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The Magic of Kefir

Kefir is a cultured and microbial-rich food that can help restore the good bacteria in your intestines.

Kefir has strains of beneficial yeast and beneficial bacteria, that give natural antibiotic properties.  It is similar to drinking a thin yoghurt, but kefir is more tart, refreshing and has a lot more medicinal value.

Dairy is not recommended to many people because it contains a milk sugar called lactose that feeds yeast and creates mucus.  Kefir on the other hand, doesn’t feed yeast, and amazingly it doesn’t usually bother people who are lactose intolerant.  This is because the friendly bacteria and beneficial yeast growing in the kefir ‘eats’ most of the lactose and provides very efficient enzymes (lactase) for consuming whatever  lactose is still left after culturing.

Yes Kefir is slightly mucus forming but here’s the thing… this mucus-forming quality  is exactly what makes kefir work for us.  The mucus has a ‘clean’ quality to it, that coats the lining of the digestive tract, creating a sort of ‘nest’ where beneficial bacteria can settle and colonize.

This makes the other probiotics you may be taking even more potent: They now have a better chance of taking hold and growing in your intestines (which is what we want) thus helping you to get your ‘money’s worth’.

Kefir vs. Yoghurt:

Kefir has more nutritional value than yoghurt.  Kefir retains the enzymes that would otherwise be killed by the heating process when yoghurt is made.  Kefir ‘cultures’ at room temperature in about 24 hours on you kitchen bench.  Consider Kefir a sort of ‘yoghurt on steroids’.

Kefir is so simple to make also.  Just buy the Kefir grains at your health food shop, follow the directions and add to full cream organic milk.

Note: Some people thrive on Kefir from the start, while others need to eat it more slowly.  Try just a tablespoon once per day and work your way up.  If you notice any digestive symptoms, this means that your gut has not healed enough to be able to tolerate it.  You may then want to try Coconut Kefir from you health food shop until you heal you gut.

P.S.  If there’s anyone in your life (friend, family, employee) who feels they want to do better with their health, please share this post. It might be the fresh perspective they need to feel better.

Courtesy of Donna Gates

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