by Dr. Bill Rawls
Can the latest beverage craze play a role in helping you get your health back? Join along with Dr. Bill Rawls as he discusses kombucha, a popular fermented tea, and whether or not it can assist you in combating Lyme disease and managing symptoms more effectively. Read about Dr. Rawls’ journey to reclaim his health here.
Question: Can kombucha help combat Lyme?
Tim Yarborough: Next question here from Sean: Is kombucha a helpful source of microbes to combat Lyme?
Dr. Rawls: Kombucha? It does. You know, you do have live active cultures of various kinds of microbe species. Really good for the gut. It’s basically our normal flora in our gut. So, it helps balance gut function. But those things aren’t going to cross over to your system.
So, as far as in the battle of Lyme disease, the things like that can be more for just normalizing gut function. So, gut dysfunction happens in about 75% of cases with Lyme disease. It’s a lot more prevalent if someone’s been on antibiotics, but I even see it when people aren’t on antibiotics — just because, when the body gets stressed, things get disrupted.
So, these kinds of things are beneficial just for helping gut function in a lot of different ways. They have an indirect effect on the immune system that can be positive. But as far as a true treatment for Lyme disease? I definitely wouldn’t put kombucha in that category.
Along with that, though, other things like that, as you know, other fermented things beyond dairy. Yogurt’s okay, but I like fermented vegetables better. I try to eat kimchi or something like that every day. So, I think that’s a better place to get this range of bacteria and other microbes. I think it’s better than probiotics, personally. So, it’s really good.