Getting to know: Water Kefir

 

Here at Nourish, our water kefir is one of our favourite products.  Not only is it great for you, it's also super delicious! We make it in house and flavour it with Silk Road Tea.  You can head over to our online shop or stop by the house for a fill up!

What is water kefir?

Water kefir (pronounced keh-FEER) is a dairy-free fermented drink made from grains of bacteria and yeast that ferment a sugar-water-fruit mixture.  Kefir "grains" aren't really a grain at all.  Like in kombucha they are a form of SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts).  As these grains metabolize the sugar they produce a variety of of beneficial acids, food enzymes, B vitamins and more beneficial bacteria. This process of fermentation also reduces the sugar content of the drink.  During the fermentation process mild carbonation occurs making kefir a light, bubbly, refreshing beverage.

Why should you drink it?

Fermented products such as kefir are considered functional foods because they offer enzymes, pre-digested nutrients, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, calories/energy and billions of probiotics. Assists with increasing your internal microflora to support proper digestion, synthesis of vitamins and minerals, and your immune system by warding off foreign and harmful bacteria, yeast and viruses. It has thus long been known to promote and aid in digestion and overall health.  To sum it all up, water kefir is great for your overall gut health and systemic wellness. Plus it's super delicious!

If you decide to take on the task of making your own water kefir at home then we commend you!  The internet has lots of great advice and of  course we are here to answer all your questions on the kefir making process.