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Kombucha Side Effects: The Healing Crisis


It is very common to wonder about Kombucha Tea side effects, especially because our diets often lack fermented foods or probiotics. Introducing probiotics, new types of nutrition and cleansing is sure to bring benefits and side effects.

The good news is, those who drink Kombucha say that Kombucha adverse effects (which only a small percentage of them experienced) are temporary while the benefits of Kombucha (which nearly everyone says they see some kind of benefit) increase over time.

That’s because any side effects of Kombucha come from the body’s own toxins, not the Kombucha, which is simply helping you rid yourself of these built up toxins from past foods, pollution, stresses and other behaviors.

Let’s delve further into Kombucha side effects by exploring this usually misguided claim: ever heard someone say “I’m allergic to Kombucha?” I suppose it’s possible to be allergic to Kombucha, if you are allergic to tea for example. 

Beyond that main ingredient* however, the concept of being allergic to Kombucha does not exist, IMO.  The adverse effects of Kombucha those people have experienced upon first starting to consume it is almost definitely called a “Healing Crisis,” and though it can be scary at first, this is the first wonderful step toward feeling better.

Ever heard the phrase, “It’s going to get worse before it gets better?” Well, in some cases, that’s true. In the case of Kombucha, what might cause a reaction is not the drink itself but the initial effects it is having in your system. Let me explain.

The body is like a huge filing system. Everything good or bad you’ve ever done, your body has a small record of that stored away in fat cells and places like your joints and muscles. If you spent 2 years binge drinking in college, that’s stored somewhere inside you.  Run a marathon, your body never forgets.

Kombucha Side Effects are temporary and the result of a healing crisis as a result of detoxification.

Those who seek out Kombucha often do so because they feel the need for a lifestyle change or an improvement to their diet and routine. That’s wonderful, but often it means the body is toxic and in need of purge. Even if the lifestyle has not been terrible, detoxification will occur. When detoxification is introduced, the Kombucha Tea side effects begin. Sometimes, too fast!!

That is why it is always recommended that new drinkers start with just a few ounces of Kombucha a day at first, along with plenty of water, and then gradually increase the intake.  In this way, the body will slowly begin to release toxins and the water will ensure a smooth elimination process and minimization of adverse effects.

However, if the detoxification happens a bit too quickly, and especially if the drinker has previous “illnesses” or weaknesses (acne, prior rash, arthritis, etc), there may be an initial and temporary return or intensification of that previous condition. A breakout on the face or shoulder, feeling “itchy” all over.  Upset stomach and loose stool are very common as the Kombucha has introduced pro-biotic life to a system that needs it badly and is ready to kick all the bad stuff out and get healthy!

The informative site The Natural Path lists the following as common symptoms of a healing crisis:

  • muscle cramps or pain
  • arthritic flair ups
  • diarrhea
  • extreme fatigue
  • restlessness
  • headaches
  • insomnia
  • sinus congestion
  • fever
  • skin eruptions
  • strong emotions or mood swings

The good news is that these reactions are truly temporary and provide just a bump on the road towards better health.  However, cut back on, but don’t stop your Kombucha intake until the reaction subsides.  It will likely move from one part of the body to another and be short in duration.

You should also know that healing reactions are not exclusive to Kombucha. On the contrary, Kombucha side effects are exactly like those of most other holisitc and naturapathic treatments, intended to induce this detoxification process.  Kombucha is simply one of the easiest to do for yourself, and moreover, actually helps the liver purge where other probiotics only stimulate the detox.

That means that one of the most important Kombucha Benefits is that it helps relieve Kombucha Side Effects and other temporary adverse effects of drinking Kombucha. That’s pretty amazing.

Shirley’s Wellness Cafe provides some great guidelines for getting through a Herxheimer Reaction (doctor speak for healing crisis) including:

Kombucha Side Effects are similar to what Dr Herxheimer observed
Dr. Karl Herxheimer
  • Drink lots of pure alkaline ionized water
  • Get minimal exercise daily
  • Lots of sunshine
  • Take detoxification slowly … one step at a time
  • Don’t increase the dose of herbals
  • Keep the organs of elimination (bowels, lungs, skin, kidneys) open
  • Take detox baths
  • Use aromatherapy oils for aches -like peppermint, birch, and wintergreen
  • Sweat by using exercise, saunas, baths, and herbs
  • Avoid foreign chemicals and refined processed foods

As she says, “The more toxins there are to eliminate, the sicker one is when they come out. Generally, one will feel better when all is over and health is restored again. Just remember, don’t give up.”

If you want to know more, please go there and read as there is a wealth of information available about how to identify a healing crisis vs. an illness, so that you can tell the difference between Kombucha side effects and something more serious with adverse effects that are unrelated to the Kombucha.

Please educate yourself if you have any concerns. Below are some other great resources you can utilize:

The Natural Path
Naturopathic Doctor News & Review
Homeopathe International
– Dr. Hering, father of American Homeopathy

*I don’t include sugar as a main ingredient of mature, homebrewed Kombucha because when brewed properly, Kombucha contains about 1-2 grams of sugar 8oz glass. By contrast, orange juice contains about 28 grams of sugar per 8 oz glass. Bottled kombucha beverages (or your own flavored versions) may contain more; as always, read the labels.

