[VIDEO RECIPE] How to make coconut kefir at home the easy way
Great discoveries often stem from a touch of serendipity and some creative experimentation. Don Kidson, owner of the Living Lighthouse (the raw foods center for the Los Angeles area), introduced Donna to the value of young green coconuts.
Although the liquid of the young coconut has an abundance of minerals, Donna was concerned that it would be too sweet. Drinking coconut water may make the body too acidic, and consuming excessive sugar has been linked to the growth of bacteria, carcinogens, and cancers.1-3
So, the idea to add Body Ecology’s kefir starter to this liquid and “culture it” kept popping into her mind. Donna knew it would be a perfect medium for the growth of beneficial microbes.
On a nice summer night in Malibu, Donna, Don, and two close friends combined the starter and coconut water, let it rest for 24 hours, and were delighted with what they had created. All the sugar disappeared, and coconut kefir was born as a fizzy, sour, champagne-like drink, like a spritzer.
Donna and Don began teaching many people how to make this healthy and delicious new discovery. It wasn’t long before research backed up its benefits.
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Coconut kefir benefits: Scientifically-supported reasons to start sipping
Coconut water kefir is easy to make, and it’s also a great alternative for those who are lactose intolerant:
- Coconut kefir may completely stop cravings for sugar.4 Imagine the benefits of that!
- It may have the ability to aid digestion of foods.5,6
- Though there isn’t much supporting research, and there haven’t been clinical studies, kefir grains may have a toning effect on the intestines, even flattening the abdomen.7
- Though there is no definitive research, coconut kefir may also help cleanse the liver. In Chinese medicine, the liver rules the skin, eyes, and joints.8
- Coconut kefir contains high levels of valuable minerals, including potassium, natural sodium, and chloride, which explains why the hair, skin, and nails may become stronger and have a prettier shine.9,10
- Coconut water’s rich potassium content – containing almost as much as a banana – may help reduce stroke risk in men and stroke and death risk in older women.11,12
- Green coconut water has been shown to contain anti-cancer peptides, and coconut water may also support immunity against pathogens and inflammatory cytokines.13-15
- Coconut water could help control hypertension, with some studies showing systolic blood pressure improvements of greater than 70 percent.16
- Coconut water is also hypoglycemic — offering multiple potential benefits to protect diabetics against both oxidative stress and hyperglycemia.17
Ready to begin? Here’s how to make coconut kefir in a few steps
Don’t forget your kefir starter too: It’s non-GMO and organic, and many say it’s the best they’ve ever had. Try it for yourself and find out.
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- Prabhu S, Dennison SR, Mura M, Lea RW, Snape TJ, Harris F. Cn-AMP2 from green coconut water is an anionic anticancer peptide. J Pept Sci. 2014 Dec;20(12):909-15. doi: 10.1002/psc.2684. Epub 2014 Sep 19. PMID: 25234689.
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- Rao SS, Najam R. Coconut water of different maturity stages ameliorates inflammatory processes in model of inflammation. J Intercult Ethnopharmacol. 2016 Apr 14;5(3):244-9. doi: 10.5455/jice.20160402120142. PMID: 27366350; PMCID: PMC4927129.
- Alleyne T, Roache S, Thomas C, Shirley A. The control of hypertension by use of coconut water and mauby: two tropical food drinks. West Indian Med J. 2005 Jan;54(1):3-8. doi: 10.1590/s0043-31442005000100002. PMID: 15892382.
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