Rejuvelac – A Wonderful Health Drink

What is the best refreshing drink for you? You answer may be Coke, 100 plus, ice lemon tea, or even Kopi Ice? But for me, it is Rejuvelac.

Re… what? In Singapore, whenever I mentioned about Rejuvelac ( or 回春水 in Chinese) , most of the people I talked to gave me a blank look – never heard of it. So I decided to promote it here.

Rejuvelac is a health drink. It is highly nutritious. It contains vitamin B complex, C, E, and lots of enzymes [1]. In addition, the benefits of consuming Rejuvelac are numerous, among them are [2][3]:

  • It provides friendly bacteria (probiotic), which is a great help for your digestive system
  • It is a great source for vitamin B12, for those who consume a complete plant-based diet, this is your natural supplement
  • It contains lactic acid that can destroy harmful bacteria in intestinal tract
  • It has anti-inflammatory property that can prevent intestinal inflammation (commonly called stomach flu)
  • It contains many enzymes that help to break down glucose, starch, and glycogens, which aids your digestion.

If you often have problem with you digestive system, please consider taking Rejuvalec.

Health tip: Enzymes and friendly bacteria are necessary for a healthy digestive system which allows us to assimilate nutrients and eliminate toxins![3]

What exactly is Rejuvalec?

Well, it is a fermented drink derived from the water in which sprouted wheat berries (some use spelt or rye) are soaked in. I first learned about Rejuvelac from Dr. Lai Chiu-Nan’s book, “Dr. Lai’s Heath Tips”, which provides a clear instruction on how to make Rejuvelac at home. I have since tried it many times, and it is really easy! Best of all, it costs very little to make.

To start, you need to get organic wheat berries. In Singapore, it is commonly available from most organic stores. Wheat berries are the whole complete grains of wheat before any processing. If you are not sure, please ask the store for wheat grain that can be sprouted (小麦种子 in Chinese). It is quite inexpensive; a small packet of 500gm cost only S$1.90.

The following instructions are from “Dr. Lai’s Heath Tips” [1] (with my comment in italic):

  1. Choose organic wheat. After rinsing in water, soak in water for eight hours. (Make sure you use filtered water, pure drinking water or distilled water, not tap water. Chlorine in tap water may affect the sprouting )
  2. Drain the water. Place the wheat in a bowl and cover with a plate for two days to sprout. (In Singapore, with the hot and humid weather, make sure that you place the bowl at somewhere cool and with no direct sunlight)

    Wheat Berries – after rinsing.

  3. Transfer the wheat sprouts to a glass jar and add twice the amount of water. For each cup of wheat sprout, add two cups of water. (Make sure that you use glass jar, never use plastic!)

    Wheat sprout and water in a glass jar.

  4. Place at room temperature (25 degree ◦C ) for 24 hours. In warmer climates, shorten the time to 8 to 12 hours. (Our room temperature is definitely over 25◦C, so I normally leave it for about 8 to 10 hours only)

    Wheat sprout and water – after about 8 hours. You can see gas bubble in the water.

  5. Drink the water. Extra can be kept in the refrigerator. One can make a second batch by replacing the water and waiting another 24 hours. This can be repeated for a third time.

    Drain and serve. The Rejuvelac is ready.

Really easy, isn’t it?

The taste of Rejuvalec is a bit sweet and sourish. The taste may be too strong for some people who is not used to fermented drink; in this case, you can dilute it with water.

I personally prefer to drink Rejuvelac on the day it is made, after chilling in the fridge for a couple of hours. It is cool, refreshing, and full of energy! Although, you can leave Rejuvelac in the fridge for a few days, it loses the freshness and energy.

“Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.” ~ Buddha

So, what are you still waiting for? Get yourself some wheat berries and start making some Rejuvalec! A drink for your good health. Cheers! Bottom up!

Soo Liang

References:

[1] “Dr. Lai’s Health Tips”, Lapis Lazuli Light, ISBN 978-981-04-9603-6, Pg 32 – 33
[2] “Benefits of Liquid Rejuvelac”, http://www.livestrong.com/article/445660-benefits-of-liquid-rejuvelac/
[3] “Rejuvelac: Probiotic, Inexpensive and Easy to Make!”, http://www.squidoo.com/How-To-Make-Rejuvelac#module53380682

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