Let’s Have Some Tea, Shall We?
I don’t know how many of you are familiar with the product called “Kombucha Tea,” but I have been well acquainted with it for years. My mom has been making and drinking Kombucha Tea every day since her friend gave her the starter ‘mushroom’ in 1989. She is still using the starts from that original ‘mushroom’ today.
What Is It Really?
I’m sure you have noticed I am not giving the term ‘mushroom’ its due. The reason is because in this case what looks like a mushroom, acts like a mushroom and tastes like a mushroom actually is NOT a mushroom at all! In reality it is a colony of bacteria and yeast made by adding sugar and black tea to the colony and allowing it to ferment. It will grow to look like the shape of the container you use. Consequently, since most people use round bowls and pitchers, it grows round, therefore looking like a mushroom. Mystery solved!
Does It Work?
That is really a tough question to answer. Me personally, I say a strong yes, it does, if you can take it. Like any food, it can cause allergic reactions in some people. I’ve watched my mom take her Kombucha Tea for almost 37 years. Yes, that beautiful woman in the photo with me on my home page is in her 70’s. I fully believe she is a walking example of the health benefits due to drinking that tea.
That being said, the “professionals” AKA doctors and such, aren’t so sure about that. Since there really hasn’t been any scientific studies done on the long-term effects of the tea on any type of control group, they are not so quick to accept the claims. They will admit that the tea may offer benefits like probiotic supplements, but that is all they are willing to say. As with any natural product, it is especially important to realize it is unknown how it will affect you until you try it. My mother is fine, yet my first cousin tried it and had a bad allergic reaction. So there you go.
What’s The Answer?
I think that as with any new product you try, BE CAREFUL. Be smart. Follow the directions exactly and see how it affects you. There are a lot of options for taking the Kombucha Tea out there, and I have included a couple of links below of starter kits if anyone has an interest in giving it a try. If you do, let us know what you find out.
As for me, I am taking the plunge. I have decided to start making and drinking it to see if there is a chance it will ease any of my pain, which is what one of the many claims for this product is. Now that’s a laundry list right there. Here are a few:
- Eliminates wrinkles and liver spots
- Helps with muscular pain (yay me!)
- Helps with kidney problems
- Cleanses the gall bladder, helps colitis (yay me!) and settles stomachs
- Helps lower cholesterol
- Stops infectious diarrhea
- It helps to burn fat
- Helps insomnia (again yay me!)
- Aids with digestion
- And last but not least, it claims to help thicken hair, avoid balding and eliminate gray hair. How can you go wrong with that?!
The Obvious Reminder
Keep in mind these are CLAIMS, not proven facts. All I know is what I’ve seen in my mom, and let me tell you, she looks amazing! So I am willing to give it a try. I’ll post about my progress as the weeks go by and see if it really does do any of those things for me.
Again, the links I provided are for reference only. I don’t know the sellers or the product they are offering other than they are the starter kits. Do your research, think it through and make your own decision. If it is something you want to try, go for it. After all, it could be that miracle pain relief we have all been praying for! Winning!
**Some of the information above is from Mayo Clinic and the online article in their Consumer Health section under Healthy Lifestyle. It was written by Brent A. Bauer, M.D. and here is the link to that article.