The body’s ecosystem is the world that lives in our system and a healthy abundance of microflora is important to maintain a balanced living environment. Our inner ecosystem is constantly compromised from toxins in the air that we breath and foods that we eat. Antibiotic medications destroy all beneficial microflora of the digestive system and these probiotics must be restored to maintain a strong immune system. The gut can hold 3lbs of harmful bacteria; imagine how much that will compromise the body and it's systems. Probiotics are our soldiers and we must care, nourish, and keep them strong in order to combat harmful microorganisms. Newborns carry no bacteria until they pass through the birth canal. Once entered into our world it takes 6 weeks to start building a healthy ecosystem inside the baby. This is why breastfeeding is so important. It’s loaded with healthy microflora!!!
HEALTHY MICROFLORA ABUNDANCE = HEALTHY IMMUME SYSTEM
BALANCED ECOSYSTEM = HEALTHY LIVER AND HORMONAL BALANCE
What is Kefir?
Kefir is an ancient cultured food that acts as a natural antibiotic and contains an abundant amount of amino acids, essential enzymes, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamins B6, B12, and vitamin K. Kefir contains 30 strains of 7 different kinds of beneficial bacteria and yeast that form colonies to preserve each other. It can be made from cow's milk, goat's milk, coconut milk, and other beverages.
History of Kefir
Nobody seems to be able to tell for sure where kefir originated and if both the water and milk kefir come from the same place, though the composition of both type of grains are similar. Kefir is popularly believed to have originated centuries ago from the shepherds of the Caucasus Mountain region. The Caucasians were known to make kefir by adding kefir grains to goat or cow's milk and letting it ferment for days inside a goatskin leather bag. In the last century, kefir has become increasingly popular in Russia and in the former Soviet states. Today, its popularity is still growing all over the world.
The origin of kefir grains has long been surrounded by mystery. The most popular story on the origin of kefir grains is a legend of the Prophet Mohammed giving the Orthodox people of the Caucasian Mountain the very first kefir grains and teaching them how to make kefir or "the drink of the Prophet Mohammed" from it. The kefir grains or "grains of the prophet" and the process of making kefir, were guarded very closely and were regarded as the family's or tribe's wealth. And since the kefir grains could be retrieved and reused indefinitely after each batch of culturing milk, these were passed on from generation to generation. Another take on the origin of kefir grains is that it is actually manna on milk. The same manna, God miraculously supplied during the Israelites' 40 years of wandering in the wilderness as mentioned in the Jewish Torah and the Christian Bible.
In the end, we may never know whether the first kefir grains were a gift from the Prophet Mohammed or food supplied by God himself. For all we know, it could very well have been there all along. But we are sure of one thing, that kefir grains and kefir will continue to puzzle the generations to come with its miraculous health benefits and healing qualities.
The Magic of Kefir
- Helps to alleviate all digestive issues: Solves the root problem instead of just masking the symptoms.
- Helpful when dealing with food allergies (asthma), celiac disease, IBS, Crohn's disease, halitosis and skin disorders, leaky gut (L-Glutamine helps restore the gut wall)
- Aids digestion of all foods and cleanses the intestines
- Stimulates peristalsis: Tonifying affect on the intestines, even flattening the abdomen!
- Anti-inflammatory properties: Eases aches and joint pains
- Has been used to relieve depression: Kefir is rich in tryptophan and this calming amino acid is converted to serotonin in the gut! Serotonin is what makes you happy!!!
- Many people report having a prettier complexion: Hair, skin and nails become stronger and have a prettier shine; some individuals have noticed brown liver spots fade away and skin tags, moles, or warts drying up and disappearing.
- Improvement of vision: contains high levels of valuable vitamins and minerals, including biotin, potassium, natural sodium, and chloride.
- Combats Candida Albicans: Completely stops your cravings for sugar!
- Cleansing effect on the endocrine system (adrenals, thyroid, pituitary, ovaries): Women find that their periods are cleaner and healthier; some who had experienced early menopause have found this important monthly cleansing returning again.
- Increases energy and gives you an overall feeling of excellent health!!!
Benefits of Kefir according to Donna Gates: Founder of The Body Ecology Diet
"Several studies have indicated that consumption of cultured dairy products resulted in reduction of serum cholesterol, as well as triglycerides." - S.K. Dash Ph.D The Consumer's Guide to Probiotics
Berry Banana Coconut Kefir
Microorganisms Found in Milk Kefir-Grains and Kefir
Lb. brevis [Possibly now Lb. kefiri]
Lb. casei subsp. casei
Lb. casei subsp. rhamnosus
Lb. paracasei subsp. paracasei
Lb. delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus
Lb. delbrueckii subsp. lactis
Lb. helveticus subsp. lactis
Lb. kefiranofaciens subsp. kefirgranum
Lb. kefiranofaciens subsp. kefiranofaciens
St. paracitrovorus ^
Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis
Lc. lactis subsp. lactis biovar. diacetylactis
Lc. lactis subsp. cremoris
Leuconostoc mesenteroides subsp. cremoris
Leuc. mesenteroides subsp. mesenteroides
Leuc. dextranicum ^
Dekkera anomala t/ Brettanomyces anomalus a
Kluyveromyces marxianus t/ Candida kefyr a#
Pichia fermentans t/ C. firmetaria a
Yarrowia lipolytica t/ C. lipolytica a
Debaryomyces hansenii t/ C. famata a#
Deb. [Schwanniomyces] occidentalis
Issatchenkia orientalis t/ C. krusei a
Galactomyces geotrichum t/ Geotrichum candidum a
Kluyveromyces lactis var. lactis #
Saccharomyces cerevisiae #
Sacc. subsp. torulopsis holmii
Sacc. turicensis sp. nov
Torulaspora delbrueckii t
* Zygosaccharomyces rouxii
t Teleomorph. Sexual reproductive stage. Yeast form pseudo-mycelium as in Flowers of Kefir.
a Anamorph. Asexual reproductive stage. Reproduce by budding or forming spores or cell splitting [fission].
# Can utilize lactose or lactate.
^ Aroma forming.
subsp. Sub specie type.
sp. Specie type.
sp. nov. New strain or new specie strain type.
biovar. Biological variation strain type.
var. Variety type.