I can’t believe it’s already been a couple of years since my very close friend introduced life changing kefir by giving me some of his kefir grains. Sometimes it’s hard to believe something so small and not that mainstream (yet) can be so good and healthy for you. Glad I took the jump and accepted his gift of grains. I’ve lived a healthy probiotics lifestyle ever since.
If this is your first time hearing about kefir or kefir grains or are just curious about them, then let me explain…
Kefir, first and foremost, is a refreshing cultured or fermented beverage made from adding real kefir grains to milk. It’s origin traces back thousands of years to the native population of the Caucasus Mountains. But the origin of the first grains or how the caucasus people got hold of grains is largely unknown. Some have boldly said that the Prophet Mohammed himself bestowed kefir grains as a gift to this people. While still others, believe the grains and kefir are a sort of manna describe in the ancient bible.
No matter what mystery shrouds the origins of these grains however, the miraculous health benefits that come from it are clear. Just some of the health benefits of kefir are:
- Improves digestion
- Treats lactose intolerance, constipation, diarrhea, colon cancer and inflammatory bowel syndrome
- Treatment for ulcer
- Regulates the blood pressure and blood sugar
- Regulates cholesterol
- Effective treatment for various respiratory conditions
- Effective treatment for eczema, various skin disorders
- Effective treatment for acne
- Fortifies the body’s immune system
- Improves the body’s defenses and resistance to diseases
- Has anti aging or anti oxidant properties
and this is not the whole list. Scientific research on kefir is continuously being conducted and the news just keeps getting better and better.
How does kefir do it? Well it starts with, of course, the live grains. Inside are billions and billions of live good bacteria. Add this with milk and let it sit for a while you get even more good bacteria. These bacteria, when inside your body, literally cleans your body of bad bacteria and other stuff that shouldn’t be there. That’s why after eating kefir, you always feel fresh and relaxed. Some people even go to the extent of eating the grains itself!
It is really very similar to yogurt, but it is simply way way better. If you look at kefir and yogurt in a probiotics perspective, kefir has 5 times more friendly bacteria in it than yogurt. And it’s not just the population, it’s the diversity of beneficial bacteria that lives in it that make kefir do what it does.
And did I mention eating kefir is the single cheapest most affordable way to living a balanced and healthy lifestyle? Since it will literally last forever, you buy one batch and make as much as you want!
And with so much kefir recipes out there, you won’t get tired of eating and drinking it. You can make smoothies, juice, ice cream, cheese, breads, soups and all kinds of other stuff!
As you see, there really isn’t any other food that you can compare it to. So if kefir isn’t part of your diet yet, what are you waiting for?