Coconut Water and Probiotics

February 21, 2013

There is a rage going on in the probiotic world which originates from Donna Gates, creator of The Body Ecology Diet. After discovering the healing abilities of kefir on the digestive tract and mucous membranes in general, Gates was gifted a kefir culture on a retreat in Japan. Regular consumption of kefir builds up communities of depleted friendly micro-organisms in our bodies, this pushes out in-grown colonies of pathogenic yeast. Gardens of diverse, friendly bacteria are vital for strengthening our immune systems. They also protect us from pathogenic bacteria (very good on a trip to the tropics!), help us to efficiently absorb nutrients from our food and ultimately assist with healing all kinds of digestive disorders, allergies, chronic fatigue and much more.

As the name suggests, the Body Ecology Diet is all about getting the optimum ecosystem going in the gut and the rest of the body. One night Donna and a friend of hers, Don (a raw food advocate), were talking about the incredible health benefits of coconut water… all of the minerals and vitamins provided…but Donna was concerned it would have too much sugar for her clients who were suffering from candidiasis (Candida overgrowth). It suddenly occurred to her to try culturing the sweet young coconut water with kefir grains. The results were a raging success, in fact, a coconut yogurt can even be made with the young coconut flesh. People love it, and several versions of how to make it can easily be found all over the internet. I like this version from culturedprobiotics, however, it is not advisable to use the ‘fresh’ coconuts found in stores outside of the tropics, as they may have been dipped in formaldyhyde or even irradiated.

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This coconut kefir tastes tangy and fizzy and has a plethora of minerals, vitamins and the healing helpful micro-organisms that are so beneficial for our bodies, and is very easy to make, by simply culturing coconut water overnight with kefir grains.

What People Say About Coconut Water Kefir

  • It completely stops your cravings for sugar. Imagine the benefits of that!
  • It aids 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 valuable minerals, including potassium, natural sodium, and chloride, which explains why the hair, skin and nails become stronger and have a prettier shine.
  • It appears to have a beneficial, cleansing effect on the endocrine system (adrenals, thyroid, pituitary, ovaries). Women find that their periods are cleaner and healthier; some who had experienced early menopause have found this important monthly cleansing returning again.
  • It increases energy and gives you an overall feeling of good health.

- Body Ecology Diet Website

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  1. stavroula says:

    I just started making coconut water kefir and I love it. However I’ve noticed an increase in stomach bloating and gas. I have candida. Is this normal for a first time user of kefir?
    Many thanks.

    • hellaD says:

      Hi stavroula,
      There could be a few things going on. What type of culture are you using? Water kefir grains or dairy kefir or something else?
      I have noticed that coconut water kefir will get more yeasty especially if it is being made in an area with lots of wireless technology around and this would be problematic if you have candida.

      I have also had issues with yeast overgrowth and have found that coconut water kefir isn’t necessarily the best thing for this condition. Dairy kefir works wonders though and coconut oil is also very helpful.

    • Jerina says:

      Coconut water, like coconut oil and milk, has strong anti fungal properties. If you have candida problems it will break down the candida and could cause lots of gas and diarrhea as a result (particularly if you have severe candida). Once the candida has been broken down you should no longer have any stomach problems. You may have to consume quite a lot of coconut water for a week before this happens. The more severe your candida, the more severe the bloated feeling / gas / diarrhea will be. Bottom line is coconut products are some of the best anti fungals around and consuming them is one of the quickest ways to get rid of your candida.

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