30-DAy Challenge: Kombucha

True Health And Wellness (THAW) 30-Day Challenge:


 May’s THAW 30-Day Challenge is going to take place at Zama Tea & Kombucha in Old Town Tustin!

Here is a breakdown of this month’s challenge:

What: Kombucha Daily!

Who: True Health & Wellness vs. Zama Tea

Where: Zama Tea 434 El Camino Real in Old Town Tustin

When: The month of May

We will be documenting the struggles, successes, and insights we experience while striving to live the true health and wellness lifestyle. We will be posting all the latest updates on our blog, YouTube channel, Instagram, and Facebook.

We hope these challenges will give us first hand insights about how to bring a better, healthier lifestyle to our patients and ourselves. We want to be walking the walk & talking the talk of a true health and wellness lifestyle.

Let us know if you have any recommendations for our next challenge!



What’s in Your Supplements?

Gluten in Probiotics

The quality of the products we consume is a big deal. More and more people are getting serious about their health and wellness, and doing their research to be sure they are consuming the best possible foods, vitamins, and supplements.

Eating gluten, a protein that causes inflammation, is know to exacerbate certain health conditions. Last year doctors were finding that patients with celiac disease who took probiotics were having an increase in their symptoms. After doing some research the doctors found that more than half the top selling probiotics contained gluten. Even if the label said “gluten-free” they had a chance of containing gluten.

These products may contain things not listed in the ingredients (gluten, soy, egg, peanut) because they are produced in factories where cross-contamination from other products is possible. The FDA also says that approximately two-thirds of companies do not follow proper manufacturing practices.

What you can do:

  • When trying any new supplement/vitamin/food do your homework on it beforehand.
  • Talk to your physician about quality supplement brands. Unfortunately, buying bulk bottles to get the lowest price is rarely ever the wisest decision.
  • Find out how much you should be taking, and look for natural sources of those vitamins/minerals in food as well.
  • When trying anything new take it in low doses first and note any side effects. You can build up to the recommended dose.
  • Everyone’s body is different. Brands can claim their product does not contain an ingredient as long as there is less then 20 parts per million of it (for gluten). Some people may be fine with these levels and others may not.


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Remember that this information is for educational purposes only. Seek the advice of a health specialist before making any changes to your healthcare




Probiotic Question

If you ever wondered about probiotics or how to get them then this should help!

Probiotics in Food:

Yogurt is the most common food that contains natural sources of probiotic. It is often recommended that yogurt be eaten when you are taking a course of antibiotics, or even when you get upset stomach (traveler’s diarrhea) because it can help with stomach issues.

Other fermented foods are a good source for naturally occurring probiotic cultures. These include sauerkraut, soft fermented cheeses (gouda), sourdough bread, and even some fermented soybean pastes.

Any food that undergoes the fermenting process will contain healthy bacterial cultures.


Often times you need a higher dose of probiotic to get the desired health benefits.

Research suggests taking a supplement with 1 billion to 10 billion colony-forming units (CFU) of probiotics.

Supplements vs food:

Getting probiotics from both food and supplements is a good practice!

Food is important for a healthy lifestyle, diet, and to help combat side effects of other medications. Remember that food sources of probiotics may not have as many live cultures as described (they die and become useless), and may have a decreased shelf life (quality and potency decrease with time). So always eat fresh food! Try to eat 2-5 servings a week.

Supplements are an easy way to get a regular dose of extra probiotics daily. This will help regulate the digestive system in the long term. Dosage depends on what kind of support your body needs. For adults 1-10 billion CFU’s has been suggested to be beneficial in some research. Others suggest working up to taking a dose anywhere between 15-20 billion CFU’s.


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This information is for educational purposes only. Seek the advice of a health specialist before making any changes to your healthcare.