Hey, if you are serious about looking after yourself from the inside out or if you have an interest in fermented foods and gut cleansing foods then you should try homemade kefir water.
Water kefir grains are a live probiotic culture that you can ferment at home in milk or water. Although there are two different grains for the different liquids. As a natural probiotic, kefir introduces good bacteria into our gut when consumed and the good bacteria eats the bad bacteria that lives in our gut. As a result this leaves the gut cleansed of toxins and in a healthy state.
There are many benefits to having a good healthy gut but most importantly a healthy gut means that we are able to digest foods properly and our intestine and stomachs are also a healthy environment which helps to give us good health and protects us against future health problems. When our guts have an overgrowth of bad bacteria that is when we suffer from yeast infections, irritable bowel syndromes and skin disordersbut all of these can be controlled by looking after your gut with a homemade kefire water for instance.
As Kefir grains are an alive culture, they keep growing and reproducing when they are looked after properly. They thrive on sugar to grow, this is why you have to make kefir water with sugar or dry fruits that do not have sulphur dioxide added.
They also only like unrefined sugars in its natural state or molasses and doesnt like chlorinated water or water that has flouride added to it as it will kill them off so it is best to use tap water that has been boiled and allowed to cool down first or filtered water to make kefir.
THE SCIENCE ABOUT KEFIR:
Kefir grains are made up of different strains of bacteria and yeast that are held together in a matrix made of polysaccharide (A class of carbohydrates like starch and cellullose) that also gives it a stable growing culture. When the microbes feeds on sugar they produce lactic acid, ethanol(around just 1%), and carbon dioxide which is what creates the natural carbonation in a homemade kefir drink.
The grains eat and live on the sugar you add to the recipe , in many instances if the kefir microbes do not eat all the sugar you will see a sediment at the bottom of your glass jar when you pour the water off.
Kefir grains go to sleep when they are not fed and kept dry inside the fridge. You can bring them back to life by soaking again in a sugar solution again. You may keep dry kefir grains in the freezer for up to 6 months and in a sugar solution for up to 6 months.
Fermented kefir water will have bubbles inside it in a line that you can see through a glass container.
Once you ferment your kefir in water, healthy kefir grains should reproduce. When you end up with excess kefir grains scoop some out to save for later or share and you can continue more kefir water from the same grains.
Kefir grains needs to be remineralised aside from feeding them sugar to ensure they are healthy and alive.