Last fortnight my family got really sick with colds and then gastro yet *I didn't. It could have been sheer luck but I'd like to think, it's due to my dedication to consuming lots of probiotics through eating fermented foods. My hubby and kids consume these things too but maybe not to the same degree as me. Either way, I can honestly say that so far this year since we introduced a better diet (including fermented foods) we have been significantly less sick than last year.
One of the best and easiest ways I've found to get a healthy dose of probiotics into my family is through fermented drinks, namely milk kefir and water kefir.
Kefir are grains (in a sense) and they're added to either milk or water, left for a day or two and when you get back to them, they're fermented and can be consumed. That's very simplistic but essentially that's what happens.
Probiotics are good bacterias that are essential for good gut health. The way I look at it is that if you have more good bacteria living in your gut, when some bad bacteria come along (like gastro), they can't survive because they're outnumbered by the good. Milk kefir has between 35-50 strains of good bacteria (probiotics) and water kefir has slightly less. If you compare this to natural yoghurt which has only four, you can see why I'm obsessed with the stuff.
|Milk kefir "grains"|
Another sneaky thing you can do with milk kefir is to ferment coconut milk and then strain it through a piece of muslin (to remove the whey) and hey presto, you have coconut yoghurt. This is a whole lot cheaper than buying it from the store I can promise you, my local health food shop charges a fortune for the stuff.
|Kombutcha, water kefir, sauerkraut and lacto fermented hummus|
|A kombutcha scoby|
I did a fermentation course in March 2015 at The Purple House in Fourth Tasmania to help understand all about fermenting. I have recipes that they gave me (see below). I also usually have excess kefir and kombucha scobies so if anyone is interested in giving them a go (who is local) then send me a message.
*Note: I DID get sick after writing that I hadn't BUT, it lasted a day and then I was back to normal. That's a fast recovery for me. Historically I'd feel crappy for days so I'll still believe that the probiotics helped!
Now I can hear a little voice calling my name so I better swig back my coffee and get back to "Mummy duties". Happy Sunday everybody.