Rejuvelac, is a fermented beverage made from sprouted grains. It's been used for centuries in various cultures as a health tonic. If you're searching for a natural and nutrient-rich drink that can aid in improving your gut health, Rejuvelac is definitely worth considering.
What is rejuvelac?
Rejuvelac is a fermented drink that is easy to make at home. First, grains are soaked and sprouted before being fermented in water for a few days. During this process, the natural lactobacilli and yeast present in the grains break down the sugars and starches in the sprouts. This creates a probiotic-rich beverage that is high in enzymes, vitamins, and minerals.
Health benefits of rejuvelac
- Improved Digestion: The enzymes and probiotics in rejuvelac can help improve digestion, relieve constipation, and promote regularity.
- Increased Energy: Rejuvelac is rich in B vitamins essential for energy production and can help boost your energy levels.
- Boosted Immunity: The probiotics in rejuvelac can help improve gut health, which in turn can boost your immune system and help you fight off infections.
- Reduced Inflammation: Rejuvelac contains enzymes that can help reduce inflammation in the body.
How to make rejuvelac
Making rejuvelac is easy and requires just a few simple steps:
- Soak the grains: Rinse the grains and soak them in water for 8-12 hours, or until they start to sprout.
- Sprout the grains: Drain the grains and place them in a sprouting jar or a mesh bag. Rinse the grains with water twice a day for 2-3 days, or until the sprouts are about ¼ inch long.
- Ferment the sprouts: Add sprouts to a jar with filtered water. Cover the jar with a breathable cloth, and let it sit at room temperature for 1-3 days, or until the liquid turns cloudy and slightly effervescent.
- Strain and refrigerate: Strain the liquid from the sprouts using a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth. Refrigerate the rejuvelac for up to a week.
To make rejuvelac, you can use various types of grains and beans. When choosing your grains, it's crucial to opt for organic, non-GMO varieties and steer clear of grains treated with pesticides.
It's also important to ensure that the grains are fresh and have not been sitting on store shelves for too long. Older grains may not sprout as easily or may have a lower nutritional value.
Here are some of the grains I have tried:
- Buckwheat groats
- Mung beans
Making rejuvelac at home
Rejuvelac is a simple and affordable way to add probiotics, enzymes, and nutrients to your diet. It's easy to make at home and can be enjoyed on its own or added to smoothies or juices. If you're looking for a natural way to improve your gut health, increase your energy levels, and boost your immunity, give rejuvelac a try.
How much do I drink?
Take it easy when using live probiotics and Rejuvulac
If you are new to probiotics, go slow. Your gut may be in for a shock. Not only will you be flooding your system with living bacteria, but that same bacteria will be going to task killing off any bad bacteria. Side effects such as bloating, gas, and diarrhea can happen.
Don’t stress! Take it easy and ride it out. This is a routine part of the cleansing effects. A small glass of the drink at a time is the best way to start until you can recognize how your body will react. Listen to your gut!
More recipes to try
- Sprouted Buckwheat Rawnola
- Turmeric Wellness Shots
- Macadamia Nut Milk
- Pineapple Tepache
- Green Tea Kombucha
- Mixing bowl
- Glass jar
- Glass bottles
- 200 g Mung bean sprouted
- 2000 ml Water - filtered
- Rinse the organic mung beans and let soak in a bowl full of water over night.
- Drain off rinsing water and discard.
- Place large colander with the soaked sprouts in a cool dark corner. We want our mung beans to sprout, so we will make sure there is plenty of room for air to circulate. Rinse and drain the seeds at least twice a day.
- You can leave the mung beans in the sun light for a couple of hours per day to help with sprouting.
- Keep the colander covered with cheese cloth. This will aid ventilation and keep out any flies.
- Once you have ½” - 1” sprouts, you are ready to make rejuvelac.
- Give your seeds one more rinse and fill a glass jar with fresh, non-chlorinated water.
- Add in the sprouts and stir well.
- Put it back in a cool dark place, and let those friendly bacteria do what they do best.
- In 24 - 36 hours you will have your first batch of Rejuvelac. The longer you wait, the stronger the taste will be. Strain and pour the liquid into a glass bottle and refrigerate.
- Rejuvelac will be cloudy with a mildly tart / sweet taste.
Rinse your jar with boiled water and start again.
Once you’ve brewed a few batches, you will recognize the difference between a bad smell, compared to the unique probiotic Rejuvelac smell.