What is Milk Kefir and why should I consume it
Consuming milk kefir offers a range of potential health benefits due to its probiotic nature and nutrient content. Kefir is a fermented milk drink that results from the fermentation of milk using kefir grains. These kefir grains are a combination of bacteria and yeast that create a symbiotic culture, (Scoby) which ferments the lactose in milk into lactic acid and other beneficial compounds.
Here are some reasons why you might consider adding milk kefir to your diet:
Probiotic-rich: Kefir is a potent source of probiotics, which are beneficial live micro-organisms that support a healthy balance of gut bacteria. A diverse and balanced gut microbiome is linked to various health benefits, including improved digestion, immune system support, and even mental well-being.
Digestive health: The probiotics found in kefir can aid in digestion by promoting the breakdown of lactose (the milk sugar) and supporting the gut's ability to absorb nutrients. For individuals who are lactose intolerant, kefir may be easier to digest compared to regular milk.
Nutrient-dense: Kefir is rich in vitamins, minerals, and protein. It contains B-vitamins, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamin K2, which are essential for bone health.
Potential anti-inflammatory effects: Some research suggests that kefir's probiotics and bioactive compounds may help reduce inflammation in the body, which could be beneficial for various health conditions.
Immune system support: The gut and the immune system are closely connected. By supporting a healthy gut microbiome, kefir may indirectly enhance immune function and response.
Weight management: Some studies suggest that probiotics, like those found in kefir, may play a role in weight management and metabolic health. However, more research is needed in this area.
Easy to make at home: If you're interested in trying kefir, you can make it at home with kefir grains and milk. This way, you can control the quality of the ingredients and the fermentation process.
Despite its potential benefits, it's essential to note that individual responses to kefir can vary, and not everyone may experience the same positive effects. Additionally, if you have a severe dairy allergy or lactose intolerance, kefir may not be a suitable option for you. So it is advisable to take very small amounts when you first start drinking it - for example 1-2 teaspoons at a time once a day and then increase to 2 times a day and once you are happy with the results start increasing the amounts up to a maximum of a cup 2-3 times a day.
Visit my Shop to purchase milk and water kefir grains and kombucha scobies. I post them all round NZ.
Go to my events page to see when my next Fermentation classes are being held. Note: coming soon (July/Aug 2023)