I’m not one to write much about physical health. That’s not my field of expertise. However, when I discover something profound in my daily experience and see how this could help my clients, I want to share the information.
Whether it is wheat grass, alfalfa sprouts, or a celery stalk, there’s typically something brewing or growing in my kitchen. Some of my projects, have made folks turn up their noses. Like when they ask, “What’s in that glass jar?” and I respond with “A symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. I feed it sugar water every few days to keep it alive. It tastes great! Do you want to try it?”
I culture water kefir and kombucha on a regular basis. Once kefir or kombucha is consumed, it promotes the stabilization of healthy gut microbes. It’s great for maintaining a healthy balance of flora in the bowels–especially for folks like me who are missing their gallbladder and part of their colon. And, those who have an overgrowth of yeast or intestinal illnesses could definitely benefit. This includes many of my clients who wonder if their auto-immune diseases are related to a spiritual condition.
I believe that everything has a spiritual component. Our life experiences affect our emotional and mental bodies, which in turn affect our physical health. Through my coaching, I help people release the detrimental programming around traumatic events. I also realize that what we put into our body has just as much impact as any emotional trauma we may experience. Our high-carbohydrate diet, filled with sugar and food preservatives, is literally killing us by attacking the healthy bacteria in our gut. I think my kitchen experiment proves this.
Once my water kefir completes its feeding/fermentation process in the “mother” jar with the kefir grains (or SCOBY if I’m making kombucha) I bottle it and add fresh fruit or 100% fruit juice. Capping the bottle causes the brew to produce carbonation and fizz, which makes it a delicious and healthy substitute for soda. I had some sweetened lime juice that I thought would make a good additive in the second fermentation process. This week, I added an ounce of lime juice to one 12-ounce bottle of brew. I added two fresh strawberries to the other 12-ounce bottle of brew. Within hours the bottle with the strawberries was starting to form bubbles, which is normal and exactly what I wanted it to do.
Thirty-six hours later the strawberry brew was ready to drink. Loosening the cap, it fizzed and I gulped. Nothing was happening in the bottle of lime juice brew. I opened it and noticed that it still smelled sweet–the sugar had not been burned off and there was no tartness whatsoever. I read the ingredients on lime juice bottle. No wonder it wasn’t brewing. There were preservatives in the lime juice and it was killing the culture.
So, if food preservatives kill the live cultures in a bottle of kefir on the counter top, guess what they do in our bowels. They kill healthy bacteria there too. Any sugar we eat then has nothing to keep it in balance. Candida fungus, a form of yeast in our intestines that helps with digestion and nutrient absorption begins to grow out of balance. When overproduced, candida can break down the walls of the intestines and penetrate the bloodstream, releasing toxic by-products into your body. This can lead to many different health problems, from digestive issues such as leaky gut to depression. Serotonin is produced in the gut!
Leaky gut has been associated with asthma, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, irritable bowel (including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), lupus, hypothyroidism, kidney disease, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, eczema, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, heart failure, and celiac disease.
Our food cannot digest without these vital enzymes and flora being in harmonious balance. So, if someone is consuming a lot of sugary foods with preservatives, it’s no wonder they have rampant candida, digestive problems, and intestinal illnesses. The solution is to avoid sugary foods with preservatives, eat fresh vegetables, and normalize the pH of the body.
Since I’m not a doctor offering diagnosis or treatment, I suggest a naturopathic doctor to help you get things back in balance. Water kefir (or milk kefir) can be part of your overall healthy diet. Once you learn how easy it is to make and how good it tastes, you’ll want to keep going with it. I’m taking mine on vacation with me!