22/10/2015 10:6

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Drinking Kefir: When, Who and How

Not everyone likes kefir, especially those of us who were forced to drink it as kids. As we grow older, we tend to look at things differently. And it applies to this healthy and unique product as well. If it’s been some time since you had a glass of kefir, read this bit. Who knows, you might want to add it to your shopping list now.

So, let’s talk about this “royal” drink:

1. Kefir can quench your thirst
Sourish low-fat kefir is an excellent drink if you feel thirsty. And it can come with bubbles!

2. Kefir is good for your intestines
Just 1 glass of kefir contains over 2 trillion lactic acid bacteria and other microorganisms improving intestinal microflora. This drink prevents development of intestinal infections and constipation.

3. Kefir calms nerves
Kefir is a source of a number of B vitamins. It contains B12, which is good for blood flow and nervous system, B1 or thiamine, which helps to deal with stress, and biotin, which is good for skin, hair and nails.

4. Kefir strengthens your immune system
About 70% of immunocompetent cells are found in the intestines, so regular intake of such products as kefir containing live microorganisms will contribute to strengthening your immune system.

5. Kefir is good for your heart
Kefir is one of those products, which lower “bad” cholesterol in your blood, thus preventing risk of heart attacks and strokes.

6. Kefir has a soothing and calming effect
Kefir has a mild soothing effect attributed to tryptophan, an amino-acid found in milk. This chemical is involved in synthesis of sleep-inducing hormones – melatonin and serotonin.  

7. Kefir contains protein
A glass of kefir is an excellent source of extra protein for those, who are on a low-calorie or a low-carbohydrate diet. One helping of simple fat-free kefir contains only 100 calories and 10 g of protein with minimum fat content.

8. Kefir is digested better than milk
Some people have trouble digesting lactose (milk sugar). In kefir lactose is partially converted into lactic acid, which is much easier to digest.

9. Kefir contains plenty of calcium and phosphor
For instance, 175 g helping of kefir contains about 20% of recommended daily intake of calcium, an element contributing to healthy bones and teeth.  

10. Kefir is a longevity drink
Kefir is believed to be a longevity drink because of its high antioxidant content. Free radicals damage cells, leading to premature aging. Daily intake of foods rich in antioxidants helps to slow down this process and to stay young.

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