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The gift of kefir

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Yesterday I was given a gift of life and health. David and Liz gave me some living kefir grains, and directions on how to keep it alive so that I can have kefir every day.
Kefir, kef¨©rs, keefir, or kephir (/kəˈfɪər/ kə-feer),[1] alternatively kewra, talai, mudu kekiya, milk kefir, or b¨²lgaros, is a fermented milk drink made with kefir "grains" (a yeast/bacterial fermentaion starter) and has its origins in the north Caucasus Mountains around 3,000 BC. Kefir grains will ferment the milk from most mammals, and will continue to grow in such milk. Typical milks used include cow, goat, and sheep, each with varying organoleptic and nutritional qualities. Raw milk has been traditionally used www.ask.com/wiki/Kefir
I am thrilled with kefir because of the health benefits.
One, it can clean the digestive tract making sure that no toxic or pathogenic contents in food enter your bloodstream. As it flushes out the bad bacteria from your intestines, it regulates digestion, metabolism, and the colon, which makes it very effective in treating diarrhea, leaky gut syndrome and even colon cancer.

Second, it regulates your immune system, which means it makes you more resistant to any disease and can also potentially prevent and treat HIV/AIDS. The immune system is like the gatekeeper to good health. What exactly can we do to fortify these gates against diseases? Take in the probiotics found in a kefir drink.

Third, it regulates cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Kefir grains are made up of lactose- and sugar-eating bacteria. This is good news for lactose intolerant and diabetics. Probiotcs don¡¯t die easily inside your intestines. They will keep on munching on the lactose and sugars that come in and pass through the digestive tract.

Fourth, it is known to many not just as a health drink but also as beauty drink since it can make the hair and skin smoother. And since it balances sugar levels, it is also a helpful drink for weight watchers.

Fifth, kefir can treat a variety of diseases and health conditions, which include ulcer, tuberculosis, eczema, depression, anxiety, osteoporosis, and hypertension in order to promote an over-all feeling of good health.

So far, I have found no bad effects from drinking a few ounces of kefir every day.
Do you drink kefir? Please tell me your story.

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    Had not heard of it but sounds good
    2174 days ago
    I drink lots and lots of kefir. I almost never have bloating. It keeps me regular. When I eat too much of one thing or another or splurge on less than ideal food choices, it keeps everything in balance. Kefir is a miracle food for me.

    Besides having blended with fruits, I have 4 oz "shots" of it. I also use it in homemade creamy salad dressings. And we have it over occasional cereal instead of milk.

    My MIL is lactose intolerant but started using it well after her liver transplant and she now is able to enjoy dairy without issues.

    I also read something about the obese have less probiotics in their systems than those at healthy weight (or something like that - don't remember the facts or how credible, but I thought it couldn't hurt.)

    Enjoy the benefits!
    2174 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    Dr. Mercola (he is a medical doctor) on his web site has a lot of great articles about fermented foods for the bowel and Kefir is one he talks about. I eat sauerkraut daily which is much cheaper. Do look him up on YouTube as he has many great talks there.
    2175 days ago
    LOVE kefir, but can't get any of my friends to do anything but spit it out. The tang is especially satisfying when I drink it while eating something on the sweet side or on the fiery side. I purchase mine, so I'll be interested to hear how making your own goes for you.

    Thanks for posting!
    2175 days ago
    2175 days ago
    I've never tired it but I may have to see if I can find some.
    2175 days ago
  • MJ7DM33
    Thanks for sharing!
    2175 days ago
    I am waiting to get my kefir any time soon. I ordered it through Amazon and just got notified that it was shipped.

    2175 days ago
    You look marvelous!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Where can I get live Kerfir grains???? This sounds like something I would like to try.
    2175 days ago
  • JOANIE69
    1st things 1st! That picture of you is emoticon !

    emoticon You look like a young gal...not a grammie at all...and maybe you are still really young, as some grandparents are only forty or even less. And believe me, when you are nearing 70, age 40 is VERY young!!! emoticon

    I thought kefir was a yogurt, and it is similar. I take acidopholous/bifidus every day. (= probiotics.) I researched kefir on line just now, and decided I will try some even though it does have the probiotics I take, as it also has other beneficial ingredients.

    I drink mostly almond milk as the cassien in cow's milk bothers me...not the lactose.

    Thanks for the interesting topic. Blessings, Joanie
    2176 days ago
    Thanks for sharing.
    2176 days ago
    I do not drink it but we have it at the organic market here in Ajijic, Mexico. I might have to give it a go.
    Thank you for sharing this information
    Happy New Year
    2176 days ago
    2176 days ago
    I've made my own yogurt from raw milk for over a year now and the first time I started with goat kefir. There were many different bacteria listed on the bottle and it worked just like yogurt starter and tastes just like yogurt after straining. I do believe that your kefir starter may have yeasts in addition to bacteria.
    Here is a link so you can see the live cultures that the one I used has:

    2176 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/28/2013 12:31:00 PM
    Alright I'm convinced LOL I'll check it out at my health food store on Tuesday.
    2176 days ago
    It must be working because you look fabulous and I am still convinced little Lina is YOUR baby and not your son's because YOU DON"T LOOK OLD ENOUGH TO BE A GRANDMA!!!! And I know I harp on that but it is so true!!

    And you have convinced me to give kefir a try!!

    emoticon emoticon

    2176 days ago
    I have been using kefir for a couple of years now and swear by it. I got my daughter using the milk kefir also (she uses it with almond milk) and is now off her inhalers. She only needs her inhalers during severe allergy season. I love the water kefir grains the best myself.

    Yay for Kefir grains.

    2176 days ago
    I love kefir but I`ve never had the homemade. I may have a glass at lunch! emoticon
    2176 days ago
    You take a good picture beautiful I herd of it put never seen it around Will look for it .
    2176 days ago
    I've occasionally gotten a quart of fruit flavored kefir in the market.
    My son wants to get "tools" for making yogurt - a cooking thermometer, for one thing.
    Thanks for sharing about kefir's many health benefits!
    2176 days ago
    I've never tired it. My daughter and her children have used it occasionally. Sounds like a potent, healthful addition to a diet.
    2176 days ago
    Kefir is something I like as well. Never made it myself, though! How interesting.

    Have to second the opinion that your picture is beautiful!!!!

    HUGS and here's to good health . . . kefir!
    2176 days ago
    No, because I'm allergic (can't do the lact-aid due to sensitivity- actually allergic to it) to milk. I found a non-dairy probiotic I can use.
    I'm glad you can use it. Sounds like some awesome benefits.
    2176 days ago
    Thank you for the clear explanation. I've seen the term "kefir" many times and always intended to research it.
    2176 days ago
    This is a very beautiful picture of you. I'd love to see it on your main SparkPage if you haven't already planted it there.

    As to Kefir I'm happy that you got that wonderful gift from your friends.

    I've been gifted appropriately this year also. I'm spending the gift cards for the Boise Co-op today to re-start my raw organic vegan eating program.
    2176 days ago
    My wife LOVES kefir. Apparently it is very common in Russia.
    2176 days ago
  • no profile photo MOTHER-NATURE
    I have tried it, but I also like soy, rice, hemp, and almond milk .... I drink mostly almond milk, I haven't had regular milk for a couple of years now.
    2176 days ago
    Never even heard of it before
    2176 days ago
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