Not so long ago, yogurt has made its way to every household as the healthy alternative to sweet tooth cravings. But now, kefir is the topic in everyday pop culture conversations. It’s easy to see that kefir has apparently become mainstream with various brands and satiating flavors to choose from, enhanced health benefits and a special movie close-up.
Still on with the probiotic trend, kefir is a cultured milk product taken as a beverage with loads of health benefits. It has a little more liquid consistency and is a little bit more tart-tasting compared to yogurt. It contains 7 to 10 live probiotic cultures per cup, which is three to five times as much in yogurt and which generally means that this friendly bacteria benefits the host organism (that is you) more. It has been noted that the health benefits of kefir comprise of an improved digestion, enhanced immune system, a lower blood cholesterol level, weight loss promotion, and antibiotic side effects and cancer prevention.
Hence, it is no wonder that this creamy yet tangy drink is given many flavors. Kefir flavors include plain kefir and vanilla, the fruity cherry, blueberry, strawberry and raspberry, peach and pomegranate. Kefir also comes in a banana/strawberry combination, tasteful cappuccino, and low fat and no-fat varieties. There is even a product line of kefir flavors for kids which are orange, berry, strawberry/banana and lime.
Kefir is all about taste! It’s not just a health complement anymore; you’ve got fine taste with kefir in your fridge. The product appeals so much to health-minded ladies and mommies and body-conscious men and women alike. Plus its movie cameo in the influential chick flick Sex and the City 2, the equation to the popularity of kefir in taste and health has now been completed.
But wait! Other than the health benefits of kefir that we know of, did you know that kefir is good for your skin too? Being that our skin is the largest organ of the body, it is just right to treat it well as part of a healthy body. It serves as our first line of defense against infection, shields us from harmful ultraviolet light, regulates our body temperature and makes us feel the warmth of another’s touch.
So what is the role of kefir in taking care of our skin? Aside from the beauty products that help us have our skin glowing beautifully, we also need to feed it right. A well balanced diet is directly related to fabulous skin. It should include the antioxidant vitamins C and E in citrus fruits and healthy oils that defy rapidly aging skin, vitamin A in carrots and sweet potatoes to name a few that repairs skin tissues, and the B vitamin biotin that forms the foundation of our skin and integumentary system and can be found in liver, oats, legumes and kefir. Imagine all these health benefits of kefir as it is fed to your skin and absorbed by your body.
So the next time you come across with kefir in the shelves, do not be left out.