Kefir is an ancient drink whose medicinal properties have been appreciated and used for thousands of years. The word kefir is derived from the Turkish word “Keyif,” which means “good feeling.”
There are various myths about kefir, and while some tales claim that the prophet Muhammad brought the grains to the mountain tribes, kefir is also mentioned in the Old Testament as the “manna” that fed the Israelites in the desert for numerous years.
People in Asia and Central Europe have used kefir as a natural way to improve a healthy gut and strengthen the body. This beneficial drink was even mentioned by Marco Polo, and its mass production has started in the mid-1900s in Russia.
Coconut water kefir is an extremely beneficial probiotic drink, rich in minerals, vitamins, and electrolytes. It does not contain lactose or casein but is high in niacin, thiamin, folates, vitamins K, C, E, A, B6, beta-carotene, Riboflavin, and pantothenic acid. It contains all the beneficial microbes found in traditional kefir, and raw, living, coconut water.
Coconut is a whole food on its own, that boosts the immune system, and offers powerful antiviral properties, that improve brain and liver health. When coconut water or milk is cultured with kefir grains to make coconut kefir, the benefits skyrocket.
Coconut water kefir is richer in beneficial strains and organisms than dairy-based kefir or any kind of yogurt.
Kefir contains seven strains of probiotic bacteria and yeast:
- Lactococcus lactis subsp. Lactis
- Leuconostoc mesenteroides subsp. Cremoris
- Lactobacillus kefyr (thermophilic)
- Kluyveromyces marxianus
- Lactococcus lactis subsp. Cremoris
- Lactococcus lactis subsp. Diacetylactis
- Saccharomyces unisporus
Coconut water kefir offers the following health benefits:
- Alleviate kidney stones due to the high potassium levels
- Improves heart health by lowering high blood pressure, and preventing irregular heartbeat, blood clots, and heart attack.
- Protects against food-borne pathogens with the seven different strains of probiotic bacteria and yeast it contains
- Controls opportunistic yeast growth, like Candida.
- Treats cancer and prevents the spread of cancerous cells.
- Strengthens the immune system
- Hydrates the body
- Energizes the body
- Helps digestion
- Soothes PMS symptoms
- Improves eyesight
- Suppresses appetite and prevents sugar cravings
- Increases the levels of chloride, potassium, and sodium in the body
- Treats allergies and asthma
You can make coconut water kefir out of kefir grains, an existing kefir, or a kefir starter culture, but the first option is the least expensive.
Here is how to prepare it:
- 5 tablespoons of water kefir grains
- 7 cups fresh of coconut water
- 1 Ceylon cinnamon stick
Pour the coconut water into a 1/2 gallon jar, and add the water kefir grains.
Then, loosely cover the jar, and leave it aside for 48 hours for it to ferment.
Afterward, it will turn lighter in color, and the kefir grains will rise up to the top.
Remove them, and you can use them again to make another batch.
Then, add coconut water kefir to your smoothies, or have a tablespoon in the morning in a glass of lemon water. You can also add it to overnight oats, but adding it to hot beverages will destroy its probiotics. Naturally fermented foods are extremely important to add to your diet, in order to ensure an optimal overall health. Therefore, make your coconut water kefir at home and reap its numerous benefits!