Over the years I have been learning many things about healthy eating, health foods and the benefits of them. I was very blessed to grow up in a family who believed that sweets, lollies and sugar were never a good thing. We also did not have a fast food restaurant anywhere near to us, so luckily I did not experience any of those foods as a child and never got addicted to them. However, I was not taught why these foods were not such a great idea so I decided to find out for myself. On my journey in finding the truth about food and well being I have come across many amazing and eye opening things that were new to me and helpful for the well being of my husband and children, one of them being raw foods. But I have also found out some really ugly truth about the food industry as well as the “health industry”. I will share some of those things here on my blog as I am very passionate about that. Today I will share with you about fermenting your food and in particularly; KEFIR.
Milk Kefir, Water Kefir, Kombucha
Only recently have I learned about fermenting of foods and how wonderful it is for your digestive system to receive foods that have been fermented. The funny thing is, that having been born in Holland, sauerkraut was a staple in our diet! I never knew how healthy it was.
There are many reasons why you should ferment food, one is because they are full of beneficial bacteria to replenish your gut. According to Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine “all disease begins in the gut”, therefore it is so very important to make sure that we have enough healthy bacteria to keep us strong to fight off disease. In a world where many of us are prescribed antibiotics for whatever reason, I strongly believe that fermented foods need to be an important part of your diet, since they restore the proper balance of bacteria in the gut.
Raw and fermented foods are also rich in enzymes. We need enzymes to digest our food properly according to the Food Renegade blog. Unfortunately most of us consume not nearly enough raw foods, such as salads, raw vegetables and fruits to make sure that we have enough enzymes to digest our foods. As you get older your enzymes decrease also, so it is critical to make sure that you ingest enough enzyme rich food to help you digest properly. Why, you might ask? Simply because our body needs all nutrients in our food and when it is not digested properly our bodies will not absorb all the goodness it needs in order to function at its best.
According to ubernatural.com
A healthy gut has 3 prime functions…
- digestion of food
- absorption, manufacture and distribution of nutrients
- prevention of toxins from entering the body.
So what do I ferment? The easiest thing to ferment is milk. I use milk Kefir grains to turn milk into Kefir.
Kefir is rich in beneficial bacteria. It has over 40 different strains of good bacteria. One glass is equivalent to consuming one bottle of pro biotics!!
This is how you make it:
To make Kefir all you need is the grains and milk. Best way to get the grains is from a friend. This how I got mine. If you don’t have a friend with grains, then you can purchase them online. Make sure they are live grains which you can use over and over again. Do not ever fall for the “maintenance free Kefir cultures” These are adapted and do not contain far as many strains of beneficial bacteria and yeast as the real thing. Besides, you can only use these kinds of cultures once, whereas, your grains can be passed down from generation to generation.
You add the milk to the grains and let it sit in a glass bottle for 24-48 hours (this is where the magic happens) before straining the grains out of the milk. The milk does not go off, instead, fermentation of the lactose yields a sour, carbonated, slightly alcoholic beverage, with a consistency similar to thin yoghurt. I use it in a smoothie with banana and honey. Sometimes I add berries. Super delicious and my children love it!
I have started a batch of water kefir and a batch of Kombucha this morning. I will talk about these another time, because I only just received these in the mail and want to see if it will work out desirably, before I start raving about it…..;-).
Here I added to the Kefir some orange juice (freshly squeezed, cos I love it.), almonds and berries. See, the options are endless, so have some fun with it.
If you want more information, Yemoos is a great website where you will find an answer to most of your questions.