All About Water Kefir
What Is Water Kefir?
Water Kefir is a fermented milk drink. It’s made from equal parts raw or pasteurized cow’s milk, and water (or coconut water). The culture that grows in water kefir is called a kefir grain, which is similar to yogurt or buttermilk—a nutrient-rich food made by adding beneficial bacteria to animal-based ingredients like milk and sugar.
Kefirs have been consumed for centuries as an excellent source of probiotics (live bacteria) to improve gut health by improving digestion, boosting immunity against infections such as colds/flu or inflammation related issues like allergies or asthma attacks; however there are many other benefits too!
How to Make Water Kefir
Water kefir grains are the main ingredient in this recipe, so you’ll need to purchase them if you don’t already have them on hand. You can find water kefir grains at your local health food store or online (like Amazon).
You will also need a glass jar (no metal), plastic wrap and either a clean cloth or paper towels to line the inside of your jar so that it doesn’t get dirty as well as anything else that could contaminate your water kefir starter during storage. If you want to keep things more organized while making this at home, we recommend using an airtight container like these from amazon!
How Does It Taste?
Kefir is sour and tart, which makes it refreshing. It’s also a little fizzy, which means you can drink multiple glasses without getting sick of the taste.
Kefir has a similar flavor profile to yogurt—it’s not as sweet as soda or as fizzy as lemonade. The only difference between kefir and yogurt is that kefir has less sugar than most yogurts do; however, you still have to watch out for added sugars in other ingredients (e.g., honey).
Health Benefits of Water Kefir
Kefir is a probiotic, prebiotic, and healthy alternative to yogurt. Kefir has many health benefits that can help you live a happier and healthier life.
- Kefir contains lactobacillus kefiri bacteria that helps reduce inflammation in your body. This is great for people with autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis or Crohn’s disease because it helps keep your immune system strong without causing any negative side effects (like bloating).
- It also reduces gas! A recent study found that drinking 3 cups of kefir daily helped relieve bloating caused by eating food high in fiber like beans or lentils—this could be especially helpful if you have digestive issues such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or celiac disease since both types of IBS are characterized by chronic abdominal pain caused by irritable bowel syndrome symptoms like diarrhea or constipation
Is Kefir Good For You? What Does the Research Say?
Kefir is a probiotic and it’s one of the best ways to get the benefits of healthy bacteria. Probiotics help your body fight off harmful infections, prevent heart disease and cancer, improve digestion, strengthen immunity and even improve athletic performance. In fact, studies show that drinking kefir can help you maintain an ideal weight by keeping your metabolism strong!
There are many benefits to drinking kefir:
- It’s low in sugar—the majority of Kefir contains less than 1 gram per serving (0 grams). This makes it easier for people with diabetes or who are trying to lose weight because they don’t have as much room on their plate for other foods like fruit or vegetables which may contain higher amounts of sugar content than milk products do.* *It’s also high in protein which helps build muscle mass while helping keep you full longer so you have less hunger pangs throughout the day.*
Is Kefir Keto Friendly?
Most kefir recipes call for a single serving of kefir. An 8-ounce serving has about 10-12 grams of carbohydrates, and a typical day for a person on the keto diet is 25-50 grams of net carbs. With this in mind, you can safely include kefir in your keto diet and reap its many benefits. Coconut water kefir is another great option for ketones because it has the same carb content, with zero fat or protein.
The Bottom Line
Kefir is a fermented milk drink that is rich in probiotics. It’s a great source of calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus. Kefir has a low glycemic index (GI) and is low in sugar.
Kefir has been used as an alternative medicine to treat digestive issues like constipation or diarrhea for thousands of years in Eastern Europe. Today it’s gaining popularity as an effective way to improve your gut health by adding beneficial bacteria into your diet!
Kefir has been shown to aid weight loss due its high protein content which helps prevent overeating by curbing cravings for unhealthy foods like carbs or sweets that can lead to unhealthy weight gain over time if not managed properly with proper exercise along with eating healthy meals at least three times per day with plenty fruit juices throughout each day too keep hydrated all day long without any water restrictions whatsoever; so go ahead drink up!