Living a life less toxic…

by Faith Canter


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My Top Tips for Healing the Digestive System

Traditional medicine often looks at the symptoms rather than the cause when addressing health concerns.  As such, underlying health issues are often not dealt with, but instead rear their ugly heads either with the same symptoms later on down the line or through new symptoms instead.

It is believed that illnesses like Crohn’s disease, food intolerance’s, Irritable Bowl Syndrome (IBS), leaky gut and coeliac disease can all be repaired through good gut health.  As these health concerns are all gut based, it is not surprising that maintaining a healthy gut can aid recovery.  But what if I also told you that autoimmune diseases like lupus, MS, diabetes, some forms of thyroid disease and many more autoimmune issues, skin conditions, mental health concerns, weight gain, fatigue, brain fog and some learning difficulties are also thought to be curable or least made substantially better by addressing gut health?

When you maintain good gut health, it has a huge, positive impact on general health.  Here are the reasons why:

  1. The toxicity of the body will be greatly reduced when addressing gut health. The digestive system will be able to eliminate more of the toxins from food and drink consumed.  Not only this but when addressing gut health, you will as part of the process be addressing the balance of good and bad bacteria in the digestive system.  When the bad bacteria get out of hand they create more and more toxins as they grow, raising the bodies toxicity levels and putting additional strain on the lymphatic’s, as well as many other parts of the body.  When you bring these into balance you will find that the body eliminates these toxins easily and you feel better not only in the gut, but throughout the body.
  2. With poor gut health you will have depleted digestive enzymes, these are needed to absorb the essential nutrients from your food and drink for your body to use in its day to day functions. With better gut health you have more of these enzymes and thus absorb more goodness from your food.
  3. Your gut is the core of the body’s immune system. With better gut health, you have better health in general, along with fewer illnesses.
  4. We produce around 95% of our serotonin in the gut (and the rest in the brain), so good gut health, means a happier you.
  5. Poor gut health often means increased inflammation in the body, which leads to a whole host of other health complaints, including arthritis, joint and muscular inflammation and pain. This can be greatly reduced when addressing gut health.
  6. You’ll have more energy, as the body uses up a lot of energy trying to process foods and drinks that upset the digestive system when it is not at its best.
  7. All gut based illnesses, such as things IBS, leaky gut and many more should improve when addressing the health of the gut.
  8. Brian fog, mental clarity, memory issues and mood issues can all be minimized when addressing gut health, as many of these essential enzymes, vitamins and minerals needed for these functions of the body will be absorbed and utilized more easily within the body.

As you can see there are many benefits to good gut health and you’ll be pleased to know it’s fairly easy to start achieving this.  There are many pills, potions and programs that claim to do this, but in my personal opinion getting back to basics is the easiest and most effective way to do this.

You do this by:

  1. Ditching processed foods and drinks.
  2. Stop microwaving your food, this destroys most of it’s nutrient content.
  3. Introducing more raw, enzyme rich foods and drinks into your diet (you want to be aiming for around 50% raw).
  4. Introducing fermented / cultured / probiotic rich foods and drinks.  I do not mean pickled foods and drinks, I mean, unpasterised sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir and kombucha (to name just a few). *If you have a histamine intolerance you would want to follow a histamine healing protocol first before starting on fermented foods and drinks.
  5. Reduce the amount of sugar, gluten, MSG and white carbohydrates in your diet.
  6. Look to get tested for food intolerance’s and remove these items from your diet until your digestive system has had time to heal.
  7. Is it possible you have a fungal and /or parasite issue?  If so, then follow one of my protocols for addressing this, here.
  8. Detox the body.  Because if the body is full of toxins it’s not able to take on-board the nutrients it requires for good health.  Every single natural process of the body works better with less toxins in it!
  9. You may want to consider enemas or colonic hydrotherapy.
  10. Try wearing a Zapper, which will help remove fungus, parasites, viruses and bad bacteria and toxins from the body.
  11. Drink plenty of fresh water every day.  Herbal teas or freshly pressed juices (especially one’s with cabbage in) also count towards your overall intake.
  12. Reduce your stress levels, either through meditation, yoga (or some other similar exercise), EFT/Tapping, Flower Remedies or any similar therapies.
  13. Talk to your doctor about the possibility of reducing the amount of medication you are taking. Antibiotics, steroids, oral contraceptives and many more medications upset the balance of the gut.  If you are taking any of these regularly then a really good probiotic is recommended (unless you are partaking in the daily consumption of fermented foods and drinks, in which case you should be getting enough probiotics this way).
  14. The supplement Glutamine is a wonderful short terms supplement for helping to heal the gut.

