Monday, June 9, 2008

I Finally Made Kombucha

I've posted information about kombucha before, and even links on where to order a kombucha mushroom and starter culture along with recipes. However, up until last week, I had never attempted making kombucha myself.

Last week a friend of mine gave me a mushroom and some kombucha from her previous batch. I followed Sally Fallon's recipe in "Nourishing Traditions," and my kombucha was ready in 8 days.

I admit, i was a little frightened to taste it at first. It smelled quite sour and a little foreboding. However, once I tasted it I realized my first impression was completely wrong. Homemade kombucha is delicious. It is slightly sour and yet sweet. I made mine with organic black spiced chai tea. I'm sure that using chai tea made all the difference. The flavor turned out quite good. It's kind of like drinking iced tea that has a tang to it. It's very refreshing and invigorating. A perfect substitute for juice and soda.

Now each week that I make kombucha, my batch develops a second mushroom that i can give to a friend. It's a great way to encourage others to try something new and improve their health.

According to Sally Fallon:
"It seems surprising, even ironic, to conclude a health food cookbook, in which we have warned against sugar, yeasted foods and tea, with a tonic made from sugar, yeast and tea! But the kombucha 'mushroom' (which is actually a symbiotic colony of yeast and bacteria) acts on sugar and tea to produce not only acetic and lactic acid but also small amounts of a potent detoxifying substance, glucuronic acid. Normally this organic acid is produced by the liver in sufficient quantities to neutralize toxins in the body--whether these are naturally produced toxins or poisons ingested in food and water. However, when liver function becomes overloaded, and when the body must deal with a superabundance of toxins from the environment--certainly the case with most of us today--additional glucuronic acid taken in the form of kombucha is said to be a powerful aid to the body's natural cleansing process, a boost to the immune system and a prove prophylactic against cancer and other degenerative diseases.

More importantly, kombucha is the cure for a hot day--it tastes delicious and refreshing. A fizzy, dark colored, energizing beverage, at the same time acidic and slightly sweet, this gift to the world from the Ural mountain region of Russia qualifies as the soft drink of the twenty-first century, the answer to the scourge of cola drinks that now wreaks havoc with the health of Western populations."

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Friday, June 6, 2008

Returning from a Blog Break

You may have noticed the 3-month gap in between my postings recently: March 5-June 5. The reason for this is nothing but good news. After trying for a year, my husband and I are finally expecting. Over the last few months I have been plagued with constant "morning" sickness, although I still don't know who came up with that phrase because mine has truly 24/7 sickness, and I'm still not completely out of the woods yet.

In any event, I am finally back online and ready to post more info. Due to my condition, I will also begin posting health information with regards to pregnancy, such as vitamins, supplements, natural remedies for UTIs, natural vs medicated birth, herbal blends promoting better labor, and healthy food choices.

As always, thanks for reading.

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Thursday, June 5, 2008

Head of CDC Admits on CNN that Vaccines Can Trigger Autism

An interesting clip has been posted on YouTube. While head of the CDC Julie Gerberding admits vaccines can trigger autism, she contradicts herself at the same time. Another example of the two-faced governmental facade going on with regards to the truth about vaccines (and the preservatives used in them).


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More on Water Issues

A friend sent me a very interesting online article the other day addressing a variety of issues about water--how much water is really necessary (6-8 glasses?), what kind of water is best (distilled water vs. spring water or water treated with reverse osmosis), and lastly the issue of bottled water (with regards to plastics and toxins).

Some of the information and research I was already aware of, but some of it was new to me.

Check it out.

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New Food Ingredient Will Genetically Modify Your Tongue!

Unfortunately, these are sad times. A new, "secretive" chemical is being added to processed foods under the label "artificial flavors" that will genentically modify the tongue...all in the name of "good health."

According to Dr. Joseph Mercola: "Processed foods, by their very nature, do not taste good unless they have loads of artificial colors and flavoring agents, salt, sugar and often MSG added to doctor up the flavors.

"In fact, most processed foods would taste incredibly bitter if they weren't doctored up because of things like their extremely hot cooking processes and added caffeine (in soft drinks). So what do food companies like Nestle, Kraft, Cadbury Schweppes, Campbell Soup, and Coca-Cola do?

"They partner with and hire Senomyx, a biotech company that can skillfully manipulate your taste buds with synthetic chemicals. The company has already developed several chemicals that, although they contain no flavor of their own, activate or block receptors in your mouth that control taste. The chemicals can mimic or enhance savory, sweet and salty tastes, and are intended to reduce the use of sugar, salt and monosodium glutamate (MSG) in processed foods."

Read this article.

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