Why Kefir Is The Secret Ingredient For Your Good Health
Kefir: The Secret Ingredient In Your Good Health
Fascinatingly complex at their core, kefir (pronounced kuh-FEER) grains can be a charmingly simple “secret ingredient” in the recipe for better health … and I’ll let you in on a little something – kefir is a gateway culture that may just hook you on fermented foods for good.
Kefir grains are not truly grains at all, but a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast (aka: S.C.O.B.Y.).
What the heck does that mean? In simple terms, it means that these oddly shaped living masses contain all kinds of beneficial bacteria and yeasts that work together in a mutually beneficial way.
In a short time, they work to ferment the suspension medium (simply, milk kefir consumes lactose, and water kefir consumes sucrose) and imbue this medium with vast amounts of beneficial bacteria known as PROBIOTICS, not to mention beneficial enzymes, calcium, protein, and vitamins.
The strains and numbers of bacteria and yeasts vary between milk kefir and water kefir, with milk kefir leading by a clear margin; not to say water kefir should be discounted!
Water kefir is a probiotic powerhouse in its’ own right, and between milk kefir and water kefir, you’ll have a world of fermented options.
How you can change your GUT HEALTH for the better with kefir
These hardworking probiotics can have a profound effect on gut health, which in turn affects your overall health in all systems – from your immune system, right down to your behaviour.
Your digestive system is HUGE in relation to your body. What happens there changes everything. In fact, the number of bacteria in your body outweighs the number of human cells by a factor of 10.
Sorry to break it to you, but you are mostly bacteria.:\
Clearly, bacteria is going to have a huge impact on how you look, feel and function.
When unfavorable gut flora (bacteria) begin to overpopulate your system, things can begin to break down. Constant stress, exhaustion, medication or illness, depression, anxiety, or a wide array of other factors can help the bad bacteria to take over.
It may start out as small things. You aren’t regular without laxatives. Your skin is dull. You feel run down and tired.
Over time, these little things can tax your system and build up. Before you know it, without intervention you are taking 6 medications to function regularly – to FEEL GOOD.
Most of us have taken antibiotics at one time or another, and you may have been told that upon finishing the course of antibiotics you should eat yogurt.
Antibiotics work by destroying bacteria – which can be a necessary and lifesaving event. The problem with antibiotics is that they are not at all selective. They will also destroy the beneficial bacteria that help your body thrive.
Probiotics counter this effect by replacing healthy gut flora.
Yogurt is often a recommended recourse. Assuming the yogurt contains LIVE bacterial cultures (check the label), it will in fact help – for a limited time.
Kefir contains the strains found in yogurt in MUCH higher numbers, as well as containing MANY strains not found in yogurt.
Additionally, kefir has been found to actually colonize the intestinal tract, while yogurt does NOT.
What this means is you’ll have to continue eating yogurt daily to replace gut flora population, whereas the bacteria in kefir actually colonizes the intestinal tract and takes up residence there.
These feisty little specimens can improve your overall health in a big way – and do it while adding a new tasty variety of food products to your daily health arsenal. But the best, and I mean the BEST part of this charming secret ingredient for good health is the variety of new food products and flavors you’ll have at your disposal…
You’ll find endless ways to enjoy either water kefir or milk kefir, ranging from a simple carbonated beverage, to smoothies and healthy icings, to pressed milk kefir cheese and ice cream. Milk kefir can stand in as sour cream or yogurt, kefir whey tastes amazing added to breads, soups, and beverages…and there is always more ideas you’ll want to try!
I enjoy them so often, I even travel with my cultures!
If you want a simple, natural way to change your health for the better while enjoying tasty foods (and a cool, possibly nerdy, new hobby), pick up these ‘secret ingredients’ today! You’ll love it!
You can purchase authentic LIVE cultures from Yemoos by clicking the links below:
Click here to purchase Water Kefir Grains
Click here to purchase Milk Kefir Grains
Yemoos provides several cultures at reasonable prices and also has many helpful articles for further reading.