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Abdominal Pain After Kombucha

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 02, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Hi all,

I brewed my first batch of kombucha and it's really good, looks good, tastes good. I have had maybe 1/4 -1/2 cup a day with a lot of water.

I started to develop really bad pain in my mid to lower abdomen, in the lower intestines. I also became depressed. I stopped drinking the tea and it stopped.

I really want to continue as I know the health benefits are amazing, and I was feeling benefits as well, sleeping better, interstitial bladder issues lessened.

Thoughts?

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on June 09, 2012
at 06:44 PM

great that you figured it out and doing well!! you can slowly increase now and not worry!!

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on June 09, 2012
at 04:47 PM

Just wanted to update you that I have been taking a tablespoon a day and have not had the pain I did last week. So, thank you. Proof that this stuff can really detox you hard!

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on June 03, 2012
at 01:15 PM

yea, I would suspect that first, if it smells ok....try taking a few drops a day then work up....if it still seems bad, start over...shame! But I suspect its die off, you'd be surprised how fast it can hit and with a small amount

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on June 03, 2012
at 02:56 AM

Hi Kelly, That's what I was wondering too. I have IBS, and also came off a round of antibiotics a few weeks ago, so it's not in good shape. I just wish ther ewas some way of knowing if the brew was "clean" and it's just my body detoxing.

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on June 02, 2012
at 05:33 PM

Thanks for the response. I was wondering about that too, although in doing some research, it appears not to have any funky stuff, mold, etc. Looks very healthy and smells good. But then again, e.coli can lurk and not be visually detected. Darn it, that scoby (purchased from a reputable seller) made good stuff. It really tasted so much better than what you buy at the store.

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345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on June 02, 2012
at 09:53 PM

is it possible its just die off?

Even on GAPS they say to start with 1 teaspoon of any fermented product, in broth or other liquid (water, tea) and gradually work up over time to a tablespoon etc.

I don't know much about how to know if its gone bad other than the obvious.

9a8cc390f8432fcb29b3d49c6112a22b

(5)

on June 03, 2012
at 02:56 AM

Hi Kelly, That's what I was wondering too. I have IBS, and also came off a round of antibiotics a few weeks ago, so it's not in good shape. I just wish ther ewas some way of knowing if the brew was "clean" and it's just my body detoxing.

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on June 03, 2012
at 01:15 PM

yea, I would suspect that first, if it smells ok....try taking a few drops a day then work up....if it still seems bad, start over...shame! But I suspect its die off, you'd be surprised how fast it can hit and with a small amount

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on June 09, 2012
at 06:44 PM

great that you figured it out and doing well!! you can slowly increase now and not worry!!

9a8cc390f8432fcb29b3d49c6112a22b

(5)

on June 09, 2012
at 04:47 PM

Just wanted to update you that I have been taking a tablespoon a day and have not had the pain I did last week. So, thank you. Proof that this stuff can really detox you hard!

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on June 02, 2012
at 04:56 PM

I'm thinking bacterial or fungal contamination. Could be a little bit of E.coli, S.aureus, Candida, or something like that got up in your mix and did some growing. Then you drank the pathogen and it caused gut inflammation.

That's my theory. It's easy to make wonky batches of kombucha at home. My first attempt at brewing the 'booch resulted in a moldy jar of tea.

9a8cc390f8432fcb29b3d49c6112a22b

(5)

on June 02, 2012
at 05:33 PM

Thanks for the response. I was wondering about that too, although in doing some research, it appears not to have any funky stuff, mold, etc. Looks very healthy and smells good. But then again, e.coli can lurk and not be visually detected. Darn it, that scoby (purchased from a reputable seller) made good stuff. It really tasted so much better than what you buy at the store.

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