There are so many combinations of fizzy, probiotic rich water kefir that you can make with strawberries. They are such a delight! Here is some ways that they can also boost your heart health.
Strawberries are an easy one to identify for heart health, as they already look like little versions of one of our most important organs. Strawberries activate a protein called Nrf2 which makes strawberries a great antioxidant and also helps to reduce LDL, the “bad” cholesterol. Strawberries are also natural anti-inflammatories, and help lower C-reactive proteins, making them powerful allies for preventing and reducing the risk of heart disease.
Who knew that these delicious berries also had so many benefits!?
Rhubarb is also another super booster. Rhubarb can help increase the levels of good cholesterol, especially since it is high in fibre. So make sure you use rhubarb stalks in your smoothies, for the extra heart helping boost, and a nice, tangy punch to your brew. Rhubarb is also full of antioxidants, which help to ensure that free-radicals don’t accumulate and cause heart disease. What an underrated fruit! The rhaponticin in rhubarb also helps stabilize blood sugars, and can help prevent/combat diabetes, further decreasing your risk for related heart disease.
Strawberry Rhubarb Thyme Water Kefir- 2nd ferment
5 strawberries finely chopped
2 stalks rhubarb
5-8 pieces of candied ginger
3 sprigs of fresh thyme
Add all ingredients to the second ferment bottle, place in warm location for 24 hours and enjoy!