If you haven’t yet jumped on the probiotics bandwagon, you best get a move on. A good dose of daily probiotics, in my opinion, is one of the most important things you can do to maintain your health. Probiotics are beneficial microorganisms/bacteria that keep the digestive system on track – but it gets even better than this. The latest research shows that, “Changing Gut Bacteria Through Diet Affects Brain Function” in a positive way. That’s just one article and it focuses on yogurt, not kefir, but you get the point. For more proof, please take it upon yourself to Google dat.
There are a number of ways to get some probiotics up in the gut, but water kefir is one of my favorites. Mostly because it’s effing delicious, and because it’s simple to make, but also because it’s believed that kefir has up to three times the amount of probiotics that yogurt does.
To make this exceptionally beneficial beverage you’re gonna need kefir grains. Kefir grains are made of beneficial yeast and bacteria that feed off sugar. I buy mine from Cultures for Health. It’s really just a one time purchase because you can use the same grains to brew multiple batches. After a while the grains will begin to multiply. I bought the kit because it comes with a plastic strainer and Trace Mineral Drops, which are also necessary.
Gather up some glass jars, purified water and organic sugar and you’re well on your way. Simply dissolve the sugar in the water, add the grains, wait 24 hours and it’s done! You can see the difference in the water when it’s ready. You don’t keep a tight lid on the brewing kefir, as it needs room to “breathe.” A coffee filter and rubber band keep the flies out.
I like to drink this straight up, just the way it is, but you can also combine it with juices and syrups to make different flavors of kefir “sodas.” You can also make milk kefir, which is a bit more popular and traditional, but require different cultures. I’ve made it in the past, but the quality of the drink is a little too thick for my taste.
Kombucha is another popular probiotic drink that I’ve tried brewing at home, but still haven’t quite perfected the process. Soon though!
Let me know if you try brewing any of this stuff! I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. If you order from Cultures for Health, they provide very thorough instructions and exceptional advice and customer service. No, I don’t get paid to say these things – not because I wouldn’t be willing to though! Haha.
Every time I make sugar water for this drink I think of Sugar Water…
We saw Cibo Matto live a couple of weeks ago for the first (and probably last) time ever and it was EFFING AWESOME.