Discover the Amazing Benefits of Water Kefir: A Fizzy Probiotic Drink Taking Over the UK

Discover the Amazing Benefits of Water Kefir: A Fizzy Probiotic Drink Taking Over the UK

Are you looking for a refreshing and nutritious alternative to your usual beverages? Look no further than water kefir. Packed with amazing health benefits, these fizzy and flavourful drinks are taking the wellness industry in the UK by storm. So what is water kefir? It is a fermented beverage made from kefir grains (symbiotic colony of good bacteria & yeasts), organic sugar and water. 

With its probiotic properties, water kefir can help support a healthy digestive system, boost immunity, and improve overall gut health. It also contains essential vitamins and minerals such as B vitamins, making it a great way to stay hydrated while enjoying a tasty treat.

Whether you're on a quest for a natural way to improve your digestion or simply seeking a delicious and guilt-free beverage option, water kefir is a game-changer. 

What is water kefir and how is it made?

Water kefir is a probiotic beverage that is made through the process of fermentation. It is created by combining kefir grains, which are a combination of bacteria and yeast, with water and various other ingredients such as fruits, herbs, or spices. The kefir grains consume the sugars in the water and produce a variety of beneficial compounds, including lactic acid, and also carbon dioxide, as well as, small amounts of alcohol.

To make water kefir at home, you will need a few key ingredients: kefir grains, water, sugar, and flavourings of your choice. The process involves combining the kefir grains with sugar water in a glass jar and allowing it to ferment for 24 to 48 hours. During this time, the kefir grains metabolise the sugar, producing a refreshing and fizzy drink. Once the fermentation is complete, the kefir grains are strained out, and the resulting liquid can be consumed as is or flavoured with fruits, herbs, or juices. Check out our post on how to make water kefir at home here.

The fermentation process not only adds a delightful effervescence to the drink but also enhances its nutritional value. Water kefir is rich in beneficial bacteria and yeasts, which can help support a healthy gut microbiome. These microorganisms contribute to the fermentation process, breaking down the sugars and creating a wide range of vitamins, enzymes, and organic acids.

Health benefits of water kefir drinks:

Water kefir is not only a delicious and refreshing beverage but also offers a wide range of health benefits. Let's dive into some of the incredible benefits that water kefir can provide:

  1. Supports a healthy digestive system: Water kefir is a natural source of probiotics (lactic acid bacteria), which are beneficial bacteria that can help maintain a healthy balance in the gut.
  2. Boosts immunity: The probiotics present in water kefir can also strengthen the immune system. A healthy gut microbiome is essential for a robust immune response, as it helps to regulate the immune system and protect against harmful pathogens.
  3. Improves overall gut health: Water kefir promotes a healthy gut environment by increasing the diversity and abundance of beneficial bacteria. This can help improve nutrient absorption, reduce inflammation, and support overall gut health.
  4. Rich in vitamins and minerals: Water kefir is a nutritional powerhouse, containing essential vitamins and minerals such as B vitamins. These nutrients are important for maintaining optimal health and vitality.
  5. Hydrating and low in calories: Unlike sugary sodas and artificial ultra-processed beverages, water kefir is a hydrating drink that is low in calories. It can be a great alternative for those looking to reduce their sugar intake and stay properly hydrated throughout the day.

Nutritional benefits of water kefir:

Water kefir is not only a delicious and refreshing beverage but also a nutritious one. It is low in calories and contains a range of vitamins, minerals, and beneficial compounds. Here are some of the key nutritional components typically found in water kefir: 

  • Probiotics: Water kefir is a natural source of probiotics, which are live microorganisms that offer health benefits when consumed in adequate amounts. These probiotics can help balance the gut microbiome and improve digestive health.
  • B vitamins: Water kefir is rich in B vitamins. These vitamins play a crucial role in energy production, brain function, and the maintenance of healthy skin, hair, and nails.
  • Organic acids: The fermentation process of water kefir produces organic acids such as lactic acid, acetic acid, and gluconic acid. These acids not only give water kefir its tangy flavour but also contribute to its health benefits. Organic acids can help regulate blood sugar levels and support liver detoxification.

