Benefits Of Kefir
Kefir Probiotics And Kefir Health Benefits
The main reason why kefir grains have remained in circulation around the world despite being largely unknown in mainstream health drink market is their health and medicinal value. Through the years, it has been known as an effective health drink against tuberculosis, ulcer, arthritis, bronchitis, diarrhea, and cancer, to name a few.
Thanks to the large number of probiotics in its contents, this beverage promises to improve your general health and well-being by first improving your digestive health and boosting your immune system, therefore promoting a well-balanced ecosystem in your body.
What are probiotics? These are helpful microorganisms that make kefir special. Composed of good yeast and bacteria, the probiotics cleanse your intestinal tract and kill bad bacteria. And to make sure your digestive system remains bad bacteria-free for a long time, the probiotics, the good guys, multiply and populate your intestines.
In addition to the probiotics, kefir is also packed with vitamins, lactic acid and other helpful acids. And all these without dairy, which makes it perfect for my non-milk-drinking vegan friends.
The helpful enzymes and bacteria process all the food you take in, and make sure that the waste materials go out of your system, prohibiting any toxic or harmful materials from lingering and causing harm. The probiotics and micro-organisms in kefir clean the colon and intestines and fight intestinal discomforts (bloating, indigestion, constipation and so on) and more serious illnesses, such as stomach ulcers, gastritis, pancreatitis, psoriasis, rheumatism, arthritis, gout, eczema, anemia, and osteoporosis among others. It is also believed to be effective against candidiasis, heart problems, cancer (especially colon cancer) and HIV/AIDS, as well as control the occurrence of asthma.
It can treat skin rashes, acne, bronchitis, allergies, migraine headache, tuberculosis, osteoporosis, diarrhea, colitis, leaky gut syndrome, candidiasis, urinary tract infection, depression and anxiety. Note that the Russians first made kefir famous as a cure for tuberculosis.
When taken regularly, kefir can lower cholesterol levels, regulate blood pressure, treat diabetes, regulate metabolism, help produce bile, improve digestion, cleanse the digestive tract, flush out pathogens, slow the aging process, discourage unnecessary cravings for food, increase one’s energy, and offer an over-all feeling of good health and wellbeing.
Kefir Grains Cure Allergies, Not Cause Them
Kefir is a safe and very helpful organic beverage. It is made from probiotic-rich kefir grains and milk. You know that milk is highly nutritious already, but having been fermented with kefir grains, your regular glass of milk becomes a living beverage that can cleanse your digestive tract and flush out pathogens and with them every associated disease. The grains are made of living and beneficial yeast and bacteria, not chemically or synthetically manufactured ingredients. Simply put, drinking kefir is safe.
However, allergic reactions can happen anytime, anywhere and to anyone, even with the healthiest foods or beverages. Take milk, for instance. Everybody begins life with milk, your mother’s milk or processed. It’s definitely healthy, yet there are people who cannot tolerate lactose. Some even died from drinking or eating dairy products. You never know when an allergy might attack.
Every one’s body is different, so listen to your own body. If you’re having a bad reaction to drinking kefir, stop drinking it immediately. It is very rare that I hear of people having allergic reactions to drinking kefir. Mostly they tell me it even made a great change in their health and lifestyle.
Below are possible reasons, my guesses at least, why you get allergic reactions or have an upset stomach after drinking kefir.
The first thing you should consider is the milk. Since kefir works for any and every type of milk, you don’t have to be picky since you have a wide variety to choose from. I have not tried goat’s milk but many say using it produces the creamiest dairy kefir. If you think pure raw milk won’t settle well in your stomach, then go with the usual pasteurized milk you see in the grocery.
If someone gets an allergy after drinking kefir, it makes more sense that the allergy was from the milk than the kefir. Most milk allergies are from the milk found in cow’s milk. To treat this type of allergy, take kefir using other types of milk. Try goat’s milk.
Milk kefir should not have an adverse effect with those who are lactose intolerant. The bacteria in your kefir grains feed on lactose, which means a kefir drink has much less lactose than regular milk since most have been eaten up already. But just in case you don’t want to risk it, you can use soy milk or almond milk instead. Or, perhaps it’s time that you switch to water kefir.
Another probable cause is the yeast content. A kefir grain is a living substance that has been produced from the symbiotic relationship of living bacteria and yeast (fungi). These are friendly microbes that will do more good to your body than harm, but there are people who can’t stand yeast. This condition is called candidiasis.
Candidiasis is a fungal infection and this may indeed be triggered by kefir but not always. The allergy could trigger asthma attacks, fever, skin rashes and swelling. It is best to try kefir at small portions, say about 1 tablespoon a day to determine if it triggered the allergic reaction.
