Posted on May 09 2017
Kefir milk is a delicious probiotic drink made by fermenting milk with kefir grains that work as a yeast or bacterial fermentation starter. It originated in the North Caucasus Mountains located in Euroasia between the Caspian Sea and the Dead Sea and was traditionally made in goatskin bags that were kept hanging above a doorway to make sure that it would be consistently well mixed by those who would bump into it every time they passed by the doorway.
How is Kefir Milk Made?
Kefir milk is made by mixing milk of any kind (almond, coconut, dairy) with kefir grains and left to ferment in a glass jar for 24 hours. The mixture is then strained of the grains with a stainless steel or plastic utensil with the grains stored away to use as a bacterial/yeast starter for another time. The kefir milk can now be used as an ingredient in recipes or enjoyed on its own but should be stored in a sealed container. Any mixture that is left in the container will continue to ferment by micro-organism, leading to an increase in the amount of vitamins and folic acid it in which will make it sourer in taste.
Probiotics in Kefir Milk
Probiotics are live bacteria found in our digestive that help digest food and also keep harmful bacteria at bay. It is important to ensure that the amount of ‘good’ bacteria in our gut is kept at optimum level so that we have maximum defense against illnesses and deficiencies. Some detrimental effects of not having sufficient amounts of probiotics in our system include digestive problems (Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastric issues, Diarrhoea), skin problems, autoimmune disease and low immunity which will make us more prone to falling sick.
Some of the proven benefits of probiotics include the following:
- The prevention and treatment of urinary tract infection
- Improvement of the digestive and immune systems
- The treatment of IBS
- Prevention and/or management of eczema
- Treatment of acne
- Weight loss
- Reducing cholesterol levels
Why Milk Kefir
Kefir vs Yogurt
After being informed of the many benefits and importance of probiotics, it may be crucial at this point to note that while yogurt has long known to be a fantastic source of probiotics, kefir contains 35 to 40 good bacteria as compared to the 3 to 5 types contained in yogurt.
The probiotic in kefir remains in the gut longer than those found in yogurt. Probiotics found in yogurt are beneficial as they work to maintain the balance of the number of good and bad bacteria in the digestive system. Kefir contains probiotics that not only do that same job, but also establish their ‘base’ in your gut by multiplying there.
Great for the lactose intolerant
Those who are lactose intolerant can receive their supply of probiotics by taking kefir milk. There are enzymes in kefir milk that effectively break down lactose to the point where even those who suffer from issues associated with ingesting regular dairy foods can safely enjoy it.
You can also reap the full benefits of kefir by having it ferment coconut water, juices or even just plain water.
Kefir and Rosacea
As written about in a previous article that we published (Your Guide to Rosacea at https://katepaul-organics.com/blogs/news/your-guide-to-rosacea), changes to the diet can effectively alleviate the symptoms of the chronic skin condition Rosacea. Inflammation in the gut leads to a mutation in the molecular structure of microbial populations which means that they can no longer offer protection to the skin from damages. By increasing your intake of probiotics, you can strengthen your immune and digestive systems to prevent external factors from infiltrating your skin that will trigger rosacea symptoms.
Kefir and Acne
Here are some of the ways that will alleviate acne and how taking kefir is effective in helping with it.
- Increasing vitamin intake
- Probiotics in Kefir work to protect the lining of the gut which in turn makes the absorption of vitamins and nutrients an easier process
- Removing harmful toxins from the body
- Probiotics improve the digestive system which in turn work to remove toxins from the body
- Reducing inflammation
Where to Buy Ready-Made Milk Kefir
There is an increasing number of stores in Singapore selling ready-made Kefir for immediate consumption or for use in cooking. Visit these websites for more information if you are looking to buy Kefir milk.
Alternatively, you can make your own Kefir milk from scratch easily in the comfort of your own kitchen. In our next post, we will be sharing some simple and delicious for making your own Kefir Milk at home.