Kefir has become very popular in recent years, particularly among people trying to find the most natural ways to improve their health.
This cultured beverage helps improve the balance of bacteria in your intestines, as well as your overall digestion.
An interesting fact about kefir is that even people who are lactose intolerant can enjoy it.
The reason? First of all, lactose can cause inflammation and poor digestion because it’s a type of sugar that originates in animals.
But during the processing of kefir, lactose is converted to lactic acid, which actually improves digestion. Still, you should try it yourself to see how it makes you feel.
In today’s article we invite you to discover kefir and learn a little more about this wonderful probiotic. We’re going to reference studies conducted by dietitians that have been published in the journal “Nutrition Authority.” Are you ready to join us?
But…what is kefir?Kefir is fermented cow’s or goat’s milk, and its signature acidic flavor comes from the conversion of sugars during the fermentation process.
This reduces its lactose content, making it much easier to digest.
The fermentation process, conducted under the strictest safety measures, also generates yeast and bacteria that improve your immune system function and promote healthy bacterial growth in your intestines.
Now you might be wondering…is kefir yogurt, then? Not exactly:
- Kefir always has a slightly bitter flavor, while yogurt is less bitter thanks to its higher content of lactose.
- Kefir is almost always found in liquid form, while yogurt is usually thicker and creamier in texture.
- During the fermentation process, kefir retains only the essential nutrients from milk and the presence of lactose is significantly reduced.
- Thanks to the microorganisms found in kefir, your intestinal flora is enriched to a much higher degree than with yogurt, and any harmful bacteria in your intestines that lead to problems like gastroenteritis are often eliminated.
Discover kefir: one of the best sources of probiotics you can findWhen you talk about probiotics, the first thing you probably think of is the classic bowl of plain yogurt.
In fact, however, one of the most powerful probiotics in the world today is kefir. The Center for Cooperative Research in Biosciences in Spain gives us the following information:
Antibacterial and antifungal properties of kefir
Kefir is very effective against many types of bacteria, including salmonella, H. pylori, shigella, and E. coli – even certain fungi like candida albicans.
This is because kefir contains active polysaccharide compounds that fight microbes and inflammation, and help heal a variety of types of infection.
The power of kefir for your immune system
Kefir protects your intestinal mucosa from bacteria, so it’s a good idea to drink this beverage that’s rich in more than 30 strains of healthy bacteria and yeast that will benefit your overall health, and most importantly, your digestion.
You can enjoy kefir every day with fresh fruit. You can also use it to make smoothies to strengthen your immune system.
Nutritionists will tell you that this beverage derived from fermented milk contains a powerful and unique probiotic known as Lactobacillus kefiri, one of the greatest defenses against harmful bacteria.
Kefir improves bone health and fights osteoporosis
As you know, osteoporosis is a common problem among women, a disorder than causes pain and the increased risk of bone fractures.
One effective way to strengthen your bone tissue is to increase your intake of calcium, but there are many people who can’t tolerate cow’s milk due to the content of lactose.
Remember, however, that kefir also has a high calcium content, and it’s rich in vitamin K2 that helps promote the metabolism of calcium.
Add it to your diet gradually to see how you feel. If you digest kefir well and it doesn’t cause discomfort, you can enjoy it on a daily basis with breakfast.
How should you consume kefir?
Where can you buy kefir?
- In your grocery store, in the dairy or diet aisle
- In natural food stores
- You can find it in liquid or dried form
How should you consume it?
- If you purchase the dried kefir granules, you can take around 100 grams a day, ideally combined with a little honey.
- It’s a good idea to add kefir to your breakfast routine, combining it with fruits like papaya, or cereal and oatmeal.
- Liquid kefir can be enjoyed in small amounts (half a cup) after your main meal of the day. It will improve your digestion, and if you consume it on a regular basis, kefir will help strengthen your natural intestinal flora and immune system.
To conclude, although kefir has a very low lactose content thanks to the fermentation process, it’s still a “milk” product, so you must see how well you tolerate it.
Nevertheless, kefir is healthy and helps you feel great.