Saturday, March 22, 2008
Kombucha and other stuff
I think it's important to have a picture in each post, but I don't always have a relevant one. This picture is a Kombucha mushroom. Kombucha (look it up on Wikipedia) is a fermented tea originally from China- it claims to have many health properties. Not much of a looker, I know. But many people take it for a variety of reasons, and my friend Katherine who recently completed chemotherapy swears by it- she would take it as soon as she could tolerate food after each chemo treatment. Since it is full of live micro organisms, it returns healthy bacteria to your body (especially the GI tract) that has been killed by the chemo. And the taste is...well.. it tastes like vinegar. And it smells like vinegar. Not so pleasant, but if you add ginger or lemon it tastes... well, still not so good.
Kombucha is only one of the new foods that I have been taking since this whole cancer debacle started. In addition, every morning I take a tablespoon of turmeric and black pepper mixed with plain yogurt (cancer hates turmeric, unfortunately I agree with cancer on this one). I am getting much better at swallowing this- now I can get it all the way down after only 3 tries (the first two tries don't usually get much past the tonsils before they start reversing). And wheat grass! It has been described as tasting like licking a lawn mower; this is not an unfair description in my humble opinion. But there are several foods that cancer hates that taste good; berries, grapefruit, avocados, tomatoes, sprouts...it's not so bad. I can now justify spending four bucks for a tiny carton of raspberries.
Charity and I were thinking of blog titles for someone with cancer and one of my favorites was "Waiter, There's An Eyebrow In My Kombucha!" Sorry, just a little bit of cancer humor there...
Today is Easter Vigil- I am leaving now to have some time by myself in the chapel before the crowds come. Rest assured of my prayers! As Pope John Paul II said "Do not give in to despair! We are an Easter people; Hallelujah is our song!"