CHASING
THE BALANCE
You are what you eat, and drink, so this is a good place to start.

SUPERFOODS: KEFIR

Lori Wasserman - Author  | 
April 25, 2018
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You've probably walked past this miracle dairy product hundreds of times at your local grocery store thinking it was just another brand of yogurt.

Kefir is nature’s super-drink. The word kefir is said to have originated from the Turkish word “Keif” which means “good feeling”. Kefir dates back many centuries to the shepherds of the Caucasus Mountains in Russia, who carried milk stored in leather pouches where it would ferment into fizzy sour yogurt. No, this doesn’t mean that if you have milk that’s a few weeks past it’s expiration date that you’ve made Kefir….it’s a little more complex than that. The Caucasus people were known for their vitality and long lives – which was attributed to their consumption of kefir.

Kefir looks and tastes like a yogurt refreshment with a bit of a fizzy kick. These days you can find it at almost any grocery store by the yogurt, in a bottle. It comes in plain and fruit flavors and is super good for you.

KEFIR

  • Kefir boasts enormous health benefits. It is loaded with probiotics (good bacteria),has antibiotic and antifungal properties, and has been used in the treatment of a variety of conditions, including metabolic disorders, atherosclerosis, allergies, tuberculosis, cancer, poor digestion, candidiasis, osteoporosis, hypertension, HIV, and heart disease. A recent study found that the compounds in kefir stopped the growth of breast cancer cells. The miracle drink has also been found to inhibit the growth of Salmonella and E coli. If you’ve eaten something “suspect” and the local food truck, drinking a glass of kefir will keep you from getting food poisoning and barfing the night away.
  • Kefir is also loaded with vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, B2 and B12, vitamin K, vitamin A and vitamin D. Tryptophan, one of the essential amino acids abundant in kefir, is well known for its relaxing effect on the nervous system. Because kefir also has an abundance of calcium and magnesium, also important minerals for a healthy nervous system, kefir  can have a particularly calming effect on the nerves. Can’t sleep? Have a glass of Kefir an hour before bed and you’ll be snoozing away.
  •  Lactose intolerant? Kefir also has an abundance of enzymes that bring more health benefits, especially to lactose intolerant people, many of whom can tolerate the stuff without difficulty, as long as the kefir is raw and not cooked (cooking destroys the enzymes).

 

Try drinking a glass of kefir once a day. Add it to your smoothies, have it as a quick breakfast, pre or post workout snack – it’s also packed with protein. You’ll notice a difference in the way you feel and have more energy than you’ll know what to do with.

 

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