Drink fermented beverages – they contain probiotics or good bacteria and are great for your digestion! Studies also show that probiotics help when you are depressed or anxious. Kombucha is one example and another great one is water kefir. And you can actually make them at home. I have to say water kefir is my favorite when it comes to home-made because it’s so quick and simple.
Here you go
- Dissolve 1/3 cup sugar with filtered warm water in a clean one quart glass jar. I like to use turbinado or rapadura because they are not stripped of all their nutrients.
- Add water kefir grains (about 1 to 2 tablespoons)
- Add something to provide some flavor – I like ginger so I add 5-10 slices of freshly peeled ginger. Another option is a few mint leaves.
- Place in spot out of direct sunlight.
- Cover jar with a clean dish towel.
- Let sit for 24 hours to 30 hours or to your taste. If you aren’t sure how it should taste, try some from someone else’s batch or buy a bottle of plain kombucha…it should taste similar to cider but less sweet. The length of time will differ depending on the room temperature too and will take less time when it’s warmer.
- Strain water kefir grains from liquid and discard ginger or mint leaves
- Transfer liquid to another one quart glass jar and save in the fridge to start drinking
- Rinse grains and start over for an unlimited supply of delicious and nourishing water kefir loaded with probiotics or good bacteria!
A few other things
- Don’t worry about the sugar as it’s mostly used up during the fermentation process
- Your kefir grains will actually start to grow so you can share them with friends – getting from grains from a friend is a good way to get started
- The grains sort of look like very baby cauliflower florets and should be kept cool when not being used
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