What are the health benefits of water kefir? Why is water kefir good for you?
A quick Internet search will show a huge range of health benefits claimed for water kefir, including weight loss, preventing cancer and heart disease, curing gout, treating arthritis, helping acne, even restoring natural colour to grey hair!
This may be true for some drinkers of water kefir, but unfortunately isn’t backed up yet by any good quality research, so I won’t make those sorts of claims.
What works for one person may not work for everyone.
I drink one to two litres of the stuff every day, and yes, my IBS and arthritis are dramatically improved, but I still need to colour my hair!
There’s no doubt though that water kefir does have many beneficial effects on health.
What can definitely be said about water kefir is:
Water kefir is vegan and allergy free- no dairy milk, no lactose, no gluten, no nuts, no soy.
Water kefir is rich in probiotics – around thirty different bacteria and yeast organisms, especially lacto bacilli.
The friendly bacteria and yeasts in water kefir can help rebalance healthy gut flora, replacing unhelpful and disease causing organisms, thus providing the right mix of bacteria and yeasts in our system, essential for good digestive function.
This is especially important after a tummy bug or taking antibiotics.
The fermentation process means water kefir contains many vitamins and amino acids.
Water kefir is an ideal food for vegans.
Probiotics are reputed to have many health benefits.
There is strong scientific evidence that oral probiotics can be useful for acute diarrhoea, antibiotic induced diarrhoea including Clostridium difficile (C.diff) infection, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and atopic (allergic) conditions such as asthma and eczema.
Research into this is ongoing.
Water kefir can help if you’re craving unhealthy food, drinks or sodas, as it is naturally lightly carbonated.
Unlike commercial probiotic products, water kefir is cheap and easy to make at home.