 

Here’s some other relevant articles for you:

9 Steps for Perfect Health, click here.

Is You Digestive System Making You Sick, click here.

19 Natural Ways to Cure Your Digestive Issues and Heal Your Belly, click here. 

The Root of Heal & Healing, click here.

What have you found helpful for healing the digestive system?


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Dealing with those wee beasties

It is believed that around 70% of us could have a fungal and / or a parasite issue in our digestive system.  This often occurs over a period of time, but usually because of long term stress, bad eating and drinking habits, drug use (both legal and illegal), especially antibiotics, steroids or oral contraceptive medication or a combination of all of the above.

 

As the ecology of the digestive system starts to break down then the bad yeasts and bacteria start to take hold.  This then opens your digestive system up to being a lovely inviting home to parasites also.  Initially you may not notice any symptoms / side-effects of this happening but eventually (sometimes years later) you may notice your health isn’t quite right, that Monday morning feeling never goes away and you may also have started to have some or most of the symptoms below.

 

  1. Flu / Sinus Problems / Coughs/Sore Throats
  2. IBS / Upset Tummies / Constipation/Indigestion
  3. Depression
  4. PMS, Mood Swings & Irritability
  5. Headaches/Migraines
  6. Chronic Fatigue / Low energy levels
  7. An inability to Lose Weight / Weight Gain
  8. Itching throughout the body & including the genital and rectal areas
  9. Poor Concentration / Feeling Generally Muddled
  10. Skin Conditions / Acne /Eczema
  11. Dizziness
  12. Muscle Weakness/Pain
  13. Food & Chemical Sensitive’s
  14. Low Libido
  15. Thrush and Athletes Foot
  16. Inability to absorb and utilize adequate nutrients from your food

 

The reason for this is because as the fungus grows it produces toxins which spread throughout the body.  They can affect all areas of the body and especially run amuck through the digestive and endocrine systems, potentially affecting our hormones, including things like thyroid function and insulin production.  The more the fungus grows the more toxins it produces and the more overrun the body becomes.  Your body works hard to try to remove these toxins and in the meantime the fungus is producing more and more of them.  Without some additional help the body simply cannot deal with the fungus and its friends, the parasites and you start to become increasingly unwell. 

The good news is that it is fairly easy to bring the fungus back to a normal healthy balance.  You can do this in one of (or a combination of) the following ways.

 

Detoxing the body

If you create an environment that the fungus and parasites do not like within your body they will leave.  If you follow a really healthy diet plan then the digestive system will eventually become balanced again.  This can be helped by cutting out processed foods, sugars and alcohol and consuming a combination of detoxing herbs.  The three following herbs are especially powerful at eliminating fungus and parasites, but if in any doubt see a qualified herbalist who will advise you on how and when to take these and any others:  Wormwood, Black Walnut and Clove.  Also look to introduce anti-candida foods, such as ginger, garlic, coconut oil and oregano. 

