Do you ever feel like a fish out of water? Like you just don't fit in? This has pretty much been my experience since leaving my mountain home about 18 months ago. I traded fresh air, trail runs and mountain vistas for big city lights, treadmills and smog alerts. I moved with the intention to be closer to my family during a difficult time, but now that things have settled, this cavegirl is packing up and moving home to the mountains!
I'm headed back to Canmore Alberta to re-establish my small midwifery practice. I hope to bring some more birth choices back to the women of my community. I'm so excited and feel like this is the best decision I've ever made. You know when something just feels SO right? Sometimes you have to leave to find out just where your "home" really is.
All that being said, it's been a long and busy few months and I thank you all for the kind emails of support I've been receiving. There is a lot of work to be done and my blog and site has fallen a bit by the wayside as I re-establsh myself and move across the country.
All this stress has got me thinking....how do you keep yourself healthy during times of turmoil and STRESS? For me, Kombucha is a key part of staying healthy, plus it tastes great. GT's Gingerberry is amongst my favourites. I'm yet to try making my own. My friend Laurie is making some experimental brews and I'm hoping to learn from her mistakes and start my own batch this summer when I have a bit more time on my hands!
This lovely naturally fermented tea is chock full of everything that is good for you and it tastes soooo good.
Kombucha is made from tea which is fermented by a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast (a SCOBY, a.k.a. “mother” because of its ability to reproduce, or “mushroom” because of its appearance). Most commercial Kombucha is blended with a fruit juice of sorts. A lot of people I've spoken to worry about the sugar content, however the sugar is an essential part of the fermentation process and the end result isn't very high in sugar. In fact, up to 8oz is permited on the popular 21-day sugar detox and it is whole 30 approved.
Kombucha is well known to be full of probiotics. Probiotics are not only important for good gut health, but they are also a key componet in a healthy immune system. Kombucha has anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. In rats, it's been shown to improve liver function and protect against oxidative stress.
Kombucha is also full of organic acids including glucuronic acid, lactic acid and oxalic acid, all of which aid the body in detoxification and protection from viruses, fungus and bacteria.
Kombucha also is amazing at regulating bowel function in times of stress. I don't know about you, but when I travel or get stressed out, I just DONT go (I bet you always wanted to know that). However, when I drink a bottle (2 servings) of kombucha a day during these times, my guts thank me and I'm able to eliminate with much more ease.
Even pregnant women can enjoy this tasty beverage. If you make your own however, I caution you to master your skill before you get knocked up. Great recipes are found in Jill's book Fermented, I also like Wellness Mama's Kombucha Soda recipe. I often mix half a bottle of GT with lemon juice and carbonated water from my sodastream to make a yummy "pop". I digress...Back to the safety piece....The tea must ferment properly and under sanitary conditions to prevent contamination by airborne pathogens. You should also ensure your Kombucha pots and containers are free of lead-tainted ceramic glaze as the acidic compounds in kombucha may cause this to leach into the mixture, contaminating it with the heavy metal. This is the one time where I kinda trend towards purchasing your drinks from a company such as GT's over making your own but hey...this could possibly be because I am a Kombucha virgin.
Worried about alchol content? When I was recently in Florida visiting my folks I noticed the packaging was WAY different there than it is in Canada. You have to be over 21 to buy Kombucha? After some investigation, the alcohol content in Classic Kombucha is less than 0.5%...totally safe for pregnant cavemama's so please enjoy!
What's your favourite flavour or recipe?