Water Kefir: The probiotic beverage with amazing health benefits
Benefits of water kefir
If you are into healthy living, you may have already heard about water kefir.
This super simple probiotic beverage is made from kefir grains which contain loads of good bacteria that are essential for good health.
Modern research indicates that healthy people have different gut bacteria compared to people with health problems.
In other words, the right combination of gut bacteria plays a role in whether a person is healthy or not.
Other members of the fermented family that contain loads of good bacteria are kombucha, sauerkraut, and kimchi.
Coconut water kefir
kefir is traditionally made with dairy milk but some people are lactose intolerant and avoid dairy at all cost.
Coconut water kefir is both lactose-free and gluten-free.
It’s simply coconut water that has been fermented with kefir grains.
Similar to dairy-based kefirs, coconut water kefir supplies your gut with lots of beneficial bacteria that improve health dramatically.
How to make coconut water kefir
The easiest way is to combine kefir grains or a powdered kefir starter with coconut water.
Both have their pros and cons.
Kefir grains contain more strains but need to be well taken care of whereas the powdered kefir is more convenient.
Water kefir recipe
- Pour 2 quarts of coconut water (or water from about 6 green coconuts) into a glass container.
- Some say to heat the coconut water to a temperature of 92°F but room temperature is fine.
- Open up a probiotic capsule or add the powdered kefir starter and stir gently until disolved.
- If you’re using kefir grains, they won’t dissolve.
- Seal the top of the container covered with a cloth and leave at room temperature for 24-48 hours.
- Your kefir is ready when the water turns from relatively clear to cloudy white.
- Once the fermentation is complete, store the coconut kefir in a glass container with a tight lid in the refrigerator.
Water Kefir instructions
- It’s very important that you sterilize all materials that will be coming into contact with the kefir.
- Never use a metal container to make kefir or a metal spoon to stir itas this can adversely affect the microorganisms’ health.
- If you heat your water, use a glass saucepan, or place a glass bowl in a large saucepan filled with water.
- Glass jars and storage bottles are preferable to plastic since the kefir actually eats away at plastic.