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Keeping Healthy with Kefir

Using milk in your cereal and smoothies every day might be getting old. Yoghurt might not be your thing. Whatever your reason, switching to kefir can benefit your health in several ways.

But what is Kefir?

You might have heard the term kefir before. Gaining serious traction in the health community, this not-quite-milk, not-quite-yoghurt product is becoming a more mainstream option for people looking to improve or maintain their overall health.

Kefir is a fermented beverage made by adding kefir “grains” to milk. These grains are not the kind you would imagine, like rice or barley. They are instead culture colonies of yeast and lactic acid bacteria.

And unlike other commercial kefirs, Pyengana Dairy Cow’s Milk Kefir contains yeast, which makes it an authentic traditional kefir and not just a drinking yoghurt.

The name kefir is derived from the Turkish word keyif, which describes the essence of joy after eating a delicious meal.

What are these health benefits everyone is so excited about?

Good For Your Gut

This is the most popular reason people make the switch to kefir. While milk is high in calcium and protein, it lacks those gut-loving bacteria that are so essential in our every day diets. The yeast in kefir also makes it higher in vitamin B, numerous minerals and additional amino acids, which are beneficial to your intestinal tract in a way that yoghurts are not.

Supports Digestion

The live probiotic cultures in kefir may help balance the bacteria in your stomach, which can help alleviate symptoms of many digestive diseases, infections or stomach ulcers.

Immune System

Did you know that up to 80% of your immune tissue lives in your digestive tract?  Harvard Medical School stated in 2014 that Following general good-health guidelines is the single best step you can take toward naturally keeping your immune system strong and healthy.” Feeding your gut all those healthy bacteria, vitamins and minerals can keep your immune system well fed and ready to fight back as soon as you feel a tickle in your throat.

Lower in Lactose

Lactose is a sugar found specifically in milk and other dairy products. Many people, especially adults, have trouble digesting lactose. This is called lactose intolerance. The lactic acid bacteria found in kefir turns the lactose into lactic acid, reducing the levels of lactose and making it much easier to digest.

Bone Health

We all know calcium is the key player in ensuring our bones stay nice and strong. But often other factors can influence bone health – such as diseases like osteoporosis. Osteoporosis occurs when bones begin losing minerals like calcium quicker than they are replacing them. Kefir can be a great source of calcium and vitamin K2, which is crucial for bone health.

Mood

There is an amino acid called tryptophan present in kefir. “[A factor] that could play a role in raising brain serotonin is diet. According to some evidence, tryptophan, which increases brain serotonin in humans as in experimental animals, is an effective antidepressant in mild-to-moderate depression,” says Simon Young, Ph.D, in an article he titled “How to increase serotonin in the human brain without drugs”.

Healthy Weight

Kefir can be a beneficial to people on a health journey – one serving (150ml) contains only 278kj (65 calories). And the protein in kefir can also help you stay fuller for longer and reduce hunger cravings throughout the day.

Want to Reap the Health Benefits of Kefir Yourself?

Pyengana Cow’s Milk Kefir is available in Coles and IGA stores all around Tasmania.

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This article should not be used in replacement of advice from a medical professional. Please consult your doctor before beginning any kind of health journey.