Got Kefir? No, not Sutherland. Kefir, the fermented drink. The hidden probiotic. Everyone knows my endless promotion of probiotics. It’s the P in my H.O.P. E. formula for healthy eating. H is for fiber, O is for Oil (cod, fish, flax), P is probiotics and E is for enzymes. You must have friendly gut bacteria in order to maintain gut health. I will shout it to the rooftops. Probiotics are your friend. I have preached and preached the benefits of yogurt and how it needs to be a daily habit especially for yeast proned women. But, today, I would like to talk to you about Kefir. Not as in Sutherland. haha
Kefir is a fermented milk drink that has been around some thousands of years. It is one of the oldest fermented milk drinks. It packs billions of probiotics and doesn’t taste so bad. It reminds me of yogurt and milk mixed together. It is live active bacteria so you don’t have to worry about the inactive bacteria like you do in store bought pills.
As a previous suffer of IBS, having a healthy digestive system is key to me. I constantly need my gut re-populated with friendly bacteria. I have found that probiotics help me with keeping my skin clearer, healthy hair and reduces brain fog. For those of us who are lactose intolerant, you can make your own kefir at home without milk. Making kefir with coconut water or coconut milk will still give you rich probiotics.
Many health enthusiasts make kefir at home. All kefir is made using kefir “grains”, which are a yeast/bacterial fermentation starter. All types of kefirs are similar to kombucha in that they must have sugar in order to allow the healthy bacteria to grow and for the fermentation process to take place. But, believe it or not kefir is very low in sugar, because the live active yeast essentially “eats” the large majority of the added sugar during fermentation.
It is worth pointing out that while I generally don’t drink dairy, I’ve made an exception for Kefir because I love its benefits. Gut health is essential to keeping weight off and maintaining a healthy gut.