Wednesday, April 09, 2014
I have the most amazing friends that are so willing to share their "different than mine" knowledge. It is such a blessing to be surrounded with such passionate and caring people. Recently, our family was struck by a stomach bug. My poor, little guy got it the worst. I actually stayed up the entire night with him as he vomited his way through to morning. It was horrible. What helped him in his recovery process? Water kefir, and a good friend willing to share her supply. (Hop on over to her blog, Think on These Things, to learn more about how she makes water kefir.)
What is water kefir? Water kefir is a fermented, probiotic beverage made from kefir grains or a powdered culture. The grains consist of bacteria and yeast existing in a symbiotic relationship. It is packed with vitamins and is an excellent immune booster.
As my little guy went throughout the night ridding his body of fluid I had him slowly start sipping the water kefir. At first he couldn't even keep down a sip, but within an hour he started keeping it down for a while and was slowly able to drink more and more. By morning the vomiting had ended, and he spent the day sipping his "fuzzy water" as he likes to call it. It made him feel better, and it was all he needed to help him down the road to recovery.
Since then, my other two came down with the same bug, and we kicked it out using "fuzzy water". Having the water kefir has been a tremendous blessing. Today, we began the process of making our own. Soon, it will be a staple in our home. We are joining in the centuries old tradition of fermenting water and juice with kefir grains and sugar.
Another of my wonderful friends wrote a very thorough and informative series on making the best choices we can for our families in regard to food. This is a timely topic and really provides some thought provoking as well as helpful information to help us make informed choices when we feed our families. It gets harder and harder to feel good about the food we purchase and consume. I am certain you will enjoy reading her series, The Switch at her blog, Where My Treasure Is.