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  • Nancy

    January 14, 2024 at 5:26 pm

    Hi! I read all of the comments with interest. I brew both Kombucha and water kefir and enjoy them tremedously. I am 64 years old with a bunch of annoying health problems but nothing deadly so far! I just wanted to say that I suffer no ill effects from either Kombucha or water kefir. I am allergic to “the world” aka dust, mold, cats, and dogs, but live with three cats and have no problems. (The “three prong” effect of using generic allergy nasal spray, eye drops, and taking a Zyrtec keep me clear and comfortable.) Clearly my allergies are mild, but I also have severe athsma. Point: Kombucha and Kefir both primarily affect my bowels. I tend toward frequent loose stool–but as long as I have my Kombucha or Kefir, I have perfect poops. One or two times a day, picture perfect, so to speak. I drink 1-3 16 ounce bottles of one or the other daily. Thanks for this site–it is the best. I appreciate all the time you’ve put in helping us. Thank you!

  • Dee

    June 10, 2023 at 3:10 pm

    Just came across this site and have been flipping around to other highlighted sites. Informative information. How does one get the read of “Balance Your Brew”? Thank you for a REAL knowledgeable site with information that is true.

  • Lue

    October 12, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    I made my own Kombucha. Been drinking 6 or 8 oz a day. Was having hot flashes just in the evening. My face would get very hot. Never thought of it being the Kombucha until I just neglected to drink it for three days. Hot flashes left. Had some today and hot flashes are back…just for a couple hours. Think I will cut back to 2 oz and see if it still happens. Hate to stop as heard very good and I have had IBS most of my life and can use probiotics.

    • Anthea Tayag

      October 13, 2022 at 9:54 am

      Hi Lue, this reaction is likely due to “niacin flush” from presence of naturally occurring B-vitamins. You may cut back on your intake, alternately you may also dilute the Kombucha with water to help your body flush.

  • Michelle Marie

    July 21, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    I stopped drinking Kombucha about 5 years ago. In moderation it may be ok. Moderation meaning 1x month in small amounts. I have to say, I disagree with the idea that the side affects are simply detox. Kombucha contains caffeine + sugar. Sure a good portion of is absorbed from the fermentation process, however, it still contains sugar as is evident in the sweet taste and caffeine cannot be totally eliminated. I was raw vegan for over 5 years and pretty well detoxed during the time I was making and consuming kombucha. After awhile, especially when drinking daily, I became extremely irritable as one would from too much caffeine and sugar. (Or at least for myself) So many alternative ways to get in fermented foods and beverages without sugar or caffeine. I prefer to skip the kombucha trend.

    • Hannah Crum

      August 22, 2019 at 3:24 pm

      Trust YOUR gut! Sounds like it worked well for you and then perhaps your body was letting you know that you were overconsuming it. We prefer to consume a diverse range of fermented foods and drinks so as to get a wide variety of good bacteria. Many will ebb and flow over time. Of course, how much sugar and caffeine remaining is up to the brewer – the longer it ferments the less that remains.

    • Allison

      April 6, 2023 at 7:50 pm

      I’m a super healthy and active person in my early 40’s, 120lbs and my job keeps me active and fit. I have never felt much of joint pain etc and I’ve always slept like a baby…. I’ve been drinking Kombucha for about 2 months now and my joints hurt pretty much everywhere and I wake up on and off multiple times a night. I want to hope it’s just a detox thing because I recognize the benefits to Kombucha but just seeking knowledge as to how long this detox goes on… considering I’m 43 and have never really had joint pain and have always slept like a baby… and now I’m literally in pain and can’t sleep at night literally daily… just trying to gauge how long this may last…

      • Anthea Tayag

        April 7, 2023 at 10:13 am

        In regards to your question, of course we are not doctors and cannot provide medical advice which should be obtained from your health care provider. In general, we would say reduce your consumption and mix with more water until your body is fully adjusted to the Kombucha. Or simply stop consuming it for awhile to see how the body adjusts. Perhaps try different fermented foods to see how they work with your body, then maybe come back to Kombucha later. Kombucha is actually a tonic, meant to be consumed in small amounts several times a day, rather than a treat to be consumed in large amounts. Keep in mind that a homebrew may be more powerful than a commercial bottle, so taking it slow with the homebrew is also recommended. Most all people who take the consumption more slowly find relief.

        You might also benefit from watching these videos: How Much Kombucha Should I Drink? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ja9EqIaBijY

        A follow up question many people have: Is It Possible To Drink Too Much Kombucha? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIPeZFBzj1A

  • Atalanta

    March 25, 2019 at 7:51 am

    I guess I was super lucky! I started drinking booch after abdominal surgery and was on a low residue diet (ate soup and yogurt for 2 weeks). After I was allowed to eat and drink again, I added kombucha to my regime. So, fresh out of the gate, I downed 2 pints at a local brewery (they have an arrangement with a local booch bar and keep some booch on tap). It was delicious (i’d not had booch before) and I was hooked. So during my recovery I alternately drank booch or water kefir every day. I’m thinking I lucked out because I was not unfamiliar with ferments.

  • Stevan Popovic

    January 25, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Off the shelf or purchased kombucha is most likely to have been pasteurized. In which case it is pretty useless, as is kraut, yoghurts etc that have been processed. It is dead.

