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WATER KEFIR

- selected by robyn openshaw, msw

Heals: Poor gut health

Immune system dysfunctio­n Infection • Inflammati­on Cancer • Low energy Allergies and asthma

“Water kefir, a fizzy, fermented drink, is one of the easiest, most cost-effective ways to get live probiotics to your gut. Making your own kefir—preferably with organic coconut water—is the superior option (see recipe on the next page). In just one day, the coconut water is bubbly like soda and wonderfull­y tart. I can’t overstate the importance of eating fermented and cultured foods: The live probiotics and enzymes are essential for gut health, which ripples out into every other area of wellness. Most of our immune system lives in the gut, so when the gut is functionin­g well, we see benefits beyond digestion. Probiotics help protect from illness, increase your energy, improve the appearance of your skin, and contribute to cognitive function and positive mental health.” Serving size: 1 cup (8 oz. or 250 ml)

Robyn Openshaw is a psychother­apist turned nutrition researcher who promotes plant-based eating. She is the founder of greensmoot­hiegirl.com and the author of 15 books on health and wellness.

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