Coconut Water Kefir
Coconut water is my favorite water kefir. I love how it tastes, how easy it is to make, and how it makes me feel. In the early days of making cultured foods, coconut kefir was a huge part of my daughter Maci's recovery from food allergies and IBS. It was something she really liked and she would have a glass with a slice of fresh lime. It helped soothe the pain in her gut caused from IBS and food allergies while eliminating the overabundance of Candida in her body, too.
Coconut water is the clear liquid found inside a young, green coconut. It is loaded with essential nutrients for the body: vitamins, minerals, amino acids, organic acids, enzymes, and antioxidants. Coconut water is a wonderful beverage and even more beneficial when you culture it into kefir.
You can drink coconut water to help restore electrolytes that exit the body if you experience dehydration. One glass of coconut water contains high amounts of potassium - about 400-600 milligrams. The average person needs about 4,700 milligrams of potassium each day, but most people are deficient in potassium. Because of its high potassium content, coconut water has been studied and found to contain benefits for controlling high blood pressure.
Controlling high blood pressure
In a 2005 study, twenty-eight hypertensive subjects who drank coconut water daily for two weeks showed a reduction in both systolic (71% reduction) and diastolic (29% reduction) blood pressure. Subjects who only drank water showed no improvement.
Coconut water also contains caprylic acid, an anti-fungal fatty acid which is very effective for bringing Candida in the body back into its rightful place. This is one of the reasons we started drinking coconut water kefir about thirteen years ago. We found it quite effective as the good microbes ate the extra sugars out of the coconut water and turned it into probiotics. This helped restore a healthy yeast balance to our bodies.
Coconut water kefir has a wonderfully refreshing taste that I love. It is super easy to make and I have many options for you to fit it into your lifestyle. Your family and friends will enjoy the taste and you can even mix this drink with a little sweetener if you prefer a sweeter taste.
The best way I can describe coconut water kefir is "soothing" - it's calming to my central nervous system and to my mind. So whether it's the abundance of potassium, or probiotics, or extra vitamins and minerals, I am grateful for what it does for me. I like to create my own calm through the foods and beverages I consume and then invite others to enjoy them, too. It makes life more meaningful.
Taking Care of Water Kefir Crystals
If you use water kefir crystals to make coconut kefir, the coconut water can be a little acidic and hard on the crystals if they're continually left in coconut water. This can cause them to not multiply as quickly. We recommend switching back to feeding them with sugar water every other feeding. Water kefir crystals like to be fed a lot and are one of the most important rules in caring for them. Feed them often and this will give you lots of water kefir!
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