Some Kickass Kombucha

Tuesday January 21

Yes, I know, we’re a day late with the blog. There’s a story behind that…

Last night, I was kidnapped (by Wendle), driven to an undisclosed location (Up The Creek hostel in Roberts Creek), interrogated by a foreign national (Australian Benny Benson) and forced to imbibe a toxic fluid (Shiraz)

‘Fair Dinkum!’

Luckily, Luke’s friend Christina was there and saved me by serving up several ice cold bottles of the Sunshine Coast’s newest, healthiest and most delightful tasting, elixir of goodness….’Kickass Kombucha’

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How good is Kickass Kombucha?

Think Popeye and Spinach

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I drank almost a bottle of the Juniper Berry and a half bottle of the Pomegranate Lavender and…(voila)…I was refreshed and rejuvenatedreinvigorated ee-ven

Wendy introduced me to Kombucha a couple of years ago. She discovered it at a Toronto health food store. It’s fizzy like soda pop (whoa, slow down there oldtimer), it has a sweet fermented flavour (not unlike beer), it’s plenty good for you and can even have a slight alcoholic content (just ask Lindsay Lohan)

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‘But what the heck is it?’, you ask

Kombucha, it’s a…well…it’s like…actually it’s kinda difficult to explain…

I’ve spent the day researching it and I’m still a long way from being clear on exactly what it is (a little help sportsfans)

“The English word Kombucha, which was first recorded in 1995, has an uncertain etymology. The American Heritage Dictionary suggests: “Probably from Japanese kombucha, tea made from kombu (the Japanese word for kelp perhaps being used by English speakers to designate fermented tea due to confusion or because the thick gelatinous film produced by the kombucha culture was thought to resemble seaweed”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kombucha

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“Kombucha is not simply a fungus but a jellyfish-like zoogleal mat, a near-lichen, a symbiosis of beneficent non-toxic yeasts and bacterium which for two milennia has enjoyed great popularity in the Far East”

http://www.gaiaresearch.co.za/kombucha.htm

“Made from sweetened tea that’s been fermented by a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast (a SCOBY, a.k.a. “mother” because of its ability to reproduce, or “mushroom” because of its appearance)” http://www.foodrenegade.com/kombucha-health-benefits/

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“It’s a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast),… It may not look appetizing, but it creates a very popular fermented beverage that goes for $4 a bottle in the health food stores.”

“You just need 6 simple ingredients: a SCOBY like the one pictured above, tea, sugar, clean water, a warm place, and time. The final product contains a blend of beneficial bacteria and yeast (probiotics) as well as certain acids and enzymes that aid digestion, detoxify the body, and promote health.”

http://www.phoenixhelix.com/2013/03/25/kombucha-myths-vs-truths/

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There appears to be a vast divergence of opinions as to the actual health benefits of drinking it regularly…

“Have you heard of Kombucha, the beverage the ancient Chinese called the “Immortal Health Elixir””

http://www.foodrenegade.com/kombucha-health-benefits/

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“One author reported kombucha, supposedly known as the “Godly Tsche [i.e., tea]” during the Chinese Qin Dynasty (221-206 BCE), was “a beverage with magical powers enabling people to live forever”.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kombucha

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“Detoxification produces healthy livers and aides cancer prevention. One of kombucha’s greatest health benefits is its ability to detox the body. It is rich in many of the enzymes and bacterial acids your body produces and/or uses to detox your system, thus reducing your pancreatic load and easing the burden on your liver. Kombucha is very high in Glucaric acid, and recent studies have shown that glucaric acid helps prevent cancer”

“Kombucha contains glucosamines, a strong preventive and treatment all forms of arthritis. Glucosamines increase synovial hyaluronic acid production.”

http://www.foodrenegade.com/kombucha-health-benefits

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“There is no glucaronic acid in kombucha…kombucha contains a different acid that is a synergist to glucaronic acid. Glucaronic acid is made naturally by the liver and works by binding to a toxic molecule and carrying it out of the body…kombucha is indeed detoxifying, but we are continuing to learn exactly how”

“Kombucha contains neither of these compounds. However, it does seem to have a positive effect on the joints. Roussin’s theory is that it contains the building blocks for these compounds.”

http://www.phoenixhelix.com/2013/03/25/kombucha-myths-vs-truths/

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“…in rodent studies, both male and female mice which drank Kombucha, demonstrated enhanced cognition, decreased appetite and weight and all lived longer natural lives than the controls (Hartmann A, et al, Nutrition, 16(9), 2000)”

http://www.gaiaresearch.co.za/kombucha.htm

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Overall, it appears to be beneficial. That’s not why I drink it of course. I just love the way it tastes. And I do feel good after (unlike when I have pop or a brown pop)

There is definitely some magic in this little jellyfishlike, mushroom looking, glob of beautiful goo and we want to be part of it

Christina, thanks for sharing your mother with us. The drinks are perfect

(https://www.facebook.com/KickassKombucha)

Andrea returned on Thursday January 16. She worked Friday and then had the weekend to try and sort out her new home. That lady has some large cohones (yeah, I said it)…she’s off on a brave new adventure and it’s far from home and everything is new (and i mean everything). On top of that, Friday night, she learned how to play Euchre. Wow…it just came to me that there a lot of people recently who are jumping into new and scary adventures. Good on’ya

Saturday evening Wendle decided to go to Canadian Tire to buy a spray bottle. Andrea went with her for company. They discovered that flowers are already on sale for spring planting. Apparently we’ve seen the worst of the cold and can now expect temperatures to rise…lots of rain…and the occasional sunny day

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Andrea made another amazing discovery and she couldn’t wait to show it off to the world (only a slight exaggeration)

“Oh My Gawd…there it is…the Energizer, Hardcase, Professional, LED Inspection Light, with rubber grip” (December 11 Post)…

…and Andrea

That’s a great purchase buddy

Sunday, Andrea and Wendy went into Vancouver together to pick up some things Andrea had bought on Craigslist. They were petty excited to go and it sounds like they had a blast…

For breakfast they went to a cool little place (Melriches Coffee House) on Davie Street in West Van

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Andrea picked up her new electric-heater-fireplace

(lovely)

And a portable BBQ

Hey Andrea…

Welcome to the coast

Okay…we gotta go. We have another busy day planned for tomorrow and Probably so do you. You have a good one

Oh…

…and Larissa

Happiest of Birthdays gorgeous!

(see, we didn’t forget)

Goodnight all

Moose and Wendle

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Photo Credits

Popeye – http://s3.amazonaws.com/rapgenius/1302968436_1.jpg

Lindsay Lohan – http://ohbriggsy.wordpress.com/2010/02/11/tuesday-night-fermentation-club-kombucha/

Like a Jellyfish – http://www.sarahbethrosa.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/kombucha-scoby.jpeg

Kombucha Culture – http://www.phoenixhelix.com/2013/03/25/kombucha-myths-vs-truths/

SCOBY – http://myhealthygreenfamily.com/blog/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Kombucha-SCOBY1.jpg

Colorado – http://weknowmemes.com/2014/01/colorado-the-only-place-where-you-can-tip-a-pizza-guy-with-weed/

Couch Potatoheads – http://thememesfactory.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/892d3f85acfbf1088d745ad07019cdfc1.jpg

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