Happier tummies with Water Kefir
There are days when I swear my tummy is out to get me, not only do I struggle with various foods; dairy, egg and potato being the main culprits, but I also struggle with low moods brain fog and terrible skin and hair.
Did you know that a healthy gut is a happy gut, well derrr, of course that’s the case but I genuinely believe that taking more care of my tummy has had a positive effect with all those other issues. Let me rewind back to how this all started (imagine a Scooby-doo style flashback scene). I’m very good friends with the lovely Renee Davies who’s the voice behind Mummy Tries has a book; Become the Best You and will also soon have her first fictional book published too. Renee is a huge advocate of the GAPS diet, paelo lifestyle and homemade probiotics. It was Renee that introduced me to her homemade water kefir (pronounced k-fear) these tiny little grains, which I affectionately call my little babies, have made a huge difference to my tummy and mental well being.
Now you need to be aware that there are water kefir and milk kefir granules. I am intolerant to dairy so obviously I have water kefir granules (these cannot be used with milk). Benefits to milk kefir is the added calcium and protein. Some people who are lactose intolerant find they can tolerate milk kefir due to the fact that the kefir granules will have eaten all the lactose but I would not recommend this at all for anyone with CMPA and in all cases please consult a specialist before trying milk kefir.
To explain this and the health benefits a bit more here’s a sciencey bit taken from the BBC Good Food website;
Probiotics are known as ‘friendly bacteria’ that can ease IBS symptoms such as bloating and digestive distress in some people.
The fermentation process also helps to break down the lactose in milk so there is some evidence to suggest that kefir may be tolerated by those who suffer from lactose intolerance. You should speak to your GP if you think you may be lactose intolerant.
Kefir grains contain around 30 strains of beneficial bacteria. Some of the major strains include the lactobacillales – or lactic acid bacteria (LAB).
Lactobacillus kefiri, which is one LAB unique to kefir, has been shown in a study to inhibit the growth of some harmful bacteria such as salmonella, h-pylori and e-coli and is used in some gut inflammatory disorders.
quote taken from BBC Good Food website
Now back to me and my water kefir. Since drinking 500ml every day I have noticed that my mental health has benefited first. This is quite amazing to me to think that my babies have actually been able to lighten my moods but believe me they have. Sadly I know what I’m talking about when it comes to low moods, I have been on antidepressants for over 10 years now and I’m up to full strength now (she canaye take no more captain!).
After a week of drinking 500ml of my water kefir each day I noticed a lighter mood which in turn meant that I felt calmer, happier and less stressed. When you’re in a better mental frame of mind you notice things more; a song on the radio, the birds singing, the breeze on your face. You’re more confident in starting up conversations, calling a friend, meeting up. You’re appetite comes back and you simply have a better sense of wellbeing. If you’re nodding then you’ve been there too and if you’re not able to appreciate those things at the moment then I’d strongly recommend you try making your own water kefir to get those happier vibes back again.
But what about your tummy Rebecca?
Oh yes! My tummy! Well regular consumption of water kefir has made my tummy less sensitive to the foods I cannot tolerate if I eat them accidentally or (on the very odd occasion) choose to eat knowingly either out of sheer bloody-mindedness or a very British ‘don’t want to offend’ situation.
By the way, under no circumstances can you go back to a gluten filled diet if you drink water kefir, sadly there is no cure yet and this certainly isn’t it. However, you may find that drinking water kefir may improve some of your symptoms if you’ve recently been diagnosed and you’re going through a phase of repairing your gut. If like me you are intolerant I’d definitely recommend it and those with low moods I’m confident you’ll see a difference.
I shot a short video to show you just how simple it is to make and store. But basically all you need to make a 1 litre of water kefir is the following ingredients and equipment;
2 tbsp molasses sugar
2 tbsp demerara sugar
4 tbsp kefir granules
1 ltr filtered water
non-metallic measuring spoon
1 ltr preserving jar
I’d love to know if you plan to give this a go and as stated in my video you can buy water kefir granules here from Renee at Mummy Tries. Keep me posted on how you get on, I love to hear back from you all.
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