Well, yes it could be really good for you. And, yes, unpasteurized kombucha is indeed full of healthy gut friendly bacteria.
Unless... You have yeast (aka "Candida") overgrowth.
Why, that's impossible!! I know I do not! Plus, kombucha makes me SOOO happy!
IF you have candida overgrowth, kombucha will make you feel downright giddy right after you drink it (and wanting to drink a lot of it)! Guess who is having a party inside your gut? Yep, the candida bacteria because they just got the best party snack ever. The kind that makes them grow and multiply - the wild yeast in kombucha (also present in wine and beer).
O.k., I am freaking out a little bit now. And you've got me thinking...Is there a quick test to figure out if I have yeast overgrowth?
Please relax because yes, there is:-)
There is a super simple and totally free saliva test you can do at home.
Here is what you do first thing in the morning after you get up but before you drink anything or brush your teeth:
- Fill a glass about half full with water
- Work up a dime sized amount of saliva (spit)
- Spit into the glass
- Set the glass down and take a glance at it periodically over the next 45 minutes
Here are the three possible scenarios:
- Saliva stays floating on the top (bubbles or not), and the water is clear
- Saliva grows "legs" (you will know what I mean if this happens:-)) OR the water becomes cloudy
- Saliva sinks to the bottom
Here is how to interpret your test:
Outcome 1 - no yeast overgrowth, so enjoy your kombucha in moderation! Cheers!
Outcome 2 - you have moderate yeast overgrowth, best to stay of kombucha for some time. You need a great probioitic, ideally one containing the saccharides boulardii strain, aka, "yeast gobbling" strain. Here is the one I have seen work well.
Outcome 3 - you have serious yeast overgrowth. Bad news: NO kombucha for now and you might need a full candida cleanse. Good news: you can likely have your kombucha back when you are done and clear (this is not as hard as you might think).
Important Note on the test: dairy consumption can skew the results (because dairy frequently thickens mucus). If you results are Outcome 2 or Outcome 3, you may want to consider eliminating dairy for at least 3 days and then repeat your test. Good luck!
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