If you think about it, just about every culture in the world endorses a fermented food or drink for its health benefits, and has done so for many centuries. Kefir is often at the top of the list!
Kefir is a creamy, drinkable yoghurt-style fermented milk. In its unflavoured and unsweetened state, it resembles buttermilk in taste and consistency. It’s made by fermenting milk with kefir grains composed of bacteria that produce yeast, lactic acid and polysaccharides.
Kefir is well-known for its probiotic-friendly yeast and bacteria, which can completely recolonise your intestinal tract. The regrowth of good bacteria in your gut is essential for total immunity. There are just so many reasons to consume this age-old beverage! Here are a few.
Eight reasons to enjoy kefir
#1: Kefir offers many health benefits
A big variety of potential benefits from probiotics have been revealed through science, including improvement in intestinal tract health, strengthening the immune system, decreasing the prevalence of allergy in those who are susceptible, reducing the risk of certain cancers, treating colitis, lowering serum cholesterol concentrations, and lowering blood pressure in hypertensives.
#2: Kefir is better than probiotic supplements
Kefir is better than probiotic supplements because one capsule of manmade probiotics usually contains about 15 million beneficial bacteria, whereas one small glass of fresh kefir contains about 1.5 trillion. In probiotics, it’s all about the numbers!
#3: Kefir goes beyond yoghurt
Kefir contains certain beneficial bacteria that aren’t available in yoghurt. These include Lactobacillus Caucasus, Leuconostoc Acetobacter species, Streptococcus species, Saccharomyces kefir and Torula kefir.
#4: Kefir is loaded with nutrients
Including vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and a broad spectrum of amino acids (the building blocks of protein that support optimal body functioning). It’s also an excellent source of tryptophan, the amino acid that has a profoundly calming effect on the nervous system and promotes sound sleep.
#5: Kefir is a potent detoxifier
Producing substances that inhibit or eradicate harmful bacteria, like salmonella and H. Pylori (the bacteria that powers most gastric ulcers).
#6: Kefir isn’t a drug or a supplement
It’s simply a good food! So, there’s nothing to fear. Bottled kefir is solid in the dairy case in many supermarkets and all health food stores. It usually comes in plain as well as flavoured and sweetened varieties. Beneficial bacteria love sugar!
#7: Kefir can be made at home
You can make it at home with any kind of milk, such as coconut, almond or goat’s milk. The starter is widely available online. You can even make it with water – and though the taste may not be as pleasing, water kefir contains all of kefir’s wonderful benefits.
#8: Kefir can be consumed by the lactose intolerant
This is because the fermentation process produces enzyme lactase.
Kefir is a fantastic drink for everyone!