If you're a health nut, then you likely already know all about kefir. It's been labeled a "super-food" and this is well warranted. If you've heard about it, but not exactly sure what it is, then read on because I'm going to tell you why it's a super-food that may make you feel super-fabulous.
Let's get right to it. What is kefir?
It's a fermented dairy product made by adding bacterial cultures to milk. This causes the transformation of the milk's sugar into lactic acid (ferments). Kefir's taste is unmistakable -- some call it effervescent. And that's because it has a champagne effect on your tongue - kinda tingles. It's the "champagne" of yogurt! The texture is thinner than yogurt, which makes it great for smoothies or as a substitute for milk on your morning cereal.
What makes it a super-food?
It is bursting with good bacteria - more than any other yogurt. You've all seen the TV commercials with the dancing belly (implying that yogurt improves digestion), well times that by 20 (or more!) because kefir has much more good bacteria than any plain yogurt.
Good bacteria in your gut has many benefits including:
May increase your immune system (less colds and flus)
May reduce allergies/food intolerances
Improve your digestion -- you can use it for either diarrhea or constipation
Aids in the absorption of vitamins and minerals
I've written a whole blog about the POWER OF PROBIOTICS (the good bacteria in kefir). This article has a much more detailed description for all you inquiring minds out there.
And, here's one of my favourite recipes for homemade muesli. This takes 10 minutes to make at night and you have your own homemade muesli for a few days that is loaded with vitamins, minerals and good bacteria.
Be well and joyous!