When we mentioned kefir as the healthiest alternative of yogurt (in the yogurt dedicated blog post), we had so much information about it, that we decided to create a separate post about it.
What is kefir?
Kefir is a fermented drink, which is made from milk and kefir grains. (Another type of kefir also exists. It is made from water and tibicos (a different kind of kefir grains), but now we will focus on the milk kefir).
The kefir grains are a colony (grouped organisms) composed of bacteria, yeast, proteins, lipids, and sugars. The colony expands (the grains become bigger) by “eating” the lactose from the milk and releasing B-complex vitamins and probiotics. Exactly this process causes the milk to ferment and to become slightly thicker in texture. As the lactose is “eaten away,” the kefir drink is suitable for lactose-intolerant people.
Benefits of kefir
Around 200 grams of kefir contains more probiotics than a package of probiotic capsules from the store. Besides, it is very rich in B-complex vitamins, vitamin A and D, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and enzymes. This is the reason why the kefir is so healthy and offers many benefits to our body.
- Balances your digestive system. The probiotics help the digestive system to work properly and protect it from viruses, “bad” bacteria, and irritations.
- Boosts your immune system. The probiotics reduce the risk of inflammation by supporting the growth of ‘good” bacteria in your body.
- Makes your skin glow. Kefir probiotics together with biotin act as medicine for problematic skin, because they cure acne, yet moisturize and nourish the skin from inside out. You can also use it as a face mask, as it has a peeling effect: it brightens the skin and gently removes freckles (the first time it may sting a little it).
- Beautiful hair and strong nails. The B-complex vitamins and biotin act as hair and nail booster. A lot of people see that their hair and nails start growing faster after regular kefir consumption. Besides, the hair becomes shinier and thicker.
- Calms you down. B vitamins, together with some of the probiotic bacteria, reduce the stress, and have a calming effect on the mind and body.
- Balances blood sugar levels and cholesterol. A special bacteria, called “kefiran” acts as a controlling agent for the blood sugar levels. Moreover, this bacteria decreases the levels of bad cholesterol and the arteries buildup, thus, reduces the risk of heart disease and strokes.
- It has a long term effect on your health. When you drink one glass of kefir, the good bacteria colonize your stomach and intestines. This way, even if you do not drink kefir every day, you will see the benefits of it.
Learn about how to make kefir at home in this article: “Kefir Recipe [ & How to Store its Grains ]”