Kefir comes to everyone from the Caucasus . It is very likely that you have never heard this word and much less know specifically what it is for, that is why in this post you will not only know what it is, but also the benefits and contraindications of kefir .

Kefir is nothing more than a food that is made up of probiotic bacteria and yeast. Now, is it possible to feed on bacteria without causing us any harm? Well, it has been scientifically confirmed that probiotic foods contribute greatly to reducing the effects of gastrointestinal pathologies, in addition to strengthening the immune system of the human body.

What is this food?

Kefir is a lumpy food like cauliflower. In the first instance, it may be considered a simple food without much essence, however, when you know the properties of this fermented and the delicious ways to consume it, it is very likely that you want to have a little of it at home.

There are two types of kefir known: Kefir milk and water kefir . In itself, the difference between one and the other is precisely the component with which they are functional.

Milk Kefir can be consumed by mixing it with any type of milk, including soy milk . When consuming the lactose drink it is appreciated that it is very similar to yogurt, however, it must be noted that they are not the same. Although both produce lactic acid when mixed with lactose, Kefir produces carbon dioxide and alcohol, while yogurt does not. On the other hand, water kefir is only functional as its name implies, with water.

Kefir benefits

Compared with Yogurt, which is ideal for strengthening the intestinal flora, milk kefir is a regenerator in itself, as the consumption of lactose drink is recommended after a treatment based on antibiotics. The properties of both foods themselves are the same, so they are listed below:

It serves as a dermatological treatment:

Both milk and water are known worldwide as suitable components to hydrate the skin, but even more so when these are combined with the properties of Kefir, since it contributes to the rejuvenation of the skin and serves as a treatment for dermatological diseases .

It is ideal for the heart:

Drinking the kefir-based drink allows deep cleansing of the blood vessels that are the inhibitors of cardiovascular diseases.

Promotes weight loss:

Thanks to the stimulation of the gastrointestinal system, it can  accelerate the human metabolism as a probiotic food, which results in healthy weight loss. That is why kefir for weight loss is increasingly used worldwide.

Serves as an anti-inflammatory treatment:

Kefir has been proven to work perfectly as an anti-inflammatory , which is why people with syndromes such as gastritis or irritable bowel have a feeling of rapid relief when consuming this drink. In addition, in the long term there is an impressive improvement in the patient.

Manage diabetes:

Another of its incredible benefits is the reduction of glycemic levels in the blood, which is why patients with this pathology keep their glucose levels low.

Kefir contraindications

 

Just as Kefir has benefits, it also has contraindications. When dealing with bacteria-based foods, it is advisable to be careful when consuming it. Although probiotic foods are considered safe, the fact that they are composed of bacteria carries risks such as inflammatory bowel diseases , immunodeficiency, and heart disease.

In view of the above, if you observe any side effect, do not hesitate to go to your trusted doctor to be treated properly.

How to ingest kefir?

Now that all the benefits and properties of this food have been made known, surely you want to know how is the preparation of Kefir . Let’s see:

Ways to consume kefir:

It is mainly consumed as a drink, mostly lactose, since the properties of milk kefir are better known. It is also possible to combine other fruits to enjoy additional benefits; this does not diminish its properties.

Other people prefer to consume it directly, which is why they use it for fruit salads. It is also possible to mix it with Yogurt, since they have similar consistencies and benefits.

To make milk kefir you need to know the following steps:

  • Place the Kefir grains in a container or glass.
  • Pour the milk. Remember that you can use any type of milk you have at home.
  • Cover the container very well and store in a cool place, where the light does not reach it.
  • After 24 hours, it is possible to consume it; after properly passing the drink through a strainer.
  • You can take it cold or at room temperature, depending on your taste.

In the case of preparing water kefir, the steps are as follows:

  • Fill the container with water and place the Kefir grains in the container.
  • Shake the container for a few minutes to mix well.
  • Uncover the container and let it rest for at least 2 days to be able to drink the drink.

As an important note, one of the benefits of kefir is that the grains can be reused to make more drink, however, it is advisable to store them in a cool place.

As you have seen, this is an excellent food that can be part of your diet, if you do so, you will save yourself many diseases and contribute to the good health of your body.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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