What is Kefir?
Known as the ‘Champagne of Dairy’, it is a living product that can sometimes surprise you by frothing out of the bottle upon opening. It can separate out with a creamy layer onto top and a watery layer at the bottom - just give it a quick shake before opening - and open carefully!
- is a tasty refreshing slightly carbonated fermented milk beverage similar to yoghurt or buttermilk;
- a symbiotic colony of beneficial yeast and bacteria, known as grains, which are clumps of gelatinous beads growing together in a small clump, resembling cauliflower, rather than cereal grains. These ‘grains’ are unique, in that they are outstanding in their contribution to the health of those who choose to drink milk kefir;
- more powerful than yoghurt, it is not destroyed by antibiotics, it survives the digestion process, it is potently anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant; well-tolerated by the lactose-intolerant, and thought to protect against cancer because of its anti-mutagenic effect;
- is translated as ‘feel good’ in Turkey, and that is what it does. Just try it and see!
- can improve bone health and lower the risk of osteoporosis;
- is a good source of many nutrients, creating , essential amino acids, vitamins A, B1, B3, Bg/folate, B12, D, K,/K2 and minerals;
- contains a large diversity of probiotics – usually 45-60 strains, putting most mainstream probiotic supplements very much to shame. It feeds the tiny unseen army of microbes that live in our bodies and provide us with important health benefits such as boosting immunity, calming inflammation, assisting digestion, and creating amino acids, vitamins and enzymes;
- contains minimal lactose (milk sugar) which is already digested by the microbes – and hence producing a milk drink that is good for the lactose intolerant;
- is very good at maintaining a balanced and healthy gut microbiome, which boosts the ability of the gut to fend off pathogenic microbes;
- can decrease allergic responses to symptom triggering allergens;
- according to research, has also been shown to reduce food allergies in study participants;
- has been used extensively to treat traveler's diarrhea, gastritis, IBS and other digestive complaints;
- is useful in treating psoriasis, acne, eczema, gum disease, liver disease, gall bladder & helping dissolve gallbladder stones, fighting candida & other fungal infections;
- nourishes hair & potentially reduces the grey;
- normalizes metabolism to help with weight loss;
- lowers blood sugar;
- has anti-aging effects;
- cleanses the body of toxins;
- lowers LDL cholesterol;
- stimulates the immune system to be better at identifying and combating disease.