Kefir’s grains contain plenty of beneficial bacteria and yeast, which explains why it is often called “the miracle drink” or “the drink of the centenarians”. Let’s take a look at 3 major reasons why kefir is good for you.
It promotes a healthy immune system and protects our body against many illnesses, infections and other diseases
Kefir has its origins centuries ago in Caucasus Mountains. It is made by fermenting milk with kefir grains that are similar to tiny clumps of cauliflowers, wheat grain size or bigger, that no other milk product forms.
Kefir also provides many vitamins, minerals and proteins and boasts numerous rewarding health benefits.
Kefir contains more than 30 probiotic cultures that can alleviate and treat many intestinal conditions, such as candidiasis, diarrhea, constipation, as well as restore the intestinal flora of people who have been seriously sick or have been cured with antibiotics.
If consumed regularly, kefir’s friendly bacteria, i.e. probiotics, will inhabit our intestinal flora and alter its acidity, producing particular antibiotic substances that can fight off harmful bacteria, viruses and fungi – all this will have extremely positive effect on our entire body.
Kefir can help regulate and enhance bowel function and reduce flatulence, bloating, as well as give relief to a full, tight and painful stomach.
Intestinal inflammation, bad digestion and excess air in the stomach are often caused by the overgrowth of bad bacteria and yeast. When these harmful microorganisms are kept at low numbers, digestion and peristalsis are enhanced.
Drinking kefir is a good way to increase the amount of friendly bacteria in our intestines and maintain our body healthy.
Kefir is rich in vitamins A, B1, B12, D and K, tryptophan and biotin (a water-soluble B-complex vitamin, which helps the body assimilate other B Vitamins).
It has a relaxing effect on the nervous system and may relieve symptoms of anxiety and benefit people who have sleeping problems. It also has positive effects on depression, as well as on ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).
Vitamin B12 contained in kefir is essential for the proper functioning of the brain and the nervous system, and reduces anxiety. It helps our mind control stress and stay sharp and clear, while vitamin D reduces nervousness and prevents and treats tension headaches.
Kefir is also abundant in tryptophan, an essential amino acid that our body uses to produce serotonin, which promotes relaxing effects on our brain.
Minerals contained in kefir, such as calcium, magnesium and phosphorus, will additionally aid in maintaining our nervous system healthy and in good function.
Studies have shown that including kefir in your regular diet will make your skin look better and younger and prevent acne, psoriasis, and other skin disorders, as well as wrinkles.
Kefir is a natural antioxidant that contains alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), a form of lactic acid known to rejuvenate skin by weakening and dissolving the chemical bonds between lipids that keep our dead skin cells tightly packed together.
Alpha hydroxy acid penetrates the skin tissue and helps remove these dead skin cells from the skin’s surface.
Probiotics contained in kefir are also of vital importance for our skin’s health. They help digestion and fight off the bad intestinal bacteria, which are the main cause of various stomach inflammations, usually reflected directly on the skin.
By eliminating harmful microorganisms from our body, kefir’s friendly bacteria will also help the absorption of nutrients, vitamins and minerals that are essential for skin’s health. So, drink as much kefir as you can!
There are many skin products enriched with kefir, available on the market, but it is also very easy to prepare many efficient home made masks by using this highly beneficial beverage.
All in all, kefir is a superb and extraordinary beverage that has an infinite number of powerful health benefits! Tell us what you think of it and why kefir is good for you. Share your thoughts and recipes with us and other readers.
Jessica is a translator who has lived for many years in Asia and South America. She now lives and works in Europe, while preparing her new journeys. She enjoys traveling, meeting new people, exploring different cultures and foods, and being in love.