Young green coconut kefir is made from the lightly sweet ‘water’ found inside a Thai baby coconut. You can also make a coconut pudding from the tender meat found in a Thai baby coconut. I have found best success with making both with Body Ecology’s starter*.
The kefir and the pudding are digestive aids that are rich in magnesium, calcium, essential fatty acids, and beneficial flora (aka probiotics). They are also much cheaper, and effective, than a probiotic supplement.
- Rich in enzymes and probiotics
- Increases energy
- Eliminates heavy metals
- Decreases sugar cravings
- Ease joint pain
- Calms nerves
- Clears skin
- Reverses Candida
- Rebuilds intestinal flora
- Helps those with autoimmune issues or going through chemo who are susceptible to yeast overgrowth
- Regulates hormones
- Soothes baby’s colic, diaper rash, cradle cap (give to babies young as 2 days old)
- Discourages GBS overgrowth in birth canal so you can have an antibiotic-free birth
- Controls cravings
- Enhances fertility
- Easier menstrual periods
- Counteracts side-effects from corticosteroids, birth control pill, and antibiotics
- Shiny hair (My husband had grey hair. After eating cultured food for a few months, it turned black and soft.)
- Helpful for anyone on Body Ecology or GAPS Diet
Benefits for Women
Coconut kefir and pudding cleanses the endocrine system (adrenals, thyroid, pituitary, ovaries). Many women find their menstrual period becomes more clean and healthy after eating these unsalted cultured foods. If you’re prone to pms, you might find that goes away. If you’re experiencing early menopause, you may find your monthly cleansing return again. Breast-milk can become more probiotic-rich with the addition of these foods!
When the gut is inflamed or permeable (leaky gut), as is often the case with digestive issues like IBS, Crohn’s, or gluten intolerance then young green coconut kefir and pudding can help because they have anti-inflammatory and cooling properties. These foods soothe and repair the digestive lining.
Coconut kefir and pudding are alkalizing and anti-fungal in nature. They are ideal for anyone with a yeast or bacterial infection (i.e. Candida, GBS+) because they keep the gut environment in a correct pH which make pathogenic yeast, like Candida Albicans and Group B Strep bacterium die-off and give good flora an opportunity to thrive again.
*This is my favorite kefir starter to make both the yck and pudding (recipes below). This starter contains potent strains of probiotics that have been shown to survive the long journey from mouth to gut; where they remain intact, wake up, and keep us strong and healthy in so many ways. Most probiotics get destroyed by antibiotics, fluoride, stomach acid, and chlorinated water before they even reach the gut.
“I like my mom’s young green coconut kefir better than cookies!” – B.C., age 9, Barre, VT.
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Gates, D. (2010). The Body Ecology Diet. Bogart, GA: B.E.D. Publications
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