 

Fermented Food and Drinks

Fermented foods and drinks are full of good bacteria, yeasts and probiotics, when you consume these they help to rebalance the digestive system and eliminate the overgrowth of fungus and eventually encourage the parasites to leave, as they don’t like healthy environments.  Try to have as many different strains (different fermented food and drinks) as possible for optimum benefits.  Start with a very small amount, maybe a tablespoons worth and slowly build up, otherwise you may find you have some pretty side effects, as the fermented produce affectively detoxes the digestive system.  A slight churning of the stomach is a good sign, it means the good stuff in the fermented produce it attacking the bad stuff in your gut, however if you have any worsening symptoms than this then please reduce how much you are consuming and slowly build it up again.  Note: By fermented I mean lacto-ferments or cultured foods and drinks, not pickled. 

 

Zapper

Zappers are wonderful little boxes of health.  A traditional zapper looks like a small box that has two electrodes and a strap attached to it.  You wear it next to your skin (on the lowest setting to start with and never above 12 volts) for 60 minutes in the morning, afternoon and evening.  It literally draws toxins right through the skin and along with this it is thought to kill many viruses, bacteria, fungus and parasites within the body.  It also helps to ground you and reduces the effects of electromagnetic stress, due to it being negativity charged, just like our planet.  Zappers are thought it help alkalise and balance the body and remove everything from herpes and Lyme disease to emotional blockages throughout the body.  These are not recommend for anyone with a pacemaker or if pregnant.

 

Enemas and Colonics:

Enemas and colonics are very affective at removing those pesky critters from the digestive system.  Enemas are fairly easy to do at home, but in my personal opinion they don’t get high enough up the digestive system to be completely remove all fungus and parasites, however colonics do.  I would highly recommend going to a fully qualified colonic expert, preferably with a medical or nutritional back ground.  They will be able to tell you if you have a fungus or parasite issue and the best course of action to help support the treatments they give you (note there should be multiple treatments to be affective).

 

Yeast die-off Diet

This option is a bit more drastic, but affective.  There are many die-off diets around, some lasting years, some just a few days and others using pills and potions.  The die-off diet I recommend lasts around 3 weeks (slightly less for moderate cases and slightly more for more severe cases).

During a die-off diet you would aim to starve the fungus so that it retreats back to a healthy level within the body.

To do this you would need to completely cut out all sugars for this period, this includes fruit sugars and honey as well as all the bad sugars.  You also need to cut out all yeasts and funguses as well, this includes mushrooms, vinegars, blue cheeses and pickled goods as well as alcohol.  On top of this you would cut out all items that create a sugary or yeasty effect in the body, so this includes all refined carbohydrates, and many white foods like white potatoes, white flour / pasta and white rice (but brown rice is fine and things like quinoa are fine).

 

Tomatoes and carrots are both fine raw but cooked they become sugary, so they are best avoided or dramatically cut down in this period.

 

You should try where possible to only eat organic foods, especially where meat and dairy are concerned.  These two types of foods in particular if not organic that can hold a high number of antibiotics and additional hormones that the fungus will love.  Any pesticides and preservatives on fruits and veggies will be a little gold mine for the fungus also, so if you can’t manage organic make sure you wash these well.

 

If you have any food or chemical sensitivities then these need to be avoided for this time to help the body heal and the immune system strengthen. 

 

It is very important that during this time of change you have a varied and balanced diet and do not cut items out not to be replaced by other items.  Varying your diet will minimise food sensitivities and help your digestive system work more effectively, as well as give you a good supply of essential nutrients.

 

Anything you can do to strengthen the immune system is going to help, so make sure you have adequate amounts of Vitamin C, Zinc & Selenium in your will help. 

 

Drink at least 2-3Litres per day water to flush the fungus and it’s toxins out and to support a healthy digestive track. You can make this water more alkalising by adding cucumber, ginger or pH drops.

 

Cut out, or if not down on caffeine, instead replacing this with herbal teas, especially one’s that support the liver, like nettle and dandelion. 

 

Make sure to take a daily probiotic (if you are not consuming fermented foods and drinks), one with many million strains of lactobacillus bacteria.