  • Camila

    December 2, 2018 at 9:39 am

    Hi hannah! I started drinking kombucha 1 week ago, 6 oz per day, and i’ve been feeling really itchy. My whole body itches, its so annoying. At first i think it may be an allergic reaction, but now its passing slowly. You think this is part of a healing crisis? Some headaches and fatigue too. I dont wanna panic hahaha. Thanks so much for all the info in this blog <3! Xoxo

    • Hannah Crum

      May 24, 2019 at 9:13 am

      A healing crisis can take many forms. As long as it is now subsiding, then you are on the right track. If it continued to persist, you’d want to consult your primary care physician and determine the best path forward together. Hope you are feeling better!

  • Wendy

    November 17, 2018 at 6:20 am

    I am about to stop antibiotics after four months treating Lyme disease and biotoxin illness. I am feeling much better but realize my detox period is far from done. Does Kombucha work well with Lyme and mold ? I am thinking of starting very slowly.

    • Hannah Crum

      May 24, 2019 at 9:12 am

      Every BODY is different. Some experience help with their symptoms whereas others do not. Trust YOUR gut – listen to the feedback your body provides and work with an educated practitioner who can assist you in determining how the Kombucha is impacting your biome. Sending healing vibes for a swift recovery!

  • Jeanette Byrum

    April 12, 2018 at 11:10 am

    I have been making my own Kombucha for a couple years and Kefir before that. I was suffering from Candida and IBS. No more!! The itching some are having is probably from histamines that are a product of the brewing process. I read that it can happen. I am allergic to caffeine and will get a rash or itch. That may be what some are getting by drinking a lot at first. Also there is a OTHER Ingredient added to some supplements called Croscamellose Sodium. I took some vitamin C that was a Costco brand that had it in it and a Glucosamine brand that was the Vitamin Shoppe brand that had it. What it does is destroys all bacteria, good and bad in your gut. That is not good. Both times my Candida came back but my Kombucha took care of that situation right away. Also a good brand of Yogurt with very little sugar, OUI has one now that is wonderful, will feed your good bacteria that Kombucha has living in your gut. The main thing is to get off processed foods and sugar. I am diabetic due to stress and my doctor is so happy with my low carb diet and Kombucha tea. I am 75 and have never felt better.

  • tamara craig

    January 20, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    Hannah… Loved your article. Thank you for the info. My question is.. Im SEVERELY allergic to mushrooms due to a drink my father made me years ago from tea, I suffered the beginning of kidney failure. He cant remember the name of it. Is there some kind of spore or mushroom thing grown in Kombucha?

  • anna

    January 3, 2018 at 8:54 am

    I drank a few sips of kombucha yesterday morning and by afternoon was dizzy and at dinner I couldn’t swallow my food. I literally gagged on it, not choked, but just could not swallow. It was the weirdest thing. This morning I had diarrhea and have been so dizzy. I also have a rash all over my hand and chest. How long do these detox symptoms last? I don’t think I’m going to drink it again. I didn’t realize kombucha had histamine in it and I am sensitive to histamine. Any idea how long the reactions will last? I feel like I have the flu almost. I’m so tired!

    • Hannah Crum

      May 8, 2019 at 7:41 am

      Those with histamine allergies are not recommended to consume Kombucha. All fermented foods contain histamines. Once your gut heals then you may be able to tolerate fermented foods again. We’d advise against consuming it further in light of your reaction and sensitivity. Some people can’t have strawberries, some can’t have shrimp, some can’t have peanuts and some can’t have Kombucha – so its just like any other food that people are sometimes sensitive to.

  • Bronze

    December 6, 2017 at 5:53 am

    Sometimes I’m about to drink a glass of kombucha on a cold day, and I decide to heat it up and drink it hot, like tea. I’m pretty sure that ruins the fizz, but I’m okay with that. What I’m really wondering is: does heating a mug of kombucha cancel the health benefits of kombucha? If so, what health benefits does it cancel and why does heat cancel them?

    • Hannah Crum

      May 8, 2019 at 7:50 am

      Sounds like you are doing a light pasteurization which will kill the living organisms but will likely leave the acids in tact. The benefit may not be as significant as consuming raw Kombucha but it will still have a net positive effect on the body.

  • Kasey Duggar

    August 13, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Hi!! Just made my first batch of homemade Kombucha. It fermented for two weeks. Did a second fermentation for about another week. The PH is at 3.5. Tastes great! The only problem is that it really hurts my stomach and I feel extremely acidic after drinking it. I tried some store bought Kombucha and had no ill effects. Could I have fermented it too long? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

    • Hannah Crum

      May 23, 2018 at 6:48 pm

      Trust YOUR gut! It definitely could be over fermented if it is having an immediate impact on your system. We’d recommend diluting it with water to shift the pH and drink in small quantities (2-4 ounces) until it “plays nice” with your system. Of course, you can always start a new batch and then harvest it earlier in the fermentation process so it’s not as impactful.

  • Ariel

    July 28, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Hi, I recently just made a batch of kombucha. We let it ferment 8 days and then bottled for second fermentation. My husband drank one day one after bottling before the carbonation really started. He said he felt really dizzy and warm and not very good. I would normally say its because of the detox process but when we buy GT’s Kombucha he never felt this way, he always felt great. Now with the homemade batch he doesn’t. The batch looks and smells okay, in fact it looks really healthy. I was wondering why this might be and if the batch might be bad or how we could tell? Thanks for any help.

