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Blackberry Fatigue Water Kefir Soda Recipe

Leeza Zurwick


How can water kefir help tackle fatigue? While there is no cure for chronic fatigue, and no fully successful treatments for the symptoms, drinking water kefir can help give you a bit of the energy boost and mental clarity you need to get through the day and feel more like yourself. Blackberries are a sweet little morsel that we really enjoy adding to our smoothies and second ferments. Blackberries can help fight brain fog and help with short-term memory retention, chronic fatigue and are one of the top brain boosting super foods. They are also great allies for fighting inflammation, especially the chronic inflammation of autoimmune disorders.


MAKES: about 4 cups


4 cups first ferment

2-3 tbsps wild blackberries

6 basil leaves

2-3 tablespoons tart cherry juice or 4-5 frozen tart cherry halves available    in the organic juice aisle of your grocery store, or in the freezer aisle.


  • Make the first ferment and leave the jar in a warm place for 24-48 hours.
  • Strain the grains and add the ingredients to the green swivel top bottle with the first ferment water kefir.
  • Seal up the green swivel top bottle and leave it in a warm place for 24 hours for the second ferment.
  • Open slowly, strain and enjoy!


 While we used tart cherry juice for this recipe because of its amazing anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties, we know that not all cities readily carry them. You can substitute cranberries or cranberry juice for a similar flavour and still maintain those immune-boosting properties. Just make sure it is 100% cranberry juice and not cocktail!

Most grocery stores carry fresh herbs in the produce section and Thai Basil is now available at most Save On Foods, Independent Grocers and Superstore locations. Not in stores near you? Check your local greenhouse, and plant some of your favourite herbs to add to your smoothies!

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