Kefir: Fanie Jooste

 

Coconut water kefir is basically fermented coconut water. It is an unbelievably rich probiotic drink that also contains really high amounts of vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes. The vitamin and mineral content of coconut water includes beta carotene, Riboflavin, Thiamin, Niacin, pantothenic acid, folates and vitamins A, B6, C, E and K.

What’s more important and why it’s considered better than regular kefir is the fact it doesn’t contain the problematic substances that regular dairy has such as casein and lactose. This just means that your body will process these probiotic benefits better. Coconut water kefir is believed to be the most beneficial probiotic beverage because it has a much more potent effect on the digestive system than any dairy probiotic food such as yogurt.

As we know, dairy is acid forming and not a lot of people can handle it. Additionally, the main minerals or electrolytes in coconut water are the same as those found in human blood.

Health Benefits of coconut water kefir
Stops sugar cravings
Strengthens the immune system
Aids in digestion
Enhances hydration
Increases energy
Clears the skin
More efficient metabolism
Destroys pathogenic yeasts in the body
Improves vision
Great source of dietary minerals such as natural sodium, chloride, and potassium
Has a cleansing effect on the endocrine system
Eases PMS

How to Make Coconut Water Kefir

There are three ways to make your own coconut water kefir:

1.Use existing kefir as a starter
2.Use a kefir starter culture
3.Use kefir grains

This is my favourite method. I think making water kefir with grains is the way to go. First you will need kefir grains (either water or milk kefir grains). You can buy grains here. This method is more economical since the grains multiply fast which means you’ll always have them on hand.

Ingredients
7 cups fresh coconut water
5 tablespoons water kefir grains

Instructions
Add 8 cups of coconut water to your 1/2 gallon jar.
Place the water kefir grains in the coconut water. Cover loosely and let it sit for 48 hours (not longer). Do not let it ferment too long; it might explode.

Once fermented, coconut water will become cloudy and lighter in colour. The kefir grains will rise up to the top when they are done culturing. When the culturing process is complete, remove the kefir grains. Grains can be used immediately for a new batch or you can store them in water in the refrigerator.

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