    • Hannah Crum

      August 3, 2015 at 12:24 pm

      The euphoria described is similar to the experience of those receiving B vitamin shots. Because the B vitamins are present in a living form and we don’t get enough of those from our food supply, many people find they may experience brief periods of dizziness as their body processes the nutritional boost. These are typically short lived and dissipate with further consumption. Kombucha may be diluted with water which will assist in assimilating the nutrition and help reduce the feeling.

  • Brad

    June 14, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    I have been drinking kombucha homemade for 3 years now. I in perfect health and don’t know what the effects of the tea are. I just feel good drinking it. A boost of energy too. The only bad effect is smelly urine occasionally. It must be elimination of toxins I would think. Is that correct?

    • Hannah Crum

      June 19, 2015 at 7:29 pm

      Sounds like it! Our bodies give good feedback in short order.

  • Angela H.

    May 29, 2015 at 6:55 pm


    Thank you so much for writing this article, as I think it makes me feel better about what seems to be happening to me!? I apologize, I haven’t the time to read all the responses (above), so forgive me if I’ve repeated a question!

    I am wondering if these ‘detoxing’ symptoms you describe are specific to homemade Kombucha? I have been drinking a hot Kombucha tea as well as purchasing GT’s (I hope it’s okay to state the name), from the cold case at the health food store and naturally selected one with the lowest sugar per serving, for my taste- 2g per 8oz.
    When I first started drinking it, I broke out in a mild dry, itchy rash on my forearms and front of my calves. That subsided after a couple weeks and then the dysentery (not continual, but at least 1X a day) set in, which has yet to subside. It’s been about a month and a half.

    I didn’t think I had so much ‘detoxing’ to do… while I have a LOT of stress, I am a (diligent/ mindful) vegetarian, eat mostly Organic, non GMO, take herbs, vitamins, enzymes. oils and green juices. You think this dysentery is normal and par for the course, still?

    THANK YOU so much for your opinion…

    • Hannah Crum

      June 8, 2015 at 10:25 am

      Dysentery is an inflammation of the intestines caused by an infectious agent such as a parasite, protazoa or worm – so you are likely referring to diarrhea. The symptoms of a healing crisis will vary by individual. We are not trained doctors and cannot dispense medical advice. Just as when consuming any food, if the discomfort is longer than two weeks, decrease the amount of Kombucha, increase the amount of water until it subsides. Then gradually add the Kombucha back into your diet slowly. If you continue to experience discomfort, you may need to seek other healing remedies for the gut before adding KT in again. Milk and water kefir both do a good job of repopulating the gut with healthy bacteria.

  • Nikkie

    May 20, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Just an fyi for people out there:
    I’ve been drinking store bought kombucha (and only just this week got to drink my first home-brewed batch) for about a month now. TMI but I’ve had very painful menstrual cramps since I first started my period at the age of 12, I’m now 29. This morning I was due to start, usually have cramps in the hours leading up to it, this time: no cramps. I’ve officially started my period, and not a single cramp. I drink 16 oz of kombucha a day, had a healing crisis for the first week, and since then have felt great! Some of this feeling might be attributed to the fact that I’ve been eating healthy and exercising daily, but I’ve gone through times of that in the past. There’s nothing else I can think of that can be the cause of the non-existent period cramps. I’m never going to stop drinking kombucha for this reason alone!!

    • Hannah Crum

      May 21, 2015 at 2:36 pm

      Thanks for sharing your experience Nikkie! When we balance our system, many things that may have been out of whack will right themselves. I’ve personally noticed a difference in my PMS symptoms as I’ve continued to include more nutrient dense foods in my diet.

  • marian

    May 20, 2015 at 2:24 am

    Hi does anyone find they put on weight when drinking Konbucha

    • Hannah Crum

      May 21, 2015 at 2:38 pm

      Some gain, some lose. It is part of the rebalancing. If you homebrew and it is too sweet, you may be adding extra carbs. Ferment the KT until it has a balance of sweet and sour – your taste buds will guide you!

  • Amy

    April 17, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    If the symptoms I hope to ameliorate by drinking Kombucha (IBS, arthritis, allergies) are further aggravated by drinking Kombucha, (abdominal distress), how can it be à beneficial approach?

    • Hannah Crum

      April 21, 2015 at 6:33 am

      Every body is different and Kombucha may not be the right ferment for you at this stage in your healing process. Those with severe gut issues may want to start with milk or water kefir, then gradually add in Kombucha as their microbiome begins to stabilize. Trust YOUR gut!

  • Julian

    December 8, 2013 at 8:20 am

    I started having lower back pain for awhile after increasing the volume of K. Being familiar with detoxing, I knew it was my kidneys. It persisted and I began to wonder how long it was going to take. One day I started drinking more water early in the day… voila, pain gone!!! I can’t emphasize how crucial drinking plenty of water is. I’m wasn’t a big water drinker, but I am now. Thanks Hannah for an amazing website… I continue to purchase product (second continuous brewer now in action) and reference for information.

  • susanne

    December 7, 2013 at 6:08 am

    any known incidents of kombucha causing hematuria as a detox side effect? or would it possibly a brewing malfunction related to “beerstone, a scale that forms on containers”. i use very good clean technique, if it is beerstone (causing calcium oxylates to form) could it be the environment, once the brew is sitting and fermenting?
    also, any known episodes of ear popping, possibly candida..or would it be a detox sx getting rid of candida?
    thanks for clearing these questions, as i love brewing and drinking kombucha, never had hematuria (blood in the urine) seems it happens a day after drinking about 12 ounces of homebrew.

