I’ve told a number of people before that the future of medicine lies is bacteria – the estimated 100 trillion bacteria that live in our bodies, that is. For example, here’s some of the latest research:
Probiotics are amazing for healing the gut, but there are also ways to get the beneficial bacteria through food. So for today’s post, I want to introduce to you kefir, an amazing gut healing superfood.
Kefir is a fermented milk drink that actually originates in the Caucasus Mountains, bordering Russia and Georgia. It’s becoming more and more main stream here in North America. It’s rich in probiotics
Kefir is typically made from adding kefir ‘grains’, which are not actually grains and are instead bacteria and yeast, to cow’s milk, though it can be made in a non-dairy way too with coconut milk, coconut water or just water. The kefir ‘grains’ ferment the sugar (lactose) in the milk, making it taste quite sour or more like yogurt.
Yes, most kefir is cow’s dairy based.
Here’s what to remember:
Kefir is worth the hype!
Studies have shown that kefir may actually inhibit IgE production, therefore reducing allergic responses in the body. In another study, the kefir had anti-tumour effects, by inhibiting tumour growth in mice.
If you have taken antibiotics or the birth control pill, this can alter the natural gut flora in your body. This can lead to constipation, food intolerances, gas, bloating or general indigestion. When you add in more of the good bacteria it rebuilds your gut health, helping alleviate these symptoms.
As with most fermented foods, making kefir is actually super easy and way less intimidating than you would think!
Here are a couple of blog posts to get you going:
You can buy the kefir ‘grains’ here.