My very short Kombucha experiment



In a previous post , I decided experiment to see if Kombucha will not only help me with my IBS, but might enable me to eat small amounts of gluten and dairy. This post will detail the results of this experiment.  Please be advised that this post talks about bowel functions.  I drank GT’s Strawberry Serenity.

The first thing I noticed was an increase in energy.  In fact, it was almost like ADHD in a way.  I found it hard to concentrate and seemed to bounce from one thing to another.  I also noticed a decrease in joint pain.  I know there is a gut-inflammation connection, but I was surprised at how quickly it subsided.  My biggest challenge here was to let things flow naturally and not succumb to taking Immodium.  I also made sure to keep hydrated to keep things flowing.  I was surprised at how little stomach upset I had.  I expected things to get a whole lot worse.

Unfortunately, I only lasted a week before I had to stop due to increased heart rate and feeling like I was on speed.   I am taking heart medication to stop those things, so I thought it wise to stop drinking the Kombucha.  I would still like to share my experience in the hope that it might help someone else make a decision whether this is right for you or not.

Everyone will react differently to Kombucha, so your results may vary.

Day 1

Drank 1 oz. of Kombucha before lunch as I had purchased it late in the morning.  It took several hours for the first of the effects to happen.  I had some facial flushing and mild diarrhea about 4 hours after taking it.  But this was not the typical “I got glutened” doubled over stomach upset.  This righted itself pretty quickly.

Day 2

Drank 1 oz at 9:30 AM.  I noticed that my taste buds seemed to wake up.  Maybe it was due to less sinus inflammation.  My joints were not as stiff.  I had some really bad gas from 8pm to bedtime.  Might have been due to my dinner of meatloaf but I am not sure about that.  I know gas can be a side effect.

Day 3

Drank 1 oz at 10:00 AM.  I decided to stick with the 1 oz. until I had no side effects.  I got slightly constipated but there were no other side effects.  I had increased energy.  No trouble sleeping though.  The effects wear off by bedtime, which is why I want to take this in the morning.

Day 4

I increased my amount to 2 oz this morning since I am getting nothing but good effects with the 1 oz.  Normal bowel movement.  No gas to speak of.  Lost 2 pounds.  I am not doing this to lose weight but I am thinking I am losing some bloat.

Day 5

I drank 2 oz again this morning.  I had a normal bowel movement, no other side effects except my joint pain seemed to be getting worse.  I know that can happen when you go through what they call a “healing crisis”.  This is when your body is healing itself from bad bacteria in your gut and it can exacerbate current conditions that you have.

Day 6

I had really bad insomnia and a panic attack.  Could not get to sleep until after 3 am.  Lost another 2 pounds

Day 7

Still had a racing heart and feel like I am on speed.  Decided that was it.  Thus ends my experiment.

I have some tips if you are considering trying Kombucha yourself:

  • Read up on side effects and what you can expect before you start.  If you are pregnant I would not recommend drinking Kombucha
  • It contains both alcohol and caffeine as well as live cultures.  Amounts can vary.
  • Do not expect miracles-it is not a panacea
  • Start with no more than 2 oz and slowly increase as your body becomes used to it

I am a bit disappointed that this did not succeed.  Maybe I put too much store in finding a magic elixir for being able to eat gluten and dairy free foods.  That is probably a fluke.

I hope my little experiment will help you to decide if Kombucha is right for you.  Please share your results if you try it.



2 Comments Add yours

  1. carla rook says:

    did not know it has alcohol??


    1. glutenfreelady says:

      Hi Carla
      Yes it does due to the fermentation process. It’s a relatively small amount though.


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