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
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 is aggressive and develops quickly, over a 6-month period, and would require surgery. Another cataract was beginning in the other eye and he would need surgery in probably the next three to six 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 youngest one in there and everyone around him was using a walker. It was an awful feeling to be so young and need this surgery and to not know why. Once again, I knew his body was trying to tell us something, we needed to do something different, but what? What would cause him to get cataracts at such a young age?
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.
The research1 suggests that many of kombucha's health benefits are attributed to its antioxidant activity. Antioxidants are known to prevent many diseases caused by free radicals, such as disorders of the eyes (retinal degeneration, cataracts), 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. 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 seventeen 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
All the cells in your body are constantly reaching for wellness, and you get to decide what you supply them with in order to do their job. Each of your cells do six trillion things per second and your blood travels 60,000 miles per day. Your 100 trillion bacteria digest your food, make vitamins, fight germs, boost your immune system, and remove heavy toxins in your body - all at the same time. You are a brilliant creation and the miracle is inside of you. Feed it all manner of cultured foods, care for it, and watch it shine for you!
"Don't look for miracles. You yourself are the miracle.Henry Mill
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.
Learn How to Make Kombucha
Kombucha is fun and easy to make! I put together some easy instructions on making kombucha. Check it out!