Some people believe that the original manna God gave the Israelites was actually kefir. It is also no secret that the Abkhasia people who live in the Caucasus Mountains that drink kefir have lived long lives well into 100+ years. Kefir is an increasingly probiotic rich grain of helpful bacteria that when mixed with milk, water, and sugar, forms fermented drinks. Consuming these fermented drinks, helps our digestive systems utilize nutrients, break down foods, and strengthens our immune system.
Some Top 10 Benefits
1. Has antifungal, probiotic, as well as antibiotic properties.
2. Clearer complexion, shiny/healthier nails, and healthier skin.
3. Liver detoxing
4. Increase energy levels and feelings of good health.
5. Balances the body’s pH levels and stomach acid levels.
6. Protects against allergies and autoimmune disorders.
7. Fights cancerous cells (particularly in the stomach)
8. Water kefir is a great base for smoothies, salads, fruit gelatin desserts.
9. Milk kefir can be made into a cream cheese kefir and even into frozen yogurt.
10. It is yummy if mixed in with fruit flavors. “Kefir,” after all is the tartier cousin of yogurt.
Where Can I Get It?
Kefir is found in grocery stores like Kroger as well as natural food stores like Trader Joe’s, Whole Food’s, and you can even make it on your own. If you would like a personal recipe, here is one from Megan Slocum on how to make milk kefir and another one on how to make water kefir.
Things to Note
As with introducing any new natural health food item, there is often an adjustment period where your body needs to adjust to the new product on hand. See my article on Healing Crises. For example, some people have trouble with dairy, so if you only have access to store brought milk-based kefir, it may be a good idea to start off with only one to two tablespoons of kefir a day and slowly start to tolerate it better. This can also occur because often times with drinking kefir, you are working on repopulating the bacterial flora in your gut, which takes a while because you are eliminating the old toxins as you are reintroducing the new.
Those with Heartburn:
Since milk is relatively high in carbohydrates and relatively harder for some people to digest, some people may feel that drinking milk kefir could make their heartburn worse. This often occurs when the body’s gut contains an unhealthy balance of not-so-good bacteria. This doesn’t mean you should not drink the kefir :). Rather, drinking small amounts will probably be tolerated better. Slowly ease into it :). However, you should be aware of whether or not you have a dairy intolerance.
Nevertheless, if you are in the process of trying out new foods, I want to leave you with this last statement of encouragement from Scripture.
2 Corinthians 4:16: “Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.”