant activity. Antioxidants are known to prevent many diseases caused by free radicals, such as disorders of eyes (retinal degeneration, cataract), skin (dermatitis, psoriasis, aging), and more. 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 very excited and started making gallons of it and he was drinking it several times a day. 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 growing. What would make that cataract stop growing. I’ve never seen anything like that. Huh???”
Fast forward 12 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 kombucha now. I have no idea for sure what happened. Was it the kombucha? It was the only thing he had changed in his diet. Was his ecosystem changing inside, making him better able to get nutrients to his cells? I don’t know, but I am thankful . . . thankful for the invisible world of microorganisms that have made themselves known to me and in the process made us well. It opened a whole new world for my husband and made him connect to the fact that what we eat and drink makes the cells of our body and contributes to health or disease. It was after this that he started embracing other cultured foods and became a convert. Without a doubt, he knows that all the cultured foods have made a difference in his life and without them he doesn’t feel as good. I never had to convince him – these foods speak for themselves as they heal us and make us well.
Constantly Reaching For Wellness
Don’t look for miracles. You yourself are the miracle.Henry Miller
Where to Find Kombucha
Grocery stores or the health food stores sell many different brands of kombucha, and they are delicious! Generally speaking they aren’t near as strong as homemade kombucha. You’ll also have lots of cultures to share with your friends. You just need a culture, which can last forever if you take care of it, and some tea and sugar. That’s why I recommend that you get a kombucha starter and make it yourself! Plus it’s cheaper to make it in the long run, because you’ll have an endless supply of kombucha.