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I apologize if there's already a discussion on this around here somewhere. I searched, but didn't find what I was looking for - but if it's out there, feel free to point in me the right direction.
I'm wanting to get some water kefir grains and start making water kefir for my family, but I'd read on here that kombucha can be a bad idea if you have mercury fillings. My husband has multiple mercury fillings, and I'm wondering if I'd actually be doing more harm than good by giving him water kefir. Does it have detox effects like kombucha?
Can anybody tell me whether or not water kefir is safe in this situation, and if so, why it is - while kombucha isn't?
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I put 1/2 lemon (peele, if not organic), 1/3-12/cup sugar and 3 dates in 6+ cups water with my water kefir grains. Leave in cupboard for 48 hours, then put whole jar in refrigerator, strain as needed. Make new batch each week.
Must use non-chlorinated water. And I add a tablespoon of molasses for the minerals most times.
Here is a visual tutorial: tp://www.weim.net/homeovet/Docs/water kefir.pdf
Kombucha has Saccharomyces boulardii which displaces and replaces candida albicans in the gut. Candida binds mercury to keep it out of circulation. When you kill off candida in the gut, stored mercury is released back into circulation to redeposit into other organs and the brain.
Kefir does not do this similarly. Some people get GI symptoms if they start kefir too much too fast due to the microbial shift in the gut. Kefir has many beneficial microbials. You only need 1 tablespoon to equate to a whole bottle of probiotics.
Kombucha also has the effect of increasing detoxification in the liver. This is beneficial, unless pregnant or nursing, or excess mercury stores. You also need your detox pathways to be open first for effective detox.
Hope that helps. Water kefir is fabulous!!
Would store bought kombucha have the same detoxifying effect as homemade kombucha. I just bought a jar to try, and I am now thinking that I shouldn't drink it since it is detoxifying and I am breastfeeding a toddler.