By using fermented milk and kefir grains, you create a milk drink of a mixture of yeasts, microorganisms and bacteria. There are also proteins, lipids and polysaccharides present. The drink originates from the Caucasus region and the name ‘kefir’ is derived from two Persian words; ‘kef’ meaning foam and ‘shir’ meaning milk. The health benefits of kefir is that it has excellent antibacterial properties which can help heart disease, HIV/AIDS and cadidiasis (yeast infection). The kefir grains look similar to cauliflower and when combined to the fermenting milk, it is then known as a miracle drink.
To get the health benefits of kefir, you first need to know how to make the drink. You first add live kefir grains to the milk. As the milk ferments, the grains which are growing propagate new grains. Milk from goats, sheep and cows are best to use, however substitute milks such as soy milk, rice milk and coconut milk can be used. The traditional method is to allow the milk to ferment in a skin bag to allow the mixture to be stirred. Once the milk has fermented, it can be strained to remove the kefir grains.
The main reasons for the health benefits of kefir is due to the microorganisms. The promote digestive health and the wellbeing of the individual. It can combat bloating, gas, indigestion and can cure constipation. Those who are lactose intolerant find it beneficial due to the enzymes included in it. Drinking the fermented milk helps by relieving inflammatory bowel disease and can cleanse the colon, addressing any problems of the intestines along its way.
The other health benefits of kefir are helping conditions such as rheumatism, arthritis, pancreatitis, eczema, gastritis, psoriasis, gout, osteoporosis, leaky gut syndrome and anemia. By strengthening and stimulating the body’s immune system, the disease fighting qualities are enhanced and drinking the milk can also reduce the risk of colon cancer and prevents the growth of cancerous cells.
Due to the amino acid, ‘tryptophan’, kefir helps maintain a healthy nervous system and calms the nerves. Other health benefits of kefir are its anti-aging properties by neutralizing the free radicals in the body. It can control or even cure acne, depression, sleep disorders, bronchitis, asthma, hypertension, chronic fatigue, diabetes, colitis, allergies and even diarrhea. As it is a source of protein, kefir is safe for all ages, even children. By detoxifying the body, promoting vigor and health as well as losing weight, the health benefits of kefir are almost endless.