For those who don’t know, coconut water kefir is fermented coconut water. This kefir is extremely rich in probiotics and it contains electrolytes, vitamins and minerals. Speaking of vitamins and minerals, it contains vitamins A, B6, C, E and K as well as beta carotene, folates, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, and riboflavin. What makes it superior to plain kefir is the absence of lactose and casein, two problematic substances found in dairy products. In other words, the body will be able reap the probiotic benefits much easier. Coconut water kefir is considered as the best probiotic drink because its impact on digestion is more powerful when compared to other dairy probiotic foods.
It is a well-known fact that dairy creates acid which can be quite difficult to deal with. Moreover, both coconut water and human blood contain the same electrolytes and minerals.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF COCONUT WATER KEFIR
- Great source of dietary minerals such as natural sodium, chloride, and potassium
- Has a cleansing effect on the endocrine system
- Eases PMS
- 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
COCONUT WATER KEFIR RECIPE
As a matter of fact, there are 3 different recipes for homemade coconut water kefir:
- Use existing kefir as a starter
- Use a kefir starter culture
- Use kefir grains
Below, you will find the recipe for the third version, the one using kefir grains. This version is probably the most economic because grains tend to multiply fast, meaning that you will have some at all times.
- 7 cups fresh coconut water
- 5 tablespoons water kefir grains
- Take a ½ gallon jar and pour the coconut water.
- Add the kefir grains into the jar and cover. Leave it covered for 48 hours. Make sure you don’t let it sit longer, as it is likely to explode
- You will notice that the coconut water becomes cloudy. Once done culturing, kefir grains should appear on the top of the jar. Remove them when the process is done and either use them once again or refrigerate for the next time you plan on fermenting kefir grains.