There’s nothing spectacular about the name of this powerful beverage. But if you take a deeper dive into its contents, you’ll discover a sea of benefits.
If you’ve not yet benefited from its potent probiotics, then you may have difficulty even imagining what it looks like. Kefir is similar to a liquid type of yogurt. This creamy beverage is packed with beneficial yeasts, which makes it more powerful than simple yogurt for maintaining optimal digestive health. It’s also loaded with an abundance of essential minerals and nutrients, including calcium and magnesium. Since kefir is low in cholesterol, sugar, fat and calories, it’s certainly healthier than any fruit juice.
In today’s video, we’ll explore both types of kefir and look at some of its health benefits.
1. Milk Kefir
This popular form of kefir is typically made with milk from cows, goats or sheep. Some versions are derived from coconut milk. Kefir has a flavor similar to Greek yogurt. You may be able to locate a variety of flavors, other than vanilla, in your supermarket.
2. Water Kefir
This variation has a lighter taste than the one made from milk, and its texture is consistent with soda. Although it contains no milk, it still offers the same healthy benefits.
Health Benefits of Kefir
1. Improves Digestive Health
Since kefir is a storehouse of beneficial yeasts and probiotic bacteria, your digestive system will be relieved by its ability to annihilate hostile bacteria. Its probiotics have delivered positive results in treating IBS, diarrhea, bloating, constipation and a host of many other digestive conditions.
2. Boosts the Immune System
Kefir can also fortify your immune system by cleaning your body of harmful pathogens. One study revealed that kefir’s probiotics can eradicate various infections.
3. Fights Harmful Bacteria
Many harmful bacteria are prone to hiding out in the digestive tract and are seeking ways to start trouble. Salmonella is one such renegade. Once kefir enters the system, its probiotic strain begins to search and destroy bacteria that can harm us.
4. Fights Cancer
Much research has been conducted to determine how fermented foods may help defend us against cancer. Various studies conclude that fermented foods can inhibit cancerous tumor growths, even breast cancer, by reducing carcinogenic compounds.
5. Increases Bone Density
Kefir provides a heathy way to manage and treat osteoporosis by supplying many nutrients and minerals required for good bone health, including calcium, magnesium, and vitamin K2.
6. Reduces Allergies
Looking for relief from allergies? Kefir’s properties can overpower inflammatory markers that are responsible for respiratory problems such as allergies and asthma.
7. Helps Detox
A wide array of food and environmental toxins can create enormous health problems if left unchecked. Fortunately, the bacteria that can be introduced to your body by drinking kefir can destroy these toxins.
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