Benefits of Milk Kefir
While there may be debate on how you pronounce the word Kefir, there is certainly no debate on the nutritional health benefits.
Milk Kefir is a cultured-fermented, yogurt-like drink. It is tart and creamy and can be made with either cow or goat milk. Or even coconut milk if you know how to milk a coconut. (Dairy farmer joke:)
Kefir ferments at room temperature much like yogurt. The available probiotics in Kefir, however, are vastly different than that in yogurt.
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According to the Mayo Clinic, milk Kefir is rich in protein, calcium, B vitamins and probiotics. “ probiotics have live organisms that help add to the population of microbes in your gut.” Anya Guy Mayo Clinic
While yogurt contains six or seven probiotics, milk Kefir contains 36-56 good types of bacteria. And unlike yogurt, whose bacterial contents are only viable for 24 hours, milk Kefir probiotics actually recolonize and live within the gut, fending off bad bacteria and stimulating the immune system.
It all starts with gut health
Our brain sends messages all over the body, including to the gut. The gut responds back, which is known as the gut-brain connection. Therefore, when the gut is lacking nutritional and bacterial balance, it becomes a perfect breeding ground for intestinal issues, skin conditions, endocrine disorders, autoimmune issues, headaches, anxiety and even cancer.
When it comes to restoring or maintaining gut health, milk kefir drink can be used as a first line defense. With its large amount of probiotics that aid in nutritional absorption, along with the calcium, vitamin D and essential amino acids from the milk, milk Kefir’s compound nutritional makeup takes the podium.
While this gut healing drink has been around for centuries, the benefits of milk kefir are quickly being recognized by physicians and nutritionist alike. If you are new to the milk kefir world, start slow. Remember, guts don’t heal overnight. If you don’t want to chug a glug of milk kefir every day, there are several other ways to sneak into your diet. Try adding kefir to smoothies, protein shakes or even salad dressings.
Pick up a jar of raw A2 kefir at Pilgrims Market or The Moscow Food Coop