i’m a big fan of this quote by the father of medicine, and have been convicted by it for a long time. for the last 4 years i’ve been testing this theory, and recently have been seeing some almost-miraculous results.
for the last 2 years, i had rejected my friend trina’s offer to try kombucha. i was down to manageable levels of pain, and my need to call in sick to various activities was at a minimum. besides the fact that i couldn’t remember or say the name (koombaya? komboochoo?), it looked disgusting, and i was not going to risk it sending me back to my former levels of chronic pain.
for those of you who don’t know my backstory or what i’ve gone through for the last 4 years, here’s the basic summary:
i took antibiotics of increasing potency almost non-stop for about 6 months to fight your standard UTI. the antibiotics stripped away my ability to digest anything, and i’ve since been on a journey involving doctors, specialists, many days in bed praying for the pain to pass, many events/appointmets bailed upon. having been burned by prescriptions in the past, i decided to decline the lifelong pain management prescription offered, and attempt to find my own way to just… deal.
as i said, after about 2 years of playing with diet, i’d reached a comfortable place that was neither ideal nor crippling: a sort of compromising balance. i became dissatisfied with this compromise after my belly took me down this summer when i really needed it to be non-participatory. a series of following disappointing setbacks forced me to rethink the solution that i’d thought i’d found. so i gave trina’s crazy hippie drink a try.
at first i had to choke it down, but after about a week, i started to aquire a taste for this strong beverage. within 2 weeks, i actually started to like the kombucha! even better than my tastebuds accepting this strange new drink, were the results that i was feeling in my belly. it’s been about 6 weeks of drinking one cup each morning, and i haven’t spent one single day in the fetal position in my bed.
i’m not functioning at 100%, but for the first time since beginning this journey, i am starting to feel a glimmer of hope.
anyone with dietary restrictions will understand how big that little word can be: HOPE. the idea that i can travel without reading food lables via google translator. the crazy idea that i won’t be hangry in social settings because i forgot to bring food with me. being able to share a meal with friends without having to “be special”. to not fear food will be such freedom! even just writing that paragraph makes me so thankful for the leaps in health that i’ve experienced since drinking my daily kombucha.
here are a few links for the how-to. i won’t bother writing out my technique because there’s no need to make the internet redundant. if you’re local and you want to try making your own though, i’d be happy to donate a scoby and help in any way you need. i don’t think that kombucha is the cure of the ages or anything, but if you’ve been struggling with gut health then you should skip the skepticism and give it a shot! i’m so glad that i finally did!
tools i use:
- 1L mason jars
- fabric scraps to replace lids
- nylon mesh strainer
- korken bottles from ikea
- black tea
links that have helped me:
i’d love to hear if anyone else has had great success with kombucha, or advice, or flavouring combinations that win. happy fermenting!