What is Kefir?
Kefir is a cultured, fermented milk product similar to yogurt. It has been consumed for centuries for its probiotic properties. First originated in Russia, this tangy drink has now spread in popularity all over the world. Derived from Turkish, Kefir literally translates to “feeling good” which possibly explains how the gut feels after its consumption.
Kefir starter grains are a symbiotic mix of lactic acid-producing yeast and bacteria in a polysaccharide-protein mix. Fermentation begins when starter grains of yeast and bacterial colonies are cultured with milk for a minimum of 24 hours. These microorganisms multiply, ferment the milk and convert lactose to lactic acid. The final kefir product thus obtained has an impressive nutrient profile. Here’s what’s in it and why it is good for you.
1. Kefir vs Yogurt for Gut Health
With over 60 strains of bacteria, Kefir holds several strains not native to yogurt, including Lactobacillus Caucasus, Leuconostoc, Acetobacter, and Streptococcus species. Additionally, beneficial yeasts in Kefir (also absent in yogurt) help control the population of destructive yeast species in the gut. Eliminating the bad guys responsible for yeast-related gut complications helps with overall gut health and aids in digestion.
2. Kefir Benefits Bone Health
Kefir is rich in both calcium and vitamin K. Calcium is a well-known contributor to bone density. In the context of bone health, Vitamin K content in kefir is a new and emerging player. Scientists are just now finding out that vitamin K2 in kefir is crucial for bone calcification and prevents calcification within kidneys & blood vessels. For this reason, it can be beneficial in people diagnosed with osteoporosis.
3. Kefir Could Have Anti-cancer Properties
The same Vitamin K responsible for enhancing bone health also has anti-cancer properties. Studies point to the fact that cancer patients who consumed kefir showed a marked decrease in cell proliferation in both leukemia and breast cancer.
4. Kefir Benefits Cognitive Function
We have seen that the gut microbiome influences mood and behavior via the gut-brain axis. Interestingly, in line with this understanding, kefir and fermented foods were found to improve cognition, owing to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The friendly bacteria in kefir have been reported to directly impact GABA production in the gut which then crosses the blood-brain barrier and positively affects behavior.
You might be thinking, okay, these kefir benefits are great! But what about the side effects of kefir?
Your gut might not be used to this new probiotic drink if you’ve never tried it before. When the gut is first calibrating itself to this new drink, bloating, cramping, and constipation are a few of the initial side effects of kefir. However, these gradually disappear with time.
What makes KePro Unique?
The quality of starter grains directly impacts both the consistency and nutrient profile of the kefir final product. The makers of KePro use only the finest starter seeds to ensure quality control of this product.
Unlike other kefir drinks available in the market, Kepro is a unique powdered base for smoothies. The powder formulation of this product increases its shelf life compared to other kefir yogurt drinks.
Kepro smoothie base is a 100% preservative-free product. Shelf-life increasing preservatives can often be harmful to gut health in the long run, thus making KePro a healthier probiotic option.
As the KePro base is a powdered form, it is perfect for creating your own customized DIY recipes. KePro is thus a versatile product yet has an uncompromised nutrient profile.
Speaking of nutrient profile, KePro goes beyond fortified calcium alone. It is so much more than just a probiotic. Made with 100% natural organic components, this kefir smoothie base doubles up as a prebiotic as well.
With no added sugar, no gluten, and no artificial hormones, KePro is high in healthy oils and fats which helps combat hunger cravings. What’s more, KePro has been used to benefit customers with hormonal imbalances, candida overgrowth, digestive issues, stomach ulcers, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Interestingly, the use of KePro doesn’t necessitate any pre-existing GI-related condition. Anybody looking to build up their gut protective barriers or even get a full gut cleanse can consume KePro and see beneficial results.
Additionally, KePro can be used for natural detoxification. The manufacturers of this product believe that cleaning up the system and eliminating toxins depends on the amount of toxin build-up. Thus, the desired results may be seen at varying rates in different people.
There isn’t necessarily a particular best time to drink kefir. That said, if you are experiencing poor absorption, menstrual cramps, and/or hormone imbalance, give KePro a try. It just might be what your gut is looking for.
Get Gut Happy
“Get-Gut-Happy” is a mantra we at Innovative Medicine stand by. After all, a happy gut = happy you! Is it safe to drink kefir every day? Why not! Having learned some of kefir’s benefits today, will you try KePro? Write to us. Or check out our other products that have been clinically tested by our medical team at the New York Center for Innovative Medicine