Why Kefir Is Key
The ancient traditional fermented drink which means “feel good” in Turkish has become the new hip healing beverage that’s taken the health industry by storm. This super and functional food is praised for promoting digestive health and enhancing the immune system.
Eager to know more about kefir, we asked the founder of the recently launched Single Batch Kefir in Cape Town to give us more insight into the benefits of their authentic new range and to explain the difference between milk and water kefir.
The overall scientific theory behind kefir and its health benefits lie within the fact that most of your good bacteria is contained within the digestive system (mouth, stomach, intestines, colon), if we can get that system healthy, it kicks starts our immune system to do the work that it should be doing, i.e. fighting disease.
The probiotic powerhouse is 99% lactose free! – containing about 3 x more probiotic properties than natural yogurt. The fermentation process requires authentic kefir grains and these grains feed on the lactose in the milk and convert it into lactic acid. Additionally during fermentation the enzyme that your body needs to break down lactose is created – milk kefir is actually being used to treat lactose intolerance.
A similar concept but with water kefir grains (crystals) vs milk kefir grains. It’s fermented water with a few additional all natural ingredients included during the fermentation process – all required to “feed” the kefir grains which self-perpetuate, in optimal conditions.
- Kefir contains live probiotics, which populates the digestive system better than store bought pills and powders
- Contains a substantial amount of B Complex vitamins, Calcium, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Magnesium and Phosphorus.
- Contains tryptophan and essential amino acids
- Helps prevent illness
- Improves digestion
- Natural antibiotic and anti-fungal properties
- Promotes anti-cancer and anti-tumour activity in the body
- Promotes the faster healing of wounds
- Kefir has been used in the treatment of a number of diseases – including diabetes, depression, Parkinson’s and IBS.