 

Grapefruit Seed extract (not grape seed extract) is recommended, please read the label and consume only as advised and start with the minimum dose.  This is a very strong, natural antifungal and isn’t for everyone, so if you find this is too much for you then please discontinue use.  This is also not advised long term. 

 

Oregano Oil extract is an excellent natural antifungal, but again it is fairly strong, so shouldn’t be taken long term.  And although it suggests on the label that you can put this directly onto the mouth undiluted, I would not recommend this unless you want to be hopping about the kitchen trying to scrap the taste off your tongue for the next hour (like I was). 

 

I would not recommend taking the above anti-fungals for longer than 12 weeks, which is the believed amount of time it takes for all the toxins from the fungus to leave the body after the die-off diet.

 

Lastly, try having daily Epsom salt baths to help draw out the toxins created by the fungus and the die-off of itself.

 

You will know when the die-off is finished as you will likely be feeling under the weather during this time and will literally wake up one morning (usually around the 3 week mark) feeling absolutely fine again.

 

Here’s some other relevant links:

The Body Ecology Diet – Donna Gates, for her website, click here.

Cultured Food for Life – Donna Schwenk, for her website, click here.

Zapper – Dr Clark, for her website, click here.

Parasite Cleanse – The Kitchen Stewardship, click here.

Candida Cleanse – The Candida Diet, click here

 

Do any of you have any tips for dealing with inner beasties? 


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Top Tips for Detoxing the Body

It’s really important when detoxing in any way to support the body as much as possible.  Failure to do this could mean you absorbing many of the toxins you have released during a detox back into the body again.  Quick-fix detoxes generally allow this to happen.  If your body couldn’t process these toxins the first time round, what makes you think that it will be able to the second time round when you release these along with  many other additional toxins whilst doing a detox?  As such supporting the body in anyway possible is essential.  This is especially so for the liver, lymphatic and digestive systems as these are fundamental to the permanent removal of toxins from you body.

Below is a list of my top 21 tips for doing so:

