Our gut contains 70% of the cells in our immune system and the effectiveness of our immune system depends on a healthy gut to provide proper nourishment.
But a healthy gut doesn’t just contribute to a strong immune system, it actually affects everything from our heart health, brain health, improved mood, healthy sleep, and effective digestion, and it may help prevent some cancers and autoimmune diseases and this is why keeping your gut healthy is so important.
Let’s First Understand What Kefir Is
Kefir is a cultured, fermented milk drink which has a thinner consistency than yogurt. It is made from kefir powder, a type of culture with a colony of yeast, milk protein, fungi and bacteria and is traditionally prepared using cow, goat or sheep milk.
After approximately 24 hours, the combination of microorganisms in the powder multiply and ferment the sugars in the milk, turning it into kefir. The milk’s lactose is converted into lactic acid by the lactic acid bacteria giving kefir its sour taste. Along with its tart and creamy flavour, there is a slight ‘fizz’ due to carbon dioxide, the end product of the fermentation process.
Kefir is the drink but kefir powder is the starter culture (if we were to use a basic baking analogy, it is much like how sourdough bread has a starter) that is used to produce the beverage. The drink originated in the mountains of North Caucasus, Eastern Europe and Russia. The name is derived from the Turkish word keyif, which means “feeling good” after eating.
Benefits of Kefir
Kefir is loaded with protein, minerals, vitamins and high in probiotic health benefits. It has minerals like potassium, magnesium and calcium important for building bone density and vitamins K2, D and Bs like B12 and Riboflavin (B2). It also contains a wide variety of bioactive compounds including organic acids and peptides that are valuable to health.
Kefir consists of fresh healthy bacteria and cultured yeast that is good for your gut. The presence of probiotics assists with the digestion and absorption of nutrients, regulation of normal, healthy bowel movement, improvement in the gut flora environment and reduction of stomach bloating.
Certain probiotics in kefir are believed to protect against infections. This includes the probiotic Lactobacillus kefiri which is unique to kefir. Studies demonstrate that this probiotic can inhibit the growth of various harmful bacteria, including Salmonella and E. coli. Kefiran, a type of carbohydrate present in kefir also has antibacterial properties.
Besides strengthening gut health and supporting a healthy immune system, kefir is linked to better skin and reduced eczema flare ups, improved bone health and lowered risk of osteoporosis, help in weight control and prevention of the recurrence of yeast infections.
k-Grain Kefir Probiotics
k-Grain Kefir Probiotics contains 3 trillion probiotics in one sachet. It consists of active kefir cultures and is scientifically formulated in Japan with up to 61 strains of beneficial microbes to encourage optimal health and well-being. These strains of bacteria and yeast make it a very rich and diverse probiotic source though diversity may vary. Other fermented dairy products are made from far fewer strains and do not contain any yeast.
With just two simple steps of pouring the contents of one sachet into 500ml of milk of your choice and allowing it to ferment at room temperature for 24 to 48 hours, you will get fresh homemade kefir yogurt to empower your bodily functions. Just add fresh fruits, nuts and seeds to up the health quotient!
Made in Japan, k-Grain Kefir Probiotics contains up to 61 strains of beneficial microbes that encourage optimal health and well-being. It is loaded with protein, minerals, vitamins and high in probiotics. k-Grain Kefir Probiotics is 100% customisable and easy to make. It is sugar free and suitable for vegetarians as well as lactose intolerant consumers with the use of non-dairy milk like soy or almond.
A sachet with five days supply retails for $15.90, 10 days supply for $28.90 and 20 days supply for $48.90. For more information and to purchase go here.