The Champagne of Dairy World
Kefir is a fermented milk drink similar to Greek yogurt that is sour, thick, and sometimes effervescent. Kefir is known as the “champagne of the dairy world” because of its complexity of probiotics and good bacteria associated with many health benefits. Kefir is very well known because it helps to improve gut digestion, wound healing, bone health, control blood sugar, help with weight loss, and other benefits.
Kefir appears hundreds of years ago near the Northern Caucasus region in Russia. For many years kefir was a very well-kept secret of the Caucasus people until Dr. Ilya Ilyich Metchnikoff decided to research why people in this region live for so long. He found that kefir was a key component of their diet and responsible for their exceptional overall health.
Health Benefits of Kefir
Kefir contains a large diversity of good bacteria that helps to improve or maintain your overall health. Some of the most common bacteria found on Kefir are Lactobacillus, Lactococcus, Streptococcus, and Leuconostoc. The microbial components will vary depending on the type of milk incorporated in the serving.
Kefir is made by adding kefir grains to any milk or other lactose-free drinks like water, coconut water, or juice. These grains are a microbiological composition that helps ferment your drink between 24-48 hours in ambient temperatures. Kefir grains can not grow spontaneously. It is necessary to find kefir grains from somebody who already has them or buy them online to make kefir at home. Once you have them, kefir grains will grow depending on the proteins of the drink.
Is Kefir Good For Everybody?
For the most part, kefir may be beneficial for most people. If you are lactose intolerant, kefir may help break down lactose, making your dairy digestion easier. However, since kefir has a large diversity of bacteria, this can result in disadvantages for those with immunological conditions. People should ask a professional doctor if introducing kefir to their diets can benefit them in the long run.
Kefir is available in grocery stores. If you buy kefir grains, you can make your kefir at home. To introduce kefir to your diet, you should first integrate a small amount of kefir to see how your body reacts to this beverage. After that, you can increase or decrease that amount as you please.
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Jessimar Lopez graduated from the University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras Campus with a bachelor’s degree in audiovisual communications and participated in a study abroad internship at the University of Málaga with the sponsorship of the Benjamin G. Gilman Scholarship. She joined the Empower Brokerage team in 2022 as a videographer and editor.