Better Digestion, Boost Immunity
Kefir has many benefits, including better digestion of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. It has been known for thousands of years for its anti-aging and immune-enhancing properties.
Kefir is an ancient cultured food, rich in amino acids, enzymes, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and B vitamins. Kefir means "feel good" in Turkish, and that's just how you'll feel after drinking a glass in the morning! Easy and fun to make at home, it is superior to commercial yogurt. An absolute must after antibiotic use!
Unlike yogurt, kefir can actually colonize the intestinal tract and is simple and fun to make at home. To make kefir: Mix one packet with 1 quart of warm milk, cover and set at room temperature for 18-24 hours. Refrigerate and enjoy!
Each packet yields 1 quart of kefir, and can be reused up to 7 times. This means you can create 10 ½ gallons of kefir from one box!
- Digest fats, proteins and carbohydrates
- Has anti-aging and immune-enhancing properties
- Rich in amino acids, enzymes, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and B vitamins
- An absolute must after antibiotic use
Dairy can be problem, for adults and children alike. But do you need to completely remove it from your diet?
Not so fast.
Researchers found that kefir was more effective than common anti-asthmatic drugs.
High-quality dairy foods are packed with macronutrients (like protein and fat), as well as micronutrients (like vitamins and minerals). When you ferment raw dairy, you end up with a probiotic-rich food and a solid source of energy.
Milk kefir is a true superfood.
Athletes, children, and pregnant mothers will especially benefit from the spectrum of nutrients found in milk kefir. In addition to probiotics, this includes B vitamins, biotin, folic acid, and vitamin K. (1)
But let’s get specific.
The Top 4 Benefits of Milk Kefir
There are four very good reasons to include milk kefir in your diet, once your gut has healed:
1. Milk Kefir Is Predigested.
If your small intestine no longer makes the enzyme lactase, needed to break down milk sugars, dairy will be difficult to digest. Also, when someone has a permeable, leaky gut lining, the proteins in dairy leak through and cause an immune response against these proteins—specifically, casein and whey protein. These proteins are found in cow, goat, and sheep’s milk.
This is why dairy foods are not on Phase 1 of The Body Ecology Diet.
But as you move into Phase 2 of The Diet, many people can introduce dairy foods into their diet, especially if they are reintroduced slowly. Donna recommends mixing 3 ounces of homemade fermented milk kefir with 3 ounces InnergyBiotic or CocoBiotic. Drink this for a week and then slowly increase the amount of milk kefir you drink.
We have found that the medicinal/probiotic benefits of milk kefir can be obtained with just 4 ounces of kefir per day. Mixing in the CocoBiotic or InnergyBiotic helps with the digestion of the casein. Body Ecology’s Assist Dairy & Protein is also excellent to take at this time.
Milk kefir is predigested. This means that the beneficial microbes (bacteria and yeast) in milk kefir have broken down the milk proteins and also consumed most of the milk sugars. The finished product is a creamy, tart beverage that is easy to absorb and supports your overall wellbeing.
2. Milk Kefir May Help You Breathe Easier.
In 2007, researchers studied the effect of milk kefir on asthmatic mice. They found that kefir was able to significantly control asthma and the inflammatory response that happens in the respiratory tract. (2) Kefir also reduced the production of mucus.