Just about every culture in the world endorses a fermented food or drink for its health benefits, and has done so for centuries.
And kefir is often at the top of the list for good reason!
It’s a creamy drinkable yogurt-style fermented milk that in its unsweetened and unflavored state resembles buttermilk in taste and consistency.
Kefir is made by fermenting milk or water with kefir grains composed of bacteria that produce lactic acid, and yeast and polysaccharides.
The friendly drink is famous for its probiotics and yeast which can completely recolonize the intestinal tract after antibiotic use. The re-growth of good bacteria in our guts is essential for total immunity. There are many reasons to consume this age-old beverage.
Here are 8 reasons why kefir may be right for you:
1. Kefir Makes You More Resilient
A large variety of potential benefits from probiotics have been revealed through science, including improvement in intestinal tract health, enhancing the immune system, decreasing the prevalence of allergy in those who are susceptible, reducing risk of certain cancers, treating colitis, lowering serum cholesterol concentrations, reducing blood pressure in hypertensives, and improving female urogenital infections.
2. It’s 100, 000 Times More Potent Than Supplements
Kefir is better than probiotic supplements because one capsule of man-made probiotics usually contains about 15 million beneficial bacteria. In comparison, one small glass of fresh kefir contains about 1.5 trillion beneficial bacteria.
3. Helps Rebuild Gut Flora From Antibiotic Damage
Probably the worst thing that can happen to ruin the happy harmony we have with our beneficial bacteria is to take antibiotics. These kill off indiscriminately, killing the good bacteria along with the bad.
Since our beneficial bacteria help keep us safe from infections and maybe even cancer, this is a big problem. When friendly bacteria have been wiped out, digestive misery is one of the usual unhappy results. Restoring optimal levels of friendly bacteria can return the body to homeostasis.
4. Goes Beyond Yogurt
Kefir contains certain beneficial bacteria that are not available in yogurt, including Lactobacillus Caucasus, Leuconostoc, Acetobacter species, Streptococcus species, Saccharomyces kefir, and Torula kefir.
5. Naturally Loaded With Vital Nutrients Like Vitamin B12
Kefir is loaded with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and a broad spectrum of amino acids, the building blocks of protein that support optimal body functioning. It is also an excellent source of trytophan, the amino acid that has a profoundly calming effect on the nervous system and promotes sound sleep.
Kefir is rich in B vitamins, particularly B1, B12, and biotin, a coenzyme that helps metabolize carbohydrates as energy rather than being stored as fat. These vitamins help regulate the kidneys, liver and nervous system and relieve skin disorders.
6. Who Needs Detox When You Have Kefir
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.
7. Kicks Cancer Cells to The Curb
Recent research showed that kefir was able to kill colon cancer cells and stop their spread. This research was done with cell lines.
8. Everyone Can Drink Kefir
Kefir can be consumed by the lactose intolerant, because the fermentation process produces the enzyme lactase.
How to Make Homemade Water Kefir
It can be made with water, and though the taste may not be as pleasing, water kefir contains all of kefir’s health benefits.
Kefir can also be made at home with any kind of milk you choose, including coconut, almond and goat’s milk.