The probiotics They are live microorganisms that help in a very positive way when it comes to increasing and improving our intestinal flora, where we find different "good" bacteria that help us when we are in good health, since an alteration or imbalance in this can cause us get to seriously harm. Among the most interesting probiotics, which we could include in our diet when necessary, is the kefir .
It is a wonderful probiotic of natural origin , consisting of a fermented drink made from nodules or grains, which has a polysaccharide structure in which we find in symbiotic association different healthy bacteria, as for example could be the case lactic streptococci, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus brevis Y Lactobacillus desidiosus .
It is made by the alcoholic and lactic acid fermentation of certain yeasts that we also find in its composition, among which we can highlight the Candida kephir or Saccharomyces delbrueckii , and kefir granules or nodules are traditionally combined with milk or water. However, did you know that you can substitute these two ingredients for your favorite vegetable drink? Indeed, it is also possible make kefir with vegetable milk , the one that we like the most.
- 3 tablespoons of hydrated kefir nodules
- 1 liter of vegetable milk
In its preparation you can use any drink of vegetable origin that you like, be it almond milk, oatmeal, rice, hazelnut or sesame, among many others.
How to make vegetable milk kefir
- In a glass bottle or bottle that has a wide mouth, add the liter of vegetable milk.
- Add the 3 tablespoons of hydrated kefir nodules. Cover the bottle with a canvas or tulle and with an elastic band, and let it stand for a total of 48 hours, at a temperature not higher than 18 degrees. If it is too hot (for example because you are preparing it in summer), you can keep it in the fridge.
- Once the 48 hours have passed, strain the nodules with the help of a strainer or a cloth bag. Store the nodules in the refrigerator for later use.
Remember that it is not advisable to wash the kefir nodules afterwards once we have prepared the probiotic in the form of a drink. It is more advisable to do it every 15 days, and always with cold water and that does not have chlorine (that is, purified water).
Benefits of vegetable milk kefir and contraindications
Vegetable milk kefir is an interesting option for vegans, vegetarians and lactose intolerant , since for its elaboration vegetable milk (or drink of vegetal origin) is used instead of common milk, as it happens also with the equally popular water kefir .
It is a drink rich in probiotics , which means that it gives us a very good amount of "good" bacteria, which helps us to maintain and reinforce those that are already present in our digestive and intestinal system -probably remember now the so-called intestinal flora, so important and many times so forgotten.
But not only provides probiotics, it also provides magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, iron, zinc and manganese, as well as vitamin B12 and K2, in addition to biotin and various beneficial enzymes.
For its richness in probiotics helps to strengthen and improve not only our intestinal health by curing intestinal inflammations, but the immune system, increasing our defenses in a completely natural way. In addition, it improves digestion and strengthens our bone density.
Contraindications of vegetable milk kefir
It is not advised to consume any variety of kefir (which also includes vegetable milk kefir) in case of constipation, intestinal or abdominal cramps, flatulence and gas, abdominal swelling and diarrhea. Especially if it is the first time you consume it, since the intestine tends to adapt to its composition, which in the beginning can cause some intestinal discomfort.