Benefits of Kefir

First of all, what is kefir?

Kefir is a fermented beverage made from milk. Kefir grains can also be made from various dairy alternatives such as soy milk, rice milk, nut milk, and coconut milk. Bacteria ferment milk and create a number of different substances such as vitamins, acetate and lactate. It is similar in appearance to buttermilk, but the probiotics it contains are different from yogurt.

So what are these probiotics? Probiotics are live microorganisms that maintain the microbial balance in the intestines. The beneficial probiotic bacteria species found in kefir are: Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium bifidum, Streptococcus thermophilus, Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus, Lactobacillus helveticus, Lactobacillus kefiranofaciens, Lactococcus lactis and Leuconostoc spp.

What kind of benefits do these probiotics, which are the enemies of harmful bacteria found in kefir, provide to our body:

• They ensure that toxic substances taken with food or caused by digestive problems in the body are removed from the body.

• They help relieve constipation and bad breath.

• They control the harmful bacteria in the intestines and strengthen the immune system.

• They rearrange the intestines, whose natural flora is deteriorated due to the use of antibiotics.

• They are responsible for the production and absorption of B group and vitamin K.

• They increase the absorption of calcium from the intestines.

• They prevent infections caused by harmful bacteria,

• By keeping the vaginal flora in balance, they prevent the development of pathogenic microorganisms (Candida) that cause vaginal infections.

• They prevent the development of E.coli bacteria that cause urinary tract infections and diarrhea during travels.

• They reduce allergy symptoms

• They improve the appearance of the skin.

• They contribute to digestion by producing some necessary enzymes in the digestive tract. They are effective in facilitating the digestion of lactose and protein.

Apart from these benefits, kefir has a low lactose content. As a result of fermentation, most of the lactose in milk turns into lactic acid, so those who are lactose intolerant can easily consume kefir.

You can easily consume plain kefir by adding a portion of fresh fruit to your snacks during the day.

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