Health Benefits of Kefir

The health benefits of kefir are astounding. By adding this kefir probiotic drink to your diet on a daily basis you improve your health and build up a strong immune system, saving you hundreds of dollars in doctor's bills. Here are five reasons why you and your family should be having this healthy drink every day.  But first...

What is Kefir?

There are actually two kinds of kefir: water kefir and milk kefir.

Milk kefir is a fermented milk that contains several species of lactic cultures. It was discovered hundreds of years ago by shepherds living in the Caucasus Mountains.

They found that when they carried milk in leather pouches, the milk would sometimes ferment, turning into a fizzy drink that made them feel good (actually, the word "kefir" comes from a Turkish word that means "feel good"). Drinking milk kefir is similar to drinking yogurt.

Milk kefir is made using fresh milk and kefir grains. These grains look like tiny cauliflower and are made up of casein and gelatinous colonies of micro-organisms. The casein and the micro-organisms grow together symbiotically and are unbelievably good for you.

Water Kefir

If you're not a big fan of yogurt, consider making and drinking water kefir instead.  Like milk kefir, water kefir is loaded with healthy organisms and fill your digestive tract with the healthy bacteria you need to fight off illnesses and disease.

Health Benefits of Kefir
1.  For Digestive Troubles

If you suffer from intestinal tract disorders or even an ulcer, drinking kefir on a daily basis can do amazing things for your gut. The micro-organisms in kefir provide balance and healing to your intestinal tract, easing flatulence and constipation.

2.  Ease Respiratory Disorders

Do you have a cough or virus you can't seem to shake? Drinking kefir on a daily basis will help you overcome viral infections and strengthen your immune system.

Plus, the health benefits of kefir go way beyond getting you well. The micro-organisms in kefir will also protect you from harmful viruses and fungi. Drinking kefir on a daily basis will build up the healthy micro-organisms in your intestinal tract, starving out the unhealthy organisms and also creating a hostile environment for viruses and fungi. Just think of it as an invisible armor for your body.

3.  Great for Young People

The health benefits of kefir aren't just limited to adults, either. The whole family will benefit from drinking this kefir probiotic. Kefir has a soothing effect on the nervous system and can ease symptoms of ADHD, depression and insomnia. Plus kefir is loaded with B vitamins, including niacin, a crucial nutrient for any child suffering from hyperactivity disorder. It can also help heal acne.

4.  A Healthy Heart

If you're worried about your cholesterol levels, start adding kefir to your daily diet to keep your cholesterol level down and keep your heart healthy. Kefir will also regulate your blood pressure and blood sugar.

5.  Trying to Lose Weight?

One of the hardest things about changing your diet to promote health are those awful cravings for foods, especially the processed junk foods we know aren't good for us. But kefir loads our bodies up on nutrition, so we lose cravings for unhealthy foods and can more easily lose weight.

How to Make Kefir

You will need either the milk kefir grains or the water kefir grains.  Both are available for sale from Amazon. 

To make milk kefir, fill a clean jar with milk and add the kefir grains.  Cover the jar with a coffee filter, held in place with a rubber band. 

Within about three days you will have milk kefir.  Strain out the kefir grains with a nylon strainer (a metal strainer will harm the kefir grains) and add the grains to another jar of fresh milk.

To make water kefir (my preferred type of kefir), fill a clean, half-gallon jar with water and add 1/4 cup of sugar.  Add the kefir grains, along with a couple of slices of organic apple, and again, cover it with a coffee filter held in place with a rubber band. 

If the apple isn't organic, peel the slices before adding them to your kefir.  Within 24 hours, you will have water kefir.   Using a nylon strainer, strain out the kefir grains and add them to a fresh jar of sugar water.

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