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How Water Kefir Can Ease Inflammation and Pain

Leeza Zurwick

Founder

Autoimmune disease is an umbrella term for any diseases characterized by abnormal functioning of the immune system. Our immune systems are basically a group of cells and organs that defend our bodies against foreign invaders. When you have an autoimmune disease, your body creates antibodies that attack your own cells by mistake, instead of those foreign invaders. Autoimmune inflammation can be external (skin rashes, redness, muscle and joint swelling/pain), and also internal (stomach and intestinal inflammation, gut pain).

Exercise, medication and a healthy diet can all help ease symptoms, and here we introduce ingredients to add during the second ferment of your water kefir to supercharge your immunity and help combat your flares.

Raisins: these wrinkly little dried fruits help reduce the inflammation marker TNF-alpha. They also contain a good balance of natural sugar, perfect for popping into your second ferment brew.

Basil: this fragrant herb is rich in phytonutrients, which help reduce inflammation. The beauty of basil is that it comes in dozens of varieties, and can be used in sweet and savoury preparations. Our favorites? Sweet basil, Thai basil (more of a licorice flavor), lemon basil and cinnamon basil. Most greenhouses carry several varieties of basil for you to try. Which one is your favorite?

Cinnamon: a beautifully warm spice, that again can be used in sweet and savoury preparations. It also contains phytonutrients which can help with both pain and inflammation.

Cayenne: chili peppers have been praised for their health and medicinal benefits since ancient times. They contain natural compounds called capsaicinoids, which give these spicy fruits their anti-inflammatory properties.

Cherries: these deliciously tart fruits contain anthocyanins and anti-inflammatory properties. Not in season? You can purchase tart cherry juice in the organic section of your local grocer. Just make sure to read the ingredients—you should only be seeing cherries on the list.

Kale: we love our kale! Not only is it rich in sulfur, making it a fabulous detox vegetable, but it produces phase 2 enzymes to further cleanse the liver. The happier the liver, the better chance you have at reducing inflammation. Add kale to your morning smoothie to get iron, vitamins, minerals and some autoimmune support.

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