Kefir is a fermented milk drink. The word kefir is said to have originated from the Turkish word "Keif" which means "good feeling". Kefir dates back many centuries to the shepherds of the Caucasus Mountains who carried kefir grains in milk stored in leather pouches where it would ferment into fizzy sour yogurt. Doesn't sound appetizing? Well actually it is! A diet of kefir grains is what's been attributed the long and healthy life of the people of the Caucasus Mountains.
What makes kefir so good for you? Inside the kefir grains are billions and billions of live beneficial bacteria.
When ingested, these bacteria literally cleans your body of bad bacteria and other harmful things that shouldn't be there. Immediately after drinking kefir you feel fresh and relaxed.
In addition to beneficial bacteria and yeast, kefir contains many vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes. Particularly calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, B2 and B12, vitamin K, vitamin A and vitamin D. Tryptophan, one of the essential amino acids abundant in kefir, is well known for its relaxing effect on the nervous system.
So, how is Kefir different than the yogurt that we all know and love?
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Well, when comparing probiotics, kefir has about 5 times more friendly bacteria than yogurt. And the diversity of those beneficial bacteria are much wider than those in yogurt. Think of it as really, really smart yogurt!
Most yogurts that people buy contain a ton of sugar or artificial sweeteners, even the ones labeled 'healthy'.
Kefir is absolutely positively wonderful tasting and contains no added sugars or artificial additives.
Instead of buying those flavored yogurts or yogurt smoothies, buy some kefir next time instead!
Also, the abundance of enzymes in kefir brings more health benefits than yogurt, especially to lactose intolerant people, many of whom can tolerate kefir without difficulty, as long as the kefir is raw and not cooked (cooking destroys the enzymes). How is this possible? Kefir's beneficial yeast and bacteria provide alctase, an enzyme whic consumes most of the lactose left after the culturing process.
Unlike yogurt, kefir can help protect and repair your gut after you've taken antibiotics! I drink kefir daily as do my kiddos. I attribute this along with a diet rich if fruits and veggies to the fact that none of us get sick nearly as much as we used to, and when we do it's much less severe and short lived.
My Kefir Parfait
Some of the ways we enjoy tart, creamy and delicious kefir:
picture from Lifeway Kefir
For those of you who want to lose weight, having kefir as part of your diet could make you shave unwanted weight faster. Because kefir has probiotics, it speeds up the your body’s metabolism letting your body burn more fats and calories even if you’re only spending your normal workout time.
Amazing Health Benefits of Kefir You'll Feel Right Away:
1.Strongest natural remedy against any allergy
2.Strongest natural antibiotic without side effects
3.Treats liver disease
4.Treats gallbladder, dissolves gall bladder stones
5.Clears the body of salts, heavy metals, radionuclides, and alcoholic products
6.Cleans the body of chemical antibiotics
7.Treats kidney stones
8.Good bacteria in kefir are able to fight off pathogenic microorganisms
9.Lowers level of LDL cholesterol
10.Cleans the gastrointestinal tract
11.Irritable Bowel Syndrome
15.Prevents and treats colon cancer
17.Improves the body functions
18.Improves the human immune system
19.Cures Candida yeast infections
21.Stops growth of cancer cells
22.Speeds up healing process
25.Treats inflammatory diseases
26.Reduces size of tumors
27.Treats heart disease
28.Reverses calcination of blood vessels
29.Clears the blood vessels
30.Boosts the bodies energy
31.Natural “feel good” food
32.Treats lung infections
33.Normalizes metabolism thereby can be used as for weight loss
35.Has anti-oxidants and anti-aging properties
37.Treats the gum disease parodontosis
38.Lessens effects of medicines
39.Replenishes body of good bacteria after antibiotic
40.Balances the microflora of the body’s digestive system
41.Regulates blood pressure
42.Lowers blood sugar
43.Lowers blood lipid levels or cholesterol and fatty acids
46.Promotes bowel movement
48.Treats sleeping disorders
50.Treats attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
51.Improves the brains neuro functions like reflexes, memory retention, attention, the five senses
53.Lactic acid fermentation enhances the digestibility of milk based foods. People who cannot otherwise digest milk, can enjoy the vital calcium rich Kefir.
54.Treats yeast infection
55.Eliminates vaginal odors
62.Treats other stomach disorders
63.Detoxifies the body
64.Improves protein quality of milk, and enhances absorption and digestion
65.Good bacteria manufacture B vitamins such as B3, B6 and folic acid.
66.Aids in treating tuberculosis
67.Treats stomach cramps
68.Treats chronic intestine infections
69.Treats liver infections
75.Healing effects on catarrh, digestive nodes, astral nodes, bilious complaints
76.Treats leaky gut syndrome
78.Cures bad morning breath
Think it's to good to be true?
Don't take my word for it, start drinking kefir regularly and you'll quickly see the many benefits for yourself.
So put Kefir on your grocery list right away and get feeling better!
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