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Health Benefits of Water Kefir

The health benefits of consuming water kefir are endless. They are a natural supplier of probiotics to our digestive track. Probiotics refers to the healthy bacteria that usually feeds on the “bad” unhealthy bacteria in our stomach and intestines. Bacterial overgrowth can lead to many ill...nesses some of which include fungi, yeast infections, indigestion, obesity, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, skin disorders, etc. By drinking water kefir you will bring balance to your internal microflora. Many people take a probiotic supplement daily for this particular reason but I prefer to drink the water kefir. It’s much tastier and more affordable in the long run.

Dr. Gabriel Cousens, a leading expert in the raw food community, writes in his book “Rainbow Green Live Food Cuisine“:

“Kefir grains produce right-rotating L(+) lactic acid, which is an important constituent of the human body. It is particularly important in the prevention of cancer and has been used experimentally with success in the treatment of cancer. In addition, right-rotating lactic acid may help maintaining healthy functioning of the heart. According to some researchers, the cells of the heart muscle obtain their energy primarily from right-rotating lactic acid.”

Another health advantage of water kefir is that people who do not wish to consume dairy or have a vegan type diet may find that water kefir provides the living probiotics without the need for dairy or tea cultured products, like kombucha.Vegans also may like to know that through the fermentation process kefir becomes an excellent source of vitamin B12, and is high in vitamins B1 and B6.

Diabetics, in particular, could greatly benefit from drinking kefir. Since the finished product, if bottled, will produce a carbonated beverage, it provides an alternative to sweet soda drinks. In that sense, anyone from children to adults can enjoy water kefir guilt-free.

I HAVE EXTRA GRAINS AND INFO IF ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO MAKE SOME OF THERE OWN!!

My favorite is strawberry lemonade and cherry vanilla..so muh better than soda!

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Comment by Mark Littleton on April 13, 2014 at 2:59pm

I have been reading about water kefir and it's benefits. I want to try the soda idea. Are you willing to part with some extra kefir ¿

Comment by Brent Minchey on September 6, 2010 at 5:06pm
Consumer reports did a test of probiotic supplements a few years and determined that they were overpriced and unreliable. They said you were better off with a tablespoon of yogurt a week.

Anyway, I didn't know about the water version of kefir. Does it use the same grains as for milk kefir? What does it eat in water?

 

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