Water kefir vs. other fermented drinks

When it comes to fermented drinks, there are several options available, such as kombucha, milk kefir, and water kefir. Each of these beverages offers unique flavours and health benefits. 

Kombucha: Kombucha is a fermented tea beverage that is made using a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast). While both water kefir and kombucha are fermented beverages, water kefir typically contains more probiotic bacteria. Kombucha also contains caffeine as it is brewed with black or green tea and has a stronger taste profile with vinegary after-taste due to its long fermentation process. 

Milk kefir: Milk kefir is fermented with milk kefir grains. It has a tangy, sour taste, a thicker texture and a higher calorie count due to the lactose content in milk. However, unlike water kefir and kombucha, milk kefir is not suitable for those with lactose intolerance or dairy allergies.

Incorporating water kefir into your diet

Now that you're aware of the incredible health benefits of water kefir, you may be wondering how to incorporate it into your daily routine. Here are some simple tips on how to enjoy water kefir:

  • As a standalone drink: You can enjoy water kefir as a refreshing standalone beverage. Simply pour it into a glass, add some ice cubes if desired, and savour the fizzy goodness.
  • In smoothies and mocktails: Water kefir can also be used as a base for smoothies and delicious mocktails. Blend it with your favourite fruits, vegetables, and herbs to create a delicious and nutritious beverage. Check out our recipes for a classic kefir mojito.
  • As salad dressings and marinades: Water kefir can be used as an ingredient in homemade salad dressings and marinades. Its tangy flavor adds a unique twist to your favourite dishes while providing beneficial probiotics (just remember not to heat it!)
  • As healthy frozen treats: Get creative in the kitchen by using water kefir to make frozen treats such as popsicles or sorbets. Simply mix water kefir with fruit puree or juice, pour into molds, and freeze for a healthy and refreshing dessert (perfect in hot summer weather or as a post workout treat.

Where to buy water kefir in the UK?

Even though water kefir is still relatively new to the UK market, there are plenty of places that you can find water kefir locally:

Health food stores: Many health food stores carry a variety of fermented beverages, including water kefir. Check your local health food shop or natural grocery store to see if they stock water kefir drinks, you can also recommend your favourite kefir brand to your local stockists if they don't already stock one. We're based in Devon and you can find us at Ben's Farm shop, Ashford Farm Shop, or around London at Planet Organic.

Online retailers: like and specialise in selling high quality artisan food and beverages, including water kefir. Or check out our own online kefir shop where we ship throughout the UK.  

Local farmers' markets and food festivals: Farmers' markets are a great place to find homemade and artisanal food and beverages. 

Recipes and variations for water kefir drinks

One of the best things about water kefir is its versatility. There are endless possibilities when it comes to flavours and combinations. Here are a few recipes and variations to inspire your water kefir creations:

1. Classic Lemon Ginger: Add freshly squeezed lemon juice and grated ginger to your water kefir base for a zesty and invigorating flavour.

2. Tropical Paradise: Blend water kefir with pineapple, mango, and a splash of coconut water for a refreshing taste of the tropics.

3. Berry Blast: Infuse your water kefir with a medley of berries such as strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries for a burst of antioxidant-rich goodness (Strawberry with vanilla is our favourite!)

4. Herbal Infusions: Experiment with different herbs and botanicals such as mint, lavender, or rosemary to create unique and aromatic water kefir drinks.

Feel free to get creative and try out different combinations of fruit, herbs, and spices. The possibilities are endless, and you'll never run out of exciting flavours to enjoy.

More than a drink

Water kefir is more than just a delicious and refreshing beverage—it's a powerhouse of health benefits. From supporting a healthy gut to boosting immunity, water kefir can be a game-changer for your overall well-being. By incorporating water kefir into your diet, you can enjoy the incredible flavours while reaping the rewards of its probiotic properties.

Whether you choose to make your own water kefir at home or purchase it from a store, there are plenty of options to explore. 

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