Kefir is a cultured, enzyme-rich food filled with microorganisms that help balance your digestive system. More nutritious and therapeutic than yogurt, kefir supplies complete protein, essential minerals, and valuable B vitamins.
Kefir can be easily made from any type milk, coconut, rice or soy. The milk product is combined with gelatinous white particles called grains, which contain the bacteria and yeast mixture clumped together with milk proteins and complex sugars. The grains ferment the milk, incorporating the microorganisms to create the cultured product. The grains are then removed with a strainer before consumption and can be added to a new batch of milk.
Benefits of kefir
Kefir cleanses the intestines and provides beneficial bacteria, yeast, vitamins, minerals and proteins. Because kefir is such a balanced and nourishing food, it contributes to a healthy immune system and has been used to help patients suffering from AIDS and cancer. It also has a tranquilizing effect on the nervous system, which can benefit people who suffer from sleep disorders, depression, and ADHD. Regular use of kefir can help relieve intestinal disorders, promote bowel movement, reduce flatulence, and create a healthier digestive system.
Try this homemade kefir recipe.