Yes, bartender I’ll have another!

Have you heard of Kombucha?  The Chinese call it the “Immortal Health Elixir?” It’s been around for more than 2,000 years and has a rich anecdotal history of health benefits like preventing and fighting cancer, arthritis, and other degenerative diseases.  (Source:  The Food Renegade)

I tried my first bottle this past week.

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The ingredient list includes ‘trace amounts of alcohol’.  No wonder I like it.

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Me (2nd from left) and my blogging buddies (which includes Beth from Shut Up and Run!, 2nd from right) are not afraid to leave a writing conference for libation nutrition.

What is Kombucha?

Kombucha is a drink made from sweetened tea that’s been fermented by a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast.  My bottle said it had trace amounts of alcohol in it.  SCORE!

I drank the brand on the right in the blueberry flavor.  My children think it tastes like PAAS Easter Egg dye. (Not that they’ve ever ingested it.)

 

The beautifully gilded shells that encase the eggs are not edible once decorated with this potion.  The imagined taste of PAAS matched the real taste of Kombucha for Kathleen, thus explaining her forced smile as I forced her t hold the bottle of Kombucha.

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Kathleen did not love it.

(She is not old enough to drink.  No wonder.)

Here are the health benefits of the “Immortal Health Elixir” – Komubcha.  They include (in less detail than the source):

 #1 — Detoxification

Detoxification produces healthy livers and aides cancer prevention.

#2 — Joint Care

Kombucha contains glucosamine, a strong preventive and treatment all forms of arthritis

#3 — Aids Digestion and Gut Health

Because it’s naturally fermented with a living colony of bacteria and yeast, Kombucha is a probiotic beverage. This has a myriad of benefits such as improved digestion, fighting candida (harmful yeast) overgrowth, mental clarity, and mood stability.

#4 — Immune Boosting

Kombucha is extraordinarily anti-oxidant rich, and you all know the benefits of anti-oxidants for boosting your immune system and energy level.

This and alcohol.  That’s good  great stuff.

I was compelled take a shot of Kombucha give Kombucha a shot, when an experienced vegetarian friend gave me and  my newly meatless American Sportsman husband (Digest that!!) advice on ways to sustain our new lifestyle.  We are No Meat Athletes (or we think we are!).  Collectively we have lost 16 pounds in one week.  For now I am happy to have my husband along for a ride I wanted to take for sometime.  Who knows where of if this vegan train stops?

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I don’t really care.  All we have is Now.  And that’s enough. Plus, I rode her for the first time today:

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Happiness.  And forever miss of my Cameron.  Fight.  Finish.  Faith.  That’s all I got.

Bartender, can I have another?

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7 responses to “Yes, bartender I’ll have another!

  1. Kombucha is super easy to make, a half gallon costs me maybe 4 dollars. I’ve been making for about 6 years, it’s great. Try coconut water or plain water kefir too. Waaaay easy to make and super healthy.

  2. I LOVE Kombucha! PT something or other, is my brand. I started with the green one. The horrible fizz actually appeals to me! :) Now I’ve settled down into the raspberry chia kombucha. I admit it looks odd. Chia seeds float in uncomfortably perfect symmetry, but I love it: kombucha, raspberry juice, chia. that’s it. I was told (or researched, I can’t recall) that it (at least the green one) also includes live algae which it coincidentally tastes like. I now also own loose leaf kombucha tea. The second I get a cold, I stop by the organic refrigerated section for a bottle or two of kombucha. :) I heard about it from a friend who is also a cancer survivor and credits her healing, in part, to kombucha. Love live algae! :)

  3. Girl! Awesome that you and hubby are giving the veg way a try! Kudos to you both! My son, Jacob, loves Kombucha. I am on the fence on the taste, but love the health benefits!

  4. I would like to give Kombucha a try. I’ll google it, but I guess I could purchase at Whole Foods.
    Nice to see your smiling face. The bike is a beauty. Blessings!

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