    • kkadmin

      December 10, 2013 at 4:37 pm

      **WE ARE NOT PHYSICIANS AND DO NOT OFFER ANY MEDICAL ADVICE** KT can cause a healing crisis and those who suffer from candida will likely go through a “die off” period before it clears up. Kombucha contains acids that are anti-candida. We’ve not heard of any specific cases of hematuria (blood in the urine) from drinking KT. If you are experiencing this, we suggest contacting your care provider immediately. Kombucha is a diuretic so drinking less Kombucha and more water until this clears up may be a good idea until the root cause has been determined.

  • Tim

    October 22, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Probiotics in general promote healing. However many people are also exploring diet changes such as Paleo or GAPs. When you remove toxic substances & add probiotics like Kombucha and Kraut, not only do you get bouts of healing induced reactions, you also get periodic doses of poisons and other undesired (by the body) stored substances in body fat that your newly healing body is consuming.
    I like to think of it like modern Artic researchers who bore down through the ice layers, essentially going back in time to reveal past events. In a sense that’s what is happening as we detox.
    So I guess Kombucha is the finely crafted tool we use to bonk what crawls out of our past.
    You really have to love fine tools… and finely brewed Bucha.

  • Candace @ Candida Free Candee

    October 4, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Very helpful post! I am starting with kombucha and since drinking it I have been super itchy allover but I am listening to my body an it says it’s working so I’m going to stick with it! Thanks again!

  • Cecelia

    September 26, 2013 at 7:28 pm


    I’ve read contradicting information about whether kombucha is good or bad for the liver. Do you have any information to help shed light on this issue? I’ve been a wine drinker for all my adult life and am wondering if I should steer away from kombucha if there is an issue.



    • Hannah Crum

      October 22, 2013 at 9:13 pm

      There are several research studies showing the hepatoprotective effect (read as liver protecting) of Kombucha. It makes a great hang over cure and helps to curb alcohol cravings. We love to make Kombucha cocktails with it – a little antidote with your poison!

      • Julie

        March 10, 2019 at 1:32 pm

        I just tried adding a raspberry kombucha to some Savignon Blanc last night. It was good ?. I am wondering if I’m drinking too much kombucha that I just bought at the farmers market. I’ve drank it before but not regularly. I woke up rather constipated today. I suppose it could have been from anything else I ate or drink also.

        • Hannah Crum

          March 10, 2019 at 5:41 pm

          Trust YOUR gut! Listen to what makes your body feel good – you can always reduce your consumption and increase water intake to flush the system.


    September 1, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Hi Hanna, and other posters 🙂

    I have been reading all the ‘healing crisis’ posts the past TWO months while I have been trying and trying to get past the headaches and bloating associated with my delicious Kombucha. It seems to me that homemade brings more symptoms than store bought did…can that be?

    Anyway, I am SO happy to share that after 2 full months of working at it, and nearly giving up several times, I can now drink 1/2 a bottle with NO detox symptoms. I have had three symptom free days in a row and am ready to swig just a little more than half a bottle the next few days.

    I love my Kombucha and am happy that I don’t have to give it up – now, to begin experiencing the health benefits of staying de-toxed! 🙂

    Thanks for all the helps on this good site.

  • Rebecca

    August 29, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Hi, quick question…about how long does it typically take people to detox and adjust to drinking kombucha. Since I started having 4-8oz of homemade kombucha everday I’ve noticed a very thick white coating on the back of my tongue. Kombucha is the only new things I’ve added over the past week. Do you think it’s my body detoxing? Should I keep drinking it? How many more days/weeks do you think it’ll take to get back to normal? Thanks in advance!

    • Hannah Crum

      September 4, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      Sounds like a typical healing crisis. How long it will last varies from person to person. Read some of the other comments to hear how others have fared on their Kombucha Journey.

  • Sydney wallis

    August 15, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    My question is concerning my son. We have been making. Our own kumbucha for awhile now. Turning out great, kids flavoring with lemon, ginger and orange. Very fizzy etc. anyway my 15 yr old son who was born in Ethiopia and has been in the USA for 3 yrs is having hive like reaction over a large portion of his body! He was drinking alot more kumbucha than I told him too. I know over 16 oz maybe more per day. He has taken string antibiotics for parasites two different times in the past months. He also tested positive for exposure to TB although certainly not contageous just exposed at some time in his life. I feel that it’s a waking crisis but I’m not sure. Wondering about taking him to the doctor?? Thoughts???

    • Hannah Crum

      August 23, 2013 at 11:17 pm

      We are not trained medical professionals. We advise you to connect with your primary care physician if you have a specific health concern. A rash can be a sign of a healing crisis. Try cutting back the amt of KT he is drinking and increase water consumption to see if the rash subsides. Then gradually reintroduce Kombucha and closely observe to see how his organism responds. Trust YOUR gut!

  • Eva

    August 13, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    I have been making and drinking my own booch for the last 6 months or so. My Dr. just called that I have a bladder infection, I did not know that, so no symptoms. She wants to put me on antibiotics, but my husband is wondering if it’s the booch. I drink 16oz daily. As well as 16oz of home brewed water kefir daily. Any thoughts?

