Friday, July 25, 2014

Water Kefir...

If you have a gluten problem or stomach issues of any kind you should make your own Water Kefir. It has improved our health significantly in the past few months. If you take an oral pro-biotic that is great but this fermented probiotic really is better. Keeping your gut healthy is one of the major keys to keeping your whole body healthy. Mix some up and enjoy! Let me know if you have any questions. 

What is the advantage of taking Kefir instead of a probiotic supplement?
Fermented products such as kefir are considered functional foods 
because they offer enzymes, pre-digested nutrients, amino acids, vitamins, 
minerals, calories/energy and billions of probiotics. Probiotic pill supplements 
contain just one or a select variety of bacteria, and usually that's it. It's always 
better to eat something in its whole form when possible, because each part
 makes the other more digestible. This is why companies are now adding 
fiber back into cereals and fruit juices, and citric acid into calcium - 
you often need all the parts to assimilate nutrients correctly.

Why is kefir good for your health?
It is loaded with valuable enzymes, easily digestible sugars, beneficial acids, 
vitamins and minerals. Water kefir is also generally suitable for some diabetics 
(though personal discretion is advised). It also is a nice option if you are trying 
to avoid the caffeine present in kombucha, but still seeking a probiotic drink. 
Water kefir supplies your body with billions of healthy bacteria and yeast strains. 
Some store-bought probiotic foods or supplements can help, but they are 
not as potent, and do not contain the beneficial yeasts usually (just bacteria). 
Within your body there are already billions of bacteria and yeast. Your internal 
microflora support proper digestion, synthesis of vitamins and minerals, 
and your immune system by warding off foreign and harmful bacteria, 
yeast and viruses. It has thus long been known to promote and aid in digestion 
and overall health. Some studies show it may be anti-mutagenic and help 
manage free radicals in the body. Folic acid (and B vitamins) increases as 
the length of the ferment increases. Some people let the strained kefir sit on 
the counter or the fridge another day to increase the folic acid and B vitamin 
content before drinking (this will increase the acidity too). Kefir may also help 
reduce blood pressure and cholesterol. As with most things we've personally 
found, food and health is too difficult to reduce to facts and statistics. 
While kefir is not a magic bullet for health (what is) we believe kefir has a 
myriad of possible health benefits, and those will be individual for everyone. 
Some feel it helps them digest better, others get colds and viruses less often, 
some get more energy, and some people feel nothing much in particular, 
but enjoy the taste and value of it over store-bought yogurt, kombucha or kefir.

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