GUEST INTERVIEWEE: Seth
One of our senior posters on the Peak Testosterone Forum, Seth, had a life changing experience taking Kombucha and sauerkraut. I've read enough of Seth's posts to know he lives a healthy lifestyle overall, but he was almost cut down by antibiotics. Of course, antibiotics save tons of lives - been there! - but they also cause a multitude of problems, especially in the gut where they clear out both good and bad bacteria. Seth experienced a lot of these issues and this is Kombucha's sweet spot: gut health.
If you read about Kombucha much, you'll see that reports abound of its ability to provide the following benefits:
Now, at first glance, the above benefits of Kombucha (and other fermented foods) might seem completely random and likely just the effect of chance. However, those of you who poke around the health world enough notice something immediately: these are all benefits of improved gut health. It's hard to believe improving the health of your colon could make such a difference to your health, but study after study has shown this and this is one of the more active branches of current health research. The fact is that your interestine is actually a highly sophisticated, finely tuned organ on par with the heart or kidneys or any other organ of your tuning. It controls a multitude of metabolic and immune functions on top of providing you with most of your nutrients!
Of course, gut health is very dependent on your "intestingal bacteria," i.e. the composition and number of the bacteria living down in that underworld. Even if you are not experiencing any major issues, I highly recommend that you give my interview with Seth a read: it's just fascinating in my opinion just how many health benefits of Kombucha he experienced:
NOTE: Many of you men have less love making nights, because your woman is plagued by UTI's (Urininary Tract Infections). Antibiotics have mixed success in treating these, so you may want to pay particular attention to what Seth wrote below about the subject. (Do not make any change without discussing withyour doctor first.)
CAUTION: A small percentage of men have rather serious gut (intestinal) issues and probiotics and fermented foods can cause overgrowth. Consult with your doctor if appropriate.
Q1. You mentioned that you were on a lot of antibiotics and that these gave you UTIs and poor colon health? Can you give us a little history?
I believe any round of antibiotics will upset your balance of bacteria in your system. I found that after the first rounds of antibiotics I was getting severe heartburn. (I have never had heartburn in my life) and very watery bowel movements which also was a first for me.
Q2. Are you still on the antibiotics?
Q3. So you tried probiotics to help with these issues and what results did you achieve?
Q4. Did you try any conventional therapies to help with the UTI's and other antibiotic-related issues? If so, did these help at all?
I also used D-mannose which works great if the bacteria is the E.coli bacteria. 90% of people get the E.coli in UTI. I am not that lucky. Sometimes it's E.coli (twice in my experience) but other times it's other bacteria. D-Mannose is ineffective against them.
Q5. You mentioned that fermented foods have really helped you. What fermented foods are you talking about? Can you give a little detail as to how much and how often you eat them?
Q6. How do you know if you are getting "the good stuff?" Are there brands/types, etc. that guys should watch out for?
Q7. What did these fermented foods do for your UTI and other symptoms?
Q8. How did you get the idea to try fermented foods to treat antibiotic side effects? Did you just stumble onto that?
Q9. Have you read any explanation out there as to why fermented foods might be superior in many cases to probiotics? I know that Paleo theory is that our physiology is used to fermented foods. Is that the gyst of it?
I never seen any science to back that but I don't doubt it at all. From what I understand other fermented foods (i.e. Kefir etc.) are similar to Kombucha. I don't eat diary so I don't use that.
Q10. Any other tips/comments out there for guys that have been on antibiotics, struggling with UTIs, etc.?