What if there was a drink that could boost your immune system, balance your gut bacteria, help with allergy and asthma symptoms and maybe even fight cancer cells?
What if that drink was free from sugar, dairy and lactose, and 100% vegan-friendly? And on top of all that, what if it was also super delicious and available at your local grocery store?
Sounds too good to be true, right?
But research is stacking up to suggest that kefir could bring all these benefits, and potentially more.
Keep reading to find out about the researched health and nutritional benefits of kefir. (And yes, it really IS this good for you!)
What is kefir?
Kefir is a delicious, nutrient-packed, fermented drink that tastes a bit like natural yoghurt.
It’s slightly sweet, slightly sour and totally ready to blow your mind with the health benefits it brings.
How kefir is made?
Water kefir grains into a wooden spoon on black wooden background. To make kefir, you need a starter culture of yeast, protein and bacteria.
The kefir starter culture is usually referred to as grains or crystals, because it has a lumpy, grainy look about it. It’s a bit like a tiny baby cauliflower – cute, huh?
When you combine the kefir grains with milk or water, the good bacteria in the grains multiply and ferment the sugars. And the result – ta da! – is a yummy, probiotic-filled kefir with some great nutritional and health benefits.
Where does kefir come from?
Kefir has been around for hundreds of years, and originally came from the Caucasus mountains in that stretch of land between Europe and Asia.
The word kefir actually comes from the Turkish keyit, which means ‘feeling good’. And boy, does it make you feel good!
Kefir’s supercharged health benefits
Kefir is chock-full of probiotics. In fact, researchers reckon it’s one of the best sources of probiotics available, with up to 56 different bacterial and yeast strains!
So what’s so great about probiotics? Your body is filled with live bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are the good guys – the ones that help your body to digest the food you eat and even help to create important vitamins.
But the probiotics in kefir aren’t just helpful to your gut. They’ve also been linked to a bunch of other health benefits including:
- boosting your immune system
- improving allergy and asthma symptoms
- maybe even fighting cancer cells.
And don’t forget that kefir is also free from sugar, lactose and dairy, and 100% vegan-friendly.
Let’s look at each of these benefits in more detail.