new to kombucha

topic posted Fri, July 23, 2004 - 1:09 PM by  madame7
Hello everyone,
i just recently got over my fear/aversion to Kombucha when a friend gave me a bottle of Synergy. I liked how i felt all day after drinking it, and after researching it considerably i am convinced that this is the remedy for all of my ailments (and prevention of new ones). I can't wait to start making my own--not only is the price of buying Synergy a deterrant, i appreciate the comments i have read regarding the real live synergy one develops with their Kombucha plant. i have a definite resonance with the things that i have grown (especially plants that i have rescued from near-death and food-producing plants)

so my plan is to start with the store-bought stuff to get my body used to it while i work on getting my own batch started. that way, the live, raw power of KT that i will make myself won't overwhelm me. i am really toxified and am also extremely sensitive so i need to start slow. i am taking 4 oz in the morning and again in the evening. i would take more but i want to make this case of Synergy last for as long as possible because i don't have money to buy any more.

in the meantime, i am seeking a culture locally. is anyone in this tribe living near Seattle? Portland is a bit far to go for it. i have put a sign up at the Natural Food store asking for a culture, so that may pan out, but i figured i'd ask since i'm here. i want to get it going in the next few days if possible so there is no break in my consumption. i am not very good about doing things daily like taking vitamins so i have to work extra hard to establish good habits.

anyway thank you for all of the good advice i have read so far. i look forward to joining you on the path to true vitality. i was pregnant last year and due to my extreme poverty i was forced to eat things i don't believe in. i am working on healing and cleansing and restoring better eating habits, ultimately kicking dairy out of my life for a good long time. The one thing that might be hard for me to give up is yogurt because i have been making a homemade organic yogurt from the free milk i get on the WIC program. but perhaps once the Kombucha has colonized in my system, i will no longer crave the probiotics in the yogurt. my whole family needs a diet overhaul and i think that Kombucha is the first step.

one question i have, if anyone was mentioned in one of the threads here that Kombucha assists the flushing-out of fat-soluble toxins. i have also read numerous testimonials on a few websites of people losing weight after just a few months of regular KT usage. does anyone know the biological story on Kombucha's relationship to fats? and further, do you know how i can most effectively assist the process? i have about 40 lbs to lose.

thanks again,
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  • WOG
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    Re: new to kombucha

    Fri, July 23, 2004 - 9:48 PM
    Welcome to the tribe, there are lots of people here growing babies, hopefully someone close to you has a baby. I know Portland is a bit of a trip, but if you can't find one, I have lots of them that are thick and produce tea quickly. Once you start brewing, you will have more babies than you know what to do with.
    The bottled stuff you are drinking is fine but I think you will like homemade Kombucha better, It isn't processed nor is it held to the FDA standards. There are things in the pre bottled drinks that are not in your home tea brews. Take that as you like.
    AS for getting your body used to drinking it, I started the first week on about 4 oz. per day. Now I drink anywhere from about 4 oz. to a pint in the morning depending on how much I have left.

    Tell others about the tribe, get them drinking the tea as well.

    • Re: new to kombucha

      Sat, July 24, 2004 - 9:47 AM
      Thank you for the offer, WOG. if i don't hear from anyone else in the next week, i just may drive down to Portland. i have lots of friends there anyway.

      yesterday was my first day, and i drank 4oz. in the morning and 4 oz. in the evening. i had an abundance of intestinal gas all day, some of which was painful. any idea what this means? is that common? i mean, of course i'm putting a fermenting liquid into my gut, but the amount of gas was phenomenal and it made me wonder if my body is becoming a microbial battleground. i have had problems with Candida before and i have been suspecting that it's back because of the way i crave sugar and have a foggy mind & chronic fatigue all the time.

      i am going to keep on with this regimen despite the symptoms. my whole being felt different yesterday. please advise if you have experienced similar gas, what you think it's from, how long it lasted for you, etc.

      i do intend to introduce others to this amazing stuff. i have a newsletter that will be coming out in a few days and Kombucha is one of my first articles. if you would like to subscribe to my newsletter, you can do so by going to:

      thanks again.
      • Re: new to kombucha

        Sat, July 24, 2004 - 12:41 PM
        I would cut the amount in half and drink only 2 ounces for about a week or so before moving up to 3, then 4, etc. If that doesn't work, go to one ounce. I know it doesn't seem like much, but if your body is pretty toxic you have to go very slowly. The last thing you want is for your liver and kidneys to be overworked if your health isn't the bewt to begin with.

