Please pardon the interruption from one of the lurkers, but I just had to share a minor miracle with y'all. Vintage, you're probably all over this already, but has anyone tried Kambucha for bowel health? It's a fermented tea drink, which sounds and looks disgusting, I know. But I started drinking tiny amounts of it 10 days ago and have now had seven consecutive days of the most wonderful bowel movements ever. (I could only say that here!)
Seriously. No aids, no suppositories, just DM. Not diarrhea, just a nice, big, easily managed movement waiting for me every morning. Done in 5 minutes. I didn't poop this well before my injury! I've struggled with my guts from the beginning, and don't think I realized how much it was affecting until I was cleaned out for a few days. I had just finished 14 days of IV antibiotics for a kidney infection, and felt like death warmed over when I started this experiment. I had well and truly killed every good bug in my body and was desperate to hear my guts gurgle again. In ten days time it's turned completely around.
Anyway. Most grocery stores carry it in the fresh juice sections. Start slow. A few ounces a day, then a few more ounces the next...give your body time to adjust to all the new probiotics and make sure it doesn't react badly. Give it a Google and read up on it. Like anything, some swear by it, some say it's BS. So far I'm a beleiver. Happy pooping!!!
Great information, Cornfedup. Thanks. I had to read the description of kombucha before I realized that, yes, I made it decades ago, when I lived in South America. An American woman gave me the 'starter' for it, but I don't think that she told me the name of it.
Aha! I will buy a bottle of kombucha at the grocery store, then get the 'mushroom' (scoby) growing and make my own. I'll need to buy a big bag of organic sugar. I already have an abundance of tea and yerba mate.
Cornfedup, I see that kambucha can have different strains of yeasts and bacteria. Maybe to get your same results we do need to know exactly the brand you are using. We can start there, and experiment later. www.yemoos.com/pages/kombucha-strains
Post by kilg0retr0ut on Jul 31, 2017 5:18:18 GMT -8
My wife has been drinking that yummy stuff for about a year. I do think it helps with movements. Just a warning for the slow. If you run out of mix for your Gin in a poker game, do not, I say do not use Kombucha, even if it's the only thing in the fridge.
Walmart appears to have GT gingerade kombucha, so I'll soon be 'in business'! I'm going to try to get a 'starter' from the bottle of kombucha and drink the rest. From my experience in the past, it's easy to overproduce the kombucha tea. The kombucha gets really happy with all the attention (sugar, strong brewed tea, pure water without fluoride, right temperature), and, at least in South America, at an altitude of over 9000 feet,...well, it went hog wild and produced far more than I could drink. I'll probably have to learn how to put mine 'on a diet', so that I don't waste tea and other resources, while keeping my kombucha happy.
Hope your results are as good as mine, vintage! I just got a gallon jar and a scoby in the mail today to try my own brew. If it doesn't work as well, I'll be going back to the tried and true GT brand. .
Brewing your own is "óptimo". And you're giving yourself the best chance of success by ordering the scoby by mail. It's certainly worth a try. I drank half a bottle of kombucha with supper, and will report on the results at the appropriate time. At the grocery store, I bought the gingerade that you recommended and also a 'strawberry serenity'. I drank half of the strawberry. I must admit that the first whiff of the fermented vinegar smell put my brain 'on alert'. I'm sure that this is because I have to be hyper-careful not to eat or drink anything spoiled, rotten fruit included, of course. I just need to have some good experiences with kombucha so that I can associate the vinegar smell with 'health',
Cornfedup, you deserve a blue ribbon for starting this Thread. Here's recent, 2016, research on kombucha. Everybody, please put on your thinking caps and wade through this abstract.
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27638313 Format: Abstract Curr Microbiol. 2016 Dec;73(6):885-896. Epub 2016 Sep 16. Antibacterial Activity of Polyphenolic Fraction of Kombucha Against Enteric Bacterial Pathogens. Bhattacharya D1, Bhattacharya S1, Patra MM1,2, Chakravorty S1,3, Sarkar S1, Chakraborty W1, Koley H4, Gachhui R5. Author information Abstract The emergence of multi-drug-resistant enteric pathogens has prompted the scientist community to explore the therapeutic potentials of traditional foods and beverages. The present study was undertaken to investigate the efficacy of Kombucha, a fermented beverage of sugared black tea, against enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli, Vibrio cholerae, Shigella flexneri and Salmonella Typhimurium followed by the identification of the antibacterial components present in Kombucha. The antibacterial activity was evaluated by determining the inhibition zone diameter, minimal inhibitory concentration and minimal bactericidal concentration. Kombucha fermented for 14 days showed maximum activity against the bacterial strains. Its ethyl acetate extract was found to be the most effective upon sequential solvent extraction of the 14-day Kombucha. This potent ethyl acetate extract was then subjected to thin layer chromatography for further purification of antibacterial ingredients which led to the isolation of an active polyphenolic fraction. Catechin and isorhamnetin were detected as the major antibacterial compounds present in this polyphenolic fraction of Kombucha by High Performance Liquid Chromatography. Catechin, one of the primary antibacterial polyphenols in tea was also found to be present in Kombucha. But isorhamnetin is not reported to be present in tea, which may thereby suggest the role of fermentation process of black tea for its production in Kombucha. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report on the presence of isorhamnetin in Kombucha. The overall study suggests that Kombucha can be used as a potent antibacterial agent against entero-pathogenic bacterial infections, which mainly is attributed to its polyphenolic content. PMID: 27638313 DOI: 10.1007/s00284-016-1136-3 [Indexed for MEDLINE]