Hello my friends. You are probably reading this because you want to make a change. You are tired of your addiction to sugar, have noticed that as you age, your skin has become duller and just doesn’t have the same glow as it did a few years ago? Well, I felt the same way too.
A few years ago when I turned 30, brown spots appeared on my face at the top of my cheek bones. It freaked me out! I always had a clear, even skin tone. I barely wore makeup and only used a tinted moisturizer. I didn’t own foundation, primers or skin brightening creams. Want to know a secret? I still don’t use them.
You see, most of my late twenties I had a pretty healthy diet. I read many health books and followed their guidelines during the week. But when it came to weekends, it seemed that I would get amnesia and completely forget that…
- I had food sensitivities and
- hangovers suck.
Hey, I was still learning. In fact I have been known to occasionally get amnesia on the weekends in my 30s too, but those are far and few between now.
My late 20s, like most people, was a time of huge personal growth and challenges. I was starting to understand who I was and It was a time of many firsts. I was single for the first time in six years, lived in my very own apartment for the first time AND for the first time, my youthful skin from my teens and twenties was starting to fade away. Oh the horror! On the latter. The singleness and own apartment thing was a blast.
I was what you can call a “weekday health freak”. I made healthy choices on the weekday, but not on the weekend. So, I took a step back and looked at how my lifestyle was affecting my health. And no surprise, I was eating poorly and drinking too much on the weekends. Hey! I was single in San Diego and having a great time! But I had to change, because it was taking my body almost the entire week to recover from my weekends of sleep deprivation, bad eating and drinking.
But that all changed…cuz I am vain and want to keep my youthful looks into my 90s. Please, please, please!
First I went on a few juice cleanses, made sure I was getting enough sleep and started to add probiotic rich foods into my diet. One of the first (yep, another first) probiotic foods I added was Coconut Water Kefir. I read about it in Donna Gates’ book, “The Body Ecology Diet: Recovering Your Health and Rebuilding Your Immunity”. It changed my life.
According to Donna Gates, in the article, “Young Green Coconuts”, the benefits of Coconut Water Kefir are:
- Stops sugar cravings
- Aids in digestion of all foods
- It has a tonifying affect on the intestines, even flattening the abdomen
- It appears to cleanse the liver. In Chinese medicine the liver rules the skin, eyes, and joints. Coconut water kefir eases aches and joint pains. Many people report having a prettier complexion. They experience the brown liver spots on the skin fading away and skin tags, moles, or warts drying up and disappearing. Vision also improves
- It contains high levels of minerals, including potassium
- Increases energy and gives you an overall feeling of good health
Sold! I needed a liver cleansing tonic in my daily regimen in addition to eating healthier and sleeping more. The liver cleansing part was the most noticeable benefit for me. It wasn’t just drinking Coconut Water Kefir everyday, but also limiting alcohol consumption and eating lots of veggies. Im not sure how much time had past, but one day I looked in the mirror and noticed that the brown spots were fading and almost gone. They are completely gone now!
Coconut water kefir is a true health tonic and superfood that should be added to your diet if you want to cleanse your liver, improve digestion and stop sugar cravings. Which will lead to glowing skin and high energy levels. It did for me.
There are a few ways to make Coconut Water Kefir. Donna Gates’ recipe calls for a kefir starter, which is what I used the first time I made it. It can be preferable for people who are just starting out making cultured and fermented foods, because a powder seems to be less intimidating than kefir grains.
I make mine using water kefir grains, because they are reusable and you only have to buy them once in your lifetime if you take care of them. Both methods are highly effective and give the same result, so it’s your personal preference.
How To Make Coconut Water Kefir
- 4 cups of coconut water
- ¼ cup of water kefir grains or kefir starter
- Combine ingredients in a mason jar or other sealable jar and set on counter for 1-2 days.
- Check the coconut water kefir after 24 hours. If it tastes sour then it's ready. If it is still sweet, let sit out for another day.
- Place in fridge and drink cold.
- Add in a squeeze of lemon or juice to flavor it.
Have you ever had positive effects from changing your diet or eating a certain food? Leave a comment, because I would love to hear about it.
Resources and products I use:
“The Body Ecology Diet: Recovering Your Health and Rebuilding Your Immunity”.
Body Ecology, How to make coconut kefir
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