10 Reasons to Drink Water Kefir Daily
By consuming probiotics such as water kefir, you support the tens of trillions of ‘good bacteria’ that help keep you healthy and as you will find out, happy.
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1. Improves mood & reduces anxiety
Kefir contains tryptophan – an amino acid that helps raise the levels of serotonin – the happy hormone in the brain that improves your mood and mental well-being. (1)
2. Contains essential nutrients
Water Kefir is loaded with nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, and digestive enzymes.
During fermentation, water kefir produces anti-oxidants and in some studies, water kefir is shown to be anti-inflammatory. (2) (3)
3. Water Kefir is better than supplements
A glass of Agua de Madre water kefir contains over 100 billion beneficial bacteria – that's more than 10 times more than you’d find in a probiotic supplement. (4)
4. Water Kefir is a natural antibiotic
Lactobacillus kefiri, a unique probiotic found in kefir, has been shown to inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria such as salmonella, h-pylori and e-coli – helping to restore the balance of good bacteria, reduce inflammation, the symptoms of leaky gut and auto-immune diseases. (5)
5. It is good for the skin
The probiotic bacteria in Water Kefir help to control undesirable bacteria and pathogens that cause inflammation and infection in the body.
Skin conditions including acne, psoriasis, rosacea and eczema have been shown to be ameliorated by the probiotic bacteria in water kefir. (6)
Water Kefir also contains Alpha Hydroxy Acid a common ingredient in skin products to promote a healthy youthful complexion.
6. Kefir reduces cholesterol
Kefir helps lower blood lipid levels and harmful fatty acids affecting cholesterol. Water Kefir contains phytosterol and stanol that have been shown to lower levels of LDL cholesterol in the blood. (7)
7. Kefir helps restore a damaged gut
Drinking water kefir daily helps increase the proportion of healthy bacteria in your gut – and as a result, improves your overall gut health.
Drinking water kefir together with a sustained healthy diet high in fibre has been found to improve digestion, and reduce inflammation and symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Crohn’s disease and ulcers. (8)
In addition Water Kefir:
• Helps to balance the intestinal flora (9)
• Helps regulate the digestive cycle (9)
• Helps fight pathogenic microorganisms, such as Candida albicans, Salmonella typhi, E. coli, and C. difficile (9)
• Aids digestion and absorption of nutrients (9)
8. Detox The Liver
Water kefir can help detox your liver. Your liver can become clogged when your diet is high in sugar and carbs. Water kefir contains a good amount of probiotics, which is one of the reasons it is capable of detoxing the liver.
It is important to do what you can to maintain liver health. An unhealthy liver can lead to a whole host of problems. You can stop drinking unhealthy drinks, and switch to consuming water kefir if you want to keep your liver healthy. (10)
9.Water Kefir Is Suitable For Many Types of Diets
Water kefir is a drink made of basic and unprocessed ingredients. It is suitable for all kinds of diets!
Unlike milk kefir, water kefir contains no dairy products. It is a probiotic drink suitable for people who are lactose intolerant, vegan, or vegetarian.
In addition, unlike kombucha or commercial sodas, water kefir contains no caffeine or theine. It is therefore perfect for people who are sensitive to caffeine, or for those who wish to reduce their consumption.
10.Kefir Is a Natural Low-Sugar Fizzy Drink
Water kefir contains far less sugar than commercial soft drinks.
To make water kefir, you mix water and sugar with water kefir grains. The microorganisms in the grains transform the sugar water into a fizzy, tangy drink.
In less than 48 hours, 66 to 80% of the sugar is consumed by yeast and bacteria. (11)
20ml Apple-Honey simple syrup*
2 dashes bitters
Agua de Madre Elderflower & Apple
Garnish: long orange peel rolled into an orange rose
In a cocktail glass or shaker, combine apple-honey simple, bourbon and bitters. Add ice and stir until well chilled. Strain into a rocks glass with large ice cubes and top up with Agua de Madre Elderflower & Apple. Garnish with the orange rose.
*For the Apple-Honey Simple:
15 dried apple slices
75ml apple juice
175ml honeyBrew the apple slices in boiling water for 8-10 minutes.
Strain 125ml of the liquid into a measuring cup. While still hot, add 175ml honey and stir well to combine. Add the apple juice and stair.
And if he's not a drinker, check out our virgin recipe here