Made my first ever batch of Kombucha Tea. Only drank a cup and shortly therafter developed a brutal headache and I typically never get headaches.
Is this headache probably a detox issue?
FWIW I made a gallon over 8 days using a little less than a gallon, maybe 3 quarts or liters, with 8 green tea bags, 1 1/4 cup organic cane sugar, 1/3 cup white vinegar. Taste was a little vinegary for me. Used 1 1/2 cups of Sugar for the second batch...
When it comes to headaches, there are any number of a bajillion reasons.
My number one off-the-cuff reason might be that it was too acidic for your body, causing a dehydration.
Maybe that's because I've been reading so many posts by the pH Miracle guy, Robert O Young, that that is the first thing to come to mind - LOL, but I have experienced this also - when I start my day with too much acid, rather than alkalinity.
There are so many opposing and controversial views regarding vinegar and its affects on the body and they all make sense to me so I'm guessing you just have to see how it affects you.
Then there's the what time of day; had you eaten/drank anything else? Etc, etc.
I've had headaches off and on all week; but mine are usually weather-related, primarily.
I'd try drinking some lemon-water - about a quart of it first, then making sure you're really hydrated before drinking the kombucha - and spacing your time between acid/alkaline by at least an hour or two, seeing if that makes a difference.
Others might have some great insight and different thoughts.
Hi, not sure why you'd use white vinegar, to 'seed' the kombucha -- the only thing I ever think of it for, is maybe washing windows. :-) Ah, but I just remembered, Susun Weed, of the Wise Woman herbal tradition, suggests using it to make her loaded mineral vinegars--(mainly to save money, I think). And the sense here is, there are plenty enough minerals in the herb used to outweigh any 'badness' in the white vinegar.** Just personally, I find the thought of it rough, on the poor SCOBY. That alone might bother you. If ever I do not have some K-Tea to add to a new batch I'm making, I might use a little real acv. Just a touch.
Thes days, if I was stuck starting over--and I was, recently, I got a bottle of good kombucha, from the 'healthier foods store', and added my green tea and cane Sugar to it. And voila--a brand new scoby. Took about 14 days. I use about a cup of organic cane Sugar to 3 quarts liquid.
If you 'OD' on it, and one cup might have been an OD, depending on your current inner flora state, then yes, you could get a bad headache--esp. if elimination is in any way backed up. If you are not having a BM for every meal eaten, then elimination IS backed up. Additionally, the state of your liver has a big bearing on how a cup of kombucha might affect you..
** thinking a bit more on this white vinegar thing-...in the case of the mineral vinegars (her "Old Sourpuss" is a good menopausal formula, for women to make/take ), I do see the reasoning of not introducing the 'mother', in that perhaps it might complicate the mineral extraction. I tend to be someone who likes to err on the side of Natural though, and take my chances, with the final brew.