All month long I have been swooning over the divine taste of the new drink sensation I have recently discovered: coconut milk kefir. For those of you who don’t know, kefir is a cultured drink similar to yogurt that has been around for thousands of years. However, in our culture, it is usually made with pasteurized cow’s milk.
Like all cultured products, it is full of healthy bacteria, microorganisms, and enzymes called probiotics that both improve our digestion and promote healthy elimination. Because probiotics produce healthy gut flora, they are also a fundamental aspect of a healthy immune system.
Although many people take probiotics as supplements, the sad fact is that if you do not get your probiotics fresh in a fermented food, the pill form often does not do you much good.That is because, though the pills may be alive with probiotics when they leave the manufacturing plant, by the time you ingest them they might all be dead.
Besides, why would you take a costly pill when you can delight your taste buds with something that costs pennies to make and that you know by taste is absolutely sizzling with live cultures? How do you know the culture is still alive? When fermented correctly, coconut milk kefir tastes just like a coconut based carbonated beverage. If you enjoy the fizz of carbonation and like the taste of coconut, you will absolutely love coconut milk kefir.
You may or may not have a deficiency in probiotics. If you are deficient, here are the possible symptoms: recurrent vaginal, prostate, or urinary tract infections, hormonal disturbances including PMS, menstrual irregularities, and sexual dysfunction, sugar cravings, low body temperature, fatigue, sensitivity to tobaccos smoke, perfumes, colognes, and other chemical odors, memory or concentration problems, feeling “spaced out” much the time, food allergies, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, abdominal pain, and skin that itches, tingles, or burns, that is usually dry and creates rashes. Probiotic deficiency can be caused by even one dose of antibiotics. Prednisone and other steroids, including birth control pills, can also cause deficiency.
Before I teach you how to make it, let’s also review the healthy benefits of coconut. Unless you are allergic to it, every aspect of coconut is good for you, including the meat, juice, milk, water, and oil, for it is rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and what some people believe to be the healthiest fat in the world. According to coconutresearchcenter.org, it has a long list of health benefits. They are:
Kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum disease and cavities, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, and other diseases.
Kills fungi and yeasts that cause candidiasis, ringworm, athlete’s foot, thrush, diaper rash, and other infections.
Expels or kills tapeworms, lice, giardia, and other parasites.
When the fat is taken in high enough quantity, kills the spirochetes in Lyme’s disease.
Digestion and Absorption
Boosts energy and endurance, enhancing physical and athletic performance.
Improves digestion and absorption of other nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose.
Relieves stress on pancreas and enzyme systems of the body.
Reduces symptoms associated with pancreatitis.
Helps relieve symptoms and reduce health risks associated with diabetes.
Reduces problems associated with malabsorption syndrome and cystic fibrosis.
Improves calcium and magnesium absorption and supports the development of strong bones and teeth.
Helps protect against osteoporosis.
Improves, Protects, and Supports
Relieves symptoms associated with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and stomach ulcers.
Improves digestion and bowel function.
Relieves pain and irritation caused by hemorrhoids.
Supports tissue healing and repair.
Supports and aids immune system function.
Helps protect the body from breast, colon, and other cancers.
Is heart healthy; improves cholesterol ratio reducing risk of heart disease.
Protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis and thus protects against heart disease.
Helps prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay.
Functions as a protective antioxidant.
Helps to protect the body from harmful free radicals that promote premature aging and degenerative disease.
Does not deplete the body’s antioxidant reserves like other oils do.
Improves utilization of essential fatty acids and protects them from oxidation.
Helps relieve symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome.
Relieves symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate enlargement).
Reduces epileptic seizures.
Helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infections.
Dissolves kidney stones.
Helps prevent liver disease.
Is lower in calories than all other fats.
Supports thyroid function.
Promotes loss of excess weight by increasing metabolic rate.
Is utilized by the body to produce energy in preference to being stored as body fat like other dietary fats.
Helps prevent obesity and overweight problems.
Softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking.
Prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots.
Promotes healthy looking hair and complexion.
Provides protection form damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation form the sun.
Helps control dandruff.
Side Effect Free
It seems to me that there is hardly anything that the mighty coconut cannot do to improve your health. Once fermented, however, this already terrific food becomes a powerhouse of healing. Here’s how to make it:
Does not form harmful by-products when heated to normal cooking temperature like other vegetable oils do.
Has no harmful or discomforting side effects.
Is completely non-toxic to humans.
Into a ½ gallon jar or pitcher simply add 1/4 cup of live Kefir culture to one can of coconut milk (either full fat or low fat), 1/2 cup of sugar (organic is the best), and two quarts of water. You can also add a cup of coconut water if desired, but it is not necessary. Since it needs air to grow, cover this mixture with a cloth held in place with a rubber band.
The sugar is necessary to feed the culture, which won‘t grow without it. (Honey won’t work because it is antibacterial and will kill the culture.) As it ferments in a sunny window over the next two to three days the sugar will be eaten by the culture. The more culture you have the faster it will ferment. Start tasting the mixture on the second day. When it is the desired sweetness strain out the kefir culture to start a new batch. It will lose sweetness as it continues to ferment until there is no sugar left. This usually happens between the third and forth day.
After straining out the culture you can either refrigerate the beverage or just let it sit on the shelf until you drink it. I like it so much this doesn’t usually take long. As with all fermented drinks, start slowly as it can upset your stomach a bit in the beginning until your body has adjusted to the added probiotics.
To give it even more nutritional value, add one ounce of unflavored Eniva Cell Ready Minerals, available on my website LiveLongerCleanse.com after the drink has been cultured. This will make an already nutritious drink into one that is suitable for royalty. Eniva Cell Ready Minerals contain calcium, phosphorous, iodine, magnesium, zinc, selenium, copper, manganese, chromium, potassium, boron, germanium, sulfur, and vanadium in a balanced, “cell ready“, highly absorbable form. Because our soil is mineral deficient, most of us need to supplement these vital nutrients. In particular, any kind of constipation, muscle cramping, or “ticks” will respond nearly instantly to this miracle food.
Generally, while it is fermenting the fat in the coconut milk rises to the top as a frothy cream. I usually strain this off to add to my morning smoothie, which adds a delicious, exotic taste, but you can also just stir it back in to the liquid.
One half cup of live kefir culture can be purchased from kefirlady.com for $20. You must specify whether you want water kefir grains or milk kefir grains. The milk kefir grains are to be used with cow’s milk. The water kefir grains are used with coconut milk or coconut water. You can also make kefired coconut water if you don’t want to use the coconut milk. Though it is also delicious, it lacks that great coconut taste. As it grows you can divide it and give it to friends, or put the grains directly into your smoothies to make them probiotic rich. This is truly a purchase that keeps on giving!
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