What is Kefir?
Kefir, the richest natural probiotic drink you get. Yes, you heard that right, Kefir should be your go to drink if you striving for a healthier living.
This simple ‘grain’ ferments and produces a product similar to yogurt when mixed with fresh, unpasteurized milk. Unike your standard grains however, Kefir grains consist of fats, proteins and polysaccharides and ‘grows’ as they ferment, contributing to their value and reusability.
The word Kefir is derived from the Turkish term “keyif” referring to the “Good Feeling” one experiences when drinking it. The taste of Kefir may vary but is most closely related to yogurt with a tangy, slightly sour flavor. It can also easily be mixed with various fruits and spices to create a combination just for your taste buds.
A 175 ml serving of milk kefir contains:
- Protein: 6 grams.
- Calcium: 20% of the RDA.
- Phosphorus: 20% of the RDA.
- Vitamin B12: 14% of the RDA.
- Riboflavin (B2): 19% of the RDA.
- Magnesium: 5% of the RDA.
- A decent amount of vitamin D.
This is coming with about 100 calories, 7-8 grams of carbs and 3-6 grams of fat, depending on the type of milk that is used.
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Kefir is a fully fledged, supercharged, natural probiotic vessel. It contains a vast amount of bacteria more powerful than those found in yogurt or other probiotic sources. The average home made kefir contains +- 50 strains of bacteria and yeast compared to yogurt which contains less than 10% that.
Builds Bone Strength
Many people suffer from Osteoporosis and Kefir does great at providing your body with calcium . It does this not only through the calcium from whole fat dairy but it contains a bio-active compound that helps the body absorb calcium and stops bone degeneration. It also contains vitamin K2 which is vital in improving bone health, density and calcium absorption as well.
Improved Lactose Toleranc
Kefir’s active ingredient breaks aids the body to breakdown lactose into lactic acid, making it easier to digest. The larger range of bacterial strains and nutrients removes nearly all of the lactose in the dairy. Studies have also shown that “kefir improves lactose digestion and tolerance in adults with lactose malabsorption.”
Improved Digestion and Gut Health
Our gut is super important and Kefir helps balance all the bacteria and acidity, it also fights gastrointestinal diseases like irritable bowel syndrome and ulcers. The probiotics in Kefir are also amazing at restoring the gut back to the correct balance of antibiotics and is essential at keeping your gut healthy.
Kefir hosts many compounds and nutrients that boosts your immune system into gear and protect your cells. It contains many probiotics and one specific only to Kefir -Lactobacillus Kefiri, which helps defend against harmful bacteria like salmonella and E. Coli. The probiotics also greatly improve nutrient absorption, and contains phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, vitamin D and vitamin K2.
Cancer is a devistating illness and anything to prevent the spread and growth thereof is essential. Kefir has been shown to make cancerous cells in the stomach break apart. Kefir plays a large anti-carcinogenic role inside the body and slows the growth of tumors. It has also been shown to reduce breast cancer cells by 56% in animals.
The millions of microorganisms contained in Kefir assist the immune system to naturally suppress allergies and help the body respond to allergic outbreaks. 17 out of 23 studies have shown that probiotics improve allergic symptoms.
Step by Step Guide
Make sure you have the following before getting started.
- Wooden Spoon
- Cloth (cotton so it may breath)
- Glass container ( 500ml +)
- Elastic (to secure cloth over container)
- Kefir grains
- Milk (non-pasterised / Woolies full cream)
Note* Do not use any steel or metal
- Take your Kefir grains and place them in your glass container.
- Top up the container with milk.
- Place the cotton over the top and secure with elastic.
Place the container in a dry, moderate temperature area for 36 hours.
The longer you wait the more the Kefir ferments.
Pour the liquid through the strainer into the bowel.
Once the grains fall into the strainer, use the wooden spoon and slowly separate the last bit of grains from the liquid.
Note* Be gentle and careful with the Kefir grains.
To clean the containers and spoons, only rinse and scrub with a clean cloth. Do NOT use soap.
Note* Soap and steel breakdown the bacteria that makes Kefir awesome!
That’s it! All you need to do now is repeat the process.
You can grow as much Kefir as you want.
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