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 Keeps Your Intestinal Flora Healthy and Fights Harmful Bacteria
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 Can Help You Relax and Reduce Anxiety
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.
Rejuvenate Your Skin With Kefir
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.
7 thoughts on 3 Reasons Why Kefir Is Good for You
when I was a little girl I remember that I’ve never liked the taste of kefir, but as I got older I kinda like it. with this article, you helped me to understand the good side of kefir. :) thanks! j.
I am happy to say that Kefir is calming me down.
It is also helping my GI tract. Looking forward to
It’s other health benefits.
I just started making kefir last week, and have made several different flavors such as, strawberry, mixed berry, banana-mango, raspberry, and by far strawberry & raspberry are my most favorite. The kiddos love it too. Now if my hubby can jump on board.
How do you make kefir. I am interested
also we like it in our family……….
try making kefir in high speed blender with either rose water which really helps to relax you, ice cubes and mango pieces or fresh watermelon and sprigs of fresh mint and there you go wonderful!!!!!! I also add some stevia if you like and enjoy!
I just started making water kefir, after a friend of mine gave me the crystals because hers multiplied. The effect I noticed right away is the feeling of calmness and relaxation it gives me. I am normally a very anxious person with low level of frustration. It has been a lifelong struggle for me to stay calm. I wish I knew of this before. I would recommend kefir to all people who suffer from anxiety or depression.