    • Hannah Crum

      August 23, 2013 at 11:20 pm

      Healing crises can come at different stages of the process and take many different forms. Trust YOUR gut Eva.

    • Lara

      February 15, 2014 at 6:33 pm

      16 oz home brewed is too much. I’ve read that you should drink no more than 2 to 4 oz a couple of times day in more than one place, but specifically on a bottle of Kombucha that came from Germany. Millenium (irresponsible) doesn’t give dosage amounts, and should. Yes, you can drink too much kombucha.

  • 570allen

    July 7, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Hi, I’ve been drinking fresh K for about 8 weeks now and the results have been terrific. After a few days, my insomnia that I’ve had for 5 years, is gone. I am now sleeping all night. I can’t express in words what a different person is in my body now. The negative side affects did not start until 3 -4 weeks passed. I started having headaches which I never used to get for about a week, they now appear to be over.

  • Irene

    June 10, 2013 at 7:36 am

    I have been drinking store bought kombucha for 6 months i was drinking a bottle per day…amazed at how good I felt and was able to get off my Prilosec for heart burn. I recently started brewing my own and have had lots of congestion in my lungs dizziness and stomach pain. Thinking about stopping but it sounds like I could be detoxing.

    • kkadmin

      November 26, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      Sounds like detox symptoms. Dial back the amount, increase water and then gradually increase Kombucha as the symptoms subside.

  • Angela Scanlan

    June 2, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Curious… Could kombucha ever promote fungus in toenails? My husband drinks it constantly and has that issue.
    Also has dry flaky skin on both sides of the nose and inside the ears. Connected? Please help.

    • Hannah Crum

      June 4, 2013 at 2:47 pm

      Sounds like he may be experiencing a healing crisis. We don’t “get toxic” in one day, so it may take a period of time for the body to rid itself of built up toxins before it rebalances. He can try using the Kombucha topically – either really sour old Kombucha Vinegar or using a piece of the culture applied directly to the affected area. Leave on for up to 15 mins and observe how it behaves. Check out this post for some skin care tips using SCOBYs

    • Lara

      July 15, 2013 at 6:52 pm

      I bought it off the shelf, and drank a bottle a day. That was too much. My tongue began to look jagged, inside of my mouth became swollen, lips itchy, but that was after five months of drinking a bottle nearly every day. I quit altogether, and months later still get flare ups inside my mouth. I’m vegetarian, and pretty healthy. Feel like I created problems for myself. I’d say drink it in moderation, if at all. Red beets are also pretty cleansing, without risk of side effects.

      • Hannah Crum

        July 16, 2013 at 12:42 am

        Over consumption of anything can throw your organism out of balance. Many find that a bottle a day is a perfectly find amount for them – but every body is different. Trust YOUR gut!

        • Lara

          May 19, 2014 at 2:38 am

          I’ve since learned that candida is one side of effect of drinking Kombucha.

          • Hannah Crum

            May 23, 2014 at 3:32 pm

            Candida is not a side effect of Kombucha. Some folks who have candida will experience a flare up when they Kombucha as part of a healing crisis. Read about Len Porzio’s (the guy who coined the term SCOBY) experience with candida & Kombucha here.

            In fact, some of the healthy acids made by the Kombucha fermentation process are candida-cides (meaning they specifically kill Candida). That being said, everyone has to listen to their own body – that is Trust YOUR Gut in action!

  • Brenda

    May 30, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Ive been drinking kombucha now for a month but off and on since I would run out before next batch was done. After I began drinking it regularly for about 11/2 weeks I suddenly was TIRED with no energy. After two days of this I bean having aches as when I have the flu. I backed off on amount of kombucha and after two days of aches I was suddenly symptom free. Now I’m anxiously waiting to see what will happen next. 😉

    • Hannah Crum

      May 30, 2013 at 3:52 pm

      Trust YOUR gut!

  • Joy

    May 25, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    I drank about 8oz today. I’ve had a sore throat, a stuffy nose, and have been extremely exhausted today. I’m going to cut back tomorrow and see if I feel better.

    Also, a friend of mine started drinking it 8oz a day. He has been having body aches.
    He still drinks wine… Maybe he shouldn’t drink kombucha…

    How will kombucha respond with the alcohol in tinctures? And the herbs, and infusions I’m consuming?

    • Hannah Crum

      May 27, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      Every body will react to Kombucha differently. Trust YOUR Gut! If you are feeling the symptoms of a healing crisis, cut back on the amount you are consuming, increase the amount of water to aid with elimination and then gradually increase when your body responds positively. You will need to consult your primary care physician for further details regarding interactions with the herbs/infusions you are also taking.

  • Silver

    May 15, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    I feel off if I don’t drink at least 32 oz’s of ‘buch a day, 48 oz is just great, a bottle with every meal. Maybe it’s because I cut processed foods from my diet, or maybe I’m just a big healthy freak!!!!

    • Hannah Crum

      May 20, 2013 at 3:55 pm

      Trust YOUR gut!

