Water Kefir Grains

I started looking into probiotics when I was researching how to get my son off ADD medication naturally.

 

My son was 9 years old, when he was diagnosed with ADD. His learning difficulties were impacting his self-confidence and self esteem at school because he felt like he was ‘dumb’. He was sad and angry and I didn’t know what to do to help him.

I found it extremely challenging to put him on the medication Ritalin knowing that it would affect his physical health but with very little support from the school, and very little knowledge what to do otherwise, I felt like I had no other choice.

Fast-forward one year on the medication and my son had definitely improved in coping at school but physically, he was going downhill fast. Over 12 months he had lost weight (kids are meant to get bigger, not smaller at that age). He looked malnourished and unwell. The medication made him feel sick and suppressed his appetite. It was actually really scary to watch.

At this point I knew something had to change but I still didn’t know what or how. I started researching until I found some amazing information about probiotics and what they could do however; I was pretty skeptical. I fully believed that if something sounds too good to be true then it probably is. Well, I was wrong.

Probiotics was not the only thing that I changed in my son’s diet. I got him into a school that was supportive of my decision to not medicate. I put significant restrictions on animal based foods limiting meat and dairy in particular, I gave him all the Cold Pressed Juice he could drink and gave him as much probiotic water kefir as he wanted. I made Kombucha available as well but he didn’t really like the taste of Kombucha (each to their own I guess…).

In one year, his whole life changed. He put on over 20 kg in a year. Now he is almost 6 foot tall at nearly 14 years of age. He is still thin but he looks healthy. He has a great group of friends at school and he has significantly improved in the area of self-confidence and self esteem. He is happy, well-rounded and great fun to be around.

I know that my personal experience is not a scientific study but I’m sure there are plenty of parents out their who are facing or have faced the same predicament as me when I had to choose between a sad, angry child or a medicated, sick child.   When faced with this predicament, scientific studies mean nothing really unless they can actually help.

So, lets look at the very small amount of scientific research there is. According to a study published in 2003 in the “Alternative Medicine Review” journal, researchers treated 10 children with AD/HD with Ritalin and 10 children with AD/HD were treated with probiotics, vitamins and minerals. The study found that food supplement treatment was as effective in treating the symptoms for AD/HD as Ritalin.

So how else can live probiotic drinks change your life?

Another study found that the use of probiotic drinks to prevent and manage type-2 diabetes was effective and supported the body to control blood sugar levels.

Other areas of your life that can improve from the regular consumption of live probiotic drinks are:

  • Improve your internal flora for enhanced digestive function
  • Supports a Strong Immune System
  • Improve Memory and Brain Function
  • Improve Moods
  • Increases Endurance and Recovery from Intense Exercise

One of the great things about live probiotic drinks is that they are so easy to make. If you want to learn hands on, I am running a short workshop on how to make water kefir on the 13th of July from 6.15pm to 8.30pm on the Gold Coast with Tami Jane from Inner Connect and Maggi from DoTerra. If you can make it you will learn about toxins and how they affect your health, how to use essential oils for wellness. Plus you will get to taste different flavours of water kefir and cold pressed juice. You can book tickets here.

 

 

If you are a like me and are a bit time poor, you can order Water Kefir and Kombucha to be delivered direct to your home or workplace. We can even set up a convenient weekly or fortnightly delivery that you can set and forget. We brew our Water Kefir and Kombucha exactly the same as you would brew it at home. Try it here.

8 pack of Probiotics

Probiotics 8 Pack

 

Another alternative is to order our Water Kefir and Kombucha kits and follow the online step-by-step instructions on brewing at home. Try it here.

 

flavoured water kefir

Home Brewed Water Kefir – Lemon and Ginger and Raspberry & Blueberry Flavours

 

 

 

Home Brewed Kombucha

Making Home Brewed Kombucha

 

Whatever your preference, get some probiotics into your diet regularly to reap the life changing rewards.

Happy Brewing,

Michelle

 

References

 

Harding, K. L., Judah, R. D., & Gant, C.. (2003) Outcome-based comparison of Ritalin versus food-supplement treated children with AD/HD. Alternative medicine review: a journal of clinical therapeutic 8(3):319-30

 

Perera, M. A. E. G., Lakmali, J. P. D., Wanninayaka, L. J. M. K. T., Kulathunga, N. U., Wanninayake, P. C. U., Jayarathne, W. M. S. C., & Yapa, P. N. (2016) Probiotic functional drink to control Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus – A Review. International Research Symposium on Pure and Applied Sciences, 2016 Faculty of Science, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

 

Benton, D., Williams, C., & Brown, A. (2007). Impact of consuming a milk drink containing a probiotic on mood and cognition. European journal of clinical nutrition, 61(3), 355-61.

 

Tsuji, H., Chonan, O., Suyama, Y., Kado, Y., Nomoto, K., Nanno, M., & Ishikawa, F. (2014). Maintenance of healthy intestinal microbiota in women who regularly consume probiotics. International Journal of Probiotics & Prebiotics, 9(1/2), 31.

 

Dong, H., Rowland, I., Thomas, L. V., & Yaqoob, P. (2013). Immunomodulatory effects of a probiotic drink containing Lactobacillus casei Shirota in healthy older volunteers. European journal of nutrition, 52(8), 1853-1863.

 

Thushara, R. M., Gangadaran, S., Solati, Z., & Moghadasian, M. H. (2016). Cardiovascular benefits of probiotics: a review of experimental and clinical studies. Food & function, 7(2), 632-642.

 

Roy, B. A., & Troy, L. (2013). Potential Benefits of Probiotics in Highly Active People: Brought to you by the American College of Sports Medicine www. acsm. org. ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal17(6), 3-4.

 

Behnsen, J., Deriu, E., Sassone-Corsi, M., & Raffatellu, M. (2013). Probiotics: properties, examples, and specific applications. Cold Spring Harbor perspectives in medicine3(3), a010074.

 

Shing, C. M., Peake, J. M., Lim, C. L., Briskey, D., Walsh, N. P., Fortes, M. B., … & Vitetta, L. (2014). Effects of probiotics supplementation on gastrointestinal permeability, inflammation and exercise performance in the heat. European journal of applied physiology114(1), 93-103.

 

Martarelli, D., Verdenelli, M. C., Scuri, S., Cocchioni, M., Silvi, S., Cecchini, C., & Pompei, P. (2011). Effect of a probiotic intake on oxidant and antioxidant parameters in plasma of athletes during intense exercise training. Current microbiology62(6), 1689-1696.

 

Cryan, J. F., & Dinan, T. G. (2012) Mind-altering microorganisms: the impact of the gut microbiota on brain and behaviour. Nature Reviews Neuroscience 13, 701-712

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