Health Benefits of Kefir

Do you drink kefir?

I discovered kefir when I was babysitting as a young girl for a family of Finns who always stocked it in their fridge. I thought it was the most delicious stuff! I never could find it anywhere except the health food coop across town until recent years, and now it’s available in most larger grocery stores. Apparently the health benefits of kefir are more commonly known now that people are becoming hip to the many benefits of probiotics.

I started drinking it a lot and giving it to my kids after learning some of the benefits of kefir.

Did you know that kefir has twice as much good bacteria as yogurt? Probiotics are very important for intestinal health and even for preventing food allergies. Probiotics even help the immune system work properly! Everything happens in the gut. If it’s out of whack, nothing works right.

You can drink it even if you’re lactose intolerant. Even some people with dairy allergies can tolerate kefir! My youngest nephew had trouble digesting dairy products but does great with kefir. It’s a great food for babies weaning from Mom’s milk as well as older toddlers and kids.

It’s high in calcium, protein and is easily digestible. Kefir is excellent for immune system health too.

When I was pregnant, it was sometimes the only thing my stomach could tolerate. I think it went a long way towards keeping the yeast beast away too (I know, thanks for sharing…but hey, it is a common problem for pregnant women!). I never had those problems when drinking kefir.

Kefir has been shown to reduce harmful cholesterol.

There are two brands that are readily available in most large groceries nowadays: Helios, which has a more tangy flavor that is similar to homemade kefir, and Lifeway brand which tastes more like yogurt.

You can also make your own very inexpensively and easily.

In fact it’s far easier to make kefir than yogurt. Basically, you obtain kefir grains (you can buy them online inexpensively or get some from a friend), add them to fresh organic milk, and leave it at room temperature for 12-24 hours. You’ve got kefir. ;)

I’ve heard great things about Body Ecology’s Kefir Starter Kit. It makes up to 42 gallons of Kefir. This starter kit isn’t exactly the same thing as obtaining your own kefir grains, which will live forever and can be used indefinitely.

Another source of kefir grains that can be reused indefinitely is: Cultures for Health.

Then to sweeten, add a drop of stevia or honey. Or make a smoothie with fresh or frozen fruit. It can also be used as a replacement for buttermilk in pancakes and other baked goods, or when making homemade salad dressing.

Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods is a wonderful book that explains why naturally fermented books are so good for your health.

Give it a try. It’s super easy to make, and a very cheap health food.

Make Kefir at Home

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12 Responses to Health Benefits of Kefir

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  6. Sharon says:

    Among its many beneficial powers, Kefir:

    * Provides supplemental nourishment for pregnant and nursing women*

    * Contributes to your healthy immune system help fortify patients suffering from AIDS, chronic fatigue syndrome, herpes, and cancer.

    * Promotes a relaxing effect on the nervous system and benefit many who seek a restful night’s sleep, and who suffer from depression, and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).

    * Helps support your normal intestinal tract function, promote bowel movements and your healthy digestive system — and is an absolute must after the use of antibiotics to restore balance to the digestive tract

    * Curbs unhealthy food cravings by making your body more nourished and balanced

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  8. avanicole says:

    lol… the “yeast beast”

    i’ve been researching on kefir on the net and here i am. wonderful story you got there and personally, i am excited to try kefir out.

    My friend shared some of her kefir grains with me, so i’m pretty lucky to have them for free. have also found a ton of recipes you could make kefir with.. (who knew you could do so much with kefir!).

    while researching i found this post that might help you learn more about the health benefits of kefir.

  9. Sofia says:

    I love kefir but I know it is up to 1% Alcohol. Other sites don’t recommend kefir during pregnancy. Is safe or not?

  10. carrie says:

    Sofia I never had a problem drinking kefir during my pregnancies. I am not a Doctor or a health expert, but I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to a friend. Also, I don’t think most commercially prepared kefirs contain any alcohol. I have made homemade kefir that had a bit of “fizz” to it, but you could always reduce the fermentation time if you were concerned about any alcohol content.

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