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If you are serious about supporting your immune system and increasing your daily energy, then adding traditionally fermented foods to your diet is a must. Although not widely known, the health benefits of these foods are tremendous. I am a major proponent of traditionally fermented foods.
Because fermentation is an inconsistent process, commercial food processors developed techniques like pasteurisation (a method that destroys dozens of precious enzymes) to help standardise more consistent yields. Sadly, I believe that modern culture has sacrificed many of the advantages of traditionally fermented healthy foods for faster and cheaper methods of mass production.
I believe that it's time to return to the health-supporting foods of our past. Which is why I make my own, which I’ll come to later.
Kefir, originates from the Caucasus Mountains in Eastern Europe. It's believed that the name comes from the Turkish word "keif" which means good feeling. Kefir's flavour is naturally sweet, slightly bubbly and mild yet a bit tangy.
It is an ancient cultured, enzyme-rich food filled with friendly micro-organisms to help maintain optimal health. Kefir's contains beneficial yeast as well as the friendly 'probiotic' bacteria found in yogurt. When used regularly,
When used regularly, its many beneficial powers are:
The exceptional nutritional content of Kefir offers a wealth of healthy benefits. More than just beneficial bacteria, Kefir contains minerals and essential amino acids that help your body with its maintenance functions. The complete proteins in Kefir are partially digested and therefore more easily utilized by the body. Tryptophan, one of the essential amino acids abundant in Kefir, offers loads of calcium and magnesium.
Kefir contains vitamins B12, B1, and K. Kefir also gives you biotin, a B vitamin which aids the body's absorption of other B vitamins, such as folic acid, pantothenic acid, and B12.
Kefir's ample supply of phosphorus (the second most abundant mineral in our bodies) helps utilise carbohydrates, fats and proteins for cell growth, maintenance and energy.
The research on kefir is still limited, but a study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association in 2003 found that kefir improve lactose digestion over milk, with reduced or no symptoms of lactose intolerance. There is some more general research on probiotics showing that they can prevent or treat some digestive problems.
If you can't find kefir where you are, or if you're in the mood for some DIY, you can make your own at home. The process is fairly simple: get kefir grains and allow it to culture in milk. The process takes 12 to 48 hours. You can then add your favourite Purition flavour, mine being mac & vanilla and you are good to go.
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