The most common trigger for candidiasis is the Candida albica yeast. What’s in kefir is Candida kefir, which is in fact a cannibalistic kind that eats Candida albica! In other words, kefir could, in fact, be a cure to candidiasis and many experts and users believe this to be so.
Meanwhile, another possible cause for itchiness or swelling from taking kefir is the quality of the kefir you bought from the store. Experts and long-time users always advise to buy and use real kefir grains instead of store-bought starters or ready-to-drink kefir. If you are a first time user of kefir, I suggest you make homemade kefir drink instead of the store-bought kefir. This will ensure you that the kefir will be fresh and really live kefir grains.
It shouldn’t be a problem. Real kefir grains are widely available on-line and preparing your own kefir is not difficult to do.
Generally speaking, kefir should cure allergies, not cause them. This thousand-year-old health beverage has been proven to improve your skin condition and get rid of acne, eczema and other skin problems. If it’s causing you to have allergic reactions, it shouldn’t be the kefir itself, but instead any of its many contents including the alcohol.
Kefir is a fermented drink; it is acidic, which means there is a certain level of alcohol content, perhaps as tiny as how much you can find in ordinary vinegar.
There is also a chance that the jar or utensils used to make the kefir drink have been contaminated.
At any rate, I believe every human being on this planet should take kefir. The risk is very little compared to its so many benefits. And compared with commercial drugs and their side effects, the risk from taking kefir is very, very close to nil. Through the years, kefir has been proven to treat asthma, tuberculosis, bronchitis, ulcer, depression, lung problems, digestive problems, heart conditions and cancer, to name a few. And what are the side effects? Minor stomach upset.
I got an upset stomach the first time I drank kefir, but it’s probably due to the drink’s sourness. I don’t know many people who drink sour beverages on a regular basis. I have not gotten used to the sourness until today, to be honest, but it’s not causing any discomfort at all.
Kefir is safe for children, the elderly, the lactose intolerant, diabetic patients and even pregnant women. Experts not only allow pregnant women to drink kefir, they also encourage it. The National Kefir Association said, “Pregnant and nursing women are advised to drink kefir in order to absorb essential nutrients, increase immunity and aid the body’s adjustment to hormonal changes. But hormonal imbalances cause problems for women at all life stages, often in the form of irritating and even life threatening infections, such as yeast overgrowth, caused by depletion of good bacteria. Fortunately probiotic-filled Kefir can help prevent and even treat many such infections.”
Kefir Diet | Weight Loss and Calories
Kefir is a low-fat, protein rich superfood that is packed with beneficial probiotics and calcium which can be part of an effective weight-loss diet. It’s especially effective when consumed as part of a reduced-calorie meal plan. If losing weight is part of your goals to be healthier, water kefir might be a better choice for you, since whole milk kefir is higher in calories.
Increased consumption of kefir is associated with a lower body mass index, body fat and waist circumference. One reason for this is kefir’s high protein content. Protein helps you feel full for longer periods of time, and boosts your body’s energy levels, so you’ll feel more inclined to do regular physical activities that will surely help you loss and maintain a healthy weight.
Kefir, when consumed in recommended quantities, is a healthy addition to a weight-loss plan. It makes an easy and convenient snack that keeps hunger pangs away while helping you meet your dairy requirement for the day. Two cups of kefir a day is the recommended amount to achieve optimum results when it comes to weight loss.
Kefir As A Cure For Diabetes
Among the host of diseases that kefir can cure is diabetes. Right now, almost 300 million people are currently afflicted with Type 2 diabetes, which is a common type of this disease.
As diabetes is a chronic disease, the goal of the diabetic and the doctor is to manage the disease in order to avoid complications. Such complications include hypertension, heart disease, stroke, and even death.
Diabetes is a condition wherein the body fails to produce enough insulin to burn sugar. A person who has Type 1 diabetes cannot produce insulin, and so there is an overabundance of sugar. Typically, it is children who suffer from this disease. Type 2 diabetes, on the other hand, stems from bad eating habits. Another type of diabetes is called gestational diabetes, and only pregnant women can get this. However, this condition could lead to Type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetics need only two things to manage the disease: a change of lifestyle, and a shot of insulin.
But the real question is, what can kefir do to help diabetics?
Kefir, specifically water kefir, feeds on sugar. When the grains are mixed with a sugar-water solution, it produces a bubbly, carbonated drink. As the water kefir grains eat the sugar, it produces carbon dioxide, alcohol, and lactic acid. The lactic acid can be very beneficial to diabetics. Several studies prove that even a small amount of acid can help reduce blood glucose levels. In fact, doctors often advise diabetic patients to regularly consume lemon, vinegar, or extra virgin olive oil for their acidic properties.
Kefir can also help those who have diabetes to quell their cravings for sugary food. Aside from lactic acid, kefir has a natural sugar that can help regulate blood sugar levels.