I absolutely swear by kefir! If I'm ever feeling a bit run down or under the weather, then I order a three week course and it always makes me feel better! Both physically and mentally. I like the pure and super strong stuff from The Chuckling Goat... it tastes repulsive to begin with, but you get used to it quite quickly and now I actually quite like it!
What is Kefir? It is a live product made from kefir grains which are added to milk, causing it to ferment (The Chucking Goat use goats milk). The end product is packed with millions of a variety of strains of live bacteria that we need to effectively break down and most importantly digest the crucial ingredients we need to obtain from the food we eat.
Don't we already have these bacteria in our get? Yes, we are born with gut flora from our mother, but over time, for a number of reasons (such as taking antibiotics) the population of these useful bacteria can get diminished in our gut and need replenishing, and this is where kefir comes in. Have a cupful every morning before you eat amultiplying and do their important work!
Here are just a few of the health boosting properties of Kefir:
- overall digestive health
- relieve the symptoms of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
- boost the immune system
- help with anxiety and stress
- fight harmful bacteria (and therefore infections)
- improve the quality of your skin eg acne
- fight cancer
- improve bone density (and prevent osteoporosis)
- help autoimmune problems such as asthma and eczema
plus it's packed full of vitamins such as B & D too!
So what's the downside? Well it doesn't taste very nice! I used to add half a banana, some blueberries and raspberries to mine and whizz it up in the blender but now I don't mind the taste and just drink it as it is!
It's quite expensive... a three weeks course from The Chucking Goat is around £45 but as it makes me feel so good I think it's totally worth it!
You can make it at home using kefir grains for next to nothing. Kefir is now so popular that you can buy Kefir smoothies in the big supermarkets now.
I would definitely recommend giving it a try!
*Find out more information from The Chuckling Goat website
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