A few years ago I’d never heard of water kefir.
I’d heard of kombucha, had tried it even, tolerated it, didn’t love it, and well – it seemed…. fussy. Like a big commitment – financially if I were to purchase it commercially, and time wise if I were to make it myself. I have friends that swear by it, love it, have been making it for years – and couldn’t imagine it not being a part of their lives. Yeah. I wasn’t feeling it.
There were a number of reasons WHY I was contemplating adding a probiotic rich DRINK to my diet specifically, I’ll get into those in another post. But suffice it to say, I was at a point in my life where I needed something that FELT approachable.
I started digging around on the web, found some blogs, some videos, some clinical data, and decided, okay – I can sink $30 and 5 days into a trial of making water kefir. It felt approachable.
So I ordered a Water Kefir Starter Kit from Cultures for Health and waited for it to arrive. I’ll confess, I was afraid I’d mess it up. The tutorial videos helped tremendously – and yes, I watched them several times. But once the kit arrived, it literally took me no more than 15 minutes to get started. I wondered if I’d missed something.
The first batch smelled – yeast-y – not yummy, and per the instructions I’d found online, discarded it. The second batch didn’t, and that, we flavored with organic fruit juice and did a second ferment, and – wow. YUM.
So why water kefir?
For me – my immunities needed a bolster. I wanted something that would help my body heal. I wanted something that would help the vitamins that are so vital to my DS post-op life to uptake into my system better. And I wanted my gut to settle down and be at peace.
I’ve always been the DS post-op with “iron gut” i.e., I could pretty much eat anything and get away without a lot of intestinal fall-out. After my last bowel obstruction in 2015 – not so much. It felt like my gut was under duress. And it was miserable.
A week into drinking just a couple of ounces of water kefir before bed and there was a HUGE, appreciable, positive outcome. My gut had settled. My infection had healed. And I was sleeping better than I had in ages.
Suffice it to say that a couple of years have passed now and I’ve been drinking my glass of water kefir each night before bed – every night. I would NEVER consider NOT doing this. My health has improved. My labs have improved. My body’s ability to heal has improved. My immunities are strengthened.
Maybe the one thing that I didn’t anticipate with this and was unexpected was the death of something: my sweet tooth. I think anyone who has known me over the years can attest to my long-standing love affair with chocolate. Its pretty much dead now. I honestly do NOT miss it.
I don’t know if that’s why I lost weight after starting, but lost weight I did. I don’t NOT eat – in the least – anyone who follows me on MFP knows that I definitely eat – and eat well. It is sort of like my metabolism revived, though. Interesting.
Needless to say, I’m a fan.
It still feels approachable, affordable, sustainable.
It takes 10 minutes of my time every 2 days to maintain.
So worth the investment.
I’ve got a little video over on YouTube – I shouldn’t be allowed to one-hand record videos – LOL! One of these days I’ll have to remake it with someone else videoing! But – it does give you an idea of just how EASY it is to do this.
I will warn you – if you decide to start making your own, its addictive. You’ll want to start fermenting all the things. And well – rightly so – they’re delicious – and they make your gut HAPPY.
Probiotic Rich Drinks: