Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Water Kefir

I learned about Water Kefir only recently and have been slowly gathering everything that I need to make it.
*Water kefir is made from kefir grains, also known as sugar grains, tibicos, tibi, or Japanese water crystals. The grains make up a cultures of various strains of healthy bacteria and yeast, held together in a polysaccharides matrix created by the bacteria. The symbiotic relationship of the microbes produces a stable growing culture. The microbes feed on sugar and produce lactic acid, alcohol (ethanol), and carbon dioxide, yielding a fermented carbonated beverage. The alcohol content is usually very minimal, less than 1 %.
*I am making water kefir for the probiotic health benefits. There are a few issues that my girls have that I am hoping by drinking this, these issues will be eliminated.

First you need to rehydrate the water kefir grains which is what we did tonight.

Dissolving our "sugar" in water. This is not processed white sugar but an organic cane sugar.

Sugar is dissolved.

We added the kefir grains to a bag to make them easier to strain later.

Into the jar they go. Add a covering (coffee filter) and a rubber band and we are good to go for a couple days. We will then take our hydrated grains and starting making the water kefir drink. We have chosen to make a grape flavor to start with but that juice won't be added until after fermentation.
I can't wait to see the positive effects that this will have on our family!
There are so many health benefits it amazes me:
1.Strongest natural remedy against any allergy
2.Strongest natural antibiotic without side effects
3.Treats liver disease
4.Treats gallbladder, dissolves gall bladder stones
5.Clears the body of salts, heavy metals, radionuclides, and alcoholic products
6.Cleans the body of chemical antibiotics
7.Treats kidney stones
8.Good bacteria in kefir are able to fight off pathogenic microorganisms
9.Lowers level of LDL cholesterol
10.Cleans the gastrointestinal tract
11.Irritable Bowel Syndrome
12.Treats gastritis
13.Treats pancreatitis
14.Treats ulcers
15.Prevents and treats colon cancer
16.Improves digestion
17.Improves the body functions
18.Improves the human immune system
19.Cures Candida
20.Cures hypertension
21.Stops growth of cancer cells
22.Speeds up healing process
23.Treats psoriasis
24.Treats eczema
25.Treats inflammatory diseases
26.Reduces size of tumors
27.Treats heart disease
28.Reverses calcination of blood vessels
29.Clears the blood vessels
30.Boosts the bodies energy
31.Natural “feel good” food
32.Treats lung infections
33.Normalizes metabolism thereby can be used as for weight loss
34.Cures acne
35.Has anti-oxidants and anti-aging properties
36.Nourishes hair
37.Treats the gum disease parodontosis
38.Lessens effects of medicines
39.Replenishes body of good bacteria after antibiotic
40.Balances the microflora of the body’s digestive system
41.Regulates blood pressure
42.Lowers blood sugar
43.Lowers blood lipid levels or cholesterol and fatty acids
44.Treats diarrhea
45.Treats constipation
46.Promotes bowel movement
47.Anti-stress properties
48.Treats sleeping disorders
49.Treats depression
50.Treats attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
51.Improves the brains neuro functions like reflexes, memory retention, attention, the five senses
52.Reduces flatulence
53.Lactic acid fermentation enhances the digestibility of milk based foods. People who cannot otherwise digest milk, can enjoy the vital calcium rich Kefir.
54.Treats yeast infection
55.Eliminates vaginal odors
56.Cures wrinkles
57.Treats arthritis
58.Treats colitis
59.Treats gout
60.Cures migranes
61.Treats rheumatism
62.Treats other stomach disorders
63.Detoxifies the body
64.Improves protein quality of milk, and enhances absorption and digestion
65.Good bacteria manufacture B vitamins such as B3, B6 and folic acid.
66.Aids in treating tuberculosis
67.Treats stomach cramps
68.Treats chronic intestine infections
69.Treats liver infections
70.Treats asthma
71.Treats bronchitis
72.Treats sclerosis
73.Treats anemia
74.Treats hepatitis
75.Healing effects on catarrh, digestive nodes, astral nodes, bilious complaints
76.Treats leaky gut syndrome
77.Prevents metastasis
78.Cures bad morning breath


Stephanie said...

where did you buy the ingredients? Is there a "ready-made" version sold anywhere? I am a huge probiotic fan but this sounds awesome too!

Chrysti said...

I ordered from here

I also got a sour dough and yogurt cultures. Those are in the plan for next week!