  1. Reduce the toxic load of your food.  Replace processed sugars and white foods (like bread, flour and rice) with wholemeal versions and stay clear of sweeteners, diet foods and drinks, as well as caffeine and alcohol.
  2. Reduce the use of toxins in your home and on your body.  Your body absorbs a lot of the toxins from its environment, so replace these with natural alternatives or make your own.
  3. Drink plenty of water (at least 2 – 3 litres every day and more if exercising).  Make sure you drink from a non-plastic, or at least BPA free plastic container.  This will help your lymphatic system eliminate toxins.  Preferably drink at least a litre of this as soon as you wake up and before doing anything else with you day.
  4. Exercise regularly.  This doesn’t need to be high impact – just a minimum of 20 minutes four times a week.  This helps the body sweat out toxins.
  5. Increase your intake of probiotic foods and drinks.  By this I mean fermented (not pickled) vegetables and drinks like kefir and kombucha as these are an amazing sources of many billions of different probiotics bacteria.  These will help the body eliminate toxins and balance good and bad bacteria and yeasts within the gut.  Failing this, then take a really good quality, multi-strain probiotic supplement instead (one with many billions of multi strain good bacteria in).
  6. Drinking herbal teas and using herbal remedies such as burdock, parsley, peppermint, turmeric, black walnut, elderberry, dandelion, nettle, liverwort, wormwood, charcoal and milk thistle all help the body to detox and support the liver through the detoxification process.  The more bitter, the better.
  7. Increase your consumption of magnesium rich foods (leafy greens, nut, seeds, beans, lentils, fish, avocados, figs, bananas and whole grains).  Try to also have as many Epsom salt baths as possible.  Epsom salts are high in magnesium and help to draw out toxins (as well as general aches and pains, so they are great after exercising etc) from the body.  Try to relax in the bath for a minimum of 20 minutes if you can as this will have an optimum affect.
  8. Consider regular massage, reflexology, saunas, steam rooms or any other detoxifying therapies. These therapies stimulate the lymphatic’s, helping them to eliminate toxins through sweating and other means.
  9. Take up body brushing.  You can either use a long handled brush or just your own hands and general brush your body in the direction of the chest.  Make sure, especially with women you brush up the sides of the breasts, where we store a lot of toxins (these may become tender once you start shifting toxins but keep going as that’s a good sign and they will clear up). This will also stimulate the lymphatics and remove blockages, helping them to work more effectively at removing toxins from the body.
  10. Don’t skip meals.  Eating regularly means the body works more effectively and when this happens you eliminate toxins better.  It also means that your blood sugar levels shouldn’t get so low that you feel the need to snack on something naughty!  And remember to include plenty colourful fruit, vegetables, seeds and nuts into your regular meals.
  11. Make sure you are having your having at least one bowel movement a day.  Bowel movements are one of the body’s main ways to remove toxins from it.  If you’re not having at least one bowel movement a day then you are likely holding on to a lot of the toxins from your food.  This will be mean you will be absorbing these toxins back into the body instead of them being removed from the body during normal bodily functions like this.  If your not having regular bowel movements then try eating more fibre, drinking more water and take up body brushing and rebounding.
  12. Daily rebounding (jumping on a mini trampoline), as this helps stimulate the lymphatic’s, which will help remove toxins from your system.
  13. Try not using antiperspirants.  These products impair the body’s ability to eliminate toxins in the normal way, through sweat. I know some people worry about body odour, so they still use antiperspirant products. If nothing else, try to cut them out at home to allow your body to sweat normally.  If the toxins can’t get out they will end up stored in the body.  There are a lot of great natural products on the market (my favourite is PitRock, a salt stone deodorant).  Once your body has eliminated the build-up of toxins and you have lowered your toxic intake you won’t need a deodorant as you won’t smell when you sweat, as the smell is toxins leaving the body.  That’s why people smell worse after a drinking session, a takeaway or when on medication.
  14. Get a minimum of eight hours sleep a night, out body’s do a lot of their detoxing work during our sleeping hours, so it’s important to give it the time to do this.
  15. When eating meat and dairy always try to opt for the organic versions of these so you will be absorbing less toxins through your food then.
  16. If you don’t understand the label then don’t eat it, strange words etc on labels more often than not means chemicals, so avoid eating these sorts of foods where possible as they will only add to your toxic load.
  17. Look into the symptoms of a yeast imbalance within the gut. It’s believed with the way we live our lives these days that up to 70% of us have this issue.  Whilst the bad yeasts grow and get out of balance within the body they produce toxins that the body has to try to eliminate (on top of all the other stuff).  This can make us feel pretty lousy.  It’s fairly simple to bring the good and bad yeasts back into balance with a change of diet, an introduction of some natural anti-fungal foods and increasing our consumption of fermented/probiotic foods and drinks (mentioned within a later chapter of this book).
  18. Breathe deeply, fully into the lungs, stomach and back and with purpose, as many times in the day as you remember. As mentioned in one of the previous chapters this will help the body remove toxins from the respiratory system and allow the rest of the body to get the energy and oxygen it requires to do its job effectively.
  19. Try to incorporate yoga, pilates, tai chi, qi-gong or meditation to your daily life.  These will help support and strengthen body and mind for detoxing and much more.
  20. Swap your normal fluoride toothpastes and mouthwashes for more natural non fluoride versions.  And consider having mercury filling removed by someone who specialises in this process.
  21. And last but by no means least, reduce your stress levels!  This leads to an over production of hormones like cortisol and adrenaline.  When this happens many of the normal functions of the body become impaired and this can mean that not only are you not eliminating toxins, but your also then storing these additional hormones.  Also when you’re stressed you tend not to eat well, exercise and generally look after yourself as you should.

