FOOD

Breaking down the noticeable benefits of kefir water

Chichi Kekeocha
Author
Chichi Kekeocha

People are looking inwards to understand their health, and it’s not surprising that kefir is considered a functional food with growing popularity. According to Google, kefir was among the top-five trending functional, healthy ingredients between 2014 and 2016.

What is Kefir Water?

It’s a homemade probiotic beverage, made by using water kefir grains or a powdered kefir starter culture, which has tremendous health benefits for the digestive system. Kefir water is different from kefir milk, made from using milk kefir grains which look like transparent little crystals.

Composition

Kefir water contains only 10 to 15 strains of good bacteria and yeasts compared to kefir milk, which has 30 to 50.

The Appeal

It’s the perfect non-dairy alternative that can appeal to those with religious beliefs or a dietary restriction — even though kefir milk can help you digest lactose better.

Benefits of Kefir

1. The healthy bacteria feeds on the unhealthy bacteria in the stomach and intestines.

2. It helps to regulate the immune system.

3. It has antitumor, antifungal and antibacterial properties.

4. It helps with gastrointestinal problems and prevents allergies.

5. It helps with the absorption of vitamins and minerals.

6. It regulates blood sugar level, blood pressure, and cholesterol.

7. It is a cancer-fighting food.

Making Kefir Water

There are many flavors of kefir water, but one of the best to use is coconut water from green coconuts or sweetened water (with organic sugar).

Longevity

The cultures can last a lifetime if stored correctly. A detailed guide on 101 facts about kefir water talks about keeping live cultures when not in use and how to take care of live cultures during cold seasons.

Which Water?

The type of water used in making kefir water can affect the quality. It’s better to use high-mineral content, such as spring or well water. If using tap water, you’ll first need to filter and then boil to remove the chlorine.

Given the controversy surrounding tap water versus bottled water, it’s odd that spring water appears as a better alternative for making kefir water. It comes down to preference, governed by one's lifestyle and health requirements.

Photo Credit: Creative Commons

Breaking down the noticeable benefits of kefir water