The Benefits of Kombucha
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:
Improvement or cures from autoimmune disease
Relief for arthritis
Control of appetite and food cravings
Decrease in upper respiratory and urinary tract infections
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 have BPH which was causing urinary retention. Even with this the doctors were baffled at the amount and the veracity of the UTI's. So I had to go through a whole host of exams including some very invasive ones. Turns out it was only urinary retention and not that much urine. Their only solution is antibiotics.
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.
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Q2. Are you still on the antibiotics?
Currently no but, if I have a UTI, I have to go on them since I go into Urinary Sepsis easily and that could become fatal if left untreated. I haven't been on antibiotics for 6 or 8 weeks I believe. That is the longest I have been antibiotic free in the last 3 years.
Q3. So you tried probiotics to help with these issues and what results did you achieve?
Yes. At first I tried the pill form with 50 billion active bacteria. These were ok. They slowed down the infections but only by a few weeks. Then I did some research online and I learned that many people were having success with fermented foods, especially Kombucha. I added Kombucha and Sauerkraut along with a multivitamin that contains probiotics. This has slowed down the bad bacteria up to this point that I go months without a UTI. I am hoping I can go at least 4-6 months without one. Two a year is manageable but zero would be the best.
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?
Yes, I tried the "candida" diet which limits fruits and sugar. This didn't work. I added back fruits but I don't eat artificial sugar or sweets. I don't believe fruits hurt UTI's. In fact citrus fruits seem to help . I don't eat dairy so I didn't need to cut that out.
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?
I take a Fermented Kombucha by Botanica. I take 20 ml a day of this. This brand was recommended by a few people. I also eat a few cups of Sauerkraut a day. On top of this I use a Vitamin C multivitamin that also contains 2 billion CFU. These are called C-Punch by Trophic and it comes in individual pouches. I believe that fermented foods have helped me more than the pill forms.
Q6. How do you know if you are getting "the good stuff?" Are there brands/types, etc. that guys should watch out for?