Kefir: What are the health benefits and How to make it at home

Kefir is a cultured, fermented milk drink which is packed with healthy probiotics.

It is similar to a yogurt drink, but is tart and has a creamy flavour and texture.

Kefir is made using “starter” grains, just as sourdough bread has a “starter”. This starter is a combination of yeasts, milk proteins, and bacteria.

Kefir, which originates from the Caucasus Mountains, is one of the most probiotic-rich foods on the planet. It is a unique, living food, containing live enzymes, yeasts and many many strains of friendly probiotic bacteria that benefit the digestive tract, and helps maintain a healthy gut and boost energy levels

The nutritious fermented milk drink is also rich in antioxidants, antibodies and metabolites and essential vitamins and minerals.

The transformation of milk into kefir makes it superior to regular whole milk, because it is much easier for the body to digest and absorb its rich nutrient contents although all the goodness of the milk remains.

Using Kefir on a regular basis supports the balance of your intestinal flora. It improves your resistance towards disease and supports healthy bowel movements.

Given that milk kefir is made from full fat milk, it contains ample amounts of calcium and vitamin K2, which is essential for preventing osteoporosis.

Research has found that kefir reduces the inflammation associated with asthma and allergens.

Kefir is also effective against aflatoxins, which are common toxins that people are exposed to through food. The lactic acid bacteria in kefir enable kefir to bind aflatoxins, which destroys the alfatoxins.

By drinking kefir regularly, it is possible to detoxify the body of aflatoxins and other fungal contaminants.

Kefir can also help people to lose weight and reduce belly fat.

At one point, kefir was only available to buy from health food stores or specialist shops. With growing awareness of the numerous health benefits of kefir, more and more supermarkets and grocery stores are starting to stock kefir.

Kefir is simple to make at home, and does not require any specialist fermenting equipment. All that’s required is mason jars, kefir grains, strainer or colander, wooden spoon, glass bowl and whole milk, preferably organic. The below video shows you how to make kefir at home with these simple ingredients.

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea

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