        The sugar craving and fogginess might also be low-blood sugar due to longtime poor diet/nutrition. Proper diet will definitely assist with that.

        Just a side note - be sure not to give your baby any formula substitutes that contain soy. It's very, very bad for babies.
        • Re: new to kombucha

          Sat, July 24, 2004 - 1:50 PM
          ok thanks for the advice, maybe i'm taking too much too fast.

          btw my kids were/are exclusively breast-fed. even more reason for me to get healthy.

          • Re: new to kombucha

            Sat, July 24, 2004 - 2:13 PM
            That's awesome that you believe in breastfeeding - so many people don't these days. Can't beat mother's milk! :)

            I was actually surprised to learn the other day that my employer (a major insurance company) actually created a "lacation room" in my building for breastfeeding mothers. It's a little sparse right now, but the furniture's comfortable and privacy provided for multiple mothers. They're supposed to be adding more furniture and accomodations in the near future.
            • Re: new to kombucha

              Sat, July 24, 2004 - 8:19 PM
              it's hard to believe that so many people don't get it--i mean, to me it's a no-brainer: you get pregnant, you give birth, and your boobs fill up with milk. why? duh! the idea of feeding a baby anything else before 6 months is just ridiculous to me.

              mothering took a turn for the worse during WWII when the formula industry provided working moms with an alternative to breastfeeding. then Nestle went on to "save the world from hunger" by dropping off bales of formula to tribes in Africa. what they actually did was make the problem of overpopulation worse--because breastfeeding a child for at least one year provides considerable natural birth control. mothers who don't breastfeed can become pregnant within one month of giving birth. nice going, Nestle, you've deified yourself. mission accomplished.

              i am glad to hear that more employers are getting on the ball. now we need to get stores to wake up. i was at IKEA last week and went to use the "family bathroom" that they have for people with small children. they had a changing table and a little activity table for toddlers, but only one chair crammed in a tight little corner. nice try, but in a store that big, it's quite likely that more than one mother will need to nurse her child. there really needs to be a lounge like there is at Nordstrom in every large store. Fred Meyer sucks in this regard--nowhere is there a comfy or private place to nurse in there. i end up nursing in my car many times.

              so speaking of nursing, has anyone heard of any reasons why nursing moms should not use Kombucha? i have been hesitant to do any kind of cleansing for fear of having toxins released into my milk supply. since Kombucha acts on the liver, i was thinking that the toxins would probably come out into the urine and through the skin. any ideas?

    • Re: new to kombucha

      Sun, March 26, 2006 - 9:47 AM
      Is it possible to start your own brew from the synergy brand, like fermenting what's in the bottle or something?


    • Kombuchaless in Seattle. . .

      Sat, December 30, 2006 - 6:43 PM

      I actually live on Whidbey Island (close to Everett, WA), but will find the means if anybody in the greater Seattle area (in particular, between Seattle and Everett or Bellevue-Redmond area) happens to have kombucha babies. This shouldn't be too difficult for brewers, as I remember ending up with a plethora of them 10 years ago. As I'm ill (not contagiously so), and willing to try kombucha, I would greatly appreciate a response!
  • Re: new to kombucha

    Tue, January 2, 2007 - 12:26 AM
    I was also wondering about the strength of health benefits. I'm sure that many of the people here are probably prefer kombucha, but I was wondering if it would be a fair comparisson to apple cider vinegar? I haven't seen anything comparing the two, however I've seen similar testimonials for both. Is one better for somethings than the other? I'd be interested to hear from anyone who has had experience with both possibly...
  • Re: new to kombucha

    Tue, January 2, 2007 - 8:48 AM
    Good morning! Happy New Year!!

    You can start your own with the Synergy bottles you have. Search this tribe for the thread I posted about starting my own from a bottle of GT's (Same as syndergy I think.)

    Feel free to message me if you have any questions!! Goodluck!

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