Do you remember the first time you heard about kefir or kombucha? It was probably no longer than 5 years ago. Here in America, we didn’t really pay attention to fermented drinks until the whole kombucha craze brought in an awareness of probiotic drinks. Personally, I’ve known of kombucha all my life. It almost comes with mother’s milk in Russia. But as much as I was familiar with the drink, I wasn’t aware of its amazing healing properties. So needless to say the idea of drinking fermented drinks was anything but new to me, however, the idea of making coconut water kefir was an absolute novelty to me. I guarantee not a lot of people are familiar with it either. Some experts even claim it to be more healing and beneficial than kombucha itself. Let’s take a closer look at coconut water kefir.
What is coconut water kefir?
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. (Read why you should add probiotic foods to your diet)
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
I found that the best way to consume coconut water kefir (where to find) is by adding it to my smoothies in the morning. I am not a fan of its taste alone so I try to mask it with something else. You can also add it to other health drinks such as freshly squeezed orange juice. I recommend drinking it every day, first thing in the morning. It will significantly increase your energy!This content will be shown after all post
How would you make it dairy free? The Kefir culture has milk in it.
HI Marianne! Not all kefir culture is dairy; here is a non-dairy one http://amzn.to/1t2tFpS
I feel like I’m missing part of your article. You write that coconut water kefir is basically fermented coconut water. Your links bring me to where I can purchase kefir cultures (milk and water). But the instructions for making the coconut water kefir are missing. Do you use coconut water and mix it with the water kefir culture? Sugar is needed to keep the culture alive and growing. Do you make water kefir as normal and then add it to coconut water for a second fermentation?