I LOVE Kombucha, but Kombucha may not love me. What to be careful of if you battle these illnesses….

 

Kombucha has become very popular because it is natural, tastes great and is full of healthy bacteria. But what a lot of people don’t know is that Kombucha is made from a combination of bacteria culture and yeast. Yes, Lymie ears just perked up, yeast.

Kombucha and Candidahttp://bodyecology.com/articles/can-kombucha-feed-candida-and-cause-heartburn#.Ux_WYYUbjIU

This means that if you have Lyme and are being treated for it this greatly raises your chance of candida overgrowth which leads to the very strict diet that most Lyme sufferers are familiar with. I will say some people are totally fine with Kombucha, but some people will notice more air in their tummies and more candida symptoms. If you have an LLMD be sure and ask them about kombucha, but no matter what they say if you are symptomatic avoid it. Also people with certain digestive disorders should also be careful. Personally I have gone through most of my treatment needing to avoid kombucha because it didn’t agree with me, but recently I have been able to get away with having one once and a while.

Here are some alternatives to Kombucha if you want natural probiotics:

ImageKimchi, Sauerkraut and fermented foods. These are amazing for getting “happy gut” bacteria. Here is a great article: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/06/01/fermented-vegetables.aspx

ImageFermented coconut water. I am not sure if this is available everywhere but I LOVE Kevita! It is a different culture than kombucha and does not contain yeast

http://kevita.com/

ImageLactose-Free Kefir. If you are going to use kefir as a source of probiotics make sure you go lactose-free. Or if you can tolerate goat milk kefir that is also an option.

ImageIf you would still like to drink kombuch choose one that is low in sugar (kombuchas can range greatly in sugar content). You can choose some that are as little as 2 grams per serving, while on the other end of the spectrum some are as high as 12 grams per serving (24 per bottle), so be mindful of that.

 

 

 

 

Evening Treat

Was hankering for something chocolate and creamy on my way home from work.
I had seen a chocolate mousse recipe made with avocado earlier in the day, so I thought I would just wing it with my own..

1/2 avocado
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
3 packets truvia
1/2 dropper liquid chocolate stevia
1 cup goat milk kefir
3 ice cubes
1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
(Okay so I ended up going for more of a frozen yogurt)
Stuck it all in the Vitamix and stuck it in the freezer. Would have been better if I had the patience to let it set, even so my 1/2 frozen yogurt 1/2 chocolate soup was still tangy, creamy, chocolaty and delicious.

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I Have Lyme, So Why Do I Have To Avoid Gluten, Dairy & Sugar?

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I must saying being gluten-free, grain-free, starch-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, soy-free, nightshade-free, nut-free (except almonds), has made ALL the difference in both my healing and symptoms. Especially if you (like most Lyme sufferers) are also dealing with chronic candida, and then in turn Leaky Gut (compromised intestinal permeability).

Read this great post!

http://www.tiredoflyme.com/diet.html#.UhY8ED-NFFd