This acne fighting, basil infused, probiotic rich, water kefir recipe is brimming with a burst of orange, hints of ginger and a pop of strawberry.
Did you know that water kefir can help improve your complexion? Acne can be painful, itchy and for some induces self consciousness.
The LIVE probiotics in water kefir provide an incredible base for prevention and intervention with various diseases and medical issues. When it comes to acne, one of the biggest problems is inflammation. Not just inflammation of your skin around the acne itself, but also potentially in your gut. It is surprising what a lack of good flora in the gut can lead to. Many people with acne choose to take a probiotic supplement, and even dermatologists have begun prescribing them to patients. Though there is nothing wrong with this method, water kefir is much more beneficial because fermented foods contain guaranteed live and more bio-available probiotics, meaning that they are much more effective in increasing and maintaining gut health. Water kefir contains over 30 billion different strains of LIVE healthy bacteria and yeast!
Again, if you are new to water kefir, start with 1-2 ounces and slowly build up over a week or two, to prevent stomach upset but also to gently bring your system into balance, versus shocking it. With acne and inflammation in general, sudden change to the body’s internal balance can sometimes cause a bit of a “flare up” or breakout. Because it is important to reduce the amount of dairy in your diet when combating acne, water kefir becomes the perfect probiotic choice! Is there anything water kefir can’t do? Taxes… it probably won’t be able to do your taxes.
Strawberries are natural anti-inflammatories, and help lower C-reactive proteins, making them powerful allies for helping to heal acne and reduce the symptoms. They are also rich in vitamin C, which is another key player that helps fight free radicals that steal oxygen from cells and destroy collagen, which is needed to keep skin healthy. The fibre in strawberries is also a great acne support, as it reduced constipation which is one of the known contributors to causing painful break outs. They also have a detoxifying effect. The less toxins in your body, the less likely you are to have a breakout.
Who knew that these delicious berries also had even more health benefits!?
Oranges and many other orange hued foods are hailed to help clear up acne prone skin. First, like strawberries, they are rich in vitamin C. Other options include melons, carrots, yams and even figs (which are loaded with magnesium, a key player in balancing out acne-inducing hormones). Oranges and melons also have a high water content, and we know how important hydration is to clear, healthy skin! Adding them to your ferments and also your smoothies just doubles that beautiful hydration! Carrots, cantaloupes and yams are also rich in vitamin A, as well as beta-carotene which enhance the effects of selenium, another acne-fighter.
PRO TIP: Remember, hydration is key for maintaining clear, healthy skin. While you don’t need to drink 8 glasses of water per day, eating water-filled foods (melons, oranges, cucumbers) will ensure your body is perfectly happy and hydrated.
Orange Basil Ginger Water Kefir Soda Recipe
Make the first ferment and leave the jar in a warm place for 24-48 hours.
Strain the grains and add the following to your second ferment.
1/4 cup Juice of one orange
3-4 medium sized basil leaves (remember to gently bruise them with the back of your knife to release the oils both for the flavor and additional health benefits.
1 tablespoon of grated ginger or 4-5 pieces of candied ginger
1-2 fresh strawberries, diced
Add 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!
Refrigerate immediately. It can last there for up to 8 weeks before it turns to vinegar.
This Orange Basil Ginger Soda will give your immune system a boost of over 30 billion LIVE probiotics, magnesium, B vitamins, vitamin C, folate, vitamin K, electrolytes, enzymes and antioxidants.
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Leeza Zurwick is the Founder of Happy Gut and has a deep passion for living off the earth and using fermented food as medicine. After being gifted some water kefir grains, she found it difficult to find consistent information on how to brew water kefir and she found it challenging to source the right brewing supplies. Through extensive research, trial and error, Leeza developed simple recipes and systems to ensure success and delicious results. After drinking water kefir daily, she noticed a significant reduction in bloating, clearer skin and her immune system was strengthened enough to not get sick, despite working in classrooms full of germy kids! Leeza launched Happy Gut in 2017 and made it her mission to share the age old wisdom, simplicity and incredible health benefits of live, probiotic rich, fermented Water Kefir.
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