  • Rosa Banks

    May 13, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Funny! You say to start off drinking only a few ounces at a time. I just finished a 16oz. bottle. 🙂 Most of the comments were about brewing your own. I just purchased this at the store – Millennium Products, INC. Beverly Hills Ca. It’s Organic Raw KOMBUCHA, Lavender #3. I immediately loved the flavor and was telling myself that this is my new found drink. I only decided to read about it and ran across this site because I have never heard of Kombucha. I feel a little feverish but I think that is only because I was up late last night and because I am reading this article…LOL. I did read on another site that this particular company had to reformulate this drink after settling a class action lawsuit due to the fact that they state on the bottle that it has a trace of alcohol but it was further fermenting especially if left out in the warmth and the alcohol content was actually higher! Anyway, so far so good. I have been switching to an organic lifestyle the last 3 months and that is what first caught my eye. I purchased 3 different flavors but this one actually smells like lavender. It is so wonderful and lovely…I’m not giving it up. Hoping that it’s different from something you make yourself…Hmm?

  • lianhua

    May 1, 2013 at 2:47 am

    Any comment on the difference between the healing crisis on consumption of kombucha tea made from unfermented tea eg. green tea vs. fermented tea eg. Pur Er or other Oolong?
    I have Eczema and currently on Holistic treatment, undergoing Acupunture and Herbal Therapy. Being advised by the TCM doctors that at pesent, my body is ‘heaty’ so to stop consumption of fermented tea since they are procecessed with heat.
    Would value your view on this matter as I thought the end product …..which is kombucha would have altered the biochemical nature of the tea.
    Thank you. Waiting for your reply, Hannah….or anybody in the world for your views.

    • Hannah Crum

      May 6, 2013 at 4:36 pm

      We are not TCM doctors so are not totally familiar with how their protocol works. There is a post in a comment stream at the KommUnity talking about Kombucha as being Yin and fluid rather than Yang (which is the hot stuff). Here is a link to the discussion. Our best advice is Trust YOUR Gut!

  • Biviana

    March 19, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    I really like the drink, but if I drink more than 4 oz, my whole body starts to itch, since the first day I drank it . I still drink it, but it is very uncomfortable, Head to toe, itching all over! And this is happening over 3 years now. I am stubborn , I think it’s time to stop drinking it.

    • Hannah Crum

      March 31, 2013 at 4:01 pm

      Trust YOUR gut!

  • Vanessa

    March 15, 2013 at 5:15 am

    Thanks for the information on the healing crisis. I had my first 8 oz of Kombucha yesterday and a few hours later felt bloated ad experienced strong cramps and diarrhea. Guess I’m pretty toxic and will continue to drink it on my path to better health.

  • joan

    March 8, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    My 83 yr old neighbor tried kombucha for the first time last week at my suggestion of only 4 oz daily for a week then gradually increase it. What is interesting is that today she told me she cannot drink green tea as it makes her feel not right and her bladder bothers her. My kombucha was made with green tea and she didn’t get her usual reaction. Today I gave her another jar for her to enjoy.

  • babs

    January 23, 2013 at 4:21 am

    I have been making an drinking Kambucha for approx 15years. I love it but the past 6months I have been getting severe headaches maybe once a month that last for 3/4 days. I put it down to stress and or Migrain. However I have just been away for 5 weeks so couldn’t take any Kambucha and I have had no headaches. I am very reluctant to start drinking it again. I have been back for 2 weeks so that’s no headaches for about 7/8 weeks

    • Hannah Crum

      January 29, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      Every BODY is going to have its own response. Trust YOUR gut!

  • Lori

    December 10, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    If my stomach is bothering me as a result of drinking too much kombucha, I find that pure ginger tea helps. Have you heard or experienced that in the past?

    • Hannah Crum

      December 15, 2012 at 8:54 am

      Ginger is anti-inflammatory and aids digestion – so that makes sense. You might also try diluting your KT with water to ease absorption.

  • Sjc

    September 26, 2012 at 10:20 am

    I have been making and drinking kombucha for two years or so now, and this summer keep experiencing angular cheilitis, which is a form of candida. I thought I was eating too much citrus at first. Sometimes I get cracks on the corners of my mouth in winter from xc skiing in the cold. But I’ve been drinking 8oz or more of kombucha at least once a week. I decided to tone it down and see if the cheilitis goes away. I am getting enough B vitamins and iron, and eating healthy, so the detoxification seems to be the only possible thing. I will try to stay away from processed sugars. I often eat Special K as a snack. It is the 5th time this summer I’ve had the corners of my lips start to turn red and crack. Not fun.
    Has anyone else had anything like this after detoxing or drinking kombucha?

    • Hannah Crum

      September 27, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      Sounds to me like your body may be letting you know that something in your diet isn’t in balance. Have you considered eliminating gluten for a period of time to see if that might be the culprit? Kellog’s uses GMOs in their food, so it could be the Special K. Just a thought!

    • auntiehotmama

      November 9, 2012 at 8:19 pm

      The corners of my mouth started to crack a couple years ago. I went to a homeopath and he gave me Nat. Mur 6X. Hylands is the brand. As long as I take it regularly, no symptoms appear. He said my body needs salt and you cant get this type of salt from table salt, it has to come from the earth.

      Hope this helps!

      • Lauri Martin

        May 19, 2015 at 9:05 pm

        I believe a magnesium or Zinc mineral deficiency will cause cracks in the corner of your mouth.

      • Angela G

        July 31, 2017 at 8:23 pm

        Hi aunhiehotmama, I get the mouth corner dryness and cracking reaction when my mouth comes into contact with mango skin. Did you happen to eat mango before having this problem? Mango has urushiol in the sap, which is also in the skin, and is also the substance in poison ivy that gives the skin reaction that people get. Look up the mango-poison ivy connection online – many doctors haven’t even heard of it!

