What is water kefir
Water kefir is a drink based on kefir nodules. This drink is very common in the regions of the Caucasus, where it originates from and is a variant of milk kefir, which we already talked about in Ecocosas.
Its use and use is widespread today, mainly due to its probiotic benefits and many other excellent properties for the digestive system and the health of the body in general.
There are also versions packaged and marketed in health and diet stores, but the best, most profitable and ultimately healthier is to make our own water kefir preparation.
Water kefir, properties and benefits
As we mentioned before, among its properties of water kefir and its most outstanding benefits is that this drink is a probiotic.
This means that it contains live microorganisms that help the digestive tract, since they benefit the intestinal flora and the apparatus in general. Therefore, we can say that it contributes to a improvement of intestinal flora.
At the same time, by enhancing the performance of the intestinal flora, it benefits the entire immune system, thus avoiding contracting diseases, especially bacterial, related to the digestive system.
This is because water kefir releases organic acids which inhibit the action of infectious agents, viruses, bacteria and fungi, which can cause diseases.
Therefore it can be said without regard that water kefir has antibiotic and antibacterial properties.
Also, it is proven that the consumption of this drink lowers cholesterol and blood pressure.
In summary, to briefly list the benefits and properties of water kefir, we can say that:
- is a probiotic
- improves intestinal flora
- helps strengthen the immune system
- has antibiotic properties
- lowers cholesterol and blood pressure
In addition, it is a very rich drink, easy to prepare and an ideal alternative to commercial drinks with gas, since it naturally has gas, and an alternative for isotonic drinks loaded with sweeteners and chemicals.
How to make water kefir, preparation with and without sugar
As we said, making water kefir, besides being beneficial for health, is delicious and its preparation is very simple. To prepare it, we will see both options, with and without sugar.
How to prepare sugar kefir nodules with sugar
We need the water kefir nodules, a jar of at least half a liter and a cloth, or wooden or cork lid. Also some wooden spoons and a strainer that is not metallic, such as a plastic strainer.
We pour approximately two fingers of the water kefir nodules into the container, and add the water. It is better not to fill to the top but to leave one or two fingers, since gases are forming and if it has a lid it can explode the bottle or make it jump.
The nodules should not touch the metal, so it is advisable to cover it with a cork or wood cloth or plug.
We add two or three large tablespoons of sugar or panela. In the case of opting for sugar, brown sugar is preferable, although it is not exclusive.
We cover it and let it sit for 24 to 48 hours in a place away from direct light. The longer, the more fermented it will be.
Once we decide to remove it, we will see that the nodules will have grown slightly. We strain them in a strainer that is not metallic, and if necessary we help ourselves with a wooden spoon.
And ready, we can start the process again and enjoy our natural water kefir probiotic.
If we see that the number of nodules is very large, we can always separate a part and give it away. If we want to stop doing it for a while, we can leave it in the fridge.
Sugar free preparation
If we want to prepare the sugar kefir without sugar, we can add instead raisins, dried figs or dates, or even agave syrup so that the kefir feeds on the sugars present in these foods.
How to take it
Once we obtain our ferment, we can take the water kefir like any cold drink, taking into account that it is a medicinal product. You can put it in the fridge, in a glass bottle with a lid, to drink it throughout the day.
You can add some lemon slices to give it a better flavor, or also some mint leaves.
Water Kefir Contraindications
Water kefir does not have large contraindications, but should be taken in moderation. We cannot drink two liters a day or so, since it is a medicinal drink and not sugar water or juice.
In cases of excess it can cause stomach cramps or even constipation.
In any case, if you have serious digestive problems, you should consult your doctor before ingesting this medicinal drink.