April 27, 2016
April 27, 2016
Kefir is a healthful drink made from fermented dairy. It got its start back in the northern Caucasus mountain range where nomads and shepherds drank it for health and vitality. In fact, its name comes from the Turkish word, keif which means “to feel good!” Kefir grains (a combination of yeast and good bacteria) are added to goat, sheep, or cow’s milk to create a fermented beverage that heals the gut, aids in digestion, and loads the body with good vitamins and minerals.
Even those who are traditionally lactose intolerant can handle kefir because the fermentation process “eats up” much of the sugar in the milk. This gives it a sour taste—a little like yogurt, but more pungent, and with a thinner consistency. Kefir is a powerful probiotic (much more than yogurt) which helps you maintain good gut health. It’s also low in simple carbohydrates while high in protein, healthy fats (if you use milk from grass-fed cows), and high in vitamin D.
Many myths and legends surround the use of kefir by ancient civilizations—everything from it being the manna God provided the Jews in the desert to being the chosen food of the prophet Mohammed, to it’s being the actual medicinal food that is described in the Bible as “the balm of Gilead.” We don’t know for sure about those stories, but we can tell you that consuming kefir on a regular basis is a great step towards a happy and healthy life!