Bloating and indigestion have become so common that many adults believe feeling puffy and uncomfortable at the end of the day is simply normal- but it’s not! Experiencing bloating once a week or more is a clear indication that something’s amiss in your digestive system. While there are many potential causes such as an undiagnosed food sensitivity, overindulgence in processed foods and refined sugars, or a microbial imbalance, one suggestion for to help relieve bloating and improve digestive health is a delicious glass of kefir.
What is Kefir Exactly?
Kefir is a tart and creamy beverage made from gelatinous white or yellow grains fermented in cow, goat, sheep, coconut, rice or soy milk.
It kind of tastes like yogurt, but even those who are lactose intolerant can enjoy this drink because the beneficial bacteria and yeast in this beverage produce lactase, an enzyme that takes away most of the lactose found in dairy.
Kefir for Healthy Digestion
Kefir is an excellent source of probiotics, which are important for maintaining a healthy weight, mood, and digestion. What’s more, there are specific probiotics found in kefir that can fight against harmful bacteria such as E. coli and H. pylori. Canadian researchers, ML Ritchie and TL Romanuk have also added that probiotics can be used to help treat many digestive conditions including pouchitis, infectious diarrhea, IBS, C. difficile, and antibiotic-associated diarrhea.
Can Kefir Help With Weight Loss?
Obesity in America is on the rise because of an imbalance within our inner ecosystem due to excessive consumption of processed foods, sugar, stress and environmental toxins that kill the healthy bacteria and yeast (microflora,) in your intestines.
A healthy gut creates an ideal environment for weight loss, which is why yogurt, with it’s probiotics, has been promoted as a weight loss food.
But your body doesn’t need any old probiotic to recolonize the microflora in your gut. Your body needs probiotics that are native to your intestines and work in harmony with one another. Fermented foods like kefir provide the right probiotics for a healthy gut, and a slimmer waist.
The Two Key Types of Kefir
Young Coconut Kefir
You can drink this version of kefir right away. Young coconut kefir will not only give you healthy probiotics, it will also help to repopulate your intestines with dairy-loving bacteria.
Raw Milk Kefir
Drink milk kefir a little at a time to get your body use to the dairy. Milk kefir is the kind of kefir that promotes weight loss and maintenance, but if you’re lactose intolerant or if dairy doesn’t quite agree with your stomach, you really don’t want to chug a tall glass of milk kefir!
Try young coconut kefir first and make sure the milk kefir is made from raw milk. If you experience bloating or weight gain when first drinking milk kefir, you are probably drinking more than your microflora is prepared to handle. You need to rebuild the dairy-loving bacteria before immediately indulging in kefir.
You can drink kefir straight, add it to a smoothie, or even eat it with fruit and/or granola! Kefir has less sugar, more fiber, more calcium and more protein than your conventional yogurt. It’s time to kick yogurt out your diet and embrace kefir!
2-Ingredient Kefir Recipe
For Beginners: Mix 1 tablespoon of flaxseed flour and 100 ml of kefir
For Kefir Enthusiasts: Mix 2 tablespoons of flaxseed flour and 100 ml of kefir
For Kefir Fanatics: Mix 3 tablespoons of flaxseed flour and 150 ml of kefir
Where to Find Kefir
You can find kefir at your local grocery store. It’s probably always been there, you’ve just never paid attention to it until now!
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