 

Watch this space for: Top Tips for detoxing the Mind and Top Tips for Detoxing your Home.

Here’s some other detoxing pages you might be interested in:

25 Ways to Detox From Heavy Metals etc, click here.

10 Ways to Detoxifying the Body, click here.

28 Simple & Natural Ways to Detox your Body, click here.

Foods that will Naturally Detox you, click here.

How do you detox?


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Kombucha Probiotic Tea

Kombucha is a 2000 year old fermented probiotic tea.

It’s beneficial to digestive health, helping to balance the good and the bad bacteria within the gut.  It helps the body to lessen it’s toxic load by supporting the liver and boasting the immune system.  It is also thought to support the joints, helps with PMS, increases metabolism, is packed full of B vitamins and plenty of enzymes, supports auto-immune conditions and increases energy levels.

When left to second-ferment gets fizzy and can resemble champagne. It’s tasty, especially if you use a flavoured green tea like jasmine, as I do.

You will need to obtain a scoby/mother/mushroom (some of the many names for the same culture/bacteria starter for your probiotic tea) , which should come with a small amount of kombucha tea to start you off.  You can get these from sellers on ebay, fermenting forums online and fermenting groups on Facebook etc.

Kombucha Recipe:

Make a jar (1 litre) of tea in the usual way…WITHOUT MILK

Boil your kettle of water, pour over a teabag add 4 tablespoons of organic sugar.

Once the tea bag has brewed for 10 minutes, remove it and allow to cool to room temperature. Place the scoby with starter tea and your freshly brewed but cooled tea all in a mason jar.  Cover your jar with some muslin and secure with an elastic band.

Place jar in a cool, dry place, like a cupboard or on your kitchen side, but away from sunlight.

Leave your kombucha to brew for 7 to 10 days (depending on your taste preference). During this time your kombucha mushroom will grow a baby kombucha mushroom which will look like a clear jelly over the original mushroom piece.

After 7 – 10 days pour around 700ml of your kombucha tea out of your jar  and bottle for either second fermenting or to drink as it is.  Be careful not to pour out your kombucha scobys (you should now have two).

Top up the jar of kombucha tea with fresh, cooled brewed tea as above and start the process again.

2nd Fermentation

This is when after bottling your drink, you allow it to still for a further 2-5 days (ideally in the fridge to stop it from becoming more sour). The end result is a bubbly champagne-like refreshing drink. Other ingredients such as ginger root, lemon or other fruit can be added at this stage.  These items can be added by cutting them into small pieces or by juicing them then pouring the juice in with the kombucha tea, which is my preferred method.

What I have learnt:

  1. The longer your kombucha brews the more vinegary it becomes (and indeed will turn to vinegar eventually).
  2. Every time you change your kombucha tea, a new baby scoby forms (find friends to give these two).
  3. Decaffeinated tea and different types of sugar can be used, although the tannins really are needed for good kombucha tea.
  4. Avoid artificial sweeteners and honey while fermenting as these can reduce the potency of the culture.
  5. You can dehydrate your extra scobys and make sweets from them.

Do you make your own Kombucha tea?  If so what’s your favourite flavour? 

Here’s some links to some more information on Kombucha:

Food Renegade: How to Grow a Kombucha Scoby.

Mother Earth News: Health Benefits of Drinking Kombucha Tea.

Seeds of Health: What is Kombucha Tea?

 

 


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Water Cultured Kefir

So what is Kefir?  

Kefir is a fermented/cultured probiotic drink.  It comes in both ‘milk kefir’ and ‘water kefir’ forms.

As the name would suggest ‘milk kefir’ is made from milk, but not just dairy milk.  Milk kefir is also made with coconut milk, almond milk, soya milk –  pretty much anything that comes in milk form can be used to make milk kefir.

Water kefir is made from sugar water or coconut water.

