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Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Immortal Kombucha - Time to Try

Its been a busy day, and I really haven't got as close to appropriating the omni health encompassing kombucha tea as I had planned. However, as stated in yesterday's post I did discover some essential details in terms of properly preparing and ingesting the 'tea' in order to benefit from its curative, if not thoroughly preventive properties.

Before delving into the recipe, lets briefly review a bit about the organism-based infusion. Kombucha can be traced back some 2000 years to regions in China, Russia, Japan and Korea. Word has it that -

the name 'kombucha' originated in Japan in 415 AD. Reportedly, a Korean physician called Kombu or Kambu treated the Emperor Inyko with the infusion. It became known by a combination of the name, 'Kombu' and the word, 'cha,' meaning tea. However, in modern Japan, kombucha tea is known as 'kocha kinoko' which translates as tea mushroom. Kombu means ' 'kelp' in Japanese and the name 'Kombucha' is used to refer to a hot drink made from powdered kelp. Now that we're thoroughly confused, I suppose I can begin with the recipe...

I found this particular recipe at:
The Happy Herbalist Website - Refer to the site for photos and special instructions on making the infusion.

1.Heat a good three quarts of water.
Boiling is not recommended as it tends to reduce the oxygen and carbon necessary for proper kombucha fermenting. Use water of known quality. Heating the water to dissolve the sugar and extract the tea

2. Add Tea. 5-7 tea bags or 2-3 tsp. loose tea usually 15 grams

3.Steep 15 minutes. NOTE: refer to the specific tea brewing recommendations inside

4. Add Sugar 1 cup Sugar (6-8 ounces / 200-300 grams)

5.Allow to cool to room temperature Keep
Covered and careful of contamination at this stage as the brew is a highly Sweet and Appetizing
Be Sure everything is at the same temperature

6. Pour cooled, room temperature liquid into fermenting container

7. Add Kombucha Mushroom (which is also at room temperature)'

8. Add 2 cups Previously Fermented Kombucha Brew as a Starter. (25%)
[use the liquid that came with the mushroom starter ] or use 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar. (to reduce the pH and protect the ferment from pathogens). Do not use un-pasteurized non-distilled apple cider

9. Cover with a clean cloth, paper towel or coffee filter Set aside in a quiet undisturbed spot. Every time the liquid is disturbed the mushroom will begin to start forming over again and not form properly. (K-Tea may still be good)

10. Ferment. 6 - 8 days normal brew cycle at 80F constant temperature, 8-14 days in the 70�s). 60F or below is not recommended. First time may take longer. Temperature Range: 68-83 degrees Fahrenheit. (20 - 26 degrees Centigrade) K-Tea should be sparkling semi-sweet cidery taste. The pH 2.7 to 3.2.

Save 1-2 cups (8-16 oz/240-500 ml) to begin another batch. Each batch should produce another mushroom (SCOBY). Save one mushroom and tea safely away in the event of some disaster. Use either mushroom to start another batch.

Well, if nothing else, its worth a try. Also soon as I find out who sells it, I'll let you know.

Best to all

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Green Tea? No, I Only Drink Kombucha, its the ' Immortal Health Elixir'.

Actually, it was the ancient Chinese who called kombucha tea-drink the 'Immortal Health Elixir' as they believed that the mixture balanced the spleen and stomach (referred to as the 'Qi), and aided in digestion and metabolism, which were thought to be helpful in healing. Indeed, throughout the ages, the kombucha plant form has been used as a curative in a number of areas within and around Asia, from Manchuria to Russia. In more recent times, beginning in the 1950s, Russian scientists examined the kombucha 'mushroom'. The organism actually is not mushroom or fungus, but a lichen, bacterium xylinium and natural yeast growth combination.

What scientists found was that a specific komboucha derived fermented drink, or 'tea' contains a numbers of substances that are beneficial to the body such as gluconic acid, which has the capacity to dissolve gall stones, and combat viral infections; hyaluronic acid, a component of connective tissue; chrondroitin sulfate, present in cartilage; and mucoitin-sufuric acid, an element that makes up the stomach lining and the vitreous humor of the eye. The 'tea' also contains B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B6 (pyridoxine), and B12 (folic acid), lactic acid; dextrogalyal and usnic acid, which is an element with strong anti-bacterial and anti-viral functions.

At the present, modern researchers have provided evidence that shows kambucha tea significantly strengthens the immune system and can be essential to the treatment and cure
of acne, aging skin, AIDS, arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, cancer, candidiasis, chronic fatigue, constipation, diabetes, diarrhea and other digestive disorders, hair loss, hemorroids, high chloesterol, hyppoglycemia, incontinence, kidney and gall stone problems, menopausal problems, multiple sclerosis, PMS, prostate problems, psoriasis, and weight problems. It has also been said 'to increase energy and promote a general feeling of well-being. Hmm, where can we find this stuff?

Come back tomorrow and I'll have the sources where the item can be found as well as the recipe.
I'm actually looking forward to learning a lot more about kombucha, too.

Take care All

'Prescription for Natural Health', JF Bauch, MD, PA Bauch, CNC - Avery Publishing, New York, 1997

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Clean Your Colon, Slim Down and Live Healthy

Did you know that everything we eat ends up in our colon as toxic materials. Eventually these toxins can, and will, in many cases develope into diseases such as candida, obesity and cancer. Another serious threat to colon health are parasites. Indeed, at any given moment, illness causing parasites are present in the body.

Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, famous surgeon and the father of Kellogg's Corn Flakes, believed that the bowel could be the origin of most health problems, hence his creation of a bran cereal to aid in colon function. He maintained that 90% of disease is due to improper functioning of the colon.

- And me, basically, a nobody believes the same thing. In the late 1980's I ventured to Milan and Pavia, Italy on a kind of vacationa nd decided to try to make a life of it. The consensus among the Italians that I met on my travelled appeared to be was that fried foods and carbonated beverages were 'male, male per il fegato' - Bad, bad for the liver. Over the years, I've come full circle to understand their view as truth. However, I further beg to consider such anti-nutritional poisons equally dangerous to the health of the colon. If one is to think of indigent cultures whom do not rely or even have access to the near nutrition absent inventions of greedy corporations to feed the privately funded medical industry, and you will find that they enjoy optimal health and long life. Gee, go figure.
Probably the most simple way to begin to cleanse the colon is to begin to drink Senna tea in the evening. Many cultures, such as the Chinese and Italian encourage the gentle cleansing of the colon by ingesting a hot beverage after the evening meal such as an espresso or green tea. Senna is the active ingredient of most laxatives so only a small amount of leaves are needed.
An additional way to cleanse the colon with the gaurantee of the absorption of vital minerals, antioxidants and vitamins, is to institute a daily regime that begins with a supplemental drink by the name of Meta Greens, by Univera Life Sciences. While there are a number of so called colon cleansers on the market, natural Senna and Meta Greens are the two with which I am familiar and trust.

Knowledge is Power in the end.

Take good care,

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Aloe Vera - Our MD in a Bottle?

Aloe, or Aloe Vera has been well known for centuries for its healing properties.

Descriptions of the use of aloe has been discovered in written history of many different cultures and as far back as the Greek, Egyptians, and Roman eras. References have also been found in writings from the Indian and Chinese early cultures. Ancient records show that the benefits of Aloe Vera have been known for centuries, with its therapeutic advantages and healing properties surviving for over 4000 years. The earliest record of Aloe Vera is on a Sumerian tablet dating from 2100 BC.

In the 1930s and 40s, extensive research in Britain and the former Soviet Union showed that aloe vera gel when applied topically had an ability to aid in healing wounds, ulcers and burns by 'sealing the damaged flesh with a protective coat and speeding up the rate of healing'. Researchers believe that this is partly due to a compound called aloectin B that stimulates the immune system and thus promotes healing within and outside of the body.
Use of the raw gel has been reported to be effective in treating blisters, insect bites, rashes, sores, herpes, urticaria, athlete's foot, fungus, vaginal infections, conjunctivitis, sties, allergic reactions, and dry skin.

Further Other topical uses include acne, sunburn, frostbite (it appears to prevent decreased blood flow), shingles, screening out x-ray radiation, psoriasis, preventing scarring, rosacea, warts, wrinkles from aging, and eczema. According to the same source, Internally, aloe is showing real promise in the fight against AIDS, and the virus has become undetectable in some patients who used it on a regular basis, due to its immune system stimulant properties. It also seems to help prevent opportunistic infections in cases of HIV and AIDS. It appears to be of help in cancer patients (including lung cancer) by activating the white blood cells and promoting growth of non-cancerous cells. The National Cancer Institute has included Aloe Vera in their recommendations for increased testing because of these apparent cancer fighting properties. Taken orally, aloe also appears to work on heartburn, arthritis and rheumatism pain and asthma, and studies have shown that it has an effect on lowering blood sugar levels in diabetics. Other situations in which it appears to work when taken internally include congestion, intestinal worms, indigestion, stomach ulcers, colitis, hemorrhoids, liver problems such as cirrhosis and hepatitis, kidney infections, urinary tract infections, prostate problems, and as a general detoxifier. Most recently, researchers have discovered that aloe is also effective in treating irritable bowel syndrome. Is there any condition it can not combat? Definitely, aloe is an item that belongs in every medicine cabinet.

Product Review: Aloe Gold

Aloe Gold® by Hilltop Gardens®
Protection throughout.
Good health begins with the gastrointestinal (GI) tract because any damage that occurs there goes throughout the body. Aloe vera is known predominantly for its topical benefits when applied to a scrape or a burn. However, it is actually just as beneficial when ingested. Using Aloe Gold® on a daily basis can help reduce the damage and help increase the repair of the GI system.*
For added defense, active botanical compounds – Fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) and green tea extract are added to help support the growth of beneficial intestinal flora, promoting healthy digestion.*
Supports nutrient absorption*
Supports digestive health*
Boosts immune and antioxidant defense*

Suggested Use: Drink one to two ounces before a meal, up to three times a day or as needed. Keep in a cool, dry place before opening. Best served chilled. Shake well. Refrigerate after opening. This product is best used within 60 days after opening.
Warning: Not intended for pregnant or lactating women. As with all nutritional products, consult your physician before using this product if you are taking medications. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.
Supplement Facts
Serving Size 1 ounce (29.6mL) Servings per container approx. 30
Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Calories 5
Total Carbohydrate 1 g <1%*>
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