Water kefir is pronounced as KEE•fur or KEH•Feer. It is said that the name originates from the Turkish word “Keif” which when directly translated means “feel good”! Kefir is the finished drink that you get after the Kefir Crystals [also called kefir grains] have eaten the sugar that you’ve added to the sugar water transforming it into a naturally bubbly refreshing probiotic drink. The good news about kefir is that it has a low Glycemic Load, and contains no caffeine.
Some people say water kefir grains when referring to the culture but it isn’t actually grains in the sense of what we generally know grains to be; it’s rather a symbiotic polysaccharide containing both yeast and bacteria that ferment sucrose into a lightly sweet bubbly brew that has the power to repopulate your gut with healthy organisms that helps to bring back balance in the digestive and immune system. There’s another kefir culture referred to as milk kefir grains which ferment milk sugars and should not be confused with the water kefir culture, that’s why I’ll rather call it Water kefir Crystals.
Kefir crystals are symbiotic colonies of many strains of beneficial bacteria & yeasts, also known as microorganisms. These microorganisms convert sugars into Lactic Acid, Carbon Dioxide, and Ethanol. The Water Kefir Crystals are mostly composed of Polysaccharides, due to the L. Casei and L. Brevis in the crystals.
The most important microbial species found in water kefir include: Lactobacillus casei/paracasei, Lactobacillus harbinensis, Lactobacillus hilgardii, Bifidobacterium psychraerophilum/crudilactis, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and Dekkera bruxellensis. *
Lactobacillus casei/paracasei is a stain that’s commonly found in Water Kefir and has many health benefits when consumed.*
- L.paracasei improves intestinal microflora *
- has a beneficial effect on bowel health in young adults and may have potential value as a probiotic *
- Combat inflammation -L.paracasei increase the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines and stimulates the innate immune system in human enterocytes and dendritic cells.*
- beneficial for allergies *
- L.paracasei improves the intestinal flora increases the number of bifidobacteria and lactobacilli in humans*
- has a positive effect on diverticular disease *
- restores epithelial barrier integrity and gut protection*
- Great for skin and decreases skin sensitivity*