According to experts, the health of our bodies is determined by the health of our gut and the health of our gut is determined by how well balanced our good and bad bacteria is. Sounds weird, right? Well, not really, because there’s an entire complex ecosystem of bacteria living in your gut, involving hundreds of species. In fact, we have more bacteria in our bodies than there have ever been people on the planet. And, you should also know that the good bacteria in our gut is there to stimulate the immune system, inhibit pathogens, help us break down foods (starches in particular), and even affect our mental capability.
And, unfortunately, the experts say that you should be very careful, because this (extremely important) ecosystem becomes threatened when we don’t look after our bodies the way that we should. And, this means that when we eat poor food, abuse ourselves with alcohol and drugs, become ill, contract a parasite and take antibiotics, our health-protecting good bacteria become annihilated. I really think that we all know the fact that a healthy diet is the foundation of a healthy gut, but taking probiotics and consuming probiotic foods and drinks is a simple and natural way to supercharge your gut health.
What Is Kefir and Why Should We Drink It?
First of all, you should know that kefir can actually colonize the intestinal tract. Yes, and you’ll be amazed when we tell you that coconut milk kefir is one of the easiest of fermented foods to make at home. You don’t need any fancy kitchen equipment or expensive health foods, just a few household items which are probably sitting in your kitchen as you read this. So, what are you waiting for? Grab yourself a glass jar, a coconut, some kefir grains and be on your way to gracious gut health in just 2 easy steps!
Kefir Grains…What Are They and Where Do I Find Them?
Here’s what you need to know – well, kefir grains are combinations of living yeast and bacteria called “grains” however they are not a grain or related in any way to the grain family. They are a living organism and look like little cauliflower florets. Kefir grains are not always easy to come by, so if you can’t get a hold of them, we find a powdered starter culture such as Donna Gates’ Body Ecology’s Kefir Starter Kit works a treat!
- 1 tablespoon kefir grains or kefir starter
- 1-2 cups coconut milk (make your own, or use a carton / can of organic coconut milk without additives and sweeteners as they can be hard on the kefir grains)
- Glass Jar
- Mesh cloth
- Rubber band
Blend the kefir grains or kefir starter (as coordinated on the parcel) with the coconut drain in a glass bump, then cover with a material secured with an elastic band and let it sit in a warm situation for 12-24 hours (warm places are best for the aging procedure). Shake your blend a couple times following 12 hours. At the point when the coconut drain gets to be thickened and has somewhat harsh flavor, it has transformed into kefir. After that, strain the blend through a plastic strainer keeping in mind the end goal to expel the grains (take note of that you can utilize the grains again by putting away them in a glass jolt in the ice chest). Store the kefir in the ice chest for couple of hours and appreciate.
On the off chance that you utilize a metal holder or metal spoon, the aging procedure will be upset and the kefir won’t thicken. The best would be to utilize wood or plastic spoons or glass holders.
In the event that your kefir doesn’t turn out to be thick inside 24 hours, it implies that the temperature in your home isn’t sufficiently warm.