As of late, my kitchen has been known as the Kefir Kastle. I’m poppin off kefir sodas concoctions like it’s my birthday in this piece.
I mean, I’ve not just made some of the most bubbly, probiotic-rich batches of my life, I’ve even been turning out recipes with ingredients that are nothing short of magical. Like this one!
If you don’t know, kefir is an ancient fermented or cultured beverage that is overflowing with health benefits. What makes kefir so healthy in essence is it’s incredible amount of live enzymes, b-vitamins, and probiotic bacteria (that’s the good stuff).
There are many other reasons kefir is great for you; however, these benefits are the catalysts to a domino effect of other health benefits. Which has to do with the fact they all promote the wellness of the brain and gut.
Okay…if you must know more, here are a few more of the reasons you should be straight kefir sippin too:
The Health Benefits of Kefir
- Inhibits opportunistic bacteria and yeasts from overgrowth.
- It stimulates the proliferation of beneficial probiotic microorganisms to colonize and thrive in the digestive tract — as well as the rest of the body (skin, eyes, urinary tract, vagina, nose, throat, etc).
- Protects and supports a healthy immune system.
- It’s anti-inflammatory.
- It works as a digestive aid. The secret to longevity is a power-house digestive system. If that’s out of whack, then you’re whole body will be — mind included. Kefir has trillions of cells of good bacteria in your gut, which is the cornerstone to a healthy digestive system.
- Heals or reduces the symptoms of digestive issues; IBS, including bloating, indigestion, constipation, nausea, fatigue, muscle aches and pains.
- Heals leaky gut or SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth).
- It’s the best energy drink in town. The abundance of b-vitamins will instantly increase your energy and overall feeling of well-being.
- The sweet and tart tastes of kefir helps cut cravings for unhealthy food dramatically — especially sugar and sweet foods.
- It’s a true beauty food. Sipping kefir continually improves your skin complexion and overall condition. It’s been renowned for the reduction of pores, age spots and liver spots. I’ve seen it do magic for my own skin. It also can ease or cure many conditions like psoriasis, eczema and acne. All which stem from gut issues.
- Healthy hair needs hydration, b-vitamins and many essential nutrients. You’ll noticed improve hair and nail health, as kefir provides many of the nutrients needed as well as improves your ability to extract them from your food.
- It cleanses your liver. Your liver is EVERYTHING. If you want to knock of legit 10 years of “aging” then clean your liver. I keep my liver in great shape. However, when I first cleansed my liver I couldn’t believe what it did to my looks. I’ve shared the photo on Instagram to prove the difference between a clogged up liver and a clean one. Your entire health and beauty is dependant on a clean liver. Kefir is fantastic, especially this recipe, for cleansing the liver.
- Kefir translates as “feel good” in Turkey. Due to it’s tranquilizing effect on the nervous system. It’s a must for anyone battling sleep disorders, depression, ADHD and autism.
Okay, convinced yet? I thought so…
Before we get into the recipe I want to mentioned breifly why I use Goji and Nettle in this recipe.
For sake of brevity, both of these herbs are remarkable beauty tonics. I’m a bit vain, so looking into the mirror and seeing bright eyes, supple skin and shinning hair are a nice experience.
Aside from the physical benefits, Goji and Nettle keep you young in many other ways. If I get personal with you, I want to experiment with this because I’ve noticed my eye sight getting a little blurry.
I used to wear glasses but I kid you not, after a very deep full-body detox a few years ago I completely healed my eye sight. Trust me, I was mind blown. However, now I’m noticing it’s getting blurry again and that tells me two things; kidneys and liver.
In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) the eyes are connected to the Kidneys and Liver. It make’s sense because in my experience, when my body got incredibly clean, my eye-sight completely healed. And I was showing these organs so much love they didn’t have a choice but to heal.
Overall, Goji and Nettle are two very powerful Kidney and Liver tonics. I have an amazing prepared extract of the Nettle I used here and some high-quality Gojis. I figured by fermenting them not only would it make a delicious beverage but the nutrition would improve ten-fold as does all food once fermented. Hence, this recipe was born!
Here are a few other benefits of both Goji and Nettle:
- Antifatigue Effect
- Beauty Tonic
- Liver and Kidney Tonic
- Immune System Support
- Scalp and Hair Tonic
- Joint Health
- Urinary Regularity and Health
- Anabolic (increasing protein in cells)
- Sexual Health and Vitality
Now let’s learn how to make the stuff…
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 large mason jar
- 1 quart of spring water (or coconut water or maple water if you can find it!)
- 1 nylon strainer
- 1 wooden spoon
- 4 tablespoons water kefir grains or 1 packet kefir starter
- If using spring water, you’ll need 4 tablespoons of sugar. I like to use organic sucanant. It’s loaded with minerals that the grains love.
- 2 tablespoons raw Goji berries
- 3 capsules of Nettle Root extract or 1 tsp of powder
- A tiny pinch of raw sea salt or 3 capsules of minerals
Here’s how you make it:
First, to make just a traditional kefir water soda…
- First take a clean and sterile mason jar. A quart size works best.
- Add your kefir grains to it.
- Fill it with water.
- Add 4 tablespoons of sucanant or organic cane sugar.
- Add a pinch of unrefined sea salt or your minerals.
- Stir with a wooden spoon (careful to not use metal with the grains).
- Let sit at room temp (ideally 70 degrees) for 24-48 hours. If you’re using raw coconut water you won’t need any sugar and it’ll only need to sit for 12-15 hours. See my earlier post if your using coconut kefir.
Now for the magic ingredients…
- Once your kefir is fermented you’ll see that all the sugar is gone as the grains have eaten it up! It will also be bubbly and if you taste it, have a similar taste to something like a soda or sparkling water.
- If ready to go then grab your strainer and strain into a new clean mason jar. Put the grains back into the old jar and get a new batch going! This stuff last indefinitely and will reproduce so be prepared to have them take over your kitchen or give away to friends! 🙂
- When you have your strained kefir into a new jar simply add the Goji berries and Nettle Root. If using the capsules then all you need to do is open them up and empty into the kefir.
- Let this sit for another 12 hours or so. The bacteria and yeast love dried fruit and will fermented very quickly with these in there. Though the grains are gone, the kefir water is loaded with probiotics that will happily devour the sugar and minerals in the Goji and Nettle.
After the final ferment you’ll have a very carbonated and bubbly beverage! The Goji adds a good sweet flavor but without the sugar and the Nettle adds a nice slightly earthy taste.
The final product is almost indescribable, think of the most amazing micro-brewed beer just not beer? It’s very hydrating and perfect for the summer!