Why you should be drinking kombucha

The groovy picture of my “cute baby SCOBY” has seemed to cause some confusion, so I thought I would help clarify. ūüôā

Mama SCOBY

For about 6 months now we have been brewing a “super elixir” called Kombucha. ¬†People who have never heard of kombucha always ask us “what is it?” ¬†and I never explain the same way. ¬†But according to Wikipedia, “Kombucha¬†is an effervescent¬†fermentation¬†of¬†sweetened tea¬†that is used as a¬†functional food.” So there you have it, fermented sweet tea, which is fermented with a SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast).

Until writing about our kombucha brewing, I wasn’t aware of how “controversial” kombucha can be. ¬†If you read sites like the mayo clinic, it will tell you kombucha isn’t researched, not approved by the FDA, blah, blah, blah…a bunch of haters. ¬†However, when I read about the benefits of kombucha…this is what I found….

Kombucha contains:

Acetic acid, which is mildly antibacterial

Butyric acid, suppresses inflammation in the gut and other tissues (http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2009/12/butyric-acid-ancient-controller-of.html)

B-vitamins, support cell metabolism aka: energy

Gluconic acid, helps fight yeast infections such as candida and thrush

Lactic acid, essential to the digestive system

Malic acid, helps the body to detox

Oxalic acid, encourages cellular production of energy

This is the best summary I have found on how kombucha works….

“The bacteria in the intestines can be divided into two main types;1 the less acid-forming bacteroides are responsible for the decaying matter in¬†the colon; elderly people tend to have more gastric disorders; these stem from a low hydrochloric acid production in the stomach, creating¬†more room for fungi and parasites to take hold; bacteroides are encouraged by a diet high in fats and proteins.

The more acidic ones, called bifidobacteria, are more beneficial because they produce essential organic acids, such as acetic, lactic and folic¬†acids, which raise the acidity of the intestines, preventing invading pathogens from taking hold. In addition, by keeping down the bacteroides¬†population, they discourage the putrefaction from becoming toxic. The bifidobacteria are favoured by a diet high in carbohydrate, fiber and¬†lactose-vegetarian food and are more common in individuals who were breast-fed as babies. They are also assisted by drinking Kombucha tea” (http://www.anahatabalance.com/teakombucha2.html)

Happy Brewing and Drinking!

Summertime

Fortunately, our summers in Southern California are pretty mild near the ocean. Most days we complain that its not hot enough. Lately, that is not the case. We can’t stand being inside it’s so hot. Naps can only be done with fans blowing directly on you, and you still awake a mean and sweaty mess.

Here are a couple pictures from our outside, post-nap cool-down play.

 

Playing with his new helicopter

Kai’s first Birthday Party (for his 3rd Birthday)

This year was Kai‚Äôs first Birthday party. The first two years we decided not to have big parties for him because he a.) did not care and b.) cried when people sang ‚ÄúHappy Birthday.‚ÄĚ With that, it seemed like a waste of efforts. However, this year was different. Kai understood the privilege of having a birthday and being the guest of honor at his party. So‚Ķ.we finally threw our first Birthday Party for Kai!
With Kai’s love for planes, trains, and automobiles, we thought a party at Goat Hill Junction would be just perfect. We had two hours to ride the model trains with our friends, eat cupcakes, and let toddlers and preschoolers run wild. What a fun day it was! Enough writing, here are the pictures..

The Birthday Boy

Getting ready for the party! I actually found some time to make Kai a shirt for his party.

The homemade treats!

My first attempt at homemade fondant, for 4 dozen gluten free chocolate cupcakes.

The kids all took home train whistles and conductor hats that were wrapped up in a bandanna.

I managed to capture the Birthday Boy long enough for a quick picture.

Grammy riding the train with the Birthday Boy

It was a great day!  We are so blessed to have so many sweet friends to help us celebrate.  Kai had such a great time and his friends gave him some awesome gifts, that we are enjoying everyday!

Some of our pictures are not real great, however my friend Kasie posted a blog here with some great photos.  She got a cute family photo of the 4 of us!