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Kefir: A probiotic powerhouse

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Probiotics are helpful bacteria found naturally in the body and are good for digestive health. Probiotics can also be found in some foods and supplements.

Kefir is one of those probiotic foods to incorporate into your daily diet for optimal health. Kefir is a fermented milk product and one of the most probiotic rich foods. It is tart and tangy, easy to drink, and extremely healthy for you. It has the consistency and taste of drinkable yogurt.

The origin of kefir dates back to Eastern Europe over 2000 years ago and has been used since to treat a wide variety of ills, as well as for daily nutrition and gut health. Kefir is high in calcium, vitamin D, vitamin A, and protein. It also contains magnesium, vitamin K2, biotin, folate, enzymes and those helpful probiotics.

own image - strawberry kefir

Kefir boasts many health benefits including:

-Live and active probiotics aid in healthy digestion

-Boost immune system by supporting a healthy gut where 70-80% of immune system cells originate

-Supports detoxification of food-born toxins

-Builds bone density

-A natural treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Irritable Bowel Disease

-Improves lactose intolerance: the fermentation process significantly reduces the lactose level

-A natural way to restore “good” bacteria after taking a round of antibiotics

Easy ways to incorporate kefir into your diet:

1. Drink it straight
2. Pour over cereal or granola
3. Use it as a dip for fruits
4. Blend it into a smoothie
5. Freeze flavored kefir into molds for a summer treat
6. Search online for a new recipe using kefir and get creative!

courtesy morguefile

Kefir can be purchased online, from health food stores, or your local farmer's markets.

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