Both can be flavoured with various fruits and vegetables (this usually happens on what they call a ‘second ferment’ of your product).

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So why drink it? 

1. Kefir is a much higher source of many different strains of healthy bacteria and yeasts.  This is far higher in probiotic content than the yoghurts or little pots of probiotic drink you will find in a supermarket.   Kefir is an excellent all round source of probiotics.

2. It is a wonderful detoxifying drink as it helps balance the yeasts and bacteria in the digestive system.  This helps to eliminate bad yeasts and bacteria throughout the body.

3. Milk kefir is packed full of easily digestible calcium.

4. It’s full of amino acids and minerals essential for good health.

5. If you have a lactose intolerance you may find that you can tolerate using milk kefir products and in some cases the kefir even helps to heal the gut of this intolerance.

6. It is an excellent source of protein and can reduce cholesterol & high blood pressure.

7. It holds plenty of B vitamins, especially B12 and vitamin K.

8. It helps strengthen the immune system.

9. It can help with energy levels and cognitive function.

10. It’s thought to benefit autoimmune conditions.

11. It’s cheap and easy to make!

So how do you make it?

Milk kefir is slightly better for you than water kefir, but I prefer water kefir.  Sometimes I make it with sugar water and sometimes with straight coconut water instead.

Directions:

1. Take a large mason jar and dissolve 1/4 cup of organic sugar into one cup of hot water into it.  Then top up with another 3 cups DSC_0471 cold water (if the water is chlorinated then leave on the side for 24hrs before adding grains) . I then add 4 tbsp of water kefir grains.

2. You can also add bicarbonate of soda, lemon, mineral drops or egg shell at this stage for added mineral content and healthy grains.

3. Secure some muslin or a  coffee filter over the top of the mason jar with a rubber band.

4. Let it culture for 48 hours, a little less if you prefer it sweet and a little more if you prefer it slightly more sour (the more sour the less sugar is left in it).

5. When it reaches your preferred taste, separate the grains from the liquid through a plastic sieve (metal item can damage the grains).  Then add grains directly into a new batch of sugar water.

6. You can now drink the liquid as it is, leaving it in the fridge in-between to slow down continued fermentation.             DSC_0623

7. You can now do a second ferment to add flavour to your kefir.  Add juiced fruit or even vegetables like beetroot to the kefir drink and put in a closed mason jar or grolsch style bottle and close the lid firmly.  This will allow the kefir to get fizzy like a flavoured soda. Leave this for another 24 to 72 hours and store in the fridge when it is at your preferred taste.

What I’ve learnt from my adventures:

1. If you’re not particularly healthy, have digestive issues, eat a lot of sugar or suspect that you have a yeast overgrowth then have only have a few sips of kefir each time to start with and slowly increase your intake.  If you consume too much to start with, you may experience strong detox symptoms.  These symptoms can be slightly unpleasant.  This is particularly prevalent if you have an unhealthy digestive system.

2. Do not rinse grains in normal water if they need rinsing, use sugar water or coconut water.

3. Boil egg shells first otherwise they can cause mould.

4. Fruit is much better and stronger tasting if juiced rather than whole pieces of fruit added, but you can do this also, but it will need straining off.

5. Your grains should multiply slightly with each batch, if this is not happening then you may need to add more sugar or minerals.

6. Sweet fruits generally work better than sour fruits, especially strawberries, mmmm =)

7. Don’t use metal utensils (including sieves) with the grains as this can harm them.

8. If you buy dehydrated grains, they can take a few batches to get going properly.  Have patience!DSC_0682

9. If you don’t want to make another batch straight away, then put the grains into super sugar water in the fridge (making sure to add more sugar after a week).

10. Eventually you’ll have too many grains.  Why not give the extra ones to a friend, so that they can start their own.  You can even eat the excess kefir grains!

It’s addictive!  Once you start, you can’t stop!

It really can become addictive… but in a good way! =)