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What is Water Kefir?
Water kefir is a probiotic drink made from water kefir grains which contain a reliable source of yeast and healthy bacteria.
Water kefir tastes like a natural and light refreshing soda. It’s very quick and easy to prepare this beverage and once brewed; it has a beautiful flavor that even the children enjoy having.
Depending on its preparation, it can produce a slightly sweet though crisp, earthy and yeasty flavor.
Water kefir is a perfect replacement for milk kefir. Whereas milk kefir thrives on lactose, water kefir thrives on sugars. Water kefir is made from a kefir whey or powdered kefir starter.
Health Benefits of Water Kefir:
Source of Probiotics
Due to the day-long fermentation process of bacteria in yeasts, water kefir is a rich source of live probiotics. The probiotic has phenomenal antibiotic and antifungal properties.
Furthermore, water kefir has beneficial bacteria that helps you maintain your health. Hence, water kefir is such a good protector for our body.
Boosts Immunity and Energy of the Body
The beneficial bacteria in water kefir does a great job of fighting infection, indigestion, and other disorders.
As a result, it boosts your immune system and prevents diseases. It provides your body immunity from ample diseases like indigestion, nausea and diarrhoea.
The base liquid you choose for your water kefir plays an important role in adding the nutritional value to the beverage.
For instance, if you use coconut water, it gives you instant energy due to the potassium constant and helps you strengthen muscles and produce more energy.
Anti-Allergic and Anti-Inflammatory Properties
For people having allergic reactions to milk, water kefir is the best alternative to its dairy counterpart milk kefir.
Moreover, the probiotics help you fight harmful pathogens and viruses responsible for various allergic reactions.
The natural response of the body to an injury is inflammation. Water kefir provides the body with extra nutrition to help defend it from viruses and bacteria, thereby proving its anti-inflammatory properties.
Potentially Fights Cancer
The probiotics in water kefir slow down the harmful enzymes and thus prevents early tumours, which is an evidence of its anti-carcinogenic property.
Treats Asthma and Bowel Syndrome
The rich dose of probiotics in water kefir heals irritable bowel syndrome and also lowers the risks of having bowel inflammations.
Moreover, this beverage is also proven to have positive impact in treating asthma by providing anti-inflammatory nutrients.
Lowers Risks of Obesity
Water kefir helps reducing body weight faster and consuming 3-4 servings routinely may help you lose some pounds.
The beverage can also prove to be one the best natural health food to prevent obesity by controlling the food consumption, with its already ant nutritional value.
Apart from these, Water Kefir gives you a lot of health benefits. In fact, this seems to cure some psychological issues too.
How to make Water Kefir at Home?
To a glass jar with four tablespoons of cane sugar, add 4-6 cups of spring water or room temperature filtered water and stir in the sugar.
Continue stirring the water solution until it dissolves then allow it to cool down to room temperature before placing your water kefir grains.
Cover your jar with a loose lid to allow in air and prevent any debris from messing your water kefir.
You can as well use a cloth napkin and an elastic rubber band to ensure the cloth does not fall of unknowingly.
Now leave your water kefir on your counter for 2 to 3 days for the fermentation process to take place. The more it ferments, the stronger the flavor.
You will notice the mixture has a slight cloud and bubbles with a mildly sweet taste but not as sweet as sugar water.
When the mixture acquires the flavor that suits you, sieve it to another jar and dispose of spent figs and lemon but reserve the grains.
Kefir grains can be stored in a refrigerator for even a week. You can use them twice or thrice. You can now have your ready water kefir right away.