Water Kefir, the SMARTER alternative
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Water Kefir, the SMARTER alternative to Soda | MevoLife

The more I watch television or read online, the more aware of the term probiotics I become. Jamie Lee Curtis and Activa have been talking about it for years. Here’s what else you should know about gut-healthy probiotics, other than the snippets you get on ads and TV commercials. So what is water kefir and what makes it so very special?

Water Kefir or Tibicos is a fermented drink made of a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts that are kept in a bacteria-generated polysaccharide biofilm matrix and mixed with cold water. It is popular as an alternative to milk-based probiotic drinks or tea-cultured products.

This health drink is hitting the Internet waves much the same way kombucha or milk kefir is. They all originate from living grains or fungus, and their quality depends on the fermentation provided to them. It is the quality and amount of fermentation that helps them provide long term health benefits.

Then, of course, is the topic of fizz that comes as a standard!

What Is Water Kefir?

The health drink is said to have originated in two places, so it’s up to you to decide which version you want to believe. It is generally believed that water kefir got its beginnings in Mexico, thriving in the sugary water of the Ountia cactus (prickly pear). Others believe it started further back in Tibet when monks gave the grains to Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

The word kefir comes from the Turkish word and means “feeling good.” Water kefir is a mild, zesty sugar-water beverage often compared to a natural, refreshing soda, and perfect for everyday drinking. It is fermented at room temperature for 24-48 hours with fruit or lemon. Just like honey, it has a low glycemic index and is caffeine-free, a fact that makes it good for diabetics too.

How to make water kefir?

Recipe for water kefir

Water kefir (or tibicos) is a healthy alternative to soda. The fountain never runs dry once you learn the art of making it. You would only need hydrated kefir grains, water, and sugar to make it. You may also add molasses, figs, and raisins to improve its taste- and to boost its healthy properties.

Here’s how you can make water kefir at home quickly:

1. Take a glass jar with the capacity of a gallon of water.

2. Fill it with water.

3. Add half a cup of sugar to it.

4. Stir until sugar has dissolved in the water.

5. Add hydrated kefir grains to the sweetened water.

6. Cover it with a cloth and keep it aside for 48 hours.

7. Open it then and strain the water with a cheesecloth.

8. Your kefir drink is ready. Serve it chilled.

How healthy is it?

Tibicos is a natural health drink that is loaded with digestible sugars, valuable enzymes, and beneficial acids, minerals, and vitamins. It supplies your body with healthy bacteria and yeast. Unlike kombucha (made with tea), this drink is caffeine-free and can be had more often than coffee.

While both of them are good drinks to hydrate and to enjoy, the probiotic qualities of kefir water are way better. It is because it contains a large number of good bacteria strains that help in the digestive processes. You can also expect it to resist the formation of acne and other skin-related blemishes.

Here is the nutritional info for 1 cup of low-fat cow’s milk kefir with no added sugar, for example: (4)

  • 110 calories

  • 11 grams (g) protein (22 percent daily value, or DV) (5)

  • 2 g fat (3 percent DV) (6)

  • 12 g carbohydrates (4 percent DV) (7)

  • 12 g sugar

  • 390 milligrams calcium (30 percent DV)

  • 90 micrograms of vitamin A (10 percent DV)

The above values are taken from EverydayHealth.com

How are bacteria beneficial?

Your body is made up of billions of bacteria and yeast that support internal microflora support for digestion. Your body needs a healthy dose of probiotics to fight off bacteria, viruses, and yeast, which this beverage provides. It would also provide you with your daily dose of enzymes and nutrients.

Did you know? Research says that kefir may be anti-mutagenic and help manage free radicals. The longer the drink is fermented, the higher percentage of folic acid and B vitamins it develops. You should consider drinking this water and eating nuts to remove free radicals and to look younger.

Drinking this health drink may help reduce cholesterol and blood pressure. It improves digestion, building immunity from colds and viruses, and boosting energy levels. You can also drink it just for the sake of its soda-like taste, and it is a good option for those addicted to coffee or other caffeine drinks.

What Does Water Kefir Taste Like?

Water kefir can taste pretty much as you want it to. Do you like pink lemonade? Then make it out of strawberries and lemons. Do you like black cherry? Make simple syrup out of cherries, water, and sugar. Add them to this health drink for a great tasting black cherry soda-feel. Add a splash of vanilla, I like it that way and you will too.

Some people make it out of basil and lemon, pineapple, grape juice, or just about anything you can think of. Don’t like what you make? Throw it out and try something different next time. The grains continually replenish to give you a great and healthy alternative that is better than any soda anytime.

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