From tumor reduction to better digestion, kefir is a 'super food' that deserves to be consumed by every individual.
Fermented foods are all the rage today, but if you can’t stomach sauerkraut or find kim chi too spicy, you might enjoy getting the better-belly benefits from a food like kefir.
Traditionally enjoyed in a variety of cultures, kefir is a ‘super food’ that boasts so many benefits, some even claim it is the secret ingredient to living longer and looking better.
Here are 12 reasons why stocking up on or making your own kefir at home might be right for you:
Better Belly, Better Health
Science continues to reveal that probiotics improve the gastrointestinal tract, and in effect boost the immune system, decrease the prevalence of allergies in those who are susceptible, reduce risk of certain cancers, treat colitis, lower serum cholesterol concentrations, reduce blood pressure in hypertensives, and improve female urogential infections.
More Ideal Than Probiotics
One capsule of man-made probiotics usually contains about 15 million beneficial bacteria. But in comparison, one small glass of fresh kefir contains about 1.5 trillion beneficial bacteria. Simple math, but it’s clear that you get more from consuming kefir than probiotic supplements.
Helps to Nullify Damage From Antibiotics
When one receives an anti-biotic shot, the beneficial bacteria in their gut dramatically reduces. Since this bacteria helps keep one safe from infections and likely even cancer, this is a big issue. Digestive misery (bloating, cramps, gas, difficulty digesting food, and more) is a clear sign that the gut needs its micro-flora balanced, and that’s why restoring optimal levels of friendly bacteria can help the body return to homeostasis.
Besides antibiotics, though, pesticides in food, chlorine and chloroforms in the water, environmental pollution and even the use of colloidal silver and honey can threaten this beneficial bacteria.
More Powerful Than Yogurt
Because kefir contains strains of beneficial bacteria that are not available in yogurt, including Lactobacillus Caucasus, Leuconostoc, Acetobacter species, Streptococcus species, Saccharomyces kefir, and Torula kefir, it packs a mightier punch and can offer more health benefits.
Kefir is loaded with nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and a broad spectrum of amino acids, the building blocks of protein that support optimal body functioning. Kefir is also an excellent source of tryptophan, the amino acid that has a profound calming effect on the nervous system and promotes deep, sound sleep.
Being rich in B vitamins – particularly B1, B12, and biotin, a coenzyme that helps metabolize carbohydrates as energy rather than being stored as fat, the kidneys, liver, and nervous system are all benefited. When these systems are functioning more efficiently, skin disorders are known to improve.
Offers Potent Detoxification Aid
Kefir produces substances that inhibit or eradicate harmful bacteria like salmonella and H. Pylori, the bacteria that powers most gastric ulcers.
Strengthens Against Cancer
Ask someone if they know someone else who has Cancer, and the likelihood of receiving a “yes” is high. What it comes down to is that we are living in a very toxic world where few too many people know how to take care of their mental, emotional, and physical bodies. Fortunately, research has shown that kefir is able to kill colon cancer cells and stop their spreading. This research was done with cell lines.
Reduce Tumor Growth
We still don’t know all the benefits kefir offers, but research from Japan has recently found that this mighty food might even help reduce tumor size. In the starter for kefir, the ‘grains’ produce a polysaccharide known as kefiran. When rats in Japan were fed kefiran, they displayed reduction in tumor size.
Regular eating of these grains can lower blood pressure and control blood glucose levels. The grains might also be effective against Crohn’s disease, inflammation, autism, and Candida albicans.
No Drugs or Supplements Necessary
Our world operates on a quick-fix mentality, always searching for the latest ‘cure’ or ‘remedy’ that will offer relief. But kefir, even with all its benefits, is just good ol’ food – nothing else. Bottled kefir is sold in the diary case in many grocery stores, and comes in plain as well as flavored and sweetened varieties. Just be sure to get a quality (or even better yet – local) variety that is sweetened with natural sugars and comes from organic, humanely-raised animals.
Can Be Made at Home!
Anyone, anywhere can make kefir. You can choose to make it with any kind of milk that appeals to you, not limited to coconut, almond, and goat’s milk. The starter is widely available online, and water kefir is also an option for those who want to experiment with this incredible drink and its many benefits.
(If you live in a tropical location, try making coconut kefir – the best!)
Lactose Introlerant Individuals Can Consume
When humans are 2-3 years old, they lose the ability to digest milk because their body stops producing the enzyme lactase. Kefir, however, even when made from cows, can be consumed by everyone because through the fermentation process, the enzyme lactase is produced.
Even infants and the infirm can benefit from kefir – something more parents should consider, as children of this generation are being born with compromised gastrointestinal tracts from low-quality living.
So what are you waiting for? Does this sound like a food you might be interested in adding to your diet?
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