        • Elle

          November 7, 2018 at 6:08 pm

          I get a “mango bumps” lip allergic reaction whenever I eat fresh mango. I tried kombucha for the first time three days ago and I am having a similar reaction. Was researching to see if there was any relation.

          • Hannah Crum

            May 24, 2019 at 9:05 am

            They are not related however each person’s body is unique. Trust YOUR gut. If the reaction persists, you may want to get tested for histimine allergy to further verify what your body is reacting to.

    • Krista

      December 3, 2017 at 11:06 am

      I had the same issue ( cracks/ redness). Turned out it was a latex allergy to my orthodontic elastics. Try eliminating foods/ drinks/ toothpaste that you commonly use see if that is the culprit.

      I was given non latex elastics and within a day the cracks started to heal and I never had them again.

    • Wanda Hershey

      January 13, 2018 at 8:57 am

      For over a year the corners of my mouth split open horribly. At the time I had never heard of kombucha or kefirs and such. Had to stop work due to declining health went to health Dept for first check up in years, (no insurance at time) and found out I had type two diabetes. Later in the year had massive heart attack hundred percent heart block. Maybe get your blood sugar checked and heart checked out. Now doing kombucha, ac vinegar, herbs and organic diet as much as possible.

    • Julie

      July 23, 2022 at 6:53 pm

      I only get angular cheilitis when I drink Kombucha!

  • ian

    January 25, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Hello, I think i had a healing crisis and look forward to your comment, i started having kombucha, water kefir, and milk kefir, a little at a time, but after a few weeks i might have overdone it, i began brewing two batches of kombucha 2 weeks apart, and one day I woke up with a cold, the next day a bad skin infection that landed me in the hospital for 3 days, its been a year and i still have a little bit of the infection in my leg, i was never sure if it was all the ferments i had from the 3 i mentioned plus kraut, plus miso, plus raw milk, but i have stopped all ferments for 6 months maybe because two doctors told me to do that, two holistic doctors, who said the infection is from excessive heat in the body, and ferments cause more heat, so i am not sure what do, I would love to go back as i read how healthy they are for you but i have battling this infection on my skin for a year and want it gone, i look forward to your reply, thanks

    • Cheryl

      September 16, 2017 at 12:10 pm

      Hi Iain,
      Very keen to hear how this went for you?

  • SheilaKay Calabretta via Facebook

    September 24, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I’m waiting a couple more days before my very first batch of K. tea has fermented. So thanks for the ‘heads up’ advice. I would have freaked out if this happens and I wasn’t aware of it….;)

    • hannah

      September 25, 2011 at 1:37 am

      Drink your water! Its the best way to keep the toxins flowing OUT of the body.

  • Denise Smith Maddox via Facebook

    September 24, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Happy Saturday to you! Thanks for the article.

    • hannah

      September 25, 2011 at 1:37 am

      Happy Saturday to you, Denise!! =)

  • Megan Adair

    October 25, 2010 at 2:49 am

    Guess what? I'm allergic to tea! (So is my mother! Allergy tests & all.)

    A year ago I made a cup of hot tea- black raspberry green tea by Republic of Tea. I wanted to see if my allergy was still there. The tea smelled wonderful! But sure enough, I barely made it through half a cup before I was thoroughly nauseated and felt awful. I rarely experience nausea.

    I can drink kombucha no problem! In fact, it's usually quite a help! My guess is that the fermentation process alters it so much that it's a totally different product by the time I drink it. My mother used to drink it regularly, too, and she never had her usual symptoms of tea consumption (feeling drained, severe brain fog, headaches).

    Obviously tea is not an anaphylaxis allergy for either of us, but it's wonderful to be able to drink kombucha. I've been brewing it for over a year now, and it's been an important part of my healing journey! =) Thanks for your blog!

    • Faith R

      April 28, 2013 at 5:24 pm

      Rasberry flavoring – could that be the problem? Essential Oils and other flavoring agents, chemical soups, etc. are used to flavor products. I doubt that the rasberry flavoring was organic, pure essential oil. And I like organic essential oils, but they are very powerful and deserve much research and respect.

      • Deb

        January 13, 2014 at 9:50 pm

        I can guarantee that the raspberry wasn’t an essential oil. I work for one of the main essential oils companies in the corp office, and raspberry oil is impossible… There’s no oil to be had from a raspberry. (Think about it, it’s a water based plant…)

        • Ras Gonzo

          May 26, 2017 at 2:32 pm

          Most oils come from water based plants….
          Think about it.

    • Danny

      June 18, 2017 at 1:25 pm

      Allergy is simply your body’s immune system going into overdrive because of a present yeast infection which leads to LGS(leaky gut syndrome), all of this is caused by an imbalanced gut, LGS is the cause for adrenal fatigue which causes brain fog, fatigue, mood swings, irregular heart beats, weight gain and more.

      By drinking Kambucha on a regular basis as well as eating sauerkraut and other fermented foods you will replenish your gut with the good bacteria(PRO biotics) which will eliminate the bad bacteria(candida) and bring the balance back to your gut. allergies will be no more.

      Happy Kombuching

  • bitt

    October 23, 2010 at 1:23 am

    Interesting idea. If I haven't had kombucha for awhile the effects are stronger for me.

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