The health of the human body heavily depends on the gut health and the gut health heavily depends on how well-balanced the good and bad bacteria are. There is an entire complex ecosystem of bacteria in the gut, which includes hundreds of different species. Or in other words, one human being has more bacteria in its body than there have ever been people on Earth.
The main functions of good bacteria in the gut is to boost the immune system and inhibit pathogens. In addition to this, they also help us break down foods, especially starches, and can even affect our mental capabilities.
The balance of this important ecosystem can be endangered if we don’t take proper care of our bodies. If we regularly eat unhealthy foods, drink alcohol, and take antibiotics, our health-protecting good bacteria can be annihilated.
A healthy diet is the foundation of a healthy gut, but regular consumption of probiotic foods and drinks is the best way to supercharge your gut health.
Kefir – The Best Choice!
Kefir is different to yogurt because it can colonize the intestinal tract.
Coconut milk kefir is probably the easiest fermented food you can prepare at home. You will only need a few household items which you probably have in your kitchen.
What Are Kefir Grains And Where You Can Find Them?
Kefir grains are combinations of living yeast and bacteria called “grains” (note that they are not actually a grain). They are a living organism and look similar to little cauliflower florets. Finding Kefir grains can be quite difficult as they are not highly available yet. So, if you can’t get a hold of them, we recommend you to use a powdered starter culture such as Donna Gates’ Body Ecology’s Kefir Starter Kit, which works a treat.
Coconut Milk Kefir Recipe!
You will need:
- 1 tbsp. of kefir grains or kefir starter
- 2 cups of coconut milk
- Glass Jar
- Mesh cloth
- Rubber band
Mix the kefir grains or kefir starter (as directed on the packet) with the coconut milk in a glass jar, then cover with a cloth secured with a rubber band and let it sit in a warm environment for 12-24 hours (warm places are best for the fermentation process). Shake your mixture a few times after 12 hours. When the coconut milk becomes thickened and has a little sour flavor, it has turned into kefir. After that, strain the mixture through a plastic strainer in order to remove the grains (note that you can use the grains again by storing them in a glass jar in the fridge). Store the kefir in the fridge for few hours and enjoy.
- If you use a metal container or metal spoon, the fermentation process will be disrupted and the kefir won’t thicken. The best would be to use wood or plastic spoons or glass containers.
- If your kefir doesn’t become thick within 24 hours, it means that the temperature in your house isn’t warm enough.