Alternative to dairy
In a previous blog, I explained the health benefits of kefir, this wonderful fermented beverage, gets its sour taste from the lactic acid it contains. Although some people may make kefir from dairy, you can also use an alternative product, such as raw coconut water or fresh coconut milk. The benefits of making it yourself would be money saving. Because kefir is fermented, the beneficial bacteria and yeast have depleted much of the lactose (sugar contained in milk). Kefir may also help those suffering from lactose intolerance, keep in mind that when you ferment foods, it changes the chemical make-up of that food, and kefir is relatively low in lactose.
Restoring the lining of your gut
Other benefits of this fermentation process are that it is rich in enzymes, making it much easier to digest. If you are intolerant to casein products, homemade kefir may be a great alternative to dairy. If the gut has been compromised over time, addressing this may be the way to start. I offer an initial telephone consultation, should you wish to discuss this further
What are the health benefits of kefir? It is a fermented milk product, using cow, goats or sheep’s milk including coconut. Some people say it tastes just like yoghurt, it also contains high levels of B12, calcium, magnesium, vitamin K2, biotin, folate and enzymes. Kefir is rich in probiotic foods. There are many health benefits to be had by including kefir into your diet, for example, it helps the body’s immune system, it heals inflammatory bowel disease and because of its calcium properties, it helps support and build bone density, and kills candida and helps support the detoxification process.
Being rich in lactic acid bacteria, kefir can bind aflatoxins (class of toxic compounds produced by certain moulds found in food, which can cause liver damage and cancer).
Causes of imbalance in gut bacteria
Antibiotics kill the good bacteria as well as the bad causing an imbalance of bacteria in your digestive system. Next time you get sick, why not try including or adding some kefir into your diet.
You can choose what type of kefir to make! Including kefir water, which you can make from water and can be used as an alternative to drinking fruit juices and sodas! You can add your kefir into smoothies if you wish.
I would love to hear how you get on making your own kefir!! Please feel free to share my blog with others.