Rebalancing the flora in an unhealthy gut is one of the keys to healing autoimmune disease and chronic inflammation such as occurs in all forms of arthritis. Kefir adds healthy bacteria that help regulate the immune system. It does this by providing over one hundred different healthy bacteria and micro-organisms.
Making Kefir at home is a great way to make your own probiotics. Kefir is made from a kefir grain that can be easily shipped to you from an online vendor. It is simple to make. All it requires is adding milk or juice to the kefir grain, without heating or cooking or measuring anything.
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“Milk kefir grains” are the most versatile. They can be used to ferment many different kinds of juices and milks. “Water kefir grains” are not as versatile. They can be used to ferment juice, but not milk.
1. Combine kefir grains with milk in a mason jar.
2. Let sit for one to two days, covered but not sealed.
Kefir can also be used to make cheese. This is a godsend for those who need strict control over the ingredients used in all of their food. To make cheese let the kefir ferment for an extra day or so, until the solids (curds) separate from the liquid (whey). Separate the curds and you will have a cheese somewhat like ricotta.