So I’m sure you have heard or seen milk kefir on the shelves of the grocery store near the yogurt. Have you ever heard of water kefir? I hadn’t until recently and I was quite fascinated with this non-dairy form of kefir. You are probably wondering what the heck kefir is? Well kefir, my friends is so good for you. Within the last few years I’m sure you have heard about probiotics in some form or another. There are even commercials nowadays advertising probiotics to help digestive problems. Probiotics are made up of bacteria – the good kind! These little guys are what help your digestive system get back on track. They are very good at kicking out the bad bacteria that causes, gas, toxicity and immune system imbalances. The good guys set up shop and grow their colonies that in turn helps to rebuild your inner eco-system. You want these guys residing in you – trust me.
What is water kefir?
Kefir is made from grains that are made up of strains of living bacteria and yeast. To make the kefir grains grow, you put them into an environment that they thrive in – sugar water. They live and grow on sugar and as they eat the sugar, they produce lactic acid, alcohol, and carbon dioxide, which yields a fermented carbonated beverage. Think of it as a healthy good-for-you soda! It has a pleasant, champagne-like taste and can be compared to kombucha, but a little lighter.
Why drink it?
It kills all the bad stuff that can make you sick! Bad bacteria can cause bacterial overgrowth that can lead to many illnesses some of which include fungi, yeast infections, indigestion, obesity, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, skin disorders, etc. By drinking water kefir you will bring balance to your internal microflora.
Water kefir is anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, anti-cholestrol, anti-ulcer and pro-immune system.
Easily digested, it cleanses the intestines, provides beneficial bacteria and yeast, vitamins and minerals, and complete proteins. Because kefir is such a balanced and nourishing food, it contributes to a healthy immune system and has been used to help patients suffering from AIDS, chronic fatigue syndrome, herpes, and cancer. Its tranquilizing effect on the nervous system has benefited many who suffer from sleep disorders, depression, and ADHD.
The regular use of kefir can help relieve all intestinal disorders, promote bowel movement, reduce flatulence and create a healthier digestive system. In addition, its cleansing effect on the whole body helps to establish a balanced inner ecosystem for optimum health, clearer skin, longevity and a better feeling overall.
Kefir can also help eliminate unhealthy food cravings by making the body more nourished and balanced. Its excellent nutritional content offers healing and health-maintenance benefits to people in every type of condition.
How do you make it?
Well first you need some live grains. They run about $10-$15 and will last a lifetime. They are very easily attainable on the internet. Just type in water kefir grains for sale and I’m sure you will find a number of sources. I am a big fan of Zoe from Rawbundant, so for now I’m going to link you up to her site – http://zoevblog.com/kefir-grains/
She demonstrates how to make water kefir at my local health food store and sells fresh bottled water kefir in many stores in the Tri-state area. You will be guaranteed to get a fresh healthy batch from her 🙂
How often do I drink it?
Everyday if you’d like! As with anything new, you want to start slow and let your body adjust. You should start with just a tablespoon a day and work up from there.
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