Jul 25, 2008

Drinking Kefir and Probiotics

I found Kefir about a year ago and found that it was a very good dairy product. I like yogurt but sometimes just don't have time to sit there and eat it. Then I found yogurt smoothies but because they were so costly (sometimes $1 per little bottle) I thought just not worth it. Then I found Kefir. Kefir is not technically yogurt but it is drinkable and I believe more cost effective and better for you because of the high amount of probiotics. The picture above is linked to their website. If you live in Springfield, OH you can get this product at Meijer. I am drinking the Strawberries & Cream Low Carb version (which is quite good because it is not as sweet as the regular version).

Here is a little history behind Kefir:

Ancient East European nomads once carried their goat's milk (or sheep and other animal's milk) in skin bags as they journeyed from location tolocation. The fermentation that took place in the bags turned their milk into a unique-tasting thick drink, now known as kefir (from Turkish word keif ...... Meaning "feeling good"). During this fermentation, the bacteria and yeast in the bag combined with milk proteins to form a mass of living and growing microorganisms that were used to inoculate a new batch of milk, thus producing more kefir. This mass of bacteria, yeasts and polysaccharides is called kefir grain, and it's these grains that kefir its unique taste and properties. The kefir made today is a cultured, enzyme-rich food filled with friendly microorganismsthat help balance your "inner ecosystem." Kefir is more nutritious and therapeutic than yogurt, and also supplies your body with complete proteins, essential minerals, and valuable B vitamins. The drink's tart and refreshing flavor is similar to a yogurt smoothie, but it contains beneficial yeast and friendly probiotic bacteria that combine to give you superior health benefits when regularly consumed.

BENEFITS Easily digested, kefir cleanses your intestines, provides beneficial bacteria and yeast, vitamins and minerals, and complete proteins. Because its such a balanced and nourishing food, it contributes to a healthy immune system and has been used to help patients suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome, cancer and other ailments. Kefir also has a tranquilizing effect on your nervous system, and has benefited many who suffer from sleep disorders, depression, and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).The regular consumption of kefir can relieve many intestinal disorders, promote bowel movement, reduce flatulence and create a healthier digestive system.

RICH IN VITAMINS Kefir is loaded with Vitamin B1, B12, and Vitamin K, and is also an excellent source of biotin. This B vitamin aids in your body's assimilation of other B vitamins like folic acid, pantothenic acid, and B12. The numerous benefits of maintaining adequate B vitamin intake range from regulation of the kidneys, liver and nervous system to helping relieve skin disorders, boost energy and promote longevity. Kefir's ample supply of phosphorus, the second most abundant mineral in our bodies, also helps you process carbohydrates, fats, and proteins for cell growth, maintenance and energy.

KEFIR HAS 36 DOCUMENTED PROBIOTIC BACTERIA for digestive tract health compared to 2 or 3 in yogurt! Kefir also eats sugar. This has many nice aspects to it. Are you lactose intolerant? Kefir eats the sugar out of the milk in exchange for it's probiotics it gives back to the milk. Are you avoiding carbohydrates in your diet? Most of the carbs in milk come from the lactose. Kefir milk has about a third of the carbs as regular mlk and the longer you let it ferment, the less it has. Do you candida overgrowth? Kefir eats sugars and battles the candida yeast. Leftover kefir stuck to the coffee filter can be scraped and used as a great facial mask.

For any kids who do not care for kefir’s sourish taste when taken pure, make kefir smoothies. Use bananas, mangoes, honeydew melons, watermelons, and even — avocados. Mangoes are by far the usual